Coffee crust lamb – perfect for Easter!

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Coffee for cooking, like in this great recipe for coffee crusted lamb

We may be closed today, but that won’t stop us from bringing you a little inspiration for your Easter meal on Sunday.

Naturally, given our background it features the bean closest to our hearts.

Many of people across the country will be tucking into a piece of lamb this Easter weekend (not to mention chocolate, hot cross buns and other such goodies) as it has become a tradition in many households.

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Coffee can help workers avoid dishonest behaviour

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We have known for a long time that coffee is good. Well it seems that a cappuccino, an espresso or a macchiato can make you good.

A study by three university professors suggest that caffeine may help those that are sleep deprived be act in a more honest manner. And considering I’ve already had my morning coffee, you know that this story can be trusted!

“Sleep deprivation contributes to unethical behaviour at work,” says Michael Christian, the co-author of the study that was recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. But, as he continues; “caffeine can help you resist by strengthening your self-control and willpower.”

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Caffeine as a blueprint to help fight Parkinson’s

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Caffeine, the most widely consumed drug in the world and a component of the coffee we all drink on a daily basis, does much more than wake people up.

A piece of research, spotted on The Economic Times of India, claim that those people who drank two cups of coffee – two being the seemingly magical amount of coffee that needs to be consumed on a daily basis – had a 40% lower risk of developing Parkinson’s.

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App-based coffee subscriptions

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After proving to be extremely popular in Israel, the app based coffee venture CUPS has expand and touched down on the shores of America.

The idea behind this scheme is that people sign up to drink coffee on a subscription based service and then the customers can head to any participating independent coffee shop and pick up a drink of their choice. Starting with eight cafes in Tel Aviv, CUPS grew in popularity, ending up with over 100 different stores being involved in both Tel Aviv and the Israeli capital Jerusalem.

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Research into the genetics of coffee

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You may recall that we have covered the educational events unfurling at the University of California, Davis, in recent months, and once again the American institution with its love for coffee is in the headlines again.

We could be about to enter a brave new world and it will all be down to genetics.

“I’ve started a research project to examine gene-expression differences between coffees grown at different altitudes,” said Juan Medrano, professor of Animal genetics at the university. “Coffee is a unique commodity that affects the lives of millions of people around the world…so it’s compelling to contribute to something with such human importance.”

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Vegetarian Coffee Chili

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You know you don’t always have to drink coffee.

Instead, you can add a little coffee into recipes to totally transform your dishes and luckily, we have another simple idea for you to try at home. And if you do concoct this great version of chili over the weekend please let us know!

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Coffee offers for voting Indonesians

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Voters in Jakarta have been enjoying election day by receiving a free or heavily discounted cup of coffee from selected coffee shops – as long as they have proof that they have casted their ballot papers.

Indonesia’s legislative elections are currently taking place and the outcome will determine which of the political parties control the House of Representatives and which ones will be able to support a candidate in the presidential race later this year.

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Coffee may cut the risk of colon cancer

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More great news for coffee drinkers as new research has come to light that drinking two cups of coffee a day may well reduce the risk of colon cancer.

The more coffee people drink, the lower the likelihood was of developing the disease

A study looked into the consumption of coffee amongst 8,500 people in Israel, including a substantial proportion of 5,000 who were suffering from colorectal cancer.

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Is the instant wave about to break?

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It’s something uniquely British.

In the midst of our deep-seated love affair with coffee, a relationship that has seen the high street become populated by coffee shops, many people in the UK still drink a lot of instant coffee when at home.

It’s something that is pretty much confined to our island – no other nation comes close to our love of it.

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Turning coffee into flour

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The process of making coffee is not as straightforward as you may presume.

Beans do not simply grow on trees and then drop down into containers to be siphoned off into relevant batches before being transported to market. Instead a lot of labour intensive work takes place, including separating the coffee bean from the fruit.

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