In this day and age we are all pretty much aware of Fair Trade, we certainly know we should be looking out for the label on our foods but in terms of coffee there are also a few other certifications out there, the Rainforest Alliance or Organic certification for example. So if Fair Trade isn’t the only thing we need to be looking out for and it doesn’t cover all basis to ensure we get our guilt free cup of coffee, what is it and what does it cover in terms of coffee?
Coffee made its way over to Europe in the 17th Century, its initial use in Europe was for medicinal purposes. However it soon picked up some of the same cultural influences it had earlier in the Middle East and coffee houses began to pop up. These houses became central meeting places for the thinkers of the world. They became a place to exchange views for historians and philosophers alike, they even became known in some areas as ‘schools of the wise’. They lent themselves to being a good place of business too, merchants and insurance brokers and so forth would gather at coffee houses to make deals and exchange contracts. The coffee house in its modern form does not stray far away from these historical uses and it is even clearer now, in a day and age where over 400 billion cups of coffee a year are drank around the world that coffee culture provides a key forum for friends, family and colleagues to connect as well as a great space for personal reflection. Now a days “fancy a coffee?” Is now well known code for fancy a chat, a catch up, we need to talk and a multitude of other things, so how is this coffee culture ingrained in our lifestyle and what benefits to we get from it?
If you are looking to splash out on a real luxury commodity then there are some extremely high end coffee’s out there that are sure to impress. Although, if some of the price tags don’t put you off, the way in which some of these luxury coffees are produced just might be the deciding factor for you!
Having coffee machines in your business has many advantages; Work productivity, staff, client satisfaction, it may in fact be your profit source as your main retail product. Choosing Fairtrade, Organic or Rainforest Alliance beans helps to ensure you supply ethically sourced coffee but this isn’t the end game as it isn’t just the production process that has worrying effects, it can be the way the coffee is brewed and served too. Therefore it can be difficult to decide on a coffee machine that is right for your business especially when you take into consideration the environmental factors. In an age where we are all well aware of the damage we do to our environment and do everything we can in corporate and commercial businesses to reduce waste and minimise the negative impact we have on the planet. It seems like a bold move to purchase a commercial coffee machine that could counter-act the good work that’s been done ‘going paperless, recycling, buying Fairtrade and carrying out other carbon footprint reducing initiatives. So just how environmentally unfriendly are these machines and how can we choose a machine that is as green as it possibly can be?
When it comes to a really good quality cup of coffee there are a number of factors to consider, some factors will apply to all coffees but it is important to remember that different kinds of coffee machines and brewing systems (filter, pump, drip, pod, espresso etc) these are all different methods of brewing and they will all have different attributes that make them the right machine for the job. This article takes a peak into espresso machines and if they really make enough difference to warrant the huge gap in the prices ranges. It is possible to pick up a coffee machine from as little as £30 on the UK market but they range all the way up into the thousands so you’ll need to be sure your machine is going to tick all the boxes and make you that perfect brew if you’re thinking about splashing the cash.