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20 facts about coffee you didn’t know!

We like to think we are wisened to the world of coffee, we think we know our beans.

For the most part, we know exactly what we are talking about, that’s what comes with over 15 years of experience.

Except we didn’t know everything, and we don’t expect you to either, we learn things about coffee every single day that blow our minds. …continue reading 20 facts about coffee you didn’t know!

Coffee around the World: Yuanyang

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This Hong Kong coffee is a strange prospect when compared to the more ‘traditional’ coffees that we might be used to on these shores.

It’s no secret that we like coffee, but we also like tea. But what about the two mixed together? A t-offee if you will.

Yes, the Yuanyang is a coffee-tea hybrid merges the two hot drink disciplines into one mega concoction to satiate your need for theanine and caffeine. …continue reading Coffee around the World: Yuanyang

Sprudge editor reveals the 5 best coffee shops in the world in new book

The editor of the site dubbed ‘voice of the coffee enthusiast’, Sprudge‘s Liz Clayton, recently revealed to GQ Magazine her ‘5 best coffee shops in the world’.

As you’d expect there are some inclusions that will mean nothing to the uninitiated into the hardcore world of coffee, but it does provide a list that could prove popular to the world traveller seeking a perfect cup of coffee in a few key locations around the globe.

Unfortunately, not a single shop is based in the UK, so it looks like you’ll need your passport if you want to try these coffee shops classic drinks.

…continue reading Sprudge editor reveals the 5 best coffee shops in the world in new book

Coffee Around the World: Café Bombón

Made popular in Valencia, Spain, the Café Bombón is not limited to one area of the globe.

Having slowly spread from the Costa del Azahar right across the entire Spanish nation this recipe has its own variations in Malaysia and Thailand.

Coming from the Spanish for ‘confection’ this should give some clues as to what to expect if you happened to order a Bombón at a Valencian cafe. …continue reading Coffee Around the World: Café Bombón

Costa Coffee profits dip as independent coffee shops bite back

It seems the Great British public is starting to become blase about the popular coffee chain, as the company has seen pre-tax profits slump by almost 10% in the past 12 months.

As a nation of shopkeepers, we are seeing the constant barrage of the commonly seen red-branded coffee company as a sign of mediocre coffee and poor customer experience.

Conversely, the picture is a lot brighter for our independent coffee shops, as there has been a spike in the number of solely run shops on UK high streets.

…continue reading Costa Coffee profits dip as independent coffee shops bite back

Haunting Halloween hot drink recipes

Does Halloween really float your broom? Do pumpkins push your buttons?

We love a good scary movie, we also love a sweet treat, so Halloween is right up our street!

To celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, we’ve thought up some lovely little drink recipes so you don’t have to, simple and easy to replicate, don’t scare yourself silly trying to find ridiculous recipes. We have the spooky solution! …continue reading Haunting Halloween hot drink recipes

How one brand is using coffee to rejuvenate our skin

A London-based brother and sister duo have stumbled upon a skincare secret that has been staring at us in the face from the knockout drawers of our espresso machines.

Instead of simply accepting that approximately 500,000 tonnes of used (and technically usable) coffee grounds go to landfill every year in the UK, this enterprising set of siblings decided that we could all do with a facial scrub.

…continue reading How one brand is using coffee to rejuvenate our skin

National Chocolate Week: 3 Classic Cocoa-based drinks

This week (every week for us chocoholics!) signifies the official National Chocolate Week — a celebration of all things cocoa and cocoa-based!

If you have a sweet tooth or an interest in chocolate of any persuasion — we don’t discriminate against white chocolate: even though it isn’t even really proper chocolate — then this is the one day of the year for catered specifically for you.

Maybe the savoury crowd might not be a fan of a whole week dedicated to chocolate, so if that is the case, then you might want to give this one a miss. …continue reading National Chocolate Week: 3 Classic Cocoa-based drinks