An exploration into bitterness


Jennifer McLagan has written a fair few cookery books over the past few years, with some of her most recent efforts focusing abstract topics such as utilising fat and bones in a culinary environment.

But, now, McLagan has shifted her focus towards investigating the history of bitter food stuffs. It is part rehabilitation process and part exploration. And despite there being a fair amount of content dedicated to historically healthy greens, other foodstuffs such as grapefruits, chocolate and, of course, coffee are chronicled.

It makes interesting reading too, especially for connoisseurs of all types and varieties of coffee.

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Coffee: It’s good for your liver

Coffee beans cooking

You heard it heard it here first: A good strong cup of coffee could be good for your liver. That is what a new report, conducted by the excellent people at the National Cancer Institute, has found.

It states that there is an evident link between coffee and a reduced level of abnormal liver enzymes.

Their latest piece of research can be read in full in the academic journal Hepatology.

So we think it’s time to go and get your favourite beans out and brew yourself a mug or two.

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Staff queue for coffee, even when running late

Queue Snaking

It is a widely held fact that Britain is a nation of tea and coffee drinkers, but did you know that 10% of the working population will happily turn up late to the office if it means they can grab a good cup of coffee on the way?

That might not come as a surprise to some people.

We are also known as a population who appreciates the fine art of queuing and although we may not necessarily enjoy our time spent in single file patiently waiting, it does appear that we don’t mind it when there’s a latte, cappuccino or espresso within touching distance.

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Your coffee habit is genetic

Coffee beans

Are you a one cup or four cups of coffee a day person?

Do you need an early morning shot of espresso to help your clear those cobwebs or can you be awake with the songbirds and bounding down the stairs straight away?

How do you react to shot of caffeine? Do automatically become anxious or does your memory kick into overdrive?

The answers to all those questions may well be hard-wired into your DNA.

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Australian aims to have 1,000+ coffee dates

1000+ Coffees

An Australian student has set aside a large portion of the next three years to have a cup of coffee with every single one of his Facebook friends.

All 1,000+ of them.

The man in question is Matt Kulesza, a twenty-eight year-old from Melbourne, Australia who is embarking on what he describes as “an exercise in remembering to socialise with and get to know people outside of [Facebook].”

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The beauty of coffee grounds

The beauty of coffee grounds

Last week we imparted some tips about what to do with your leftover coffee grounds. Instead of throwing them away or chucking them onto the compost heap we advised how you can use the remnants from your lattes and espressos to help condense those annoying and time consuming household chores.

Well it’s another week and we have a few further uses for those grounds.

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Study shows coffee drinks are ‘fun’


For years we’ve been at a loss as to why we continuously describe ourselves as ‘fun’ people to be around both at work and when socialising in our free time. I’m sure that you too have wondered why that adjective has been transposed onto yourself from time to time.

Well the answer, as it turns out, is probably within arm’s reach of you right now. Just extend those fingertips, grab your mug, take a sip and read this.

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Coffee Semifreddo


Translated into English as ‘half cold’, the semifreddo is a type of semi-frozen dessert which can encapsulate ice cakes, semi-frozen custards and a number of cold fruit tarts.

Even with the nights beginning to draw in a little bit and the slightly noticeable, if disappointing, fact that the temperature in the thermometers are dropping, the semifreddo remains a fantastic favourite of ours.

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Caffeine-infused underwear doesn’t help with weight loss

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Coffee and caffeine are both wonderful things that do many fantastic things, but weight loss isn’t one of them.

Regulators in the United States have decreed that companies selling and promoting certain garments of clothes such as leggings and bras that were claimed to help wears lose weight now have to issue refunds and pull any outstanding adverts.

It might seem too good to be true that your underwear can help you shed some additional pounds, but the manufacturers claimed that a secret ingredient help achieve some amazing results.

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Our World’s Biggest Coffee Morning


The sight of lattes, cappuccinos and the odd espresso populating the work desks is a usual sight here at Caffe Society’s headquarters. However last Friday situated amongst the coffee was a substantial amount of cake.

Lemon sponges, carrot cakes, chocolate muffins, Dutch hazelnut cakes and much more, our staff had been busy baking on Thursday evening in preparation for a mini-bake off with huge charitable implications.

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