CAFE2U BLOG

Better Brewing For Coffee at Home

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Having quality coffee while you’re at the office can really help you through the day, but having quality coffee at home is one of life’s most simple pleasures. If you can get a great cup when you’re shopping or when you’re struggling your way through a Monday morning, why shouldn’t you be able to make your own when you need it?
  

Many of us buy instant because it’s quick and easy, mistakenly believing that getting an excellent espresso needs to be an expensive affair. There’s a plethora of different techniques you can use to get that cuppa, and you don’t need to spend a fortune on equipment either.

AeroPress

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AeroPresses cost less than £30 to buy, making them highly affordable compared with professional barista equipment or coffee vans for sale. They’re quick to use and really convenient, although the differences in pressure applied can make it difficult to achieve a high level of consistency. You’ll need finely ground coffee and less time to brew, and also slightly cooler water than you might with other methods.

Cafetière

Again, a cafetière won’t set you back a huge amount to buy, and you’ll be able to achieve really great coffee very simply. To use, you want relatively course grounds. Brew from between three and a half to four minutes and then steadily push down the plunger. You’ll want to pour out all the coffee so that it doesn’t keep brewing too much.

Moka Pot

These make a great short, strong coffee – but they’re no espresso maker! They’re less controllable so it can be easy to over extract the coffee. You’ll need to grind the coffee as much as you would to use with a filter, and buy stainless steel as the metal won’t affect the taste. For a really high quality coffee though, have a look at one of our specially converted coffee vans for sale!

The right coffee

Brewing isn’t the only element of the perfect cup of coffee though. The ideal blend is a large part of getting everything just so. You’re looking for something which has been sourced by a company who cares about taste. The beans need to be as fresh as possible – and if you grind them or even roast them yourself you’ll find that you can achieve a much more rich coffee with an excellent crema.

Cafe2U@home is the perfect product, and there’s both grounds and beans available depending on your brewing method of choice. To buy yours you just need to speak to your local Cafe2U barista, or contact our head office where we’ll be able to send you all the supplies you need.

Storing your beans properly will help to keep them fresh for longer. Lots of people mistakenly keep their coffee in fridges or even freezers, but actually it should be somewhere cool and dry, away from sunlight. That means keeping them in the cupboard in a jar will work well, but they can easy absorb other smells and moisture in the fridge or freezer. Cafe2U@home comes in a re-sealable bag – just squeeze out a little air and press the seam together at the top. You shouldn’t keep the bags for more than two weeks once opened as this will preserve the aromas and freshness. It means that bulk buying will just cause more wastage!

Becoming a professional

Of course, if you want to become a barista and make amazing coffee both for yourself and for others, have a look at our coffee vans for sale and franchise opportunities, as we’re always on the lookout for the right sorts of individuals to get the Cafe2U message out there. Our coffee vans for sale and training are all part and parcel of joining the Cafe2U family so you’ll never have to drink a substandard cup again.

When Weather Affects Coffee

Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Our mobile coffee franchises pride themselves on bringing their customers the very best in coffee on the go. You'll be well aware that if the quality of the coffee isn't there in the first place then it can be next to impossible to get anything near a good cuppa.
 

Global warming has been creeping into our lives for a while – this year we had one of the wettest, mildest winters, and recently it’s been hailing in Brazil. Whether you’re someone working hard to minimise your carbon footprint or not bothering with recycling, it’s hard to miss the fact that global warming is affecting everyone.

This is a problem for coffee growers all around the world. The beans are very sensitive to their environment, so any changes in the weather will affect the end product – meaning that your morning cup of coffee could take on a whole new flavour, if it’s able to grow at all. Realistically if this continues, coffee prices are likely to rise.


The Brazilian Droughts

The supply of quality coffee is being put at risk by these changing weather conditions and at Cafe2U we’re always keeping an eye on this, and looking for alternative sources if there is a problem with one of our chosen growers.

Mauricio Galindo, head of operations at the intergovernmental International Coffee Organisation, is concerned about this phenomenon: "Climate change is the biggest threat to the industry. If we don't prepare ourselves we are heading for a big disaster."

This year has seen a drought during what is usually the Brazilian rainy season, and it means that coffee prices are at their highest in two years. Brazil is the world’s largest coffee suppliers, so if anything changes there we notice all across the world.


Not Just Brazil

Unpredictable weather conditions in Burundi have meant that the coffee output fell by 52 percent last season. War, democratic pressure and lack of fertilisers, as well as the fact that Burundi is landlocked mean that it’s unlikely that the country will meet their production targets in 2014-15 either.

With a peak in production in 40,000 tonnes in the mid-1990, and a target of 22,000 tonnes this year, last year the East African nation was only able to produce 11,000 metric tonnes of the much demanded substance.


The Changes You Can Expect

The good news is that coffee prices for the consumer are only likely to rise modestly, and no more than you’d really expect just from changes in the industry and inflation in general. The majority of coffee lovers are usually prepared to pay those extra pennies as long as the quality is good enough.

As a mobile coffee franchise Cafe2U pay close attention to any circumstance which might affect coffee production and therefore influence our blend. In our recent regional meetings we were discussing this very topic, and we make sure that we’re well aware of any changing conditions which might affect our mobile coffee franchise partners and the products they produce, making sure that as a company we are as prepared as we can be.

If you’re interested in one of our mobile coffee franchises visiting you at work, or buying some of our high quality coffee blend so you can make great drinks at home, simply contact us for more information.

Top Tips For Keeping Your Customers Happy

Saturday, June 14, 2014
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Running a business is easy really. Provide a service or a product, sell it for a profit. Simple. Of course, you’ve got to make sure you’re better than the competition, either in terms of cost or quality, and you need to make sure your clients keep coming back. If you’re looking at coffee vans for sale you will need to make sure that you can afford to get started – bearing in mind that many businesses take between three and five years to achieve stability and probability.

When you join a franchise there is a far better support network to get you off the ground than there is if you’re working alone. If you’re interested in the coffee business, you might be looking into coffee vans for sale. This can be an excellent opportunity for start-ups, and there are also great franchises out there such as Cafe2U.

Business can seem simple if you remain successful, but if you don’t provide great service then you can struggle to turn the necessary profit. We believe that providing great service starts from the ground up, so we make sure each and every one of our franchise partners is trained up thoroughly. This isn’t just in the art of business and latte art, but we make sure they know how to give the perfect service you all accept.

You will experience examples of customer service almost every day, through a range of different interactions. This might be in the supermarket or in on the phone, from you bank or your insurance company. Most of these interactions will not be particularly memorable, but it’s likely that two types in particular will stand out: the really great experiences, and those which have been negative for whatever reason.

If you’re looking at coffee vans for sale and thinking about starting a business or joining the Cafe2U franchise, we’d recommend that you start taking note of what it is exactly which makes these experience good and bad. What’s the difference between those which stand out for all the right reasons, and those which simply happened?

Normal or average service just won’t increase loyalty, or create Cafe2U fans. Ask yourself with every cup, ‘have I done everything I can to make this customer feel special?’ You don’t want to change the way you serve because you’re feeling stressed when there’s a queue – if you’re providing the best lattes in town then no one will mind waiting.

It really is all about loyalty.

Tips for the best service you can give

  • Evaluate each customer as an individual. While having a chat might be really appreciated by some, others will appreciate the coffee over the conversation. Read the situation and act accordingly.
  • Listen. This is key with any customer service role. Identify customer needs, make suggestions of new things you think that they might like, and make them aware of offers which might benefit them. Never make any assumptions about what they want though.
  • If you’ve got regulars, treat them as such. When you’re serving the same people each day, it’s nice to get to know each other a bit. This interaction will stick with them, and they’ll appreciate when you remember details they have mentioned in passing. The loyalty will mean they will go to you above anyone else, and they’re likely to recommend you to friends, too.
  • Ask for feedback. Is the time you’re at the company the time which works best for them? Making adjustments to your schedule can mean you’re providing a more useful service – thought obviously you can’t be in two places at once!
  • Whether you’re looking at coffee vans for sale or at another type of business, make sure you’re always doing your best.