CAFE2U BLOG

Coffee Festivals Around The World

Monday, May 25, 2015

The summer holidays are just around the corner and many of us will already have an exciting trip booked up.


However, if you’re still racking your brains for something to do, fear not, we here at the Café2U Blog have got some suggestions… in the form of some of the world’s finest coffee festivals.


Enjoy – and if we have missed any off the list, please do get in contact!


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The Dubai International Coffee & Tea Festival


Website: http://www.coffeeteafest.com


The Duabi International Coffee and Tea Festival is the only internationally recognised coffee and tea expo in the Middle East.


The festival showcases all aspects of the coffee industry, including products, equipment and various services.


Over the last six years since its inception, the International Coffee & Tea Festival has proven instrumental to the development of the industry, providing professionals and coffee/tea businesses the exposure to promote their products, launch new concepts and seek new business channels.


The London Coffee Festival


Website: http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com


We previously blogged about the London Coffee Festival back in April.


This new expo boasts almost 300 stalls which are brimming with gourmet food and artisan coffee.


These stalls will be offering tastings (of course) and street food, coffee-based cocktails, interactive workshops and demonstrations from some of the world’s leading baristas.

In addition to this conventional festival fayre, there will also be DJs, live music and entertainment, and coffee-based art exhibitions.


The Glasgow Coffee Festival


Website: http://glasgowcoffeefestival.com


It may surprise you, but Scotland is home to a vibrant and flourishing coffee culture, and the Glasgow Coffee festival, which lasts for just one day, showcases the very best the country has to offer.


In addition to hosting a range of different coffee contributors, this year’s Glasgow Coffee Festival will also host the Scottish Barista Championship heat in conjunction with the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe.


The festival’s aim is to educate, serve, entertain, and inspire coffee consumers and a new generation of baristas.


Visitors are invited to attend workshops and presentations, view art exhibitions, national competitions and film premieres as well as enjoy products from roasters, brewers, baristas and bars.


Over to you


So, there we have it, a range of fantastic coffee festivals around the globe for you to check out.


Have you been to any of these coffee festivals, and, if so, what did you think?


Are you thinking of attending any in the near future?


As always, get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog with your comments and questions – we love hearing from everyone!


Why You Should Drink More Coffee

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Chances are that if you are reading this coffee blog or are a regular Cafe2U customer, then you don’t need any further persuasion to drink coffee.


But if you are on the fence when it comes to the world’s second favourite beverage (after water of course) – or if you think that drinking too much coffee isn’t good for your health – then perhaps we can twist your arm with the following article, courtesy of the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.


The Health Benefits of Coffee


Recently, coffee was branded as being officially “healthy” by the aforementioned committee.

You can see for yourself by visiting the following link:


http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/PDFs/Scientific-Report-of-the-2015-Dietary-Guidelines-Advisory-Committee.pdf


The report affirms that there is strong evidence to suggest that drinking between three to five cups of coffee per day (or up to 400mg/d caffeine) does no harm at all and, what’s more, that research consistently shows how drinking coffee can significantly reduce the risk of getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease.     


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In addition, there is also empirical evidence which indicates that drinking coffee can help protect against Parkinson’s disease.


And, furthermore, a meta-analysis which featured the results of 59 studies, suggests that coffee may actually reduce the risk of many cancers including pancreatic, liver, breast and prostate cancer.


Plus, another meta-analysis found that four cups or more a day did not increase the risk of stroke but may, in fact, reduce it – although the authors say the studies they included were not of high quality.


However, the report does take umbrage with other high-caffeine drinks, such as energy drinks like Red Bull and Relentless, and recommends that these be drunk sparingly by adults and avoided altogether by adolescents.


But coffee, on the other hand, does not contain enough caffeine, like those drinks listed above, to cause any negative effects such as insomnia, jitteriness and palpitations.

Good news, then, for all of us coffee addicts – time to stop worrying and order another cuppa!


(Mine’s currently a Cafe2U Hazelnut Latte – if anyone’s offering!)


However, remember – and common sense should apply here – that these health benefits only apply to regular black or white coffee.


Knocking back those creamy, sugar coated Frappuccinos is not going to do your body any long-term good…


Over to you


What do you think about this latest report from the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee?


Does it make you want to drink more coffee?


As ever, remember to get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog with your comments/questions/suggestions – we love hearing from you guys!


The First Ever Space Coffee!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Last month we posted an article on the Cafe2U Blog which looked at an attempt to send the first ever espresso machine into outer space.


Back in May this venture still had a giant question mark hanging over it – as many similar efforts in the past had gone awry.


(For example, the same coffee machine had been expected to arrive on a rocket last year, but the SpaceX rocket which was carrying it exploded!)


However, we can now confirm that this latest attempt has been a resounding success.


Yes – those lucky astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) have now consumed history’s first ever space coffee!


The coffee was made using a specially manufactured Espresso machine, which has now been dubbed the ISSpresso machine (geddit?).


Last week Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, one of the until-now-caffeine-starved crew members, tweeted her delight about the ISSpresso machine (you can see her tweets here and here - and while you’re at it you can follow us on Twitter as well!).


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Notably, Cristoforetti, who was sent up into space by the European Space Agency, included in her tweets references the original Star Trek television series – in particular this exchange here.


The new space-age coffee machine, which has been the joint effort of the Italian Space Agency, engineering firm Argotec and coffee company Lavazza, was built using new-fangled, special technology to get round a conventional, Earth-bound reliance on gravity.


Currently, NASA has only sent up 20 coffee capsules – and, as of yet, they still have not figured out how to dispose of the used capsules.


Indeed, due to the fact that each coffee capsule is individually wrapped, this creates a load of rubbish that the space agency is not able to throw away.


Significantly, the braniacs behind this latest venture believe that the same technologies behind the ISSpresso machine will eventually be used for making and consuming other important things, such as medicine.


Over to you


What do you think about the latest development of space coffee?


If you were an astronaut orbiting Earth, would you be able to live without your regular Cafe2U fix?


Should we already be starting work on a mobile coffee cart come rocket ship?


As always, remember to get in touch with us here at the Café2U Blog with your comments and questions – we love finding out what our readers have to say!