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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

The Rise Of The Home Coffee Market

Saturday, May 31, 2014

We’re getting used to really great coffee. It’s not a bad thing; everyone should have access to quality drinks and not substandard instant which just isn’t as good. It can end up watery and weak, and just not what you want. We’ve a sneaking suspicion that at least some of the people who don’t think that they like coffee just hasn’t had the right cup yet.

The progression of coffee culture has been steady. Starting with coffee shops on the high street from chains and independent cafes. As you might know, coffee has been around for more than 700 years, and for more than 300 years there has been coffee shops.

More recent additions have been the concept of mobile coffee franchises, a concept Cafe2U has been running for over ten years. Mobile coffee franchises are fully operational cafes tucked into the back of a modern Mercedes van.

At home, for many years, instant coffee was almost the only option (without investing in coffee shop grade espresso machines, grinders and roasters, and having to pay industry level prices for them). Now people have tasted a better degree of coffee on the high street and in their places of work though, instant is ceasing to be good enough. More and more people are looking to achieve the coffee shop or mobile coffee franchise taste at home.

Cafe2U have crafted their own at home bean selections – Cafe2U@home – so that you can create your own cups at home as well. This is available either as beans which you can grind at home for extra freshness, or in the form of grounds, ready to go straight into your cafetière.

Home Brewed

There are loads of better ways to achieve coffee perfection from the comfort of your own home – but they all start with the right beans. Find a great blend, and make sure they are freshly roasted (the longer they are left before use the more the taste deteriorates). Cafe2U’s blend has been perfected over time, making Cafe2U@home a great option – you already know it’s a good one because it is the same product you can buy from our professional baristas and their mobile coffee franchises.

After you’ve settled on a blend we recommend that you buy little and often rather than in bulk so your beans stay fresh. You’ll then need something to brew your coffee in. In ‘bean to cup’ espresso machines you can put your Cafe2U@home coffee beans straight into the grinder compartment, and watch as beautiful hot espresso pours into your mug. With other machines, you will either need to buy the pre-ground version, or make sure you have a grinder to do this yourself.

There are loads of different home brew techniques out there, from mini espresso machines to stove-top and the pod style coffee makers such as Nespresso. We’re going to talk you through how to use one of the most simple and effective methods you can use with your Cafe2U@home grounds though – and there’s no need for expensive machines at all.

The Cafetière

  • To get the best from yours, heat the container slightly by adding a small amount of boiling water. This will help keep the water you add to the coffee grounds hotter for longer, and therefore allow you to achieve a better quality cup. 
  • Bring the kettle to the boil, and then allow to cool slightly to prevent the grounds from burning and giving you a bitter tasting coffee. 
  • Pour away the water you’ve placed in the cafetière.
  • Place the grounds into the cafetière. You’ll need two level tea spoons of grounds per mug for the best results. 
  • To this, add a small amount of the just-boiled water and stir. Then, top up to the desired amount and stir again. 
  • Put the lid back on the cafetière (with the plunger raised), and leave to brew for four minutes. 
  • You can then push the plunger down, slowly but firmly, to trap all the grounds at the bottom of the cafetière. 
  •  Enjoy!

To buy Cafe2U@home, speak to your local franchise partner, or contact head office directly where we will be happy to help.