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What is coffee fraud? And what is being done to combat it?

Coffee fraud is something that many outside of the industry will have never even heard of.

Due to the nature of production, some farmers take the risk and try to sell inferior quality coffee as another higher quality coffee to increase sale price.

But a new technique has been developed to eliminate coffee fraud completely. …continue reading What is coffee fraud? And what is being done to combat it?

Drinking coffee in groups helps improve group attainment

Anyone who has ever had meetings, University assignments or simply worked on a collaborative project will understand that you’re only as strong as your weakest link.

Well, if this study is to be believed, then simply drinking coffee in groups actually enhances the productivity, and therefore the success of groups of working/studying people. …continue reading Drinking coffee in groups helps improve group attainment

New packaging, same great taste

In the interest of keeping our image as fresh as our coffee, we’ve updated our coffee bags to a new design with a more modern aesthetic and appeal.

The crisp monotone theme keeps some of our customary additions intact, including our bean viewing window, allowing you to see the fresh coffee within, bursting with oils and flavour.

Even better still, it’s now in the shape of a coffee bean!

…continue reading New packaging, same great taste

National Tea Day 2018: The Ultimate Fes-Tea-val

National Tea Day

Overlooked, underappreciated but never understated, National Tea Day should, in reality, be one of the crowning days in the British calendar.

Some might say ‘well, every day is tea day isn’t it?’, to those people we say ‘no!’, but it should be!

In Britain we are tied to tea, it’s part of a national stereotype that has spread across the globe. All with good reason we should add. Because we bloody love our tea!

…continue reading National Tea Day 2018: The Ultimate Fes-Tea-val

UK Coffee Week 2018

UK Coffee Week soon comes round every single year (well, since 2011 it has) with the aim of helping raise awareness of coffee-growing communities around the globe.

The event does this by encouraging coffee shops to donate a portion of coffee sales to Project Waterfall – which has helped deliver clean drinking water to over 27,000 people in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Vietnam and Nicaragua.

…continue reading UK Coffee Week 2018

Why you should be drinking coffee before working out

Starting your day with a cup of coffee has become the standard practice for millions around the globe, but starting a workout after consuming a cup of Joe is somewhat less common, but maybe you should be thinking about upping the caffeine intake before hitting the gym.

A Spanish study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that trained athletes who took caffeine right before a workout actually burned around 15% more calories in the preceding post-exercise hours than those who had no caffeine at all.

The surprising portion? Just how little you need to actually benefit from this effect…

…continue reading Why you should be drinking coffee before working out

5 alternative sweeteners to use in your coffee

Whilst ordinarily a true coffee aficionado would state that coffee with sugar is heresy, we can forgive it, as everyone has different tastes.

Sugar isn’t the only thing that can sweeten and flavour your favourite hot drink though, with many alternatives even being an improvement over sugar altogether.

Here are 5 alternative sweeteners to use in your hot drinks.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Come on in to Fairtrade

Fairtrade Fortnight is one of the key dates in the calendar for those of us in the coffee industry, as it’s a way to celebrate the efforts of the global farming community that help us bring you some of the world’s finest coffee beans and ingredients.

It’s a chance for businesses, campaigners, schools, places of worship and more to help support and raise awareness of the work and difficulties faced by those in countries that produce vast portions of our favourite foods — including coffee, tea and much more. …continue reading Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: Come on in to Fairtrade