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Since the Tour de France swept through Swaledale in 2014, coming close to some of our neighbouring towns and villages, like Reeth and Leyburn, the residents of Richmond (including those of us at UK T&C!) have been quietly seething. Not because of the Tour de France, but because of the Tour de Yorkshire cycling event, which was largely launched in reaction to the brilliant reception the TDF received across the county.
The Tour de Yorkshire has been a success since its May 2015 launch, and has been running for consequetive years since. Much to our susprise, though, Richmond has yet to make it into a Tour de Yorkshire route.
We were delighted to hear recently that, finally, our lovely market town is going to be included! And rightly so, we reckon, as there's plenty of tourist-y spots to check out (when not watching the cycling, of course!) in the town and its surrounding areas. Plus we're all a friendly bunch! The Tour de Yorkshire 2018 cyclists will be passing through Richmond during the event, from 3 - 6 May. Richmond's been selected as part of 2018's lineup of host towns, alongside Barnsley, Beverley, Doncaster, Halifax, Ilkley, Leeds and Scarborough.
This is great news for the town and we're excited to hear more in the new year. Roll on 2018!
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While we're not coffee snobs here at UK Tea & Coffee, we do like our caffeine fixes served in a certain way. We're a bit spoilt, though; when you work in an office surrounded by quality coffee, it's inevitable that you develop a taste for the good stuff, right?
The problem with having access to delicious coffee five days a week is that it quickly ruins other coffees for you. Because of this, we often find ourselves craving 'proper' coffee when we're out and about – especially when we're travelling, staying in hotels, and not able to bring our beloved coffee machines along with us. OK, maybe we are coffee snobs. Just a little bit.
Luckily, we've found a solution to our caffeine-related travelling woes, inspired by the very British tendency to take your own tea bags on holiday so you're never caught short in unfamiliar surroundings. Say hello to our coffee bags!
The best thing about these coffee bags? They're filled with one of our most popular coffee blends, Bandersnatch, so you can enjoy the same flavour wherever you are. This blend comprises 100% arabica beans, sourced from central America, and features subtle citrus notes, for a zesty kick, balanced out by smooth vanilla tones.
Simply pop one of these bags into a coffee pot, add boiling water, wait five minutes, remove, and enjoy. We didn't really need to tell you that, though, because it's exactly the same as making a good pot of tea. Easy peasy.
The bags are currently available in 50g servings, and are available to buy in bulk only for the time being. Interested to learn more? Check them out here!
We've come across this illuminating BBC article, which makes some very interesting (albeit slightly worrying, particularly for coffee business owners like ourselves) points about potential changes in the coffee trade in the years to come.
The article comes off the back of some interesting research published by Kew Gardens scientists that, in short, emphasises the importance of our trying to understand the implications of our ever-changing environment in the face of climate change – think rising temperatures, decreasing rainfall and the like – and how this impacts coffee production.
The research suggests that coffee production in Ethiopia (which, as all coffee boffins will know, is Africa's largest exporter, and home to some of the finest Arabica coffee beans in the biz) could be in serious jeopardy over the course of the next century. It's pertinent, then, that preventative measures are set into place now.
Above are some interesting snippets of data that we've pulled from the article, focusing on climate change and the increase in global coffee consumption. We'd wholly recommend taking the time to read the full article if you're also in the coffee business. Let us know your thoughts. What can we do to help?
The UK T&C team
Yep, we know, we've been neglecting this blog as of late. Sorry about that. We do have an alibi of sorts, though, as we've been busy throwing all of our energy into something pretty special, which has been brewing (excuse the pun!) under the surface for a while now: our Café Wonderland coffees. And now we're delighted to share the range with you!
The range comprises both delicious wholebean and ground coffees, with varied depths of flavour to suit every taste. Whether you're looking for a full-bodied, aromatic coffee with a 'kick' to it, or something a little milder on the palate, we hope you can find the perfect match within our range of carefully crafted blends.
Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, attended Richmond Grammar School, so it felt apt to brand our unique coffee range in line with Carroll's colourful universe.
If you're interested in stocking the range, or would like to try some samples, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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