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Summertime Strawberry Suggestions

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For a nation that is synonymous with grey clouds and prolonged downpours, we haven’t been doing too bad recently have we? Yesterday, temperatures exceeded 35°C in some parts of the country making it the hottest day on record in almost a decade. After a stuttering start to the season, summer is finally here.

Down in SW19 the All England Club tournament (better known to us all as Wimbledon) is underway and that means that strawberries are entering the nation’s spotlight.

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Caffe Society Speciality Coffee: Brazilian Chapadão de Ferro

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Second up in our latest round of speciality spotlights is a decidedly sticky Brazilian grown coffee from the Chapadão de Ferro estate that makes the most wonderful espresso. There’s something special about this and when you read on to find out what makes this unique, you’ll immediately understand why we were so excited to get a shipment to ourselves.

It’s extremely sweet, but in a deep and dark way.

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Champions crowned at The Nordic World of Coffee

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Last week the great and the good of the speciality coffee world gathered in the Sweden for the multi-day Nordic World of Coffee event. The jamboree, held in the second city of Gothenburg, contained a number of key note speeches, interactive seminars and some knock down drag out competitions.

By some distance, the showpiece of the week was the tussle for the World Latte Art crown, but alongside the baristas who have been perfecting their milk pouring technique for months – if not years – were tasting specialists and barista-bartender hybrids and many, many more and competitors came from all corners of the map to enter.

In all five world titles were up for grabs.

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Caffe Society Speciality Coffee: Peruvian UNICAFEC

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We have recently taken delivery of three brand new speciality coffees in the past few days, all of which are available to order through our webstore.

In a series of posts, we’ll go through each different coffee in turn, showcase our tasting notes and the story of the coffee’s origin. First up today is a high-grown Peruvian offering from the mountain plantations near San Ignacio. It’s exceptionally versatile, very forgiving and packed full of flavour.

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Is the flat white the cappuccino killer?

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The cappuccino is arguably the most iconic espresso-based beverage there is. Made with a shot of espresso, a smattering of hot milk and topped off with a dose of milk foam, the drink has become a much-loved staple of the coffee industry.

But could its time be running out?

Starbucks has taken the drink of its standard menu boards in some of the big American cities. Customers to some of their Seattle, New York and San Francisco stores noted that the cappuccino was no longer present, almost three decades since it was introduced to the chain’s repertoire.

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AeroPress: The revolutionary coffee maker

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When it comes to simple, practical and adaptable brewing processes, it’s hard to overlook the AeroPress.

Sure it’s slightly unassuming when you first look at it, but once you get to grips with the contraption and start experimenting with it, you’ll find that it opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to brewing times, weights and rations. With it, you can craft some really smooth and delicious coffee with ease.

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Brazil’s domestic coffee sector set to grow

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Just over 98% of Brazilian households consume coffee. Unsurprisingly given that fact, the coffee sector is predicted to grow this year.

Not even the current economic slowdown can stop coffee it seems.

So there we have it, nearly every single household in Brazil is partial to a cup of coffee. Not that this should be of surprise to anybody of course given that the country is the world’s biggest producer of coffee. The biggest movement for this year’s grown – which is set to come in at around 2% – is the rise of single-serve coffee machines.

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Brazilian Late Harvest Cup of Excellence – A record breaking crop!

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The Cup of Excellence initiative officially began life in 1999 with the solitary goal of encouraging farmers to improve the quality of their crop. As the theory goes, the entire market would then drive itself upwards in a bid to attain the highest price possible.

Buyers from around the world flock to these auctions. What started off as a Brazilian only construct has morphed into a global celebration (there are now Cup of Excellence events held in Rwanda, Burundi and two in Colombia to name a couple) and one which we keep a very close eye upon as we launch our range of speciality and micro-lot coffees.

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This summer’s big drink: The Espresso Tonic

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This summer’s biggest drink is set to be a cold, caffeinated, carbonated concoction that’s the perfect refresher for warm lazy days spent out in the sunshine. It’s a quintessentially historic drink that has its roots in New York and has recently been championed by baristas on the global stage.

Ladies and gentlemen let us (re)introduce you to the espresso tonic.

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