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A New Trend In Coffee Shops

Thursday, February 12, 2015

How many times have you been to a coffee shop, placed an order, waited patiently in line, eagerly grabbed your piping hot brew from the barista... only to find that there is absolutely nowhere to sit?

There’s an old man in the corner flicking through a broadsheet, a gaggle of students discussing what happened on the previous night out, an office-type making use of the free wifi to finish a last-minute report, and a bespectacled lady frantically jotting down the makings of her first novel.

All these people have one thing in common - apart from you wanting all of them to clear off so you can sit down and enjoy your coffee.

And that is?

Well, they all finished their teas, coffees and muffins a long time ago.

An in fact their coffee shop purchases are now nowhere in sight.

But they’re still taking up all the seats... the cheek of it!

So without another recourse, you head off into the bitter morning chill to find somewhere else to drink your brew.

Sound familiar?

The solution – a new trend in coffee shops


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A trendy Russian coffee shop chain by the name of Ziferblat believes they have solved this problem.

The chain, which chiefly targets the younger hipper generation in London and Manchester, has completely changed the rules of how you pay for coffee on the High Street.

In this new coffee shop model, which began life in 2013, the coffee is completely free!

Instead, the customers pay 5p a minute for being there.

So that wannabe J.K.Rowling who’s spent 6 hours furiously bashing away at the first draft of her novel – while merely ordering one skinny flat white – will end up paying £18 for the privilege.

Alternatively, a hot-footed customer could drink a cup of coffee in 5 minutes and only end up paying 25p!

A history lesson

This isn’t the first time in history that patrons have been charged for the use of amenities – or spaces – in cafes and pubs.

Centuries ago, for example, drinkers at the local village inn would have to pay extra for a prized seat by the warm hearth.

In addition, the first ever coffee shop drinkers wouldn’t just pay for this exciting new drink – they would also pay for the privilege of reading a newspaper or – get this – for hearing other peoples’ gossip.

Over to you

What do you think about this new coffee shop trend?

Reckon it’ll catch on? Or is it the biggest load of hogwash since Peter Andre claimed he shops at Iceland?

Remember to get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog to let us know your thoughts and comments.


Protect Against Tinnitus By Drinking Coffee

Friday, January 30, 2015

In addition to being a handy and delicious jolt in the morning, coffee is also an extremely healthy drink.

Indeed, according to a study conducted in 2005, no other drink "comes close" to providing as many antioxidants as coffee.

Although, traditionally, fruit and vegetables have been lauded for their health-giving properties, scientists have stated that the human body absorbs a substantial amount of antioxidants from coffee.

Coffee and Tinnitus

Adding to coffee's already considerable list of healthy attributes is the recent discovery that drinking coffee can help the body to protect against tinnitus, a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears.


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Tinnitus is caused by nerve damage in the inner ear, often brought on by exposure to loud music, an ear infection or even a cold.

The damage results in an abnormal stream of impulses that the brain interprets as constant sound.

Currently in the UK it is estimated that five million people suffer from Tinnitus, with the condition driving many of those to suicide.­­­­­­

According to the report, people who drink between four to five cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of developing tinnitus by as much as 15%.

Interestingly, this new finding contradicts the previously held belief that coffee was possibly to blame for aggravating symptoms of the condition.

Ironically, doctors, up until now, have advised patients suffering from tinnitus to stop drinking coffee!

The Study

The report, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, tracked the lifestyle and medical history of 65,000 female nurses in Canada for 18 years.

Of the middle-aged nurses, who were aged between 30 and 44, exactly 5,289 reported the symptoms of tinnitus.

That study concluded that, when compared with women whose caffeine intake was about one and half regular cups of coffee a day, the incidence of tinnitus was 15% lower among those who drank around four to five cups.

It was discovered that decaffeinated coffee did not provide the same protective effect.

Summarising these findings, Professor Gary Curhan, from the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, said:

"We observed a significant inverse association between caffeine intake and the incidence of tinnitus among these women."

"The reason behind this observed association is unclear. We know caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and previous research has demonstrated caffeine has a direct effect on the inner ear in both bench science and animal studies.

"Researchers note that further evidence is needed to make any recommendations about whether the addition of caffeine would improve tinnitus symptoms."

Over to you

What do you think about coffee providing a protective effect against tinnitus?

We'd love to hear from you here at Cafe2U HQ - be sure to send us your comments!


How Drinking Coffee Can Help You Loose Weight

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The health market is choc full of supplements which make outrageous claims about helping you to "loose weight without lifting a finger" or "get shredded overnight".

You've probably seen them taking up window space at your local Holland and Barrett or elbowing their way onto your Facebook news feed, all shiny labels and exclamation points.

Truth is, the vast majority of these supplements are utterly useless and not worth one pence of your hard earned cash.

There is no health supplement out there that can make up for hard work and a disciplined diet when it comes to losing weight.

However, there are products out there which can certainly complement a strict and consistent regimen, and these products certainly aren't the magic pills that are rammed down our throats in excitable adverts.

Indeed, it might surprise you to know that one of the most effective dietary supplements - and easily one of the cheapest - is good old caffeine.


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The science

So how exactly can a cup of coffee help you to loose weight?

Essentially it helps the body to burn excess fat by promoting it over carbs as our main energy source.

Brace yourself, here comes some science...

When we drink coffee, the caffeine induces a fat-releasing effect in our body called lipolysis, where fat molecules within fat stores are cleaved into free fatty acids (and glycerol).

This results in an abundance of  free fatty acids in your bloodstream that your body can used instead of carbs or lean muscle when it comes to fuelling exercise.

The combination of more free fatty acids and exercise therefore results in an increase in fatty acid oxidation, or fat burning.

Making the best use of caffeine

However, like any supplement, caffeine has to be used correctly.

There's a reason why everyone who drinks coffee does not boast an athletic physique!

Firstly, drinking too much caffeine can have a negative effect on weight loss by introducing elevated levels of a hormone called cortisol into the body, which, essentially, is the "anti fat loss hormone".

In addition, it is essential to exercise during the time your body is swimming with excess free fatty acids, otherwise your body will not take advantage of this fat burning potential.

If left unused, the free fatty acids will be recycled back into fatty deposits.

And, lastly, too many people add additional ingredients to their cup of coffee, such as cream, sugar, syrup, biscuits.

These calorific ingredients completely negate the fat burning properties of a cup of coffee.

The take-home

When it comes to drinking coffee to aid fat loss, make sure you drink in moderation, eschew all calorie-laden additions such as sugar, and drink prior to exercise (15 minutes before has been proven to be the optimum tine).

Are you thinking of introducing coffee into your diet regimen?

Already take advantage of its fat burning properties?

Any questions or comments?

We'd love to hear from you here at the Cafe2U Blog!