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Mary queen of coffee shops
Written by c0ff33   
Jul 06, 2011 at 01:45 PM

It has been suggested that the coffee house trade should make a specific presentation to the Mary Portas project, in which the ‘shopping consultant’, famous from her TV shows, has been hired by the government to report on the retail mix of Britain’s high streets.  There is a distinct suspicion that the trade may not come out of this report well… the constant complaint from councils throughout the country now is that their high streets are becoming too full of coffee shops.  We shall report on this in greater depth in our next printed issue, but it has been suggested that the beverage trade should put together a concerted submission; we have spoken to an association in the pub trade which has done the same on behalf of their members, and the appropriate government department has told us that they are ‘not being prescriptive’ about how submissions might be offered, but that they certainly are interested in ‘evidence, analysis and figures’.    We suggest that any in the trade who feel they want to be involved in this might contact the editor.

Article from Boughtons Coffee House News

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Twinings Tea
Written by c0ff33   
May 24, 2011 at 02:35 PM


Twinings Tea



Black Tea

Black Tea is one of the most popular types of tea and is wholly oxidised. The enzymes in the tea leaves are activated when the cell structure is broken by the rolling process. A reaction occurs with the oxygen in the air, turning the leaf from green to brown. This process is stopped by applying heat to the leaves. The main Black Tea producing countries are Kenya, India and Sri Lanka.

Speciality Tea

Speciality Teas are Black Teas expertly selected from the finest tea growing areas for superior flavour and aroma.

Speciality Teas are often blended with flavourings, such as Earl Grey which is fine Black Tea blended with bergamot oil for a distinctive citrus taste, or processed in a different way, such as Lapsang Souchong, whose leaves are flavoured by laying the tea leaves over bamboo trays and allowing smoke with pinewood to permeate the tea leaves.

Benefits to Caterers:

Demand for Premium teas is growing and offers significant profit opportunity:

  • Twinings Tea is the only tea brand consumers expect to see Out of Home.*
  • Twinings Tea is the only brand that can credibly persuade customers to pay more for premium, teas with a reputation for quality.
  • Consumers will pay a premium of up to 15% over mainstream teas for Twinings Tea Speciality Teas.


Most herbal blends, such as peppermint and camomile have reputed health benefits, whilst the fruit blends provide a fruity flavoursome drink.

As Infusions contain no tea, they are all caffeine free, with no added sugars, as sugar occurs naturally within the fruits. Infusions should not have milk added; only freshly boiled water.

Benefits to Caterers:

  • Twinings Tea is the undisputed Infusions brand leader with a 54% market share.
  • Twinings Tea is a premium brand consumers are willing to pay a premium price for.
Last Updated ( Feb 21, 2013 at 04:18 PM )
Dinkum Shmoo Milkshake
Written by c0ff33   
Apr 20, 2011 at 01:42 PM

Shmoo the ice cream textured thickshake

Our ice cream textured thickshakes do not require ice cream to make them, cold milk, ingredients & whisking is all that’s required to achieve delicious thickshakes for your customers.

They can be served in branded disposables or in many innovative ways. The addition of cream, syrups and sprinkles enhances the presentation of the drink to allow even greater profits.

Shmoo thick milkshake is available in Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, Vanilla and Mango... the UK’s best selling flavours.

Unique Features

The only branded fresh milkshake in the UK - clear plastic disposable cups with domed lids have a strong brand image and powerful point of sale material helps to boost sales. We also offer a non branded glasses option if you prefer.

We supply all branded cups/lids/straws free of charge with every tub of product purchased - you only need to supply the fresh milk.

Every drink can be mixed in the cup that the customer will drink from. There is absolutely no washing up or wastage of the product - and therefore there is no loss to your profit margin.

A commercial milkshake machine from Shmoo that takes up only 18cm x 18cm of valuable space, negligible running costs, can be cleaned in a few minutes, there is no maintenance and comes with a 12 month replacement guarantee.


When mixed to instructions Shmoo is low in sugar, 99% fat free, contains calcium, has no colours or sweeteners and is suitable for vegetarians and gluten free.

There is no delivery charge to mainland UK (except upper reaches of Scotland and Northern Ireland).  All goods are delivered within 2-3 working days.

For you favourite thick milkshake you should always purchase the powder mixes from a reputable supplier, such as commercial catering supplier Pennine Tea and Coffee.

Last Updated ( Jun 14, 2013 at 03:42 PM )
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If you enjoy the taste of fresh ground, home made coffee there is certain equipment that you will need to make this well. One of the key parts of the home coffee makers equipment is the espresso grinder and this is basically used to reduce coffee beans to the grounds that are used in an espresso machine.

There are a couple of advantages to owning an espresso coffee grinder. Firstly it can be more cost effective than buying pre-packed grounds and although you have the initial outlay of buying the espresso coffee nmachine this should be paid back in time with the cost saving from grinding your own beans. The second advantage is freshness. Generally it is agreed that the sooner after grinding espresso beans that you brew the coffee, the better the coffee will taste. Pre-packed coffee beans can sit on the shelf for a long time before use and therefore the best way to ensure the freshness and quality of the grounds you use is to make your own with an espresso coffee grinder.

If you are considering purchasing an espresso grinder there are a couple of types available on the market. These comprise grinders with a blade and those with a burr. The blade espresso grinder typically has a fan shaped blade that chops up the beans and these tend to be the less expensive type. However the blade type can produce grounds of inconsistent sized grains. If you are looking for more consistent grounds, which is typically said to make better tasting coffee, the espresso burr coffee grinder can be a better choice and this crushes the beans between a stationary surface and a grinding wheel.

Prices for coffee grinders which are suitable for home use can vary between £40 at the more affordable end of the market up to around £600 for the more professional style of grinder. For commercial espresso grinders the price can go up as high as £1000 to £2000 for top grade equipment.

Some of the companies that manufacture coffee grinders include Cimbali, Capresso and Rancilio. Examples of the espresso grinders on the market include The Iberital MC2 At around £130 to purchase this is considered to be one of the best budget grinders available. It has conical steel burrs which provide high precision grinding and has 16 settings allowing extra fine to coarse grinding. It also has a timer which can be set between 5 and 60 seconds and this allows you to work to an accurate grinding time. The Rancilio Rocky Burr Grinder with Doser is considered to be another good grinder and this retails for around £245. This is a medium duty grinder which is good for the home or small business. The grinding wheels are made of high quality hardened, tempered steel which provides a consistent grind and pulling the dosing handle will dispense around 7 grams of ground coffee each time.

To make the best possible home made coffee an espresso grinder can be an essential piece of equipment. It ensures you have the freshest grounds possible to make your daily espresso and this will help you make a great tasting cup of coffee every time.

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