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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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Drone delivered coffee: IBM develop concept drone that can deliver your daily decaf

The idea sounds like something lifted from a Science Fiction movie set in the future, but how would you like your coffee delivered to you by drone?

According to reports, tech megacorp IBM have developed a concept for a drone that is capable of dropping off a coffee by measuring certain facial, body and biometric data for when you need a caffeine (or decaffeinated) boost.

The company has filed paperwork with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with the technology described as: “Drone delivery of coffee based on a cognitive state of an individual.”

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US military create ‘caffeine calculator’ so you know how much to drink to stay awake

Not shy of a few studies on human behaviour under stress or strain, the US military has recently published results into the affect of sleep deprivation and caffeine consumption on their military personnel.

The findings have helped create a sort of ‘calculator’ for servicemen and women on just how much coffee they should be consuming to stay alert.

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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.

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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