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Thinking about Opening your own Coffee Shop? - Know Your Coffee!

Monday, November 03, 2014

If you are thinking of buying a coffee shop for sale, it goes without saying that you should know your coffee and be passionate about the beverage!

Indeed, this is easily one of the more essential ways to make your decision to buy a coffee shop premises.

So, what are some of the more popular coffee drinks you should be familiar with if you buy coffee shops?

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Espresso

An Espresso is pure unadulterated coffee.

It is a traditional recipe – strong, rich and full-bodied coffee at its best.

One usually uses about seven grams of finely ground coffee to extract a single ounce shot of espresso.

One can usually order it as a single or double espresso.

Connoisseurs who like their coffee strong and robust usually order an espresso.

Americano

An Americano is the slightly watered-down version of the true espresso.

It is also pure coffee; however, a slightly larger amount of water is used to dilute the strong, slightly bitter taste of the coffee.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino is a creamy variant, made of espresso, and similar amounts of steamed milk and frothed milk.

Most coffee shops offer cinnamon or finely grated chocolate - and probably additional milk, for customers who prefer a more luscious version of the beverage.

Café Latte

Café Latte is a much creamier edition of the cappuccino.

It is made up of a single part of espresso and between three to five parts of hot-steamed milk.

A dollop of froth on top completes this creamy beverage.

Café au Lait

Cafe au Lait is comparable to the Café Latte – the difference being that the ratio of coffee to milk is one is to one.

Instead of using espresso, brewed coffee is used, accounting for the mild and less concentrated coffee taste.

Arabica

Arabica gets its name from the variety of coffee beans it is made from.

The Arabica is referred to as “mountain coffee,” as the plant from which the coffee beans come from is abundant in the mountains.

The Arabica drink has a beautiful aroma and a taste that is said to be silky-smooth and very pleasing to the palate.

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is popular especially during chilly winter nights.

Irish whiskey spikes the drink and cream is added to make the beverage even more delicious.

Mochaccino

The Mochaccino is a delectable and scrumptious.

A single or double-shot of espresso is combined with chocolate and frothed milk to make a hard-to-resist delightful drink with a strong caffeine-kick.

How do you take yours?

What is your favourite variety of coffee and how do you like to take it?

We’d love to hear from you here at Cafe2U – so don’t forget to send us your comments.


The Reason Why You Can Or Can’t Live Without Coffee

Friday, October 31, 2014

Are you someone who cannot function on a daily basis without their regular hit of coffee?


Do you rely on a cup of morning Joe to transform yourself from someone who wouldn’t look out of place on an episode of The Waking Dead to a task-finishing machine with the efficiency levels of a futuristic Chinese supercomputer?


Or do you rarely touch the stuff and scoff at your friends who spend a small fortune every week at Starbucks or Café Nero?


More than likely it’s the former if you are reading this blog, and, if so, welcome to the club!


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Why the division?


The reason why this split exists, according to a recent large-scale study, is down to good old genetics.


For a long time scientists have known that your DNA is responsible for how much coffee you consume, but these new findings have actually revealed, for the first time, the specific six genetic variants that are associated with habitual coffee consumption.


The six genetic variants


The research paper pinpointed that of the six genetic variants responsible, four are, unsurprisingly, linked directly with caffeine.


That is, the way in which your body breaks down the caffeine or how it responds to its stimulating effects.


However, the most interesting findings were the last two variants, which are not related to caffeine at all but rather the blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels in our body.


Also, interestingly, the study revealed that habitual coffee consumption was in no way related to how intensely people taste coffee.


The study


This new study was carried out by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women's Hospital and published in the Molecular Psychiatry journal.


It looked at a pool of 20,000 people from African American and European ancestry and, in addition, drew data from earlier studies with a total of more than 120,000 people.


All participants in this research paper let scientists scan their DNA and provided information on how much coffee they drank.


Scientists then analysed the DNA looking for any differences between those who habitually drank coffee and those who did not.


Conclusions


This study will have more far reaching effects than just identifying why people are or aren’t addicted to drinking coffee.


The lead author of the study, research associate Marilyn Cornelis, concluded that:


“Coffee and caffeine have been linked to beneficial and adverse health effects. Our findings may allow us to identify subgroups of people most likely to benefit from increasing or decreasing coffee consumption for optimal health.”


Indeed, researchers believe that these findings will not only help explain why different people respond to coffee in different ways but also lay a foundation for further in-depth research regarding coffee, caffeine and health.


What do you think about these findings? Why are (or aren’t you) addicted to coffee?


We here at Cafe2U love to hear from you – so remember to get in touch with your comments!


Boost Liver Health With A Cup Of Coffee

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Despite early concerns about the harmful effects of drinking coffee, contemporary studies continue to show that the health benefits of our favourite caffeinated beverage are numerous.


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Research has proven that the profusion of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants in coffee can have wide-ranging effects, from improving energy levels and physical performance to helping burn fat and lowering the risk of getting Type II Diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and gallbladder disease.


And now a new study has revealed that people who drink three or more cups of coffee per day (regardless of caffeine content) have much lower levels of the abnormal liver enzymes in their blood that are a sign of damaged liver cells.


So if your fondness for a few glasses of wine during the week has left you concerned about your liver health – indeed liver disease is now the fifth biggest killer in the United Kingdom – then maybe it’s time to reach for the cafetiere and put down the corkscrew!


The findings


This latest study, which featured 27, 793 participants all above the age of 20, backs up the findings of previous research which linked coffee consumption with a lower risk of catching cirrhosis (severe liver scarring), liver disease, diabetes and having strokes.


The data, which was pulled from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2010, revealed that participants in this survey had lower levels of the enzymes gamma glutamyl transaminase (GGT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT).  


Lower levels of these enzymes in your blood is a very strong indicator of a healthy liver condition.


What this means


On the back of this recent research, which was recently published in the journal Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, scientists now believe that coffee contains a chemical compound which helps protect the liver.


This compound is separate to the caffeine content, which therefore means that decaffeinated coffee drinkers can also reap the same health benefits.


While, as mentioned above, previous studies have linked coffee consumption with having a healthy liver, this is the first study to indicate that this health benefit arises from an ingredient in coffee which is not caffeine.


Dr Qian Xiao, from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, concluded that:


“Our findings link total and decaffeinated coffee intake to lower liver enzyme levels.”


However, scientists are yet to identify the exact chemical compound responsible (there are over a 1,000 compounds in coffee), so further research will be carried out to pinpoint it.


So, there we have it, reassurance that coffee and decaffeinated coffee are beneficial to your liver function.


What do you think about these findings? Will it encourage you to drink coffee more regularly?


Get in touch with us here at Cafe2U with your thoughts and comments!