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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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Espresso machines have become more and more popular over the last decade. The first commercial espresso machines were built by Achille Gaggia in 1938. They work on the principle of hot water being forced over coffee under pressure to produce espresso coffee.The size and complexity of machines vary and consideration must be given before choosing the right system.


Smaller espresso machines have a single group head and low capacity boilers. Some of these single group machines have hand fill water tanks however most commercial espresso systems need a mains water supply. Single group espresso machines have a single steam wand for steaming and foaming milk and can produce either one or two cups of espresso coffee at any one time.


Commercial espresso machines have one, two, three or four group heads, one or two steam wands, hot water facilities and a cup warming areas. Choices of semi or fully automatic group heads are usually available however automatic group heads are the most popular. These automatic group heads allow the water doses to be pre-set providing a more constant product.


Each group head can produce one or two espresso coffees at a time.  Water boiler capacities vary and must be taken into consideration when selecting the right espresso machine. If high volumes of coffee or hot water are required high volume espresso machines with high capacity water boilers are necessary. It is also important to have the right power supply for the model selected.


Most high volume espresso machines need minimum 20 amp power supply. This allows the water boilers to recover quickly after water of steam has been drawn off. The most common espresso machines are two group machines. Usually they have two team wands allowing more than one operator to use the machine at any one time. A 10 litre boiler and a 20 amp power supply should be ample for most small to medium requirements.Three and four group espresso machines have larger water boilers and may need 30 amp or 3 phase power supplies.


The demand for espresso machines with high level group heads has increased due the growth of the takeaway coffee market. The requirement for large cup volumes and high volume demand has seen a growth for the more powerful espresso machines. Some of the most popular espresso machines manufactures include Wega, Gaggia, Brasilia, and Iberital. 


Wega espresso machines are now one of Italy’s largest machine manufacturers and produce high quality and innovative systems. Gaggia and Brasila espresso machines are also produced in Italy and have been popular for many years. Iberital espresso machines are produced in Spain. The high level group head models with high volume boilers are very popular in the takeaway market.


Smaller volume domestic espresso machines vary. It is very important to select the correct machine for your situation. Some smaller units do not have pressure boilers and struggle to produce both espresso coffee and steamed milk at the same time. Large espresso machines with pressure boilers are recommended particularly if more than one cup of coffee is required.



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