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Coffee Truck Pic 5We took delivery of our new gull-wing coffee truck from Coffee Latino

this weekend.

The innovative design allows Caffe Carino to prepare great coffee for our customers from the rear of the vehicle, with walk up and view from both sides of the truck too.

We love our new truck. Although we haven’t had time to ‘wrap’ the truck and our service vehicle with our logo and image collage yet, the appeal of the unit is still apparent.

The lightness of the vehicle is counterbalanced by the design and engineering skill which goes into the build. It is easy to connect and tow for our coffee crew, but can still be driven into its night time storage unit under its own power.

For journeys to events at a greater distance the truck has a minimum kerb weight of 230 kg and a width of only 1,260mm making it easy to ramp onto a modestly sized trailer.

Charging the batteries is a simple one plug connection to the mains, a great improvement for those members of our crew old enough to remember industrial battery racks and early morning swap-outs.

Our first gull-wing unit is engineered with Fracino coffee machine and grinder, with extensivecoffee Machine Mobile pic bulkhead and roof meshed in powder coated black panels for hanging baskets and hooked displays.

 

 

 

 

The refrigerated draw immediately below the coffee machine can hold sixteen litres of fresh milk.

All in all, a great mobile solution, which offers ease of operation and real eye appeal for our customers.

Don’t forget you can contact the Caffe Carino team for all your mobile coffee needs, whether an event, private hire or a full corporate service occasion.

We are always happy to help.  Click the ‘towed unit’ image below to see our contact details…

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coffeeservicePicYou can register for Caffe Culture 2011 online from today.

This essential coffee trade event will take place at Olympia in London on 18th and 19th May 2011.

You can register for free here…

http://www.speeddata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=Caf61Visitor

The list of exhibitors at this years event is available here…

http://www.caffeculture.com/page.cfm/action=ExhibList/ListID=1/t=m/goSection=27

You can see the transport connections for Olympia on this Caffe Culture page. See you there?

Adding capacity to our spaces picWe have recently completed some developments at our distribution space in Sheffield.

Our site now has additional storage units installed to securely store our coffee trucks and their supporting equipment.

The process was dramatic, with a very large lorry, a hydraulic crane and one man achieving the lift and location in some very tight corners of our site.

Still as a proof of concept we now know we can add secure, water tight storage to our site with relative ease. As the vehicle and trailer carrying its large loads loomed in our gateway on a wet, grey day…that wasn’t always the case.

The refreshment of our office space and network services have also been installed and completed. It is totally amazing how much energy and dedication our crew have put in in order to get some great coffee to our customers.

We’re pretty sure that this back-office system development for our business will never really end,  just part of growing an enterprise and developing our spaces and systems as we go. Developing our support services

We talk about ‘our team’ a lot, but it is especially after the last few days that we really appreciate what diverse experience and dedication is bought to bear on our  business development ideas.

Although, after a week of concentrating on nuts and bolts, quite literally, it will be nice to get back to thinking about coffee service and our marketing again.

You can now write to the coffee crew at…

Caffe Carino, JFC Distribution Space, Dannemora Drive, Greenland Road, Sheffield, S9 5DF.

Caffe Carino – lifting coffee to an new level.

The British Coffee association have produced a great short video that supplies interesting facts about your health and coffee.

You can enjoy 4 to 5 cups a day without guilt, knowing that the pause for a drink and a snack makes a great contribution to lowering your stress levels and recharging your batteries.

We think that this is important too at Caffe Carino. A good coffee, with a whole food snack or a great high-fibre home made biscuit can be just the pick me up you need in a busy day.

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Drinking milk in the street in the 1930'sThe Food Programme on Radio 4 recently featured the development of milk – what is it? How do we get it? Should it be filtered? Can we drink raw milk?

The broadcast looked at the emergent popularity of very low fat milk and the emergence of filtered milk in the UK. Raw milk cannot be sold in Scotland at all, and comes with a health advisory in England.

You can still catch the Food Programme on the BBC iPlayer here (..only available for a limited time).

Despite that the tale of milk on the programme took us to the farm of Hook & Son who have developed expertise in the crafting and selling of raw milk.

The Hook process is entirely dependent on scrupulous hygiene throughout the manufacturing chain and they make much stress in their sales pitch of these processes, along with the evident virtual destruction of Tuberculosis and Brucellocis in English dairy herds.

Hook & Co maintain that their raw milk is safer than ‘regular’ raw milk before pasteurisation because of this application of intense hygiene regimes.

Archaeologists believe that humans first started using milk as a food product around 5,000BC. Developing the supply of dairy products as a way to maximise the return from their animals over time on the grasslands they lived on.

Pasteurisation did not arrive until 1863, with the process invented by Louis Pasteur.

Pasteurisation is used to kill harmful micro-organisms by heating the milk for a short time and then cooling it for storage and transportation. Pasteurised milk still is perishable, however, and must be stored cold by both suppliers and consumers. Dairies print expiration dates on each container, after which stores will remove any unsold milk from their shelves. The process destroys the vitamin C content of the raw milk.

A newer process, ultrapasteurisation or ultra-high temperature treatment (UHT), heats the milk to a higher temperature for a shorter amount of time. This extends its shelf life and allows the milk to be stored unrefrigerated because of the longer lasting sterilisation effect, but it affects the taste adversely. (Source: Wikipedia 2011)

At Caffe Carino we recognise that fresh milk is an important part of really good coffee. We keep our stocks of milk , just like our coffee beans, at an absolute minimum – buying our product as close to the ‘just in time’ model as we can get.

We use fresh, pasteurised milk from the best and most reliable trade sources – all dedicated to giving you the freshest ‘milk in a cup’ experience we can.

Coffee is a complex story – milk has a whole chapter to itself too.

(Milk image: Bundesarchive-Berlin – Street Milk 1932)

The Guardian recently produced a long article on the state of coffeearabicaBeans farming and the production of the vital arabica beans.

Ironically, coffee prices have never been higher, but in the case history used to develop The Guardian’s article, in Uganda, some farmers are seeing their incomes fall in, or because of, a rising market.

Despite strong demand for hot cups of the best coffee the coffee farmers around Mount Elgon in Uganda are seeing their incomes fall, as their inability to generate yield in the face of increasing disease and pests in the coffee crop.

The arabica beans grow best in 18 – 23 degrees Centigrade, but with climate change and the surge in pests, The Guardian argues that the area around Mount Elgon could cease production of beans completely in the next decade.

There are a number of ironies in a rising market.

Incomes and the potential to supply are faltering in the face of climate change and pests, despite liquidity in the market.

The Guardian article highlights attempts to turn hillsides around the world back into lush forests in order to help stabilise climate change. However, the return to tropical forests does not, given that arabica grows in specific narrow band climatic conditions, totally assure the future of the market.

The heaviest irony of all is that our ability to process and distribute our product to the end user has never been more sophisticated; but what The Guardian does not analyse is the old politics of cash crop reliance.

If climate change persists the better, more rational human development opportunity, might be to explore other tropical leaning crops to sustain communities.

A provocative thought for a company involved in selling coffee!

You can read the full article from the economic section of The Guardian here.

The Caffe Carino Team

roastedCoffeeBeansIn what might turn out to be a regular in a series of posts on the culture of coffee – we explore a little-talked about aspect of coffee production.

Why not take your holiday on a coffee plantation? All the benefits of superb, fresh local roast beans and magnificent views and exposure to different cultures. Perfect.

(It might even be a tax deductible expense if you are on a procurement research trip – but consult your accountant or professional advisor before booking, of course).

The world market for coffee plantation holidays is, by its very nature, a limited one. However, the origins of coffee production, linked to imperial expansion in the 19th Century affords plantation owners some great opportunities to boost their revenue by making improvements to their properties and maximising the visitor impact of the coffee bush’s need to grow at altitude.

Below are some plantations holiday venues that we think offer real appeal…and great coffee too!

losariCoffeePicThe Losari Coffee Plantation – Java, Indonesia

Although this spa and coffee plantation is currently under development until April 30th, 2011 a quick look at their website will show you both the quality of the surroundings, the landscape and the quality of visitor care offered.

moivaroCoffeePicMoivaro Lodges and Tented Camps

This Tanzanian estate in Africa offers another kind of coffee plantation experience.

Here the focus is on the diversity that the estate and landscape offer visitors, with a lesser focus on coffee that at Losari.

However, a quick look at the Moivaro website offers some great African estate experiences and the prices represent good value.

You can find a Coffee Plantation Lodge brochure for Moivaro here on Google Docs.

Paradisa Plantation Retreat

paradisoCoffeePicThis small estate is couched on the south west coast of India in the State of Kerala.

The landscape for the accommodation is outstanding, spread across plantations of organic coffee and spices. It is the forest, rivers and wildlife that make this plantation stand out for us.

That and the terraces available to have your morning coffee or the views over ballustrades for breakfast – fantastic.

If you have a great coffee destination for a holiday, or research trip, let us know at Caffe Carino and we’ll give you and the venue a mention.

The Caffe Carino team – too busy to holiday at the moment

An image of a coffee plant in bloomWe recently came across a great list on the web of the word for coffee in over sixty languages.

Only goes to show what a great drink coffee is and how pervasive it is in world culture.

You can read more about coffee in other languages here on this About.com web page.

Wikipedia describes coffee like this…

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds, commonly called coffee beans, of the coffee plant. They are seeds of coffee cherries that grow on trees in over 70 countries, cultivated primarily in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Green unroasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world.

Due to its caffeine content, coffee often has a stimulating effect on humans.

Today, coffee is the third most popular drink in the world, behind water and tea

We just love that last sentence.

Coffee plants are all members of the plant family Rubiaceae, of the order Gentianales. There are some 13,413 species in the world, it is reckoned.

The oldest fossil record of coffee plants go back some 48-49 million years.

Although one suspects that pre-historic man and woman did not enjoy their flavoursome get up and go cup in the morning from one of our stylish gull-wing coffee trucks.

(In Zulu coffee isikhofi by the way).

The Caffe Carino Team

You can now get our coffee blog news on your mobile phone or portable device.

The newsfeed has been reformatted and will look good, and informative, on your smaller screen device.

Access to the mobile blog pages can be through the ‘mobile blog’ button on the front page of our Caffe Carino website.

Or, if you have a QR reader in your phone, take a photograph from this screen of the QR image above and navigate directly to our mobile newsfeed.

You can find our mobile page here.

Keeping you informed on the coffee front – Caffee Carino.

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Image: l/r Deborah Pinder, Tim Smith, Liam Warsop, Anna Phipps and Paul Clarkson.

Yesterday we had our presentation to the successful graphic designer Liam Warsop, who created our new logo to support the Caffe Carino brand.

The successful design is displayed behind the group in this photograph.

Liam is a student on the Foundation Graphic Design course at Norton College, part of The Sheffield College.

The cheque and our gratitude was presented to Liam by Anna Phipps, Head of Operations at Caffe Carino. Anna thanked Liam …for his inspirational work and was delighted to see both how much new technology the college makes available to students, but also how supportive and creative the atmosphere at the College was.

Liam was supported at the ceremony by Paul Clarkson, Graphic Design Lecturer at Norton College and by Deborah Pinder, Enterprise Development Manager for the College.

Tim Smith, a director of JFC (Yorkshire) Limited the Caffe Carino parent company, told Liam …how delighted the team were to have their new logo, and that the team would watch Liam’s graphic design career with interest.

Norton College Foundation Graphic Design students are shortly to go to New York as part of their studies and we hope the additional prize funds come in useful.

Thanks to Norton College for making us so welcome – we hope to return with more design competitions and prizes in the future.

You can see our Design page on the Caffe Carino website here.