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Speciality teas
Written by Administrator   
Sep 04, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Speciality teas are the ideal way for caterers to offer a range of teas to their customers. You can purchase a wide range of Speciality teas like Twinings Speciality Teas and also a fantastic range of Fairtrade Speciality Teas and also a wide range of Herbal Infusions.


Speciality Teas

These are blends that can come from more than one country or region and popular on the UK speciality tea market. You may be the kind of person who blends their own tea or has had an unusual tea somewhere in the world, if you are we want to hear from you, click here to tell us about it.

English Breakfast

Traditionally a blend of Assam and Ceylon teas to create a pungent and flavoursome tea to help digest a full english breakfast and give a good brisk start to the day. The essence of early morning tea, or as the Indians call it "bed" tea, is its strength and ability to wake and stimulate the metabolism. Many English Breakfast blends also include tea from Africa to give a coppery brightness to the colour.

Afternoon Tea

A blend of delicate Darjeeling tea and high-grown Ceylon tea to produce a refreshing and light tea, Afternoon Tea also makes an ideal companion to cucumber sandwiches, cream pastries and fruit cake. The essence of Afternoon Tea blends is not their strength but their flavour.

House Blend

Some tea places offer a 'pot of tea', others have a 'pot of house blend tea'. This tea is equivalent to - if not better than - the type of tea most people buy to use at home. In tea trade language, it is known as a 'popular brand leading blend' . In catering terms it will be a Quality Award tea. It may be a loose leaf or tea bag, either way it's a work of art and can contain 15-35 different teas. These are blended to achieve a consistent quality flavour.

During the year or plucking season, adverse weather conditions can affect the quality of any of the teas. The blender will then have to find other teas that will produce the same flavour and characteristics. To do this they will taste between 200 and 1,000 teas a day and adjust the recipe so we can enjoy our favourite cup of tea all day, everyday.

Flavoured Teas

These are real teas (Camellia sinensis), blended with fruit, spices or herbs. Fruit flavoured tea such as apple or blackcurrant, is real tea blended with fruit peel or treated with the natural fruit juice or oil known as zest. Spiced and herb teas, such as cinnamon, nutmeg or mint, are also real teas blended with spice or herb. Tisanes such as Camomile, Peppermint or Nettle, or the misnamed "fruit teas", do not contain one leaf of real tea.

Bubble Tea

One of the latest emerging trends in the tea market is bubble tea. This drink originated in Taiwan over 10 years ago and is also known as Tapioca Tea, Pearl Tea, Milk Tea, Booboo, Hen Zhu NIA Cha and variations on these names. The two main ingredients of this cold beverage are tapioca balls and milk tea. Several varieties exist and can include exotic fruit flavourings such as Papaya, Honeydew and Taro as well as ice cream, but the "bubble" comes from the round, gummy tapioca balls that are boiled in the tea flavourings. Kids in Taiwan call these balls "QQ" which means 'chewy' in Chinese, in the West they are, the popular term is "booboo" which is slang for female breasts.

In the past few years, Bubble Tea has become increasingly fashionable in areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver and the Bay area where it is drunk with large colourful straws.

Chai

'Chai', (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie') is the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage that has played an important role in many cultures. Chai, from India is basically spiced milky tea and is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. In the United States Chai has caught on and is being sold as, 'Tea Latte' a popular alternative to its coffee namesake. It is generally made up of rich black tea, heavy milk, a combination of spices and some form of sweetener. In traditional Indian recipes the spices vary from region to region but the most common are, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper.

Iced Tea

Iced Tea was first drunk at the 1904 World Trade Fair in St Louis where the extremely hot weather and demand for cold drinks led Englishman, Richard Blechynden to pour tea into glasses filled with ice cubes.

More than 80 % of all the tea consumed in the US is served as iced tea. So, already a very popular beverage oversees, it is now becoming more popular in the UK. Iced Tea in Europe is one of the fastest growing soft drinks segments, with consumption tripling over the last ten years. To brew iced tea either Ceylon or China Keemun will show the best results.

Last Updated ( Feb 20, 2013 at 05:24 PM )
Coffee suppliers
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Sep 04, 2009 at 12:00 AM

For any business that sells hot beverages to the public, a reliable and fast supply of coffee beans, ground coffee, tea bags, hot chocolate powder and all the little accessories that a busy cafe needs is essential. Fortunately finding the right supplier is not that hard. The key to finding the right coffee supplier, is finding one that provides you a range of products - purchasing from a range of suppliers complicates the order process and increases the risk of running out of stock. A good coffee supplier will stock all the products you need to make and  serve all your hot beverage line up, so an ideal supplier not only offers coffee beans, ground coffee but also sugar sachets, disposable cups to serve drinks in, coffee machines and cleaning products.

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Kenco Westminster medium roast filter coffee is a carefully selected blend of coffee beans from Central and Southern America. The Kenco Westminster coffee beans are slowly toasted until they reach a medium roast, and then they are ground to filter coffee grade. Kenco Westminster coffee is a smooth, fruity, slightly sweet and well rounded filter coffee.

Kenco Westminster coffee is a smooth and fruity coffee in 60g sachets for optimum freshness.Kenco Westminster coffee is named after the City of Westminster in London.


Why use Kenco?

Kenco's coffee comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, where forests are protected and rivers, soils and wildlife conserved. Kenco choose the best beans and the best eco-friendly packaging, it's the thought - that makes the difference - that counts.

Great coffee is made with great care. It's the care Kenco takes - at every stage of production - that makes the coffee you love.

Kenco makes coffee while the sun shines. During the dry season Kenco hand picks their coffee 'cherries' when they're at their ripest!

How do you guarantee the best quality?

Kenco dries the superiour beans from the coffee cherries under the tropical afternoon sun, and they do it evenly so they're perfectly dried all 'round. That means turning them every half hour or so.
Only the best quality beans are selected for roasting - at just the right temperature to create just the right flavour.


Sustainability

Your cup of Kenco coffee tastes even better when you know that it's grown using sustainable farming methods.

Kenco's friendship with the Rainforest Alliance ensures a better living for the people and their families who grow your coffee. It also helps protect the environment and the wildlife that depend on it. Proof, as if it were needed, that good taste and good work can go together!


Kenco buys all the beans for their freeze dried range from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms. That's 100% commitment to providing the coffee growing community with better wages, education, healthcare and environment protection - a better move forward all around.

Our History...

The early days - 1920s - 1945
In the 1920s a group of retired coffee planters set up a highly fashionable chain of coffee shops under the banner of The Kenya Coffee Company.
In 1921, LC Gibbs and CS Baines began selling coffee from a shop in Vere Street, Mayfair. The shop sold roast and ground coffee locally but most of its sales were by mail order - selling coffee to country houses using advertisements in publications like Tatler, Country Life and The Times.
As demand increased, the company moved to number 30 Sloane Street, an equally fashionable address and bought premises in Long Lane, Bermondsey.
Subsequently, premises at London's Earlsfield were acquired to cope with increased roasting and packing.
The Bermondsey premises were next door to a food merchants called John Gardiner (later Gardiner Merchant). Gardiner ran a food wholesaling business, restaurants - including the uber-chic Scott's seafood restaurant - and provided outdoor catering at events such as Wimbledon. They purchased their coffee from The Kenya Coffee Company.

After the war
After the Second World War, a Gardiner employee, Tom Kelly, persuaded the company to buy The Kenya Coffee Company. On completion of the deal, Tom Kelly was put in charge of the new business and he expanded the retail chain.
As well as selling coffee by mail order and from the Sloane Street premises, Kelly diversified into catering and opened coffee shops in the King's Road in Chelsea, Kingston, Wimbledon, Golders Green, Old Compton Street, Knightsbridge, Ealing and outside London in Cambridge, Glasgow, Leicester and Norwich.
The Kenya Coffee Company shops may well have been the first branded high street coffee shop chain in the UK!

Expansion in the swinging sixties
By the 1960s, The Kenya Coffee Company cafes were thriving - selling not only coffee but also cakes. The cakes were made in London and then shipped by road and rail to the various branches each night.
Tom Kelly also spotted the wider opportunity for espresso coffee - after acquiring the rights to sell Gaggia machines, the company began to supply these to other coffee bars.
During the 60s, the amount of beans that The Kenya Coffee Company bought from Kenya began to decrease substantially and the company name was changed to The Kenco Coffee Company to reflect this. In 1962, Kenco branded coffee was first served! The success of the company was noticed by larger corporations and it was taken over by the hotel group, Truste House, while roasting continued at the Earlsfield site.
Kenco coffee continued to be served through all the coffee shops and whole beans and ground coffees were sold in 2oz jars alongside jam and other speciality goods. To meet increasing demand Kenco set up a national sales force to sell Kenco coffee to other coffee shop businesses.

The seventies
In 1972, Truste House (now Truste House Forte) sold the Kenco brand to Cadbury.
Under Cadbury ownership,The Kenco Coffee Company sales team was supported by a nimble fleet of delivery vans and continued to grow significantly - so much so that in the mid 1970s the desirable Kenco brand was acquired by Premier Foods.
The eighties and nineties
In 1987 General Foods purchased The Kenco Coffee Company and it was in these decades that the foundations of today's Kenco Coffee Company were laid - although as you can see, the brand looks a little bit different today!

The future
The Kenco Coffee Company history is rich and varied. We like to think that we've always been a company that has anticipated trends and adapted accordingly sometimes with radical results. As British consumers become increasingly sophisticated about their coffee choices when they're away from home, we continue to strive for innovation and to anticipate consumer requirements - whether that's a dark roasted Italian espresso or an ethically sourced coffee.

Flowers Love Coffee Too

Your old filter papers and old coffee can be composted. Old coffee grounds can be used in your garden, and here are a few useful facts on how to go about using old coffee grounds for plants and flowers.
Coffee grounds lose most of their acidity during the coffee brewing process, leaving the coffee grounds with an average pH of 6.9 and a carbon-nitrogen ratio of 20-1.

Primary Nutrients:

Nitrogen 1.45%, Phosphorus ND ug/g, Potassium 1204 ug/g.

Secondary Nutrients:

Calcium 389 up/g, Magnesium 448 ug/g, Sulphur high ug/g.

Old coffee grounds can be mixed with general soil around acid loving plants, which include azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and camellias. You can add brown leaves and grass cuttings to the coffee grounds, to make mulch which will help to balance the pH of your soil. By mixing your old coffee grounds into the compost you will help to accelerate the composting process.

Please note there are two main types of ingredients to add to your compost.

1. Brown materials such as old coffee filter papers, tea bags, dead leaves, old papers and wood sawdust, these are all high in carbon.
2. Green materials such as old coffee grounds, tea, food waste and even manure, these are all high in nitrogen.

A simple rule is, to mix half and half of the above brown and green materials to make the perfect compost! You can even help a worm bin to flourish by feeding the worms with old coffee grounds mixed with some brown material.

As a small word of caution, please remember when using old coffee grounds for composting, you should never use more than 25% of coffee grounds in any one compost pile!

 

Espresso Coffee Revealed

Espresso coffee was actually invented in France, before being perfected in Italy, and is today enjoyed around the world, making espresso coffee a truly universal beverage.
Espresso coffee is a particular style of coffee drink and not a specific type of coffee bean.
Espresso coffee is made from very finely ground coffee beans, which is tightly packed, and through which hot water is forced at pressure, to extract maximum flavour. The result is a rich, dark and extremely flavourful concentrated black coffee. On average, a single espresso coffee is usually a 7g dose of finely ground coffee, which should take 20 seconds to make a 30ml shot of espresso. The perfect espresso should then result in a fabulous shot of dark coffee which is topped off by a beautiful, 3-4 mm head of thick golden foam known as "Crema ", which is a product of the coffee's natural oils and the source of its rich flavour and aroma. The ideal espresso should be served in cups that are dry and warm, possibly narrow in order to concentrate the espresso's aromas and crema.

The Coffee Grind is Critical.

The ideal grind will result in a slow, steady flow of espresso coffee. As with most coffee, the best time to grind your coffee beans is immediately before brewing. If the grind is too coarse, the coffee will gush out and the espresso will be weak and under extracted. Too fine a grind and the espresso will drip out, one bitter drip at a time. The correct dose nearly fills your filter insert / basket with the freshly ground fine coffee, with a consistency between flour and sugar, and leaving a small gap for the grounds of coffee to expand as they become saturated.
For lower pressure units, an extra fine grind with some granularity will work, you can even use an inexpensive coffee bean grinder to achieve this texture. High pressure commercial coffee machines require a finer, more powdery grind , which can be obtained from a commercial grinder .

The Portion of Ground Coffee Required.

A single shot of espresso coffee requires roughly 1-1.5 table spoons or 7 grams of ground coffee. Be aware to not overfill your filter insert, always leaving a small gap to let the coffee expand.

Tamping.

Tamping is the gentle packing down of the finely ground coffee into the coffee filter prior to brewing. This ensures that the water will flow evenly through the coffee grounds, producing a complete extraction of all the coffee flavour.

The Extraction.

A shot of espresso should ideally take 20 seconds for a 30ml of liquid coffee, and should flow as freely as honey from a spoon. Should your extraction times be any shorter or longer, you may wish to check your coffee grind .A double shot of ground coffee should result in a double espresso of 60 ml. The pump pressure of the traditional cappuccino espresso machine should be at 9 atmospheres, and the water temperature between 84 and 93 C.

The Truth and Misconceptions about Espresso.

The first misconception about espresso coffee is that it should be bitter and burnt tasting. Actually, a perfect espresso shot should be aromatic, bitter sweet and assertive, with a lingering aftertaste.
The second myth is that drinking an espresso will keep you awake all night. However, despite an espresso having a strong flavour, it actually contains less caffeine than a regular coffee. Typically 60-80 mg of caffeine per shot of espresso as compared to 80-100mg per cup of regular coffee due to espresso's shorter extraction time.
Finally, most people think it takes a lot of time and effort to prepare a shot of espresso, but as the name implies, it is easy and very quick to make a perfect espresso coffee

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