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Coffee Vans For Sale: A Mobile Dentist?!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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Sugary drinks, black coffee and red wine have long been considered problematic for teeth. While all are fine in moderation, sugary drinks (including fruit juices with their naturally occurring sugars) can speed up tooth decay. Wine and coffee can stain the enamel (think about how your porcelain cup takes on some of the coffee colouring when used frequently, or if you forget to rinse it out.
 

If you’re looking at coffee vans for sale or mobile coffee franchises, the chances are this won’t be because of the health benefits (although there are quite a few!)

What might be surprising though, is that black coffee (still in moderation), can actually be good for your teeth.

Scientists at Rio de Janeiro published in a journal about the impact an extract of Robusta coffee can have on milk teeth.

This particular variety is grown mostly in Brazil and Vietnam, and has a higher caffeine level than the Arabica variety as grown in Ethiopia, as well as Kenya, and many other parts of the world. While Arabica accounts for around 75 to 80 percent of the world’s coffee production, Robusta has properties which the more widely produced bean just can’t match.

Tests have shown that Robusta can help to break down a thin film of bacteria on milk teeth, which would have led to the development of plaque. Plaque is a complex biofilm, and it is the main culprit in both decay and gum disease. It means that there is constant research going into new methods of breaking down this film, and therefore lowering the risks of disease and decay.

The Science

The beans contain a chemical called polyphenols. This works to destroy bacteria on the teeth by bursting it open. This process is known as ‘lyse’.

While coffee itself can still stain the enamel, there are hopes that this chemical could be extracted and added to toothpaste and mouthwashes, just as has been done with fluoride.

So while drinking a black coffee might prevent decay, there might still be some issues with staining.

Andrea Antonio, the lead researcher on the project, emphasised: “Whilst this is an exciting result, we have to be careful to add that there are problems associated with excessive coffee consumption, including staining and the effects of acidity on tooth enamel. And if you take a lot of sugar and cream in your coffee, any positive effects on dental health are probably going to be cancelled out.”

More of our favourite coffee related health benefit studies:

The Surprising Benefits of Butter Coffee

Butter coffee contains lots of vitamins which you wouldn’t usually get. This included significant amounts of vitamins A, D and K2. It can also improve your cholesterol levels!

How Coffee Can Lower Suicide Rates

Those who drink between two and four cups of coffee per day had a 50% lower risk of suicide than those who didn’t, or than those who drank decaffeinated coffee. The important thing to remember is not to drink the coffee too late in the day, as this can impact your sleep which is also a contributing factor.

An Extra Cup: Helping Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Having just one more cup of coffee per day can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 11 percent over the course of four years when compared to those who made no changes to their coffee drinking habits.

Everything in moderation can be great, and if you’re looking at coffee vans for sale it’s probably because you’re quite passionate about that simple little aromatic drink. We think it should be made available to people wherever they work, and in a high quality form. Our coffee vans for sale are designed to have all the benefits of a coffee shop with none of the pitfalls.

Properly Store Your Cafe2U@Home For The Perfect Cup

Monday, June 30, 2014
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Our coffee vans for sale are specially equipped to give you everything you need to make the perfect espresso every time, and this included storage. Keeping your coffee correctly is a big part of keeping it fresh and flavoursome. If there’s excess air exposure, moisture, heat or light, then the end taste will be compromised. Glass jars of coffee beans on the table top might look great, but it will massively impact the flavour. If you do this, make sure it’s only for aesthetic reasons and keep your beans for consumption elsewhere.
 

So, forget everything you’ve been told before. You should not keep your beans in the fridge or in the freezer. There’s lots of moisture in these environments, and the beans are highly absorbent so any flavours will impact the end taste of the drink. The porous nature isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it helps the drink to take on the flavours of syrups or oils which might be used. The issue arises when the beans are surrounded by less palatable aromas. The other issue with freezing is you break down the complex oils which all contribute to taste.

Buy what you’ll use

You should try to only buy the coffee you’re going to use. That is, don’t buy more than you can use within one to two weeks as this is when it’s at its most fresh. Small quantities will mean that each cup is fresh, and you won’t have to throw anything away. Separate your coffee into smaller portions so you don’t need to constantly expose it to air, and store in air-tight containers.

Buying whole beans over grounds will give you a fresher cuppa. Think about it like a cake; would you buy it pre-cut, or cut it up days before you were going to serve it? Nope! The grounds have a much larger surface area so will go stale more rapidly than whole beans.

Pick a blend

It can be really hard to find a good coffee blend, so we’d recommend that you stick with a good one if you’ve found it. The Cafe2U@home range has been carefully formulated to give you the best drinks possible from the comfort of your own home when there’s not a coffee van nearby. Of course, if you join us by looking at our franchises and coffee vans for sale then you’ll have barista standard coffee whenever and wherever you want it!

When you can break the rules

You can freeze coffee if you’re buying particularly large quantities (more than your usual two week supply). These can be stored for up to month provided they’re in small portions in airtight bags. Once you’ve removed them, transfer to an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place as you would usually.

Make sure you’re brewing your coffee properly to get the most form it, and you’ll find that you’re taking coffee as seriously as a barista in no time. It’s amazing how much difference a few small changes can make to the taste of your drink.

Coffee professionals will get through much more than you will at home, so they can afford to buy in bulk. This is because they’ll be getting through it fast enough that even the last cup from the bag will still be fresh.

A coffee van for sale will give you all the equipment you need to create excellent coffee every time, and the professional barista training you receive if you become a partner will help you making coffee at home and at work too.

What to buy for the coffee lover in your life

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Buying gifts for anyone can be tricky. If someone’s got a passion then the chances are they already have more than a few things which relate to it. That means that, for the coffee lover, a mug might not be the answer. Thankfully, we’ve come up with a few ideas to take all the hard work out of present shopping - and there’s plenty more obscure and interesting gifts out there as well. So sit back with a cup of your favourite coffee, and get ordering.
 

The travel mug



It still surprises us that not every coffee addict out there doesn’t have one of these already, but for some reason plenty don’t. Yes, if you visit a mobile coffee franchise or grab a takeaway from your local high street chain they’ll be able to give you a perfectly adequate paper cup, but it’s not all that good for the environment now, is it?

Travel mugs have come on leaps and bounds, and you’ll find that it’s a much more enjoyable experience drinking from something a bit more substantial than it is to drink for a throwaway paper number.

Cafe2U offer their own travel mug, which means your drinks will stay at their best for longer – perfect! Speak to your local mobile coffee franchise or contact head office if you’d like to purchase one.

Coffee!

It might sound obvious, but great brew at home coffee is one of the best presents that a coffee lover can receive. It might not be the most exciting, but a truly excellent blend can be really hard to find, so if you’ve tracked down a good one (like Cafe2U@home which you can buy from your local mobile coffee franchise), you should share it with the coffee lover in your life.

There’s also lots of mail order ‘coffee clubs’ out there which you can buy gift subscriptions for so that a new blend is delivered each month if you’re looking for a gift which keeps on giving.

A quality brewer

While this is likely to be something which your die-hard coffee fan pal will already own, we think this is a must for any coffee drinker. The quality of your drink will be much improved, and you can get rid of those nasty instant granules. For anyone who likes a filter coffee, a metal filter will prevent the need for those wasteful throwaway paper versions.

For someone who always seems to be in a bit of a rush, have a look into cafetière mugs. They’re more a novelty item than a serious bit of barista level kit, because we all know that you should decant your coffee after you’ve made it, but they look pretty cracking and if you’re drinking your coffee quickly enough, over brewing shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

Have a read through our guide to coffee brewing at home for a few ideas.

A beautiful mug

When it comes to what your drink your morning brew from, it’s very much a personal thing. If your friend doesn’t have a go to mug at the moment, it might be time to find a great one and send it their way. Have a look at what they’re drinking from at the moment; are they more into fine china or a more substantial porcelain? Would they prefer classy and dainty or novelty?

Lots of people will buy their drink from a mobile coffee franchise and then decant it into a mug when they get back to the office, if you find a really great mug then it might become their very favourite.