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Would you go to an Owl cafe?

They say cats can be very therapeutic, helping people unwind or de-stress with a stroke or two and some purring. But over in Tokyo, (where all the best things are), you can have a coffee surrounded by Owls.

Whilst perhaps not quite as cuddly as a feline friend, the fluffy owls are said to be great company, with some perched nearby, others perched higher up – but watch out if one decides to fly across the room!

“Cafe Hoot Hoot” located in Shibuya, Tokyo is rated highly online, with users describing the owls as cute, the coffee as tasty and the overall experience is said to be very relaxing. Other Owl Cafes are also available (believe it or not)…

Owl Village” in Harajuku, Tokyo is another highly-rated location, with over 10 owls and even owl-themed crockery and decor – that’s a lovely touch.

“Akiba Fukurou” is often referred in online reviews as “the best owl cafe in the world”. This cafe allows patrons to interact with it’s feathered employees, with visitors choosing an owl to be seated with them on their table, and stroking is allowed.

The idea of an animal being sat next to you while you eat and drink is not for everyone, but these quirky animal-cafe hybrids are an interesting idea – but they may be a bit too much for some people.

This writer has been to a cat cafe before, and found it to be a fun experience, with cats of all different colours, sizes and personalities coming to say hello, curling up to sleep or climbing cat trees. Similar cafes have been opened in the UK, including an owl bar – but it doesn’t appear to be a hit here, maybe we’re just not ready for it yet!

One major difference between the various cafes is the attention to detail on the cafe side. Some cafes focus more on the animals and the cafe and coffee side is average – however some owl and other animal-related cafes seem to get the balance right between food and drink quality and the animals welfare, needs and even quantity.

We’ve even heard about rabbit cafes, dog cafes and even snake cafes popping up in various locations around the world in the last few years.

Are you an animal lover who’d jump at an opportunity to dine with Owls, or would you prefer not to mix food and feathers?

4 brilliant Bonfire Night drinks

Guy Fawkes Night originates from the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, which failed and was then celebrated by way of lighting bonfires.

It’s been part of our British annual traditions since then, with friends, families and local communities getting together and lighting a large bonfire and setting off fireworks.

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Spooky Halloween Coffee Recipes

It’s the time of year where the daylight gets shorter, the nights get darker and colder, and Autumn is well underway. Coffee shops and bakeries are taking advantage of Halloween approaching, with themed drinks and treats to get people in the Halloween spirit.

Pumpkins have been a Halloween tradition for hundreds of years. Carving scary faces into pumpkins is a popular Halloween tradition that originated in Ireland and continues on to this day, often illuminated with candles.

Previously Jack-o-Lanterns had been carved out of potatoes or turnips – until Irish immigrants arrived in North America and discovered the bright orange squash plant.

Here’s some recipes and ideas you could try; mix and match them as you need, there’s sure to be something devilishly delicious to offer to your ghosts, witches and werewolf guests!

Pumpkin Spiced Latte

You’ll need

Method

  1. Brew your espresso and then add the shots of syrup to it
  2. Pour in the steamed milk
  3. Give it a tiny little stir
  4. Dust with cinnamon to finish
  5. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spiced Hot Chocolate

You’ll need

Method

  1. Add your milk to a jug
  2. Pour in the hot chocolate powder and pumpkin spiced syrup
  3. Steam the milk, angling the jug to blend the 3 ingredients
  4. Pour into your mug and add a layer of whipped cream
  5. Dust with cinnamon to finish
  6. Enjoy!

Trick or Treat Latte

You’ll need

Method

  1. Add the syrup shots to your espresso
  2. Pour in the steamed milk (remember to do your scariest latte art!)
  3. Optional: Use a spooky sprinkler and top your lattes with a dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg
  4. Enjoy!

It’s Chocolate Week 2018 – Tasty recipes to try

Back for 2018, the tastiest week of the year is here, ready to fill your Monday to Friday with chocolatey-goodness. And we’ve got some new Chocolate-Coffee recipes for you to try out.

Black Forest Coffee

This drink doesn’t get its name from the Black Forest mountain range in south-western Germany, but from the speciality liquor of that region, known as “Schwarzwälder Kirsch(wasser)” and distilled from tart cherries.

Image Source: cdkitchen.com
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How you can add a festive kick to your drinks offerings

Christmas Gingerbread Cookies

It’s that time of year again: the supermarkets, shops and retailers are promoting their Christmas themed offerings in store, online and on TV. It’s a wonderful time of year where friends and family come together.

As the days get colder, and darker earlier – a warm drink always helps braving low temperatures and gives you that fantastic festive feeling.

One of my favourite Christmas-themed delights is hot chocolate. I’ll drink it any time of year, but it tastes extra special when it’s festive themed, whether that’s a black forest gateau taste, gingerbread or eggnog.

Coffee shops can add something a little extra to their offerings over the Christmas period by using flavoured syrups to enhance and add new options – it’s always exciting to try things new, and a unique taste to try helps you stand out from the crowd.

Here are some winter-feel syrup flavours we offer for inspiration:

  • Gingerbread
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Toasted Marshmallow
  • Eggnog
  • Salted Caramel
  • Amaretto
  • Hazelnut

Give your customers a taste of pure Christmas spirit with some fantastically festive flavours. We stock over 45 different flavours of syrups, including Toffee Apple, Toasted Marshmallow, Pumpkin Spice and  Gingerbread… Yum!

See our range of Syrups and Accessories

Christmas Critter Cups are Back!

It’s unavoidable – Christmas is right around the corner, and we’ve brought back our fantastic Christmas Critter Cups to kick off the preparation season.

Last year these cups flew off the shelves at supersonic speed, we’re ready to take your order for the cutest Christmas cups in the world!  Featuring some of the most adorable woodland creatures, we coined them our ‘Christmas Critters’ and they would love to meet your guests.

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Macmillan World’s Biggest ‘Caffe’ morning 2018

One of the biggest charity events in our own calendar, any chance to bake, make and take a few moments to enjoy a coffee is one that we do our utmost to savour.

If there is a company that is a bigger fan of a coffee morning than Caffe Society, we’d very much like to meet them!

As the world’s biggest fans of coffee mornings and huge fans of raising money for good causes, our celebration for MacMillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning has been nothing short of a BIG success!

MacMillan couldn’t pick a better time of year to raise both money and awareness, with the event coming just a few short days before the International Coffee Day, we’re hoping to help the charity ‘Change a Life with Every Slice’.

With some coffee or tea and a bit of cake we’re hoping to help support those afflicted and affected by cancer, including the families of those that are battling or have battled the disease.

We raised £134.30 last year and we’re hoping to reach a little higher this year!

The only downside to such exceptional baking and stuffing our faces with baked goods was the severe lack of room for a proper coffee!

Typically we are an ‘eyes bigger than our belly’ bunch, meaning we had a load of lovely sweet treats to take home, a superb amount of money raised and hopefully a goal to beat for next year!

Our total figure is not yet ‘totalised’, with more money expected in the coming days, but we think it could absolutely destroy our previous record by nearly double!

All the money we raised will, of course, go to help MacMillan provide their exceptional treatment to cancer sufferers across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom – some of which we are sure might be, or may have been our customers at one point in time – which pleases us to know just how it will help.

A storm is coming… Say hello to the Astoria Storm

Astoria Storm is a Gamechanger

Presenting the Astoria Storm, a new and exciting cutting-edge coffee machine that combines classic features and minimalist design together in one package. Designed in conjunction with skilled baristas to produce a machine tuned to the movements and requirements and the barista’s need to operate the levers to adjust coffee according to the required taste. 

This machine oozes character, with customisable wooden accents on the group handles, steam lever and support legs – available in various different wood types and stains to create a personality that fits with your business. Built-in LED lighting also provides optimal viewing of the coffee extraction process.

At the forefront is an innovative suspended drip tray, designed in such a way that it does not hide the cup from view during brewing, with the shapes and sizing created as such to allow easy cleaning.

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