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coffeeJouliesPicWe came across another fascinating aspect in the development of the rituals around coffee and how we drink it.

Coffee Joulies are an innovative piece of engineering, as well as an example of how young people with technical skills and drive can add new products to our long established industry.

What are Coffee Joulies?

Coffee Joulies are miniature thermodynamic heat storage devices. They cool your coffee by absorbing excess thermal energy when it is too hot. This energy is stored inside the Joulies. When your coffee reaches the right temperature, the Joulies slowly release this stored energy, keeping your coffee at the right temperature.

The Two Daves, inventors and coffee entrepreneurs from California have launched their product on Kickstarter – a web site for developing new products and finding backers. They broke their funding ceiling for Coffee Joulies in just three days.

Their product has resonance for us, based in Sheffield, as they have discovered that they can use existing cutlery making technology to bulk manufacture their product. Instead of making knives, their supplier can make their stainless steel coffee beans.

You can follow their fortunes and see them talking about Joulies on the Kickstarter web site here. There is a short film on the site that shows the manufacturing process and how they have been making the prototypes by hand – awesome.

The Coffee Joulies web site is at

A great example of innovation in coffee technology. Keep your coffee at just the right temperature longer, by dropping in a couple of Joulies…


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

We have been working on ideas to minimise our waste profile at Caffe Carino.

After an event or successful days trading on the coffee front we are planning to add to our sustainability by creating Just for Compost – a sealed bag of coffee grounds, perhaps nicely presented and labeled in a carton, which can then be distributed as compost to gardeinig clubs or allotment associations perhaps.


We see our Just for Compost product as a green, waterproof soft container, which itself will gracefully bio-degrade, tied tightly with recycled hemp string.

Here is a graphical impression of what the product may look like.

You can use Just for Compost to scatter around plants and plant beds, so that when it rains nitrogen is released into the soil.

Mixed with egg shells our Just for Compost will make a great insect repellant too.

Add grounds to water and let the container sit outside for a couple of hours to work the coffee magic, then apply to plants.

Caffe Carino – working to create a more sustainable environment, by reducing waste and landfill from the coffee vending industry.

If you’ve got a great coffee ground and gardening idea let us know and we’ll share it here.

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…

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

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.