CAFE2U BLOG

The Surprising Benefits of Butter Coffee

Saturday, June 14, 2014
http://www.marco.org/media/2013/02/buttered-coffee.jpg

We all take our coffee slightly differently, but in large this tends to be whether you have milk, how much, and whether you’re going to have sugar. Have you ever given any thought at all to melting a stick of butter into your morning cuppa?!

I’m sure, like us, you’re a little bit sceptical about all the latest health tricks and tips which appear in the newspapers on an almost daily basis. They often contradict what was stated a week previously, and more often than now these seem a matter of opinion rather than the conclusion of extensive research into the long-term health benefits.

In recent weeks we’ve read about how coffee can lower suicide risks and how an extra cup of coffee a day can lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes. These are actual studies, conducted by academics over long periods of time. We’re obviously particularly interested about the attention coffee receives in the media, and our mobile coffee franchises love to hear about all the good a quality cup can do.

The most recent story to catch our eyes though is one about butter coffee. Just the idea of butter in coffee makes us feel like we’re piling on the pounds – can it really be a good idea?

Origins:

Butter in tea has been a norm in Tibet for a long time. It’s simply normal tea with a spot of butter added to it (use yak if you want it to be really authentic). Dave Asprey took this concept over to America, where he branded it as Bulletproof Coffee. Since, there’s been various articles written about whether there can actually be any health benefits of adding butter to your beverages. Tibet isn’t one of the countries that Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchises exist in yet – perhaps if we expand in that direction we’d better start stocking butter!

What they say:

Apparently adding butter (it has to be grass-fed and unsalted) to your morning cuppa can give you tonnes of energy. The advice of Bulletproof Coffee is that you drink butter coffee (and only butter coffee) for your breakfast and see how much difference it makes. To make your own, just brew yourself some high quality coffee. We recommend Cafe2U@home, or nip along to your local mobile coffee franchise and ask for a black Americano. Then add between one and two tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter. You’ll be able to find plenty in your local supermarket but apparently corn or soy-fed cows just won’t make the right kind of butter. Mix in a blender and drink straight away.

Health Benefits:

This butter is healthier than you might realise, and can even improve your cholesterol. There’s lots of vitamins in full-fat butter, including significant amounts of A, D and K2. In essence, it’s really good for your body (or so we’re told!). Other reported benefits include better energy retention and high focus levels.

We’re not sure if our mobile coffee franchises will be offering butter alongside our syrups and chocolate powder, but we’d be very interested to hear if you’ve tried it and noticed any differences.

Reckon you could stomach it?!

Britain’s Favourite Coffee

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

As we know, coffee is becoming more and more popular - and tea is on the decline. In fact, tea sales have dropped by a substantial 6 percent as more and more people are choosing coffee as their drink of choice. Our mobile coffee franchises are able to bring high quality coffee straight to your office door, so there’s no need to trek miles to the nearest cafe for your caffeine fix.

Just like there is with tea, there’s a lot of different choice in a coffee. If you’re not a coffee drinker, or you’ve never been all that adventurous when it comes to your hot beverages, you might have missed out on some of the great varieties out there.

Obviously the blend of the beans and how recently they’ve been roasted will make a difference to the taste generally, but then a combination of milk, steam, water and syrups can all add to the final product.

Espresso

This is the base of all other drinks made by our skilled baristas at our mobile coffee franchises, but it’s also a drink all of its own. The coffee purist will tell you that there’s no need to add anything at all to a well brewed espresso, although you might choose to sweeten to taste.

A short espresso is the shot that all of Cafe2U’s award winning coffee drinks start with. It’s an intense hit of coffee made by forcing hot water through ground beans. To make a long espresso, simply add more hot water to make a less strong drink.

Adding steamed milk will give you a macchiato (which means ‘stained’), or topping with whipped cream makes an espresso con panna.

Cappuccino

A true cappuccino is a combination of equal parts espresso, steamed milk and milk froth. Depending on taste you can ask for less or more milk, or skinny which will used skimmed milk instead of full fat. The amount of milk makes them rich and luxurious, and they can often feel more like a dessert than a drink.

Americano

This is a bit like a long espresso, except the shot is added to a cup of hot water rather than the water being added to the coffee. They’re often drunk with milk and sugar to taste, just like you would if you made your own coffee at home.

Latte



A latte is made by adding steamed milk to an espresso shot. Add sugar, or have with a shot of syrup for a sweet treat.

There are plenty of other types of coffee out there, but generally these are variations on these varieties, or a hybrid drink falling somewhere between hot chocolate and java.

All our baristas at our mobile coffee franchises make really excellent lattes, and if you nip along to one of our mobile coffee franchises and ask really nicely they might even make you one with some latte art!

So which of these is the nation’s favourite?

With more than two billion cups of coffee being drunk around the world, you would expect there to be some favourites out there. We carried out our own survey, and it reflected the results of other studies which have been taken as well: Britain loves lattes.

Of everyone we surveyed, 11 percent preferred a macchiato, 33 percent would choose a cappuccino, whilst a whopping 55 percent would pick lattes. Apparently the type of coffee you prefer is a reflection of your personality - which means that the 55 percent who love lattes are all more likely to go out of their way to help others. Can’t be a bad thing, can it?

If you want to expand your coffee horizons and try something a bit different, just speak to one of our highly trained baristas who will be happy to give you a bit of guidance.

How Coffee Can Lower Suicide Rates

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

There’s been a huge rise of coffee culture in the UK and worldwide since the mass adoption of the coffee shop. More and more of us are choosing to start our days with a lovely cup of delicious latte, or knock back an Americano on our breaks. And it’s not surprising really: the caffeine can pep you up (whether it's for work, play or hitting the gym), the taste is fantastic, and in the middle of winter there’s just nothing better than a hot drink to warm your bones. We run mobile coffee franchises all over the world to make sure everyone can get a high quality cuppa delivered to them at work.

Those clever folk at Harvard have been doing studies all over the place, and this one has found that once again, coffee is doing more for us than we might think. Everyone knows that coffee from one of Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchises can give you a little pick me up when you need it most. But did you know it can also help lower risk of suicide?

How it works

The study found that those who drank between two and four cups of coffee per day had a 50% lower risk of suicide than those who drank decaffeinated, very little, or no coffee at all. There wasn’t much difference between those who drank two or three a day, and those who drank four or more, but there was a much lower suicide rate in these categories in general, making it harder to determine between the results.

There is evidence from previous studies which suggests a higher risk of depression in those who drank more than four cups of coffee per day. So it’s all about the happy (quite literally) medium when it comes to drinking coffee. The science behind it shows that not only does caffeine act as a stimulant to the central nervous system, it also works as a mild anti-depressant by producing chemicals in the brain. The recommended intake then, is two to four cups a day.

Who does depression impact?

Anxiety and depression are actually really common in the UK, and all around the world. Because it’s a mental disease and not a physical one, it can be difficult to recognise, and often goes undiagnosed. It’s estimated that around one in five UK adults suffer from these symptoms though, so anything we can do to help alleviate them is definitely beneficial.

The time of day, and how much caffeine you consume can cause wildly varying results. As we know, having coffee too late in the day can prevent sleep. Not getting enough sleep has also been linked with suicide and depression, so make sure you limit your coffee to the morning and the early afternoon for maximum health perks.

We talked before about how coffee has been linked to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes, so really our mobile coffee franchises are providing secondary health benefits that you don’t even realise you’re getting. It’s great news for regular coffee fans and visitors to our mobile coffee franchises, but if we don’t stop by your offices at the moment that doesn’t mean we can’t. Simply get in touch with us!