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Cafe2U UK Conference 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

On the weekend of the 4th and 5th of February, Cafe2U UK is holding its annual conference at Horwood House, Milton Keynes.

The event will see all Cafe2U UK franchisees come together for a weekend of insight and planning for the future, plus a celebration of the past twelve months.

The weekend will feature an opportunity to meet suppliers and sample new products, roundtable discussions to share experiences and challenges, a preview of the year ahead and a keynote speech from Celia Delaney - taking the audience through her motivational ‘5 Point’ sales techniques.

Saturday will be rounded off by a celebration of the successes of the last year with the annual awards dinner, this year taking on a distinctly Australian theme, and the weekend will be wrapped up by a best practice sharing morning with the Barista Jam on Sunday.

There’s certainly plenty going on so keep an eye on our social media channels for updates from the weekend and we will be posting a review and info on our award winners following the event.

Cafe2U Enjoys Customer Satisfaction Results Ahead of Period of Expansion

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cafe2U are celebrating bumper results in our annual customer satisfaction survey.

We have recently surveyed our database of 2,000 customers with an impressive 70% of respondents stating the service they receive could not be improved. More than 90% of customers visit a Cafe2U more than twice a week and spend up to £5 each visit. Respondents also highlighted the great coffee, top customer service and overall convenience as the main reasons for their repeat custom.

Tom Acland, Managing Director at Cafe2U, said: “These results are not just great for us to hear, they are an indication that all the hard work the team has put in is paying off. We are committed to taking fantastic espresso coffee direct to customers in their place of work across the country, offering them a first class customer experience along the way. These results show we are meeting that commitment but we don’t plan to stop there and plans are in place to continue to grow and strengthen our position as the leading mobile coffee business in the UK."

Click HERE to view the Cafe2U Survey infographic

How Drinking Coffee Can Boost Athletic Performance

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Source: www.checkmeowt.co.uk

Every now and then, a new super musclefood or protein supplement will take the public limelight claiming to hold the magic key to unlock our full health and fitness potential.


However few, if any, can compete with arguably the world’s most popular beverage: the lovely taste of coffee infused with nature’s natural kicker… caffeine.


Caffeine is a strong stimulant which has been shown to bolster both mental and physical capabilities in athletes and everyday working people.


But how you may ask? Let’s take a closer look shall we!



How caffeine works:


Caffeine has been known to change the neurotransmitters in the brain. For instance, when you drink a normal cup of coffee (which, for an average size, contains up to 25mg of caffeine), the presence of the caffeine automatically blocks a chemical called adenosine.


Adenosine is a natural neuromodulator which plays a key role in making you feel sleepy. This in turn increases your mental alertness and increases your threshold for pain allowing you to concentrate longer and maintain greater intensity during exercise. Perfect for athletes!


That’s not all... 


Drinking coffee is also associated with a number of physiological benefits including fat loss. 


Studies have suggested that due to the powerful properties of caffeine, a cup of coffee, in effect, stimulates the central nervous system (CNS) which releases fatty acids into the bloodstream to be metabolised by the muscles as fuel for energy. Say what!?


Not only is a cup of coffee warm and reinvigorating, it is also a super aid for optimal performance on the track, at the gym and even in the office.


Why is it so beneficial?


…One word, antioxidants.


Coffee beans contain naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are crucial to maintaining our overall health and wellbeing by warding off harmful free radicals.


B-complex vitamins, manganese, potassium, calcium and riboflavin are just a few compounds that ooze in your average brew. These properties are vital for going the distance physically and mentally as our body requires a steady stream of antioxidants to meet the rigours of stress and physical intensity.


If all else fails, drink coffee for a:


Better workout


The natural secretion of stimulatory hormones after a cup of coffee has been associated with improving the quality of exercise. For instance, caffeine has been known to increase the “flight or fight” hormone epinephrine, which is a fancy term for adrenaline. 


In an exercise environment, such as lifting heavy weights, this hormone (which is controlled by the adrenal glands) has a positive effect on maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) leading to better compound lifts such as the bench press and squats.


Better still, in a study conducted across various sports including rugby and football (soccer), athletes who consumed at least 3mg of caffeine reported greater running distance and jump height. 


Greater recovery


Coffee is one of the best beverages to take when trying to offset the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) experienced up to 24 hours - 72 hours after a strenuous workout. 


When you have completed a vigorous training session, your body would have naturally depleted its glycogen stores. As a result, a high intake of carbohydrates and sugar is needed to repair and refuel. 


Research carried out on competitive cyclists showed that when coffee was consumed with carbohydrates and sugar, it led to a much faster uptake by the blood allowing for quicker replenishment and improved muscle recovery. 


In turn, this resulted in a recovery rate as high as 66% 4 hours after a training session versus those who merely had a carbohydrate-rich meal (who will undoubtedly remain sore for much, much longer!)


Boost in endurance


Caffeine found in coffee is a big contributor to stalling the impact of fatigue (as briefly mentioned earlier). 


The increased ability to go beyond your usual threshold for pain is a key factor in what makes a warm cup of coffee a great ergogenic for competitive performance. This is particularly the case where athletes are engaged in sports that require greater mental and physical effort such as swimming, rowing and running.


In six studies carried out on high-performing athletes, three studies reported that caffeine found in one cup of coffee greatly reduced physical exertion during performance. 


The athletes were also able to complete a timed trial of their sport under controlled conditions 3.1% faster than if caffeine was not present in their bloodstream.


So there you have it


Continually given an unwarranted bad rap, a warm cuppa will not only get you through the dreary mornings, but it could also be crucial in getting you past the finish line.