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5 Desserts For Coffee Lovers

Monday, August 25, 2014

There’s a lot to love about coffee, whether it takes on the form of a drink or you’re using it in your cooking. This month has been National Coffee Month in the United States, and in September there’s another celebration in the form of international coffee day. It stands to reason then, that more than a few of us appreciate the complex flavours which coffee harnesses so wonderfully. We already know how much coffee is traded (more than any other food stuff, and it’s only bested by oil), but do you know how many things it can be used in?

We heard that some people don’t like sweet things and they don’t like coffee either, but as someone interested in coffee vans for sale we’d hazard a guess that that isn’t you.

Coffee flavoured desserts can be eaten with coffee, as a snack, or as a more formal dessert following a meal. There’s few limitations and with such a sophisticated taste there’s no need for this to be

Coffee Brownies

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Even if you only like a tiny bit of brownie to satisfy a sweet tooth, there’s not many people who don’t love a brownie. These versatile treats can be simple, or more complex with added nuts, chocolate chips, or even coffee. Coffee and chocolate go splendidly well together, which is why mochas are so successful. Follow this recipe for a delicious coffee treat guaranteed to sort out any chocolate cravings.

Cappuccino Ice Lollies

There’s nothing better on a hot day than an iced coffee, is there? Well, now your favourite beverage is available even more chilly. All you need to do is brew up some coffee (you could even buy in from your local coffee van for sale), and flavour to taste. This could be adding syrups or sugar, vanilla, milk, or just leaving it plain. Allow the coffee to cool to room temperature and then divide between moulds. Insert sticks and cover. Freezing will take around 6 hours, depending on your freezer, so you’ll probably want to make them the day before you actually want them.

Coffee cookies

We all know that a biscuit goes fantastically with any hot drink, whether coffee or tea happen to be your poison. As it happens, biscuits are really very easy to make, and they don’t take particularly long either (which is just what all coffee lovers like to hear!). This simple recipe will take less than an hour from start to finish, and they’re delicious when they’re fresh from the oven. Yum.

Mini Cheesecakes

How daring are you feeling? This is a guaranteed success, so if you’re willing to put in a little bit of work we would thoroughly recommend whipping up a batch of these amazing bite sized treats. Perfect for those looking at coffee vans for sale (we’d love if you sold these!), we’re talking an Oreo base which is layered with Nutella, cheesecake coffee, more Nutella and dark chocolate. There is nothing in these not to love. Follow this recipe to make beautiful miniature cheesecake treats.

Whether you’re looking at coffee vans for sale, or you’re just a huge fan of coffee drinks and their related desserts, we’d love to hear about your attempts with some of these recipes, or if you’ve found any other amazing coffee desserts that we should be trying too. There’s so many other there that there really is something to suit everyone, and the coffee chocolate combination makes an excellent option for both older and younger palettes. 

Beer and Coffee: The Unlikely Creativity Sparks

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sometimes we all get stuck in a bit of a creative rut. No matter what your job is, or even your hobby, if it’s something you’ve been doing for a while then the chances are that you’ll have used a lot of your best ideas already. This is when it gets difficult. It’s important to learn from and grow because of the experiences you’ve had. Don’t be afraid to revisit ideas, repurposing them and giving them a whole new lease on life. http://rlv.zcache.com/my_other_coffee_is_a_beer_coffee_mug-r7bae6fb23460402b9e66bddd3ddeebb3_x7j1l_8byvr_512.jpg

Sometimes a new business such as coffee vans for sale can be just the ticket to change your lifestyle and give you back your creative edge. Coffee vans for sale are a hugely popular industry for many people because it’s a new take on an old concept. By bringing drinks to the workforce, you aren’t contending with high street chains, and you’re eliminating the need for low quality instant drinks in the staff room. I wonder what was being drunk when that idea was first conceived.  

For many of us, anything which will help get those creative juices flowing is likely to be a plus, but would you consider beer or coffee more beneficial? Many of us will turn to coffee immediately – perhaps partially because it’s not entirely social acceptable to sip beer in the office at 10am on a Monday morning. Coffee helps you feel focused, and get your thoughts in order.

Your Brain On Coffee

Does a latte make you feel as if you can get more done, you can focus better, and you’re more in touch with what you’re doing? Do you chatter away without pausing for thought, or type relentlessly at your keyboard when the coffee buzz kicks in? Many of us do. With coffee vans for sale offering lots of delicious coffee based drinks from right outside your office, it’s easier than ever to buy great coffee when you’re at work (and when you need it most!).

Within five minutes of drinking your coffee, the caffeine in the drink will block the adenosine receptors from binding with adenosine which will trick your brain into thinking you have energy to spare (when five minutes ago you could see no other solution than a quick nap under your desk). The effect peaks between 15 minutes and two hours after you drink it – which also means that the effects last longer than that as well. If your body gets too used to this stimulation, you will start to need more and more adrenaline to give you the same pick me up that you would have experienced after drinking just a single coffee in the past.

And Your Brain On Beer

Interestingly, beer doesn’t slow you down quite as much as you might have thought. Experiments have shown that if you drink just some beer (this particular experiment was carried out after two pints which means a blood alcohol level of 0.07), then your creativity and ability to think outside of the box was increased. The participants were more effective at creative problem-solving tasks, but less effective when they were given memory tasks where they had to pay attention to their surroundings.

Alcohol gives you the ability to think creatively, whilst caffeine lets you carry through the ideas which you’ve come up with whilst under the influence.

The consumption of both drinks should of course be done in moderation, as too much will mean that you will lose the benefits. Neither is particular good when you need to carry out detail orientated tasks or analysis.

If you’re still interested in coffee vans for sale, remember you’re providing people with necessary fuel to carry out their everyday tasks.

What’s The Best Time Of Day To Drink Coffee?

Monday, August 18, 2014

What would we do without science? We find results from research all the time which we’re not sure anyone actually needed to know the answers to. Sometimes this is really interesting, sometimes less so. Regardless, as a mobile coffee franchise, if there’s an optimum time of day to drink coffee then we are always interested.  

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Usually, we’d drink a coffee when we drag ourselves out of bed in the morning. A cuppa with breakfast is a staple in countless countries all around the world. It’s basically tradition. But apparently, we shouldn’t be drinking our coffee first thing if we want to maximise the benefits of caffeine.

Mobile coffee franchises are often most popular for morning coffee breaks, and this tends to be the ideal time for most of our loyal customers. So why should we be waiting until later in the day?

Apparently, if we drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning we blunt the energy-boosting effects of caffeine, which means you’re more likely to grow tolerant to it, and therefore whenever you actually need that little boost from a caffeinated drink you won’t be able to get it.

We all run on a hormonal cycle referred to as the circadian clock. We can mess up this cycle because of our lifestyles, but essentially these are genetically programmed rhythms which are regulated by sunlight. Cortisol is a hormone which makes us feel alert and awake – and it’s peak production (should) be between 8 and 9am. Which means at this time of day your body is already working hard to make you feel invigorated. So if you have a coffee at this time, the effect of the additional stimulant (caffeine) will be diminished, and by consuming caffeine when you don’t need it you will build up tolerance.

Another detrimental effect of caffeine drinking is that you can actually increase the production of cortisol if you drink caffeine when your body levels are at a peak. This means that you could heighten your cortisol levels which will disturb your natural body clock, and can cause other health issues.

Peak cortisol levels tend to be between 8 and 9am, 12 and 1pm, 5:30 and 6:30pm. You can use this information to work out the best time to give yourself a caffeine boost. So, between 9:30 and 11:30 and 1:30 and 5:00pm are the ideal times to have a sip of your favourite latte from a mobile coffee franchise. Of course, if you’re waking up considerably before 7:30am you might think about still relying on a little bit of coffee boost first thing. Everyone’s body clocks are very slightly different, so you might find that 5pm is much too late to have a cuppa, for example.

Science can only take us so far. If you’re finding that you’re drinking more and more coffee to experience the same little jolt that you used to get from a single cup, you’re probably building up a tolerance. Try and cut back a bit to help your body recover. A break from coffee will make your coffee breaks all the more satisfying when you reward yourself with a high quality beverage from your local mobile coffee franchise.

How much coffee do you drink a day? When do you have your first drink?