CAFE2U BLOG

4 Reasons You Should Own A Reusable Coffee Cup

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

With so many of us buying a cup of coffee every day, you don’t really need to see the figures to realise that it’s a bit of a popular drink these days. In case you were wondering though, last year in Britain more than £730 million was spent on coffee. We have about 500g of the stuff per person, every year (and considering there are a few people about who don’t drink it, we expect that in reality this is higher still). We’re not even the biggest drinkers; in the USA, there are 100 million people who are drinking 3.5 cups each every day, that’s no less than 350 million cups every single day.

The coffee trend is going from strength to strength, with plenty of purpose built coffee vans for sale on the market if you’re interested in jumping into the industry.

Unfortunately though, there must be some kind of negative impact of all this coffee consumption. Of course, as a thriving trade it provides employment for millions of people all over the world, both in production and in sales. The main issue which you can help with is the cups we use when we buy a takeaway coffee, whether it’s from a high street shop, or a coffee van for sale. There’s millions thrown away each year, whether Styrofoam or paper. They can take hundreds of years to fully degrade, and they take effort to manufacture and transport. And then they’re used for perhaps half an hour before being cast aside. How much more effort is it to join the reusable coffee cup revolution? Virtually none. 

Without further ado, here’s why you need to get involved.

Throw-away cups aren’t fit for purpose

You would think that for a cup which is designed to be used and thrown away it wouldn’t be built to last. Strangely though, this isn’t the case. 25 billion Styrofoam cups are thrown away every year, and they take around 500 years to degrade. It’s just not a sustainable option at all. Just think about your own consumption. Even if you only buy coffee three times a week that’s still 156 cups a year, every year. Buy simply using a reusable cup every time you buy a coffee, you’ll be doing your little bit to cut back on the numbers used.

While paper might seem a better option than Styrofoam, it’s a bit of a false economy. Whether you’re looking into coffee vans for sale or you just visit one daily, the cups you see will have had to be lined in order to stop liquid seeping through, so they’re not much better for the environment. 20 million trees are cut down each year to produce these cups, and the lining makes them much trickier to recycle.

Cardboard sleeves are extra paper which gets thrown away (even though you could reuse yours with every cup you drink). A reusable cup is better insulated so not only does your drink stay hotter for longer, you won’t burn your hand either, and you’ll be being much kinder to the environment.

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Finally, we thought we should probably point out that coffee actually tastes better out of a quality cup! Bring yours along when you buy your coffee from a Cafe2U van and your barista will be happy to fill it up for you (you can buy one from our coffee vans for sale if you don’t already have one!)

How To Keep Cool With Hot Drinks

Monday, July 14, 2014

We’re very reliably informed that the Great British Summertime is here (although we’ve only seen fleeting glances so far, and we’d very much like some more reliable proof). When the weather is good though (and we have had some really lovely days recently) you’re probably more like to reach for a long cool drink or an ice cream than your usual latte.

Studies have actually shown that your favourite hot drinks can actually help cool you down in the heat. Weird, isn’t it?

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The assumption is that hot drinks will warm you up, and cool drinks will cool you down, so it’s espresso in the winter and ice cold soft drinks in the summer months. However, as our mobile coffee franchises make such good espressos, we’re very pleased to hear that you can (and should) be drinking them all year round to help your body adjust. Summer doesn’t mean you need to rule out your favourite coffees!

If you’ve been to Morocco or Egypt you’ll find locals drink a lot of hot tea (peppermint and hibiscus usually in these particular regions). This is because they’re very much aware of the beneficial properties of drinking hot drinks on steamy days. Okay, so it might not be quite as hot as North Africa even on our warmest days, but we do get some quite warm weather.

While a hot drink from a mobile coffee franchise will add heat up your body, it will also help to kick your natural cooling mechanisms into gear. Your body temperature will rise, and your sweat glands will start working hard to try and dispel some of this heat. The sweat will evaporate on your skin, and the result is you’ll feel cooler. The issue is if you’re sweating at a higher rate than it can evaporate. This will negate the purpose, and you might as well go for a cold drink. So on a hot day when you’re sitting around, a cup of coffee from your local mobile coffee franchise might not be a bad idea, but if you’ve been exercising or it’s really humid, you might be better off steering clear of coffee.

Ollie Jay, a researcher at the University of Ottawa, explained the phenomenon:

“If you drink a hot drink, it does result in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body, provided the additional sweat that’s produced when you drink the hot drink can evaporate,” Jay says.

How does this work? “What we found is that when you ingest a hot drink, you actually have a disproportionate increase in the amount that you sweat,” Jay says. “Yes, the hot drink is hotter than your body temperature, so you are adding heat to the body, but the amount that you increase your sweating by—if that can all evaporate—more than compensates for the added heat to the body from the fluid.”

Cool drinks can actually have the opposite effect. While they’re refreshing, the heat sensors in your mouth will send ‘Corr, it’s actually a bit chilly’ messages to the brain, and your sweat production will be decreased. The sweat produced by the hot drink more than cancels out the internal temperature rise, but by stopping sweating, the cooling power of the drink is more or less whipped out.

We’re happy to hear it. There’s nothing we like better than making the drinks you all know and love, and we know we make them pretty well (the awards prove it!). So, if you’re feeling a bit warm, don’t necessarily head for the fridge. Surprisingly your local mobile coffee franchise might provide all the answers.

5 Different Ways To Take Your Coffee

Friday, July 11, 2014
Splash of milk, one sugar?

How you take your coffee is usually a pretty personal choice. You have probably been drinking it more or less the same way as long as you can remember (although perhaps you might have lowered your sugar intake just a little bit. With coffee vans for sale up and down the country, and the coffee industry booming, you should perhaps try and branch out a little.

With so many different varieties of coffee available out there, it might be time to try something new. As they are all made from the same blends as your usual latte is, the taste will be familiar. The different ways of taking coffee tend to revolve around the same shot as well, but the differences can really help keep the coffee spark alive for you.

While there are lots of different coffee orders for you to try, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites. If you’re looking for coffee vans for sale or you’re just a good old fashioned coffee fan we’re sure you’ll love at least some of them!

Ristretto

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A ristretto is traditionally similar to an espresso but the water is forced through the coffee grounds more quickly which means that while there is still plenty of oil and flavour, there’s less caffeine. Now days, with machines rather than hand presses, ristrettos are made by using less water. An espresso is 8 grams of coffee in 30 millilitres of water, while a ristretto is the same amount of coffee in 15 millilitres of water. It makes for a very strong, flavoursome shot.

Café Cubano

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to coffee? This Cuban espresso is sweetened with Demerara sugar during the brewing process. It can be used to describe both the espresso shot and the drinks made using it as their base. Traditionally it’s taken without milk, and at breakfast or late in the evening. The heat alters the sugar during the brew, so the taste is different than it would be if you added the sugar at the end.

Café Con Hielo

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The literal translation is espresso with ice – making it the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day. In its home land of Spain you would be given a black espresso and a cup of ice, and sugar. Add the sugar to the coffee first, and stir in. then pour the hot coffee over the ice and drink!

Café Frappe

This is one of those happy accidents. It’s a Greek foam-covered iced drink made from instant coffee. In 1957 a Nestle representative couldn’t find hot water to make his coffee with, so he mixed it with ice and cold water in a shaker instead. The result worked, and is still available in almost all Greek cafes.

Café Viennois

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Also known as espresso con panna, this is a latte sized drink made with whipped cream. It can be served either hot or cold. It’s particularly possible in coffee houses in Budapest and Vienna, but you’ll find it served in cafes all over Europe.

Flat White

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We’re particularly fond of the flat white, which was developed in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s and served by Cafe2U since 2004. It involves pouring microfoam (steamed milk with fine bubbles) over a double shot of espresso (or espresso ristretto!). It’s something to try if you like cappuccinos or lattes, although they tend to have a higher proportion of coffee to milk, which allows the espresso flavour to really shine through.

Our coffee vans for sale offer the best quality coffees in the most convenient format. If you’re looking to try something new, just ask one of our trained baristas for some suggests – we’re a friendly bunch! If you want to get started with one of our coffee vans for sale and start your journey as a franchisee, we’d love to hear from you too.