The UK: A Coffee Nation

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The UK is rapidly becoming a coffee nation. In the past we were well and truly known for our love of tea, but strong and rapid growth in the coffee sector has led to a change of the status quo. In fact, volume sales of tea fell by more than 6 percent in the 12 months until December, nearly twice the fall of the previous period.

So why are we opting for a latte over an earl grey?

Just think about the growth of high street chains in recent years. This has caused a domino effect which sparked the idea for Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchise model, and has resulted in consumers appreciating the nuances of a great cup of coffee.

Personally, at home or at work and I want a hot drink I’ll make a tea. When I’m out and about though, I’ll usually buy a coffee in one form or another. It’s not that I prefer one or the other, or I make a great tea, but for me it’s down to the fact that it’s much harder and more expensive to get a great espresso from the comfort of your own home. With tea you can’t really go wrong, but with coffee it takes more of an expert hand. There’s something so much more delicious about sipping a professional barista made latte. And with the growth in the industry, we have more choice than ever over when and where we get out coffee drinks from. That might be a high street chain, a small independent cafe, or from a mobile coffee franchise right outside your office.

It can really be put into perspective by the fact that every day in the UK 15 million cups of coffee are served, with one in five people visiting a coffee shop every single day of 2013. Not sure about the other 80 percent? Not to worry, 85 percent of people visited at least once a week. No less than 1.7 billion cups of coffee were served throughout the year in coffee shops. That’s quite a lot really.

Research group Allegra Strategies predicts in their Project Cafe 2013 research that by 2018 the UK market will exceed 20000 outlets. Since our inception, Cafe2U has grown and grown – we now have more than 230 mobile coffee franchises around the world, from Australia and New Zealand to the USA and the UK. We’ll soon be expanding into South Africa too. The continual growth of companies in these markets has proven that all round the world, people love coffee.

While tea was falling by 6 percent, coffee was still growing – in fact in 2013 the overall growth was 6.4 percent.

We’re becoming coffee drinking connoisseurs

Location always used to be the prime factor when picking a coffee outlet. However, as the high street fills up, and Cafe2U’s mobile coffee franchise model caters to the work place, people’s requirements are changing. More people are realising that this competition means that they can demand a better service and a higher quality drink. If an outlet isn’t good enough it just won’t get the business. It’s really important to us then, that we give every barista the comprehensive training they need, as well as high quality equipment so that we always serve exceptional drinks, whether you choose an Americano or a Macchiato.

Passionate About Coffee: The Cafe2U Way

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Problem

Have you ever been to an event, ordered a drink from a coffee van or from a static catering unit and been given some sort of non-descript brown water? It might be coffee, it might be tea, but to completely honest we have absolutely no idea what this drink is pretending to be. It’s tasteless and it’s pretty much the least appealing beverage you’ve ever seen. It probably cost far more than you would usually pay, and it just tasted terrible. There isn’t even any real milk to cover up the flavour (or lack of flavour as the case might be!).

The Solution

What you need is a mobile coffee franchise who are passionate about their work. We try our best to come to your rescue whenever we can. Cafe2U regularly saves the public from having to put up with poor coffee at special events and at the office, by providing its purpose built, red Mercedes mobile coffee vans all across the country. Our professionally trained baristas aren’t just in it for a paycheck, they are passionate about the premium coffee, hot chocolate, tea and tasty treats that they serve. We never, ever serve poor quality drinks. So you can be sure that you’re getting the drink you ordered, and not some poor excuse for coffee.

Whenever possible Cafe2U will help out with fundraising and good causes. At Sport Relief 2014, Cafe2U had twelve vans in operation at different Sport Relief events across the UK, including the Olympic park and Velodrome, in London. The proof of Cafe2U’s high quality products is in the popularity – we are rarely without a queue! We served spectators and competitors alike, refuelling the runners or walkers, and making sure the spectators kept warm! Cafe2U thinks it’s really important to put something back into the community by supporting others as they raise money for such a great cause!

The Cafe2U service is a way of keeping visitors at your event longer, and certainly helps them feel special while there. Without the availability of food and drink, people are likely to head off when they get hungry or thirsty. Fundraisers require that patrons stay for as long as possible, to make sure the most money possible is raised for the cause. There’s nothing better than being able to relax with an award winning cappuccino, or latte, or a milkshake or 'steamer' for the children. If you are raising money for a good cause, we will consider helping you with your efforts too!

It’s not just charity functions or fundraisers which Cafe2U will help out with. Our mobile coffee franchise model is built in such a way that franchisees can earn extra money by working at local events on weekends, as well as their usual working week. All you need to do if you’d like us to attend any sort of event at all is head over to our website where you’ll be able to enquire about having a mobile coffee franchise at your event. From there we’ll be able to work out whether just the one van is enough or whether you’ll need a few to cope with the demand.

As the only nationwide mobile coffee franchise, Cafe2U can ensure that you can have a van at every location that you hold your events, as well as have multiple vans at large events, like we did at the Olympic park for Sport Relief. It means that even if you’re holding multiple events across the country you can be sure that your patrons will be getting the highest quality drinks possible, so you can just focus on organising the event itself.

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

We like nothing more than hearing the things we love are good for us too. Usually the best things in life come with a bit of a bad reputation (such as wine, chocolate and protein), although that doesn’t always stop us. We still love a biscuit with our coffee, whether or not the sugar is bad for us. Our global coffee franchise opportunities are just more proof that we think everyone should have access to excellent espresso based drinks when and where they want them.

Another reason to love coffee

As it transpires, what we always suspected is true: coffee is a bit of a wonder drink, and our coffee franchise opportunities have been proven to be a great thing by extensive academic research. Not only does it get us through the working day, but new research led by Harvard School of Public Health has suggested that our very favourite beverage is also associated with a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. It’s been proposed in the past, but this was a thorough study on a huge scale.

With twenty years’ of data on diet, lifestyle, medical conditions and chronic diseases from multiple studies, this is one of the most clear study to date about coffees impact on Type 2 diabetes risk. In three of the studies used there were a total 95,974 women, and 27,759 men. Every four years for twenty years the participants’ diets were evaluated using questionnaires. Other shorter projects were also used.

How much makes a difference?

Those who increased their coffee consumption by more than a cup a day (1.69 cups per day more on average) between surveys had a 11 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes for the next four years when compared with those who made no changes to their coffee consumption. It means that our coffee franchise opportunities are essentially providing a medicinal service.

"Our findings confirm those of previous studies that showed that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower type 2 diabetes risk," says Shilpa Bhupathiraju, lead author and research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH. "Most importantly, they provide new evidence that changes in coffee consumption habit can affect type 2 diabetes risk in a relatively short period of time."

"These findings further demonstrate that, for most people, coffee may have health benefits," adds Frank Hu, senior author and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH. "But coffee is only one of many factors that influence diabetes risk. More importantly, individuals should watch their weight and be physically active."

There’s been a lot of studies which have reinforced this: Researchers looked at data from more than 450,000 people in 18 studies, and found that for every extra cup of coffee drank a day, a person's risk of Type 2 diabetes decreased by 7 percent. Conversely, those who reduced their coffee intake by one cup or more per day were around 17% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

For those who prefer a decaf option fear not: it seems that whether your cuppa is caffeinated or not it will still help to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

Our mobile coffee franchises opportunities are more than happy to help with the battle against diabetes, and it you want to help us, contact us today to get your workplace added to one of our routes, or to find out more about starting your own franchise journey with Cafe2U. Just one cup a day can help lower the risk, and conveniently, just one cup can help wake us up enough for work.