Archive | October, 2011

Bean there, done that

It’s big business but the simple fruit of a bush-like tree has a long journey ahead before it becomes the world’s best-loved beverage It’s the energising elixir that has us scrambling around for vending machine shrapnel and circling the office kettle in packs. But how does a small red cherry end up as the tall, […]

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Called to the bar

What goes into serving us our coffee shop favourites How much should the perfect latte weigh? And what is the optimum temperature of milk? Well, I can tell you that it’s 330g and somewhere between 55-60°C, respectively. Indeed, after a few hours spent at Pret A Manger’s barista academy in London, I quickly learnt that […]

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Something’s brewing

When it comes to coffee, there are varieties to suit all tastes – and all pockets Whether you take yours short and black or skinny with a shot of caramel, coffee varieties are becoming as vast as the industry itself. Coffee is no longer just coffee. But what do all those fancy names actually mean? […]

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Recreating an Italian experience

An espresso bar and deli chain at the heart of the community brings Italian authenticity to the UK – starting with its blend of coffee Antonio Motisi, an Italian born and raised in Britain, is bringing the secrets of Italian coffee culture to the UK. “Few Britons understand coffee the way the Italians do,” says […]

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Colombian coffee: where integrity is the key ingredient

Behind Colombian coffee lies a commitment to sustainability and fair pricing that benefits some 500,000 coffee growers in the Andes, most of them small-scale producers For years, Colombian coffee has been known for its consistent quality and pronounced aroma. Every time you buy 100 per cent Colombian coffee, a protected geographical indication (PGI), you are […]

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Full of beans

Some 70m cups of coffee are imbibed every day in the UK, which is a considerable number of cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and plain old filter types for a nation traditionally devoted to tea. In these pages we offer a flavour of what coffee is all about for the people who make it, sell it, buy […]

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Perfect partners

Never mind matching wine to your meal – a careful coffee combination can ensure your dessert really is the perfect happy ending Coffee can play as big a role as wine in food pairing, says head of coffee buying at Taylors of Harrogate Mike Riley – but mainly with desserts. Riley, who sources coffee from […]

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Love coffee, hate vending?

There is a surprise hidden behind the doors of vending machines – and the results may please even the most ardent coffee lover There is no doubt that a bad reputation can be difficult to shake, and vending has a chequered past. The UK has become a coffee-loving nation, with coffee shops at its heart. […]

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Making a meal of coffee

Coffee isn’t just an after-dinner drink – it deserves its place further up the menu too, according to some of the country’s top foodies The bitter notes and smoky aromas of coffee add depth to autumn and winter menus, according to celebrated chef Michel Roux Jr. “For me, it’s seasonal,” he says. “It offers a […]

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Rise of the machines

The growth in the UK coffee market has generated an abundance of gizmos and machines to help the hardened caffeine imbiber brew that perfect cup. In the interests of good taste and stylish kitchens, the Coffee team has tested some of the domestic machines that have recently come on to the market Dualit espressivo What […]

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