Many people think that UK coffee shops are too numerous, particularly people living in market towns who see the opening of Costa or Starbucks outlets as ruining the character of their villages and towns. Indeed if you visit London you will be hard pushed to find a street that doesn’t have one coffee outlet as a minimum.

However, the coffee market has experienced enormous growth in the last 5 years evidenced by the success of Costa Coffee which now has 2,000 shops in the UK, 2.5 times.....

The arrival of Christmas themed coffees in high street coffee shops has become as much a part of the festive season as the sale of Christmas trees and greetings cards. As Christmas Day approaches, what better festive coffee treat following a day’s gift shopping than to enjoy a steaming, hot coffee from one of your favourite coffee outlets. Several of these coffee shops launch a menu of new flavours each year and most keep the new flavour range a secret until their launch date.

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One of the rarest, most expensive coffee beans available is Kopi Luwak, (or cat poop coffee) which undergoes a unique process from bean to coffee stage. They are prized among many coffee distributors worldwide.

How the beans are processed
Kopi Luwak comprises the coffee berries eaten, excreted and harvested from an Asian Palm civet, a cat type animal. Once the civet has eaten the coffee berries, a fermentation process takes place in the cat’s stomach, when proteolytic enzymes .....

Two sisters are planning to open a cat café next spring, in Manchester.  The proposed coffee shop will be the first of its type in the City Centre and customers will be able to make a fuss of the cats as they enjoy coffee made from single origin coffee beans and blends, and sip their lattes and cappuccinos.

Sarah Close and her sister Ellie are hoping that their coffee shop will attract hundreds of cat lovers from around the area. They have even opened Twitter accounts for each of the.....

It appears that people either love the Whitbread owned Costa Coffee chain or hate it and we don’t think it has anything to do with its single origin coffee beans, lattes or cappuccinos.

Recently the chain has had to scrap its plan to open a coffee shop in Totnes after locals opposed it. And this month there has been dissent among the populace at Moseley, a Birmingham suburb as plans were revealed for a Costa Coffee shop to be opened in a now closed branch of Barclays Bank. A petition.....

If, like many people, you drink endless cups of fresh coffee throughout the day at home, you will have a supply of used coffee bean grounds left from your сafetière or filter coffee machine. Rather than just throw them out with the rubbish, here are several clever ideas for recycling them and putting them to use around the home.

1. Beauty Scrub
Mix the coffee grounds with honey or coconut oil, to create an all over face and body scrub, then shower off, which  will exfoliate an.....

Which of us doesn’t reach for a cup of coffee (or maybe even two) first thing in the morning, or when we feel we are flagging and need a pick-me up? With conflicting information everywhere about how good or bad coffee is for us it’s difficult to decide whether we should drink so much coffee or not. However, as recent research shows, we have no reason to feel guilty for indulging ourselves in a cup of coffee, as indeed it may be beneficial to our heart health.

Several studies ha.....

As coffee wholesalers we like to keep an eye on what is happening with coffee shops in the UK and this month there has been quite a lot going on. Here are some of the more interesting highlights:

International Coffee Day took place in the UK on 29 September and baristas not only served up their usual lattes, espressos, cappuccinos and Americanos but also imaginative cocktails, combining coffee with alcohol, fruit, chocolate covered coffee beans, ice cream, syrup, cinnamon and even doug.....

If you haven’t already organised or heard about Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which will be happening on 25 September, there is still time. You can request a kit from Macmillan here.

The Macmillan Charity is renowned for the assistance it provides to people suffering from cancer and their friends and families. The coffee morning campaign started in 1991 when the proceeds of a local committee coffee morning were donated to MacMillan’s fund.  Because of the success .....

Once a restricted substance for athletes and a possible cause of dehydration, research now shows that a shot of caffeine in coffee may just be what you need to nail your personal best.

Over the past years, a cup of coffee containing caffeine has been known as an almost essential item of everyday life, and is synonymous for most of us as a morning “pick me up”, or a remedy to sharpen the senses of a drowsy afternoon.

Found naturally in over 60 plant species, the most commonly.....

We were somewhat stunned to read earlier in the week that a scientific study had been conducted in 2012 called “Walking With Coffee: Why Does it Spill?”. From a perfectly common sense point of view it would seem obvious that if there is a hole in the lid of takeout coffee cups,  some spillage can be expected if you are walking along with them.

Fascinating to learn from the study was that spillages apparently happen between the 7th and 10th steps of your trip. We are in August so i.....

A recent poll carried out by thinkmoney, providers of budget bank accounts, revealed that coffee shops are getting the benefit of nearly £30 million annually from their customers, amounting to around £80,000 per day in Scotland alone. Some Scots admitted to spending 100s of pounds on their morning caffeine boost each year.

More than 30 percent of Scots make a minimum of one visit per week to a coffee shop as do 17 million adults throughout the United Kingdom.

Some customers sp.....