The Home of Caffe Carino
Subscribe to our news
Subscribe
Website home page
Our blog home page

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.

Did you now that in Finland they drink three times as much coffee per head as the Americans?  Did you know that caffeine is produced by coffee plants as a natural insecticide? Neither did we. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

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.

hawaiiPicAs part of our occasional series on coffee on holiday we recently came across the Beach Bum Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The owner of the Beach Bum Cafe, Dennis McQuoid, has developed a new philosophy for Hawaii…

…our coffee is roasted in very small batches to ensure your get freshest coffee possible. The best way to brew fresh coffee is in small quantities, by hand, one cup at a time – or you could say, as a ‘microbrew’.

At Caffe Carino we couldn’t agree more. This is our approach to serving great espresso from our Italian trucks. Fresh every time, by hand and in front of the customer.

We thought it was interesting that across the islands this was a new concept, although coffee in Hawaii isn’t. Coffee bushes arrived in the islands in the 1800’s and recent production across the islands exceeded 6 million green pounds.

The web pages of the Hawaiian Coffee Association has more on coffee in the islands, its history and the trade

At BBC the McQuoid team serve single estate Hawaiian coffee, offering their customers some very intense flavours, as well as blends from across the islands to accompany their Hawaiian pastries. Sounds fabulous.

So, if you find yourself walking down Bishop Street in Honolulu this summer, drop in and sample the flavours and send us a taste report. How does the Beach Bum Cafe coffee compare to our Sheffield roasted, graded and packed freshness?

fivestarspic6We recently had our business inspected by the food safety team at Sheffield City Council.

We are delighted to have been awarded five stars for the quality of our hygiene systems, preparation and delivery.

 

Anna Phipps of Caffe Carino said…

We are really pleased with our level of achievement. Our team take real care and our baristas have a great passion for the delivery of really good coffee to our customers and clients.

It’s fantastic that our back office systems, when subject to independent scrutiny, match the taste of our great coffee.

Thank you to Kevin, Tom and Jacqui for all their hard work and energetic coffee making.

Caffe Carino use the best coffee beans from Limini Coffee, who have their beans roasted in Sheffield (…see more of the new Limini blend here).

We believe that good hygiene practices and superb local products from our suppliers all contribute to great tasting drinks for our customers.

Have you had a cup of Caffe Carino today yet?

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.

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 www.joulies.com

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

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.

Read the rest of this entry »