5 Different Ways To Take Your Coffee

Friday, July 11, 2014
Splash of milk, one sugar?

How you take your coffee is usually a pretty personal choice. You have probably been drinking it more or less the same way as long as you can remember (although perhaps you might have lowered your sugar intake just a little bit. With coffee vans for sale up and down the country, and the coffee industry booming, you should perhaps try and branch out a little.

With so many different varieties of coffee available out there, it might be time to try something new. As they are all made from the same blends as your usual latte is, the taste will be familiar. The different ways of taking coffee tend to revolve around the same shot as well, but the differences can really help keep the coffee spark alive for you.

While there are lots of different coffee orders for you to try, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourites. If you’re looking for coffee vans for sale or you’re just a good old fashioned coffee fan we’re sure you’ll love at least some of them!


A ristretto is traditionally similar to an espresso but the water is forced through the coffee grounds more quickly which means that while there is still plenty of oil and flavour, there’s less caffeine. Now days, with machines rather than hand presses, ristrettos are made by using less water. An espresso is 8 grams of coffee in 30 millilitres of water, while a ristretto is the same amount of coffee in 15 millilitres of water. It makes for a very strong, flavoursome shot.

Café Cubano

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth when it comes to coffee? This Cuban espresso is sweetened with Demerara sugar during the brewing process. It can be used to describe both the espresso shot and the drinks made using it as their base. Traditionally it’s taken without milk, and at breakfast or late in the evening. The heat alters the sugar during the brew, so the taste is different than it would be if you added the sugar at the end.

Café Con Hielo 

The literal translation is espresso with ice – making it the perfect drink for a hot summer’s day. In its home land of Spain you would be given a black espresso and a cup of ice, and sugar. Add the sugar to the coffee first, and stir in. then pour the hot coffee over the ice and drink!

Café Frappe

This is one of those happy accidents. It’s a Greek foam-covered iced drink made from instant coffee. In 1957 a Nestle representative couldn’t find hot water to make his coffee with, so he mixed it with ice and cold water in a shaker instead. The result worked, and is still available in almost all Greek cafes.

Café Viennois 

Also known as espresso con panna, this is a latte sized drink made with whipped cream. It can be served either hot or cold. It’s particularly possible in coffee houses in Budapest and Vienna, but you’ll find it served in cafes all over Europe.

Flat White 

We’re particularly fond of the flat white, which was developed in Australia and New Zealand in the 1980s and served by Cafe2U since 2004. It involves pouring microfoam (steamed milk with fine bubbles) over a double shot of espresso (or espresso ristretto!). It’s something to try if you like cappuccinos or lattes, although they tend to have a higher proportion of coffee to milk, which allows the espresso flavour to really shine through.

Our coffee vans for sale offer the best quality coffees in the most convenient format. If you’re looking to try something new, just ask one of our trained baristas for some suggests – we’re a friendly bunch! If you want to get started with one of our coffee vans for sale and start your journey as a franchisee, we’d love to hear from you too.

Coffee Vans For Sale: A Mobile Dentist?!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sugary drinks, black coffee and red wine have long been considered problematic for teeth. While all are fine in moderation, sugary drinks (including fruit juices with their naturally occurring sugars) can speed up tooth decay. Wine and coffee can stain the enamel (think about how your porcelain cup takes on some of the coffee colouring when used frequently, or if you forget to rinse it out.

If you’re looking at coffee vans for sale or mobile coffee franchises, the chances are this won’t be because of the health benefits (although there are quite a few!)

What might be surprising though, is that black coffee (still in moderation), can actually be good for your teeth.

Scientists at Rio de Janeiro published in a journal about the impact an extract of Robusta coffee can have on milk teeth.

This particular variety is grown mostly in Brazil and Vietnam, and has a higher caffeine level than the Arabica variety as grown in Ethiopia, as well as Kenya, and many other parts of the world. While Arabica accounts for around 75 to 80 percent of the world’s coffee production, Robusta has properties which the more widely produced bean just can’t match.

Tests have shown that Robusta can help to break down a thin film of bacteria on milk teeth, which would have led to the development of plaque. Plaque is a complex biofilm, and it is the main culprit in both decay and gum disease. It means that there is constant research going into new methods of breaking down this film, and therefore lowering the risks of disease and decay.

The Science

The beans contain a chemical called polyphenols. This works to destroy bacteria on the teeth by bursting it open. This process is known as ‘lyse’.

While coffee itself can still stain the enamel, there are hopes that this chemical could be extracted and added to toothpaste and mouthwashes, just as has been done with fluoride.

So while drinking a black coffee might prevent decay, there might still be some issues with staining.

Andrea Antonio, the lead researcher on the project, emphasised: “Whilst this is an exciting result, we have to be careful to add that there are problems associated with excessive coffee consumption, including staining and the effects of acidity on tooth enamel. And if you take a lot of sugar and cream in your coffee, any positive effects on dental health are probably going to be cancelled out.”

More of our favourite coffee related health benefit studies:

The Surprising Benefits of Butter Coffee

Butter coffee contains lots of vitamins which you wouldn’t usually get. This included significant amounts of vitamins A, D and K2. It can also improve your cholesterol levels!

How Coffee Can Lower Suicide Rates

Those who drink between two and four cups of coffee per day had a 50% lower risk of suicide than those who didn’t, or than those who drank decaffeinated coffee. The important thing to remember is not to drink the coffee too late in the day, as this can impact your sleep which is also a contributing factor.

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

Having just one more cup of coffee per day can help lower your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by as much as 11 percent over the course of four years when compared to those who made no changes to their coffee drinking habits.

Everything in moderation can be great, and if you’re looking at coffee vans for sale it’s probably because you’re quite passionate about that simple little aromatic drink. We think it should be made available to people wherever they work, and in a high quality form. Our coffee vans for sale are designed to have all the benefits of a coffee shop with none of the pitfalls.

Properly Store Your Cafe2U@Home For The Perfect Cup

Monday, June 30, 2014

Our coffee vans for sale are specially equipped to give you everything you need to make the perfect espresso every time, and this included storage. Keeping your coffee correctly is a big part of keeping it fresh and flavoursome. If there’s excess air exposure, moisture, heat or light, then the end taste will be compromised. Glass jars of coffee beans on the table top might look great, but it will massively impact the flavour. If you do this, make sure it’s only for aesthetic reasons and keep your beans for consumption elsewhere.

So, forget everything you’ve been told before. You should not keep your beans in the fridge or in the freezer. There’s lots of moisture in these environments, and the beans are highly absorbent so any flavours will impact the end taste of the drink. The porous nature isn’t necessarily a bad thing; it helps the drink to take on the flavours of syrups or oils which might be used. The issue arises when the beans are surrounded by less palatable aromas. The other issue with freezing is you break down the complex oils which all contribute to taste.

Buy what you’ll use

You should try to only buy the coffee you’re going to use. That is, don’t buy more than you can use within one to two weeks as this is when it’s at its most fresh. Small quantities will mean that each cup is fresh, and you won’t have to throw anything away. Separate your coffee into smaller portions so you don’t need to constantly expose it to air, and store in air-tight containers.

Buying whole beans over grounds will give you a fresher cuppa. Think about it like a cake; would you buy it pre-cut, or cut it up days before you were going to serve it? Nope! The grounds have a much larger surface area so will go stale more rapidly than whole beans.

Pick a blend

It can be really hard to find a good coffee blend, so we’d recommend that you stick with a good one if you’ve found it. The Cafe2U@home range has been carefully formulated to give you the best drinks possible from the comfort of your own home when there’s not a coffee van nearby. Of course, if you join us by looking at our franchises and coffee vans for sale then you’ll have barista standard coffee whenever and wherever you want it!

When you can break the rules

You can freeze coffee if you’re buying particularly large quantities (more than your usual two week supply). These can be stored for up to month provided they’re in small portions in airtight bags. Once you’ve removed them, transfer to an air-tight container and store in a cool dry place as you would usually.

Make sure you’re brewing your coffee properly to get the most form it, and you’ll find that you’re taking coffee as seriously as a barista in no time. It’s amazing how much difference a few small changes can make to the taste of your drink.

Coffee professionals will get through much more than you will at home, so they can afford to buy in bulk. This is because they’ll be getting through it fast enough that even the last cup from the bag will still be fresh.

A coffee van for sale will give you all the equipment you need to create excellent coffee every time, and the professional barista training you receive if you become a partner will help you making coffee at home and at work too.