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Which Biscuits Are Best For Dunking?

Thursday, September 04, 2014

If you’re looking for a coffee van for sale, or you’re just interested in coffee in general you will be interested to learn that hundreds of studies into coffee are undergone every year.

We’ve learnt that the world does a lot of studies into all sorts of different subject matters, and some of these studies we really wouldn’t mind being part of ourselves. There’s been research into the effects of eating chocolate which we certainly wouldn’t have turned down. A study this year has been carried out into the very important field of biscuits, and more specifically, which of the nation’s five favourite biscuits were the best on the market for dunking. That’s important stuff!

Each variety of biscuit had an optimum dunking time as well, which is down to the structure of the biscuit itself. Obviously you want to give your biscuit a chance to take on some tea or coffee but too long and the proverbial (or in this case literal) cookie could crumble before your very eyes.

Oat biscuits were the first to crumble, after just four seconds submerged in your drink, while it took slightly longer for Ginger Nuts to succumb to the same fate. Digestives came out very slightly better, managing to hold their structural integrity for as long as five seconds. These three varieties were best dipped for two seconds in order to get the balance just right.

Chocolate digestives could stay in the liquid for up to 11 seconds, while the clear victory was Rich Tea biscuits, which lasted a whopping 20 seconds. For the best chocolate dunk, you should avoid leaving your digestives for longer than three seconds. While the biscuit itself was okay for up to 11 seconds, the chocolate starts to come off around the four second mark.

The Rich Tea needed longer to absorb the liquid, and offered a lot more flexibility than its biscuit counterparts. You could dunk for between seven and fourteen seconds and still have a thoroughly enjoyable biscuit.

It’s better to dunk in a slightly cooler drink too, as the very hot liquid will speed up the time of detrition and you’ll end up with your biscuit crumbling a lot quicker than you might otherwise. Another variable worth considering is that whilst the type of hot drink doesn’t affect the dunking time, high fat drinks such as latte or creamy coffee can make the biscuits themselves taste better, because the fat adds another dimension to the dunking experience. When you’re considering a coffee van for sale, it would be remise of you not to remember that a biscuit can be a cuppas best friend, and your patrons will thank you.

Of course, science can only go so far. This particular study focused on stamina and not the actual taste of the biscuits (which is arguably far more important). There were a number of very popular dunking biscuits (in our opinion) which weren’t included at all, and perhaps slightly suspiciously, the study was commissioned by biscuit giants McVitie’s and not an unbiased source. With texture and more to consider, we feel like we could definitely delve further into this particular field, and come out with much better substantiated results. Perhaps if you’re looking into a coffee van for sale you could do your own experiments!  

Coffee: A Global Sensation

Monday, September 01, 2014

There are coffee trends and traditions all over the world because it’s something that’s universally loved the world over. As one of the most popular things in the world (not just drinks, just things. Of everything sold in the world coffee is the second most popular. Impressed?), it should come as no surprise that there are different ways of doing things depending where in the world you happen to be.

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Whether you’re in an office in Prague or a café in Cairo, you’re bound to find plenty of people sipping on this delicious yet simple beverage. It’s why our mobile coffee franchise model is so popular – even if you’re not based in the city centre there shouldn’t be any reason why you wouldn’t be able to get high quality barista prepared drinks. It works because it’s something which people want.

Coffee exportation is a $20 billion business, and worldwide the industry is worth over $100 billion. That’s more than gold, in case you wondered. Every year people drink a staggering number of cups of coffee. With over 500 billion cups being consumed all over the world every year, Italy is working hard to maintain its reputation as a coffee nation, drinking 14 billion espressos every single year.

Obviously if the coffee industry wasn’t as popular as it is then there mightn’t be the demand for mobile coffee franchises which has helped Cafe2U become as a successful as it is. While quality speaks for itself, the general coffee culture really helped the business to get off the ground.

We’re not the only ones whose entire business essentially revolves around a bean though; coffee farms are the economic livelihoods of more than 25 million people around the world. That’s pickers, growers, tasters, and more who would be out of work without coffee culture. While a lot of the coffee consumed around the world isn’t technically fair trade, fair trade coffee is by far the most popular of these products. With so many people employed by this industry and the ongoing popularity of these products, it’s one of the most stable areas for those in developing countries to be working in. There are more than 50 countries around the world where coffee is grown, but 67% of all the world’s coffee is grown in the Americas.

While there are lots of different ways you can have your coffee in a café, mobile coffee franchise, or as an after dinner drink, there’s actually only two different types of coffee bean which are commercially available: the Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is by far the most common type of bean grown, making up 70% of all the beans grown because generally it’s considered to be the more flavoursome option, and therefore the tastiest. Robusta is more robust as the name suggests, making it more hardy and cheaper but not quite as delicious. More often this is what you’ll get if you’re buying instant rather than espresso from a mobile coffee franchise.

Coffee shops are, somewhat unsurprisingly, the fastest growing niche in the restaurant industry. More and more pop up all over the world on a daily basis, and the annual growth rate is a staggering seven percent.

Alternative Uses For Coffee Cups

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Unless you own a reusable coffee cup or travel mug which you take with you wherever you go, the chances are you’ll end up with more than your fair share of paper cups from mobile coffee franchises, takeaways from coffee shops, and events. It seems such a shame to waste these little devices, and so we’ve been doing some research into how you can extend their lifespan. We’re not talking rinsing out a paper cup and taking it back to the mobile coffee franchise – we were thinking of something a little more creative.

Coffee Cupcakes

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There’s too different ways of using your cups to make lovely cupcakes (that we could think of, anyway!). You could literally use the cup for your baking by pouring your mixture into the cup and baking in there (they’re stiffer than muffin cases, so you won’t need to put them in a muffin tin – although it could help with stability). Alternatively you can make the cupcakes (or buy readymade ones, we’re not here to judge who has time to bake), and use the cups to style them into cappuccino cakes. All you need to do is whip up some icing, drop a cake into the cup, ice on top, add a second cupcake and then ice again. Simply add a bit of chocolate powder to make it look just like your favourite coffee drink.

Planters

It might be the wrong time of year to be thinking about planting, but that just means more time to build up a cup collection in time for the new year. All you need to do is put a few small holes in the bottom of the cup for drainage. Fill up with soil, and plant either a sprouted seed or a cutting with roots into the cup. Sit it on a plate (or the plastic lid if you’re feeling particularly resourceful) to catch water which drains through the pot. Simply replant outside when your seedlings grow too big for their coffee pot nurseries.

Decoupage

This is an excellent way of giving the humble coffee cup a new lease of life. While the branding is perfect for the mobile coffee franchise, it might not quite suit your needs. Simply use a decoupage method to change the colour scheme and make your cup a whole deal more personalised. All you need is some newspapers or pretty (but thin) paper, a paint brush and some glue. Cover the cup in glue, stick small segments of your chosen paper over, and use the glue to varnish the whole thing. You might need a few layers if you’re using a particularly bright cup.

From more impressive and ambitious projects like this coffee cup sphere lamp to simple ones like using your cup as a pencil or make up brush pot, there are plenty of things you can do with your coffee containers once you’ve finished your drink – so think twice before throwing that thing away! They’re also very useful for hanging onto for little ones to use with paints or for craft projects – if you’ve got children (or nieces, nephews, godchildren), we’d highly recommend keeping all sorts of things which you’d usually have thrown away – it only takes the smallest amount of imagination to make a milk bottle into an elephant or a washing up liquid bottle into a rocket.

At our mobile coffee franchises we’ll probably continue to just serve drinks from our cups, but we’d love to see some of your creations.