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Glenburn Tea Estate pic‘Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat that lies on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range.

Started by a Scottish tea company in 1859, Glenburn then passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families – The Prakashes, One of India’s pioneering tea-planting families, we have, over the years, come to be known as the “Chaiwala family“ – which literally means “tea planters“.’

This fascinating setting has been inspired by the vineyard experiences found across Europe. How leaf tea is planted, cultivated and cropped, as well as made into the product we know on our local store shelves. The Glenburn Tea Estate experience is designed to educate, entertain and satisfy their visitor’s thirst for knowledge.

There are two bungalows to provide estate guests with elegant and comfortable accommodation. Each building has four suites, and has access to gardens, verandahs and terraces.

‘All meals, snacks and refreshments are included in the tariff, and we plan all the menus according to the select preferences of each guest. The menus comprise a range of cuisine – from interesting local fare and traditional Indian dishes, to exotic South-East Asian delicacies, and a variety of European dishes making full use of the fresh Italian herbs, and salad leaves we grow in our well-stocked kitchen garden. We try to source as much fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices as we can from our own garden, so feel free to plan your own menu based on what’s in season! Family recipes including Tea-Leaf Pakoras, Chocolate Brownies, Tibetan Momos and Burmese Khow Suey – all served to you with a discrete but attentive Glenburn touch’.

The Estate provides its own bread, marmalade, cakes and cookies for guests. The experience sounds sublime.

See more of the Glenburn Tea Estate in Kolkata on their equally elegant web pages here.

…we haven’t done one our our occasional coffee holiday features for some time.

We have been busy relocating the centre of operations for JFC Distribution to our Cambridge base, but the recent burst of good weather and warm winds set us thinking about good places to get close to the bean and the break.

Farandride.com have a great Tropical Ranch and Coffee Plantation, Brazil holiday on their web pages. If horses, mountain views and fresh Brazilian coffee in the morning are your thing then check out these pages.

A nice quote from the web site put us in holiday mood immediately…’There is no set breakfast time, you can eat anytime between 7am and lunch; with lunch being the most important meal of the day for Brazilians then getting some plantation visits in might just be a problem as nightfall advances, after your day of dining and horse riding.

The horses for guest at the ranch are Lusitanos and Mangalargas, and you can see the on-line gallery for a better view here.

You can check availablility, review prices and contact the ranch direct from this page.

Located in the northernmost part of the state of Parana, on the banks of the beautiful and unpolluted Paranapanema River, this farm has been in the family since 1928. Coffee has been grown here ever since and the hosts presently own about 750 acres of the original plot (about 40% of their overall property is protected forest).

If you like horses, great coffee, good food and far away places – this could be the holiday destination for you next year.

(Coffee holidays is part of an occasional Just for Coffee series – no money changed hands: Ed.) 

 

 

This is a short film that dishes the dirt on caffeine. Although the film argues for the medical and health benefits of coffee consumption, it also tells us some interesting facts about why caffeine exists and the health benefits too.

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whiteCoffeecupPicWe have just added a range of coffee cups to our coffee retail page.

Whether you want to enjoy a great espresso at home, or find a thermal mug that can safely transport your brew – then our ‘coffee shop’ page is the place to look.

We have a range from some great suppliers for you to browse, including a range of great designer cups too.

Drink your latte in the company of Nigella Lawson, Maxwell Williams or just pick up a set of classic Bodum receptacles.

If you’re making a great cup of coffee, why not have a great cup to taste it from?

Great ideas for seasonal gifts too!

coffeeCupPic55The office is crowded. Your home workspace is full of cats and children. Head for town and get your laptop active in the nearest coffee shop.

Helping your creative or administrative juices get flowing with a great espresso. But where to go…? You need WorkSnug on your mobile phone.

This is great web resource for finding laptop working, mobile coffee drinking office nomad workspaces. The WorkSnug mantra is ‘…connecting mobile workers to the nearest and best places to work’.

Great for laptop friendly coffee shops, you can download a mobile app for iPhone, Android, Blackberry or Nokia devices.

The WorkSnug team have created an etiquette for coffee shop laptop ramblers too. It offers you ten rules for useful, considerate and reflective use of the coffee shop – in return for drinking some great coffee too, of course.

Useful pointers like don’t yell into your headset, check-in on Facebook to promote your new found space, don’t make calls without a head set and always, always be polite to coffee shop staff!

You can find the Code of Conduct for road warriors on the WorkSnug blog here.

Great coffee, hot laptop and Skype connected…you might even get some work done.

cuncodeCupPicWe recently came across this new concept – digital fabrication.

The design company team at cunicode set themselves the target of designing and creating a new coffee cup every day for a month.

You can see the results of their energy and imagination here. The concepts they work with are a long way from the potters wheel and the handcrafted cup.

I suspect to completely stock a coffee shop with these products would be a very expensive exercise indeed, at thirty to forty euros a go. However, as single ‘coffee art’ purchases for the discerning buyer they make a statement without doubt.

The finished products can be from Glazed Ceramics at Shapeways.

Have a look at the cunicode site, to see digital representations of the finished cups.

Really great coffee should have a really great cup, of course.

shoppingcartPic5We have just launched our online retail coffee and tea supply pages.

Our new shop page offers everyone a fantastic range of coffee. Whether you need to top up with that quick instant for the office, or something rather more special, which we recommend, then you will find something on our shop pages.

There is a great range of speciality teas available too. Why not try a warming fruit tea during the coming winter nights?

You can also find a very wide range of coffee making machinery, from a fantastic range of manufacturers, to suit every budget and taste.

Whether you are looking for the full bean to cup machine or just a simple tea press, then you can see a great range of products and prices – and read other customer reviews too.

When you add to your shopping cart, our shop and it’s deliveries are powered by Amazon.co.uk, we never see your financial or delivery instructions ever – you can click with confidence.

Why not get that coffee maker for Christmas this year?

We were recently reading a blog article ‘The Coffee Shop Fallacy’ by Rob Fitzpatrick of the ‘start up toolkit’ web site.

We particularly like Rob’s work the Startup Canvas, having featured it oncoffee Desk Pic

other blogs we publish as a business, thinking about enterprise culture and how young people get started in business.

However, back to coffee…

Rob quotes Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal when younger, who espoused the idea that because people love a certain service or product, they think that they will derive even more pleasure and satisfaction from running a business in the same product or service.

The bitter reality for Levchin is that you actually have to be in love with the idea of running a business.

Starting a coffee business, mobile or building based, can be built on your love of Italy and getting that delicious sweetness and coffee sunshine in the cup.

However, the reality is early mornings, loading kit and supplies, arriving at venues with organisers unprepared for service delivery of our particular nature, wrangling with training issues, cash flow and security for your people and product in all their guises.

For Fitzpatrick the fallacy is the gap between the rosy remembrance of fabulous product or service and the often painful and fraught physicality of a startup. (How true: ed.)

However, we think you can have your cake and eat it! Yes you can strive to make great coffee, which your customers proceed to confirm to you, but you also need to believe in a business approach that fits with your ethics and have a desire to succeed that matches any business model for any service or product.

In other words, if you love coffee, but have or can acquire profound generic business skills you will succeed.

You can see Rob’s original post here.

Caffe Carino make great coffee.

parkHillPic-mDespite indifferent weather there was a good turn out of visitors to the urbansplash sponsored Open Apartment day at Park Hill in Sheffield, South Yorkshire today.

The new residences were very spacious by inner city standards when built in the 1960’s, but now urbansplash have added new colour and a modern aesthetic to the the first release of apartments.

Early in the morning the apartment building was looking out over the city, reflecting the rising sun with bright flashes of colour from its hilltop setting.

They are on the way to becoming the stylish living spaces in a city quarter that is only minutes from the central rail terminal and the retail delights of this transforming city.

We were very interested to hear from the urbansplash marketing team about the opportunities for office spaces, workshops and…to the flutter of our hearts, the potential spaces for bistros and coffee bars.

Our company parent, JFC, has certainly earmarked Park Hill for attention in its future plans. You can see more of the development and the residential and commercial opportunities here.

Caffe Carino were on hand to deliver the best espresso and hot drinks on a fresh day to the urbansplash team and their visitors. Anna and Tom found a quiet corner, away from the occasional raindrops and served a steady stream of cappuccino and hot chocolate to their audience.

We had a great day – with our complimentary voucher service, especially designed for the Park Hill event!

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Caffe Carino is committed to supporting and working with local businesses andyorkshireCrispPic young people. We like to use as many local ingredients as possible which helps the local economy, reduces food miles, pollution and means you get a fresher product!

Our coffee is roasted in Tinsley, Sheffield and we are excited to offer a new product from Sheffield. Yorkshire Crisps!

They are luxury handcooked crisps using 100% natural and local ingredients. We are currently stocking Lightly Sea Salted, Chardonnay Wine Vinegar and Henderson’s Sauce flavour which will be a familiar taste to any Sheffielder!

(The Yorkshire Crisp Hendersons Yorkshire Sauce flavour was a winner in the Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine Excellence in Food and Drink awards 2008).

We are also looking to introduce more flavours in the future including tomato and basil and mozzarella to compliment our Italian coffee!

You can see more about Yorkshire Crisps here http://www.yorkshire-crisps.co.uk

You can try these delicious summer snacks at one of the events we are attending including…

Sat 6 August, 2011 Aston Carnival   Sun 7 August Dronfield Music Festival    Sat 13th August Halifax Agricultural Show Sun 14th August Lowedges Festival    20 and 21st August Hillsborough Park Extravaganza   Sat 27th August Devonshire Green Market Sun 28th and Mon 29th August Sheffield Fayre, Norfolk Heritage Park   Fri 2nd September Sainsbury’s UK School Games 3rd and 4th September Art in the Gardens, Botanical Gardens. Sheffield

See you there – Caffe Carino, serving the discerning crisp consumer.