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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)