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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.) 

 

 

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!

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?

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.

Caffe carino on the radioAnna at Caffe Carino has this week recorded an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield.The radio broadcast covers the areas of operation for Caffe Carino and how, as a young graduate, Anna chose the route of starting a business in Sheffield to kick start her career development.

With the sound of our Fracino coffee machine gurgling in the background you can hear the Caffe Carino team at work, as Anna describes the pleasures and pitfalls of the coffee life.

Adding her qualifications in food hygiene and catering management to her successful graduate studies in Business & Hospitality, Anna and her team can deliver great coffee and refreshments to your event, corporate occasion or private hire.

See our booking form on our Caffe Carino home page.

BBC Radio Sheffield – broadcast between 7.00am and 8.00am on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011. (Podcast available here after the broadcast…)

coffeeEntrepreneurPicWe were really pleased to see a feature on Anna at Caffe Carino in Enterprise Express this week.

This weekly e-publication for small businesses, created by the Federation for Small Businesses, is a great resource for traders and business people both in food and drink and across all other business sectors in South & East Yorkshire.

Anna is very happy to offer insights into starting a new business, reflecting upon both the current economic climate and getting started in business as a young person too.

We think her passion for good coffee shines through, as well as her drive to create a viable business that will create employment for other young people too.

You can read Anna’s Enterprise Express feature on our in the press page here.

You can find the home page for the FSB in South and East Yorkshire here.

If you would like to join the FSB you can see the membership benefits and rates here.

 

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…

towed Unit Black 3

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?

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)