Baristas - Know Your Coffee!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

If you’re looking at coffee franchise opportunities, you’ll need to know all there is to know about that potent little bean. By making yourself an expert in the field, you’ll be able to make everyone’s favourite drink beautifully every time.

Espresso will soon become your best friend. They are the ground work of all the coffee you’ll make as a barista, but they’re also pretty great in their own right. The Italians love espresso. The short and strong coffee concentrate should be drunk whilst hot. It’s the perfect little boost of caffeine if you need a wake up.

You’ll have to perfect espresso if you take us up on a coffee franchise opportunity, because if you get the base wrong, nothing else will taste as good.

A ristresso is a super strong shot. The extra concentrate gives an even thicker, richer coffee than espresso. A couple of these topped with heated milk, and you’ve got yourself a flat white – although some people make flat whites with espresso shots instead.

Americanos are so named because they are diluted with more water and so taste more like the coffee American GIs were used to. An Americano is a very basic coffee drink, simple and delicious; we expect you’ll be making a lot of these!


Alt: Fancy a standard coffee? Keep it simple with an Americano.

A long black is a bit like an Americano, except the water is added before and not after the espresso shot. There’s a bit more of it as well.

Cappucinos consist of an espresso hot topped with foamed milk. A babycino is just the foamed milk. No coffee at all makes them entirely suitable for little ones (as long as they’re old enough to be on dairy).  

A latte is an espresso which has been diluted with steamed milk. They’re really rich because the espresso is still sitting pretty undiluted by water, and you’ve used a lot of milk to get the taste just right. A perfect comfort coffee.

Machiatto is Italian for ‘stained’. A latte machiatto is a tall glass of steamed milk with an espresso shot dropped into it. Make up the espresso in a cup and steam milk in a second before dropping the shot into your milk. The way a latte machiatto is put together will produced a layered effect. To keep it authentic it shouldn’t be stirred – or you may as well have ordered a normal latte.

An espresso machiatto is a similar principle, but you start with the espresso shot and top it with a small dollop of milk foam. Rather than staining the milk, this time you’re staining the coffee itself.


Alt: Machiattos end up looking beautiful and layered, with minimal effort!

Mochas are a pretty sweet beverage with an extra caffeine kick. Take an espresso shop and top with steamed milk and chocolate to create a hot chocolate coffee hybrid. They’re perfect as a winter warmer. While a hot chocolate will satisfy some chocoholics, if you’re also a slave to your caffeine demons, a mocha is the only way to go. Chocolate also contains caffeine so a mocha is a better wake up drink than an espresso!

There is also a major port in Yemen with a similar which exports a lot of coffee. beans which travel through there are also called mocha – so be aware of the difference! All the beans you’ll be using if you decide to take on a coffee franchise opportunity will be standardised.

Once you’ve perfected all the drinks on your menu, you’ll need to get used to some strange requests. Some customers will order their drinks extra hot, or stirred, or particularly milky when it isn’t what you’re used to. If you’re able to make the basics quickly and with relatively little fuss, you’ll manage to pick up the more tricky orders too.

A coffee franchise opportunity could be a really great experience for you!

5 Underrated Coffee Innovations

Friday, December 06, 2013

Whether you are part of a mobile coffee franchise or just love hot beverages, you’ll have seen plenty of innovation that isn’t ever praised as much as it should be.



Alt: UHT is a bit of a wonder product.

You’ve almost certainly come across the little cartons of milk in hotel rooms and on planes labelled ‘UHT’. If you’re a bit scathing then you aren’t alone. A lot of people don’t like the idea of milk which doesn’t need to be refrigerated and lasts months. But UHT isn’t artificial or excessively processed. In fact, UHT requires just 2 seconds of pasteurisation as opposed to the 15 seconds milk is traditionally treated for. It is heated to extremely high temperatures to kill off more bacteria than your average short fridge life bottle.

Sure, UHT kills off good bacteria as well as bad, and six months seems awfully long time to keep milk hanging around for. I throw away milk if it went out of date the day before, without smelling it or checking in anyway at all. I’m a tiny bit dairy paranoid. UHT is an excellent emergency milk option. It starts out exactly how any other milk you buy does, but it gets a really clever package and a whole heap of heat for a very short amount of time.

I probably wouldn’t chose to drink a glass of UHT, but a splash in a cuppa? I’m all for it.


Much like UHT, stirrers get a bit of a bad rep. A wooden number if much more environmentally friendly than its plastic counterpart, but is more expensive to produce. If you’re take a sugar or two and you’ve tried to cope without stirring you’ll be familiar with the gritty mess which ensues. We’d much rather a spoon, but in a mobile coffee franchise without kitchen facilities, a stirrer does the job very well.  

The Coffee Sleeve


Alt: Along with the paper cup, coffee sleeves make mobile coffee franchises possible.

The coffee sleeve was a real game changer. The concept was invented by an American called Jay Sorenson in 1991, after he scolded his hand and spilt coffee on himself because of a poorly insulated cup. Originally he tried to create a new cup with better insulation, before realising that not all drinks sold from coffee shops are hot enough to warrant a more expensive cup. And thus the humble and hand saving coffee sleeve was born under the particularly catchy title of the Java Jacket.

An example of Sorenson’s genius was honoured in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in their Humble Masterpieces exhibition.

Well done that man.

The Paper Cup

Simple and elegant, the paper cup makes mobile coffee franchises possible. While cafes and coffee shops could provide mugs or cups for their drinks, any takeaway services need a takeaway container. The paper cup has been around a pretty long time, growing in popularity since the beginning of the 20th century due to an increase in hygiene awareness.

The paper cup needed a bit of a rework to make it suitable for your steamy beverage, but the concept hasn’t changed. The slightly tapered shape makes the cups stackable and stable, and the reinforced lip helps to prevent spills.

Alcoholic Coffee?

If you’re well versed in all these mobile coffee franchise essentials, perhaps you haven’t come across some of the newer coffee innovations. Portuguese and Spanish researchers have discovered a new way of using coffee grounds to produce a very different kind of drink. By heating the powder in scolding water then removing the liquid and adding sugar and yeast they have found a way of turning coffee into a strong spirit, like tequila or vodka. It just needs a bit of fermentation and the result is pretty palatable.

The caffeine is lost in the process but it gives way to a whole new realm of bean based possibility.

Can you think of any other everyday coffee innovations?

How Coffee Breaks Can Benefit Your Business

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


Alt: Our Mobile Coffee Franchises are here to improve your coffee break.

We started our mobile coffee franchise because we know that coffee is fantastic, and its work based best friend ‘the coffee break’ is a wonderful little invention. Have you ever considered just how brilliant they are? You get to escape from the hubbub and just relax and sip that hot, comforting drink for a few lovely minutes. Bliss.

But the coffee break is good for you in more ways than you might realise.

Coffee Breaks Don’t Discriminate

Smokers are often allowed five minutes whenever their addiction calls. Their non-smoker colleagues would be left to pick up the slack, and they don’t get as much time away from their desks. The smoking break used to seem quite trendy from an outside perspective; you get to hang out with all the other smokers and discuss life.

Since smoking has fallen out of favour, and the smoking break has been forced outside even in the depth of winter, the coffee break has come into its own.

But the coffee break doesn’t discriminate. The coffee break is for everyone. Coffee on a coffee break is non-compulsory. Tea, water, and even a glass of orange juice are all completely reasonable options. If you went out with the smokers and didn’t smoke it would seem a bit odd.  

They Can Boost Productivity

There is evidence that coffee breaks improve productivity, and there are also reports which question the benefits, but here at Cafe2U we are highly pro-coffee break, which is why we deliver coffee to thousands of you every day straight from our mobile coffee franchises.

Sometimes your mind just seems like it isn’t functioning fully, and you’ve been looking at a screen for what feels like hours. You were more productive in your first 15 minutes in the office than you have been in the last hour. You just need a break.

It doesn’t take long to make a coffee – a bit of instant and some hot water is all you need. If you fancy something a little tastier you can nip out to one of our mobile coffee franchise and treat yourself. The break from the routine, and getting up and walking for a few minutes will help clear your head. It might even trigger a fresh perspective on that problem you’ve been working on.

Socialising Is Never A Bad Thing


Alt: The coffee break is still important, even if you’re really busy.

Sparking up a conversation also helps productivity, so a ten minute sit down with your colleagues in the staff room or at your desk while sipping a freshly made cuppa can improve your day.  If your breaks are scheduled so no two people are ever on break at the same time, you’re losing one of the coffee break’s best functions.

Coffee Itself Is Wonderful

The break is great, but so is coffee itself. Actually drinking java gives you a temporary boost to your body and your mind, making it easier to get through the day.

You are also more focused and therefore less likely to make mistakes, and will be able to concentrate more.

The coffee break literally breaks up the day, and can give you fresh perspective. You’re legally entitled to a break if you work enough hours, so make sure you make the most of yours.

The coffee break works almost as well as a power nap.