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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
It's an interesting time of the year for us at UK Tea and Coffee – as well as beginning to get into the festive spirit (and working hard to fulfil all of those last-minute Christmas orders...!), we're excited about our latest venture: launching a new sales platform through Big Barn.
If you've not heard of Big Barn before, it's well worth a look. It's the UK's favourite website for sourcing local food and drink. Because of this, it's a bit of a treasure trove for foodies and tea/coffee aficionados; think Amazon, but full of locally sourced, unique food and drink from small, friendly businesses and start-ups. If that's not enough to convince you, even Gordon Ramsay has dubbed Big Barn his "favourite food website"... so there's that.
We love the way that Big Barn champions local businesses – as a family-owned, family-run affair ourselves, we knew we had to get on board.
You can check out our Big Barn page here, where we're now selling our delightful 'Café Wonderland' range of arabica/robusta espresso beans and our carefully crafted ground coffee blends – all perfect for businesses and other wholesale customers.
We're still tweaking our page a little and adding new products, but we would say we are about 90% there with it now. Let us know what you think!
Mike and the rest of the UK Tea & Coffee team
Our current Café Marseilles coffee is about to undergo a name change. While the name will change, though, the quality will remain the same.
The Café Marseilles range will be rebranded as Café Wonderland. This is an exciting times for everyone involved – we're currently developing new pavement signs, aprons, point-of-sale posters and more.
If you've not had the pleasure of tasting our range of coffees, contact us today!
Mike and the UK Tea & Coffee team
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