Beans still not up to speed

Coffee Beans and Instant Coffee

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Over the past two decades, people’s taste in coffee has increasingly shifted from instant varieties to fresh beans. Blends from around the world dominate high-street coffee shops and consumers expect more choice and heritage to their espresso based beverages, wishing to be immersed in the wonderful stories and exotic origins that enhance their drinking experience beyond its natural kick in energy.

Yet surprisingly, instant coffee remains the most popular choice, at least on an international basis. Particularly towards the East, research by Euromonitor International Study has found their love of instant coffee is spearheading its larger global share of the market. Of course, a combination of cultural differences and developing economies, with less disposable income, may play a some part in their choice of cheaper coffee forms than the luxury range of options that we are spoiled by in the West.

Award Winning Tunki Coffee Beans

Tunki is one of many speciality beans imported from foreign soils

Still, the divide cannot be purely based on a matter of refined taste usually associated with the modern world, which has more time to spend on indulging in the finer things and expanding their range of experiences by enjoying more variety. Coffee might be grown globally but, like tea, its ancestry stems from Eastern origins; forefathers and experts of the coffee bean.

Research reveals that instant coffee preference is higher in tea drinking nations - [Image Source - ChineseTimesSchool.com]

Research reveals that instant coffee preference is higher in tea drinking nations – [Image Source - ChineseTimesSchool.com]

Britain also remains a huge consumer of instant coffee, accounting for almost a third of its sales across Western Europe according to Euromonitor. The market for finer instant coffee is developing and we are a nation at the forefront of its growth. While coffee drinkers once had to settle for convenience or quality, premium instant coffee may solve the paradox for busy coffee drinkers and those who prefer the comfort of the good old kettle.

Why not try Blend42, rijo42′s premium instant coffee with no compromise on fresh bean flavour – www.rijo42shop.co.uk

 

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Stunning New Coffee Station

New: rijo42 Corian® Coffee Station

rijo42's New Corian Self-Service Coffee Station

Brand new to our range of commercial coffee machines and equipment this summer, comes our stunning new Corian® coffee station. This uber stylish self-service unit has been beautifully crafted with seamless aesthetics making it perfect for high-end applications including large offices, car showrooms, airport lounges, sporting venues and many more.

Corian® is a material world renowned for reliability and performance, it boasts beauty, strength and purity and was exactly the product we were looking for when crafting our latest coffee station. The non-porous property of Corian® make it ideal for a coffee station as it is stain resistant, it also ensures high hygiene standards and simplicity in cleaning and maintenance. This station is practical and functional whilst offering exceptional design and aesthetics. Our Corian coffee station is finished with Swarovski crystal elements and blue down lighting.

This exclusive new coffee station deserved the ultimate in commercial coffee machines and that is exactly what it has received. The Brasil RSD is our elite bean to cup coffee machine boasting innovative video display. Offering 8-14 drink selections and with the capacity for in excess of 500 drinks per day, the Brasil RSD offers unrivalled performance and reliability and has long been one of the most popular machines in our range. Its integrated video display offers great versatility and makes it an incredible marketing tool with the capacity to run advertisements and display company messages. Videos and images are easily uploaded to the machine via USB device and detailed presentations can be created with the greatest of ease with the software provided. The Corian station is supplied a high gloss white Brasil RSD as standard.

Brasil RSD Multimedia Commercial Coffee Machine

Our Corian coffee station also features an integrated cup warming unit to ensure beverages retain heat for as long as possible after dispense. The unit also has under counter storage and waste facilities.

For further information about the rijo42 Corian Coffee Station or to book a free demonstration of any of our commercial coffee machines, please call 0800 023 4242 or email sales@rijo42.co.uk.

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Summer Coffee Dessert

Dark Chocolate & Coffee Granita

Dark Chocolate & Coffee Granita

A great recipe for summer barbeques, this delicious dark chocolate and coffee granita is simple to make which can be prepared in advance. It’s the perfect dessert to store in the freezer for those hot summer days and impromptu barbecues.

Ingredients
235ml freshly brewed black coffee
150g granulated sugar
150g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
85g good quality dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preparation Method

  1. Add coffee, sugar and cocoa into a medium saucepan and place over a medium heat. Whisk until the sugar has completely dissolved and a smooth consistency is achieved. Add the vanilla extract and chocolate and again, whisk until smooth.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and refrigerate for two hours.
  3. Once chilled, transfer the mixture into a plastic container and freeze for five hours, briefly stirring the mixture with a fork once every hour.
  4. Return to the freezer for a further 3 hours or until completely frozen.
  5. Use a fork to break up the granita before serving and serve in chilled dishes to prevent granita melting. Serve and enjoy.

rijo42 coffee beans are available to buy online at www.rijo42shop.co.uk.

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rijo42 Ethics

Ethical, Green & Fairtrade Products

rijo42 Ethical Coffee Beans

rijo42 is a company with strong Green and Fairtrade ethics. When sourcing new suppliers and products for our range, green and ethical practices are of paramount importance.

At rijo42, we offer a range of coffee beans including blends that are 100% Organic and Fairtrade. Our award-winning Tunki coffee is a 100% organic, 100% Arabica, single origin premium coffee, originating from the Peruvian Andes. Grown approximately 1700 metres above sea level in the Sandia Valley, in Peru’s southeastern region of Puno, Tunki coffee cherries are picked by hand and are produced without the use of pesticides and chemicals. Tunki coffee is certified organic by the Rainforest Alliance and is cultivated following international fair-trade standards.

rijo42 ‘Red’ blend coffee beans contains the finest selection of Arabica coffee beans from Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala and Ethiopia. rijo42 ‘Black’ blend coffee beans, are a 70% Arabica, 30% Robusta blend made with premium quality beans sourced from Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala and India. All rijo42 coffee beans are grown at high altitudes without the use of chemicals and pesticides and are handpicked to ensure quality, the handpicking process also ensures zero damage to the surrounding habitat compared with machine-operated harvesting methods. All of our coffee beans are certified by the Rainforest Alliance and are roasted and packaged by our roasting house in Spain. The rijo42 roasting house shares our ethical ethos and uses only materials from renewable sources for product packing and our coffee bean packaging is 100% recyclable.

We care for the environment at rijo42 and as such we guarantee that all of our commercial coffee machines are designed with elements that minimise power consumption and are manufactured to contain over 98% recyclable parts.

rijo42 is also committed to helping the local community and our Registered Charity, rijo Promises, has to date raised over £240,000 for incredibly worthwhile causes. Rijo Promises was established in 2001 and has strongly supported Cancer and Children’s Charities since its conception. A percentage from all rijo42 product sales is donated to Rijo Promises and additional funds are raised through continued fundraising events.

To book a free commercial coffee machine demonstration, please call free on 0800 023 4242, email sales@rijo42.co.uk or enquireonline.

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The Mona Latte?

Famous Paintings Recreated Using Only Coffee

The Mona Latte by Karen ElandWe’ve looked at coffee art previously and are fascinated with the way beautiful works of art can be created using simply espresso and water. This feature in particular looks at how some of the worlds most famous paintings have been recreated using the worlds favourite hot drink, coffee.

American artist and fellow coffee lover Karen Eland is one of our favourites, recreating some of the most famous paintings in history using only coffee, and bringing them into the 21st century by strategically placing cups of coffee within these famous portraits.

Originally painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500’s, the Mona Lisa is one of the most recognisable works of all time, and by far the most famous. This infamous painting is not only the best known, it’s the most written about, most visited and most parodied works of art in the world. The Mona Lisa was Leonardo da Vinci’s favourite creation and he was thought to have carried it everywhere with him until he died. Karen Eland created her own take on the Mona Lisa using only espresso and water to recreate da Vinci’s masterpiece, giving it a modern twist by placing a latte in those famous hands. Karen painted her version of the Mona Lisa in 2003 and has since gone out to recreate numerous other famous paintings including the Last Supper, Girl with a Pearl Earring, American Gothic and a coffee painting of the famous statue ‘the Thinker’, to which she adds a cup of coffee in hand and aptly names ‘the Drinker’.

Karen began painting with coffee in 1998 and has never looked back; she loves to paint in coffee shops with the aroma of freshly ground coffee surrounding her. She has tried several different methods, including painting with grounds but found that freshly brewed espresso straight from a commercial coffee machine works best. Karen’s paintings have sold for up to 15,000 dollars and usually includes a cup of coffee somewhere in the artwork. These fantastic coffee crafted pieces can be viewed online at www.coffee-art.com.

If this has set you thinking about experimenting in painting with coffee or you now just fancy a double espresso, rijo42 coffee beans are available to buy online with next day delivery from rijo42shop.co.uk.

 

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rijo42 To Support Bolton Hospice Fundraiser

rijo42 Commercial Coffee Machines At Bolton Hospice’s Midnight Memory Walk

Bolton Hospice's Midnight Memories Walk

rijo42 has supported Bolton Hospice through donations and fundraising events for many years. We have both a professional and personal connection with the Hospice and therefore are only too happy to assist this wonderful charity with their fundraising endeavours.

We are pleased to announce that rijo42 will be attending Bolton Hospice’s Midnight Memories Walk on Saturday 21st June 2014. This fundraising event is one of the biggest for the charity and will feature over 1700 sponsored walkers. The walk will commence at the stroke of Midnight from Bolton’s Town Hall Square and loop 8 miles around Bolton to return back to the Town Hall, passing the Hospice along the way.

The evening will begin from 9pm in the Town Hall Square with live bands, dancing and entertainment. There will also be a pre-walk warm up work out. rijo42 will be there from 8pm serving freshly ground coffee from our Brasil commercial coffee machines. Walkers can come along and grab an espresso, latte or cappuccino before embarking on the 8-mile walk. All proceeds raised from coffee sales on the evening will be donated to Bolton Hospice.

If you are interested in taking part in the Midnight Memories Walk, there is still time to register. Please visit the Bolton Hospice website for further information.

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£40k Profit Per Year From Coffee Sales

rijo42 Customer Generates £40k From Coffee Sales

rijo42 Brasil Bean To Cup Commercial Coffee Machine

Coffee-to-go is a massive industry in the UK, and one, which continues to grow considerably year on year. This continued growth has witnessed an increasing number of retailers offering freshly ground take-away coffee, and reaping the rewards in terms of incredible profits.

One rijo42 customer currently enjoying highly increased profits is a farm shop in East Sussex. Lambs Larder is highly aware of the fact that to generate exceptional revenue from coffee sales, a high performance reliable commercial coffee machine is essential. It was for this very reason that they opted for the rijo42 Brasil machine, and the business is currently making over £40k per annum in coffee sales alone. Their ethos is to offer great quality coffee at a reasonable price setting them apart from the competition. They offer a high-street quality coffee at a small independent price, and with huge success. Through increased coffee sales they have also seen a huge rise in sales of products such as flapjacks, shortbread and doughnuts, all of which are high profit items.

The key to the success of the machine within Lamb’s Larder is through advertising and promotion, both in-store and externally. The highly visible external signage draws in passers-by and the internal signage alerts patrons of where the coffee machine is located. At rijo42, we provide full promotional support with all of the commercial coffee machines we install including coffee table menus, A boards, projecting wall signs, large outdoor cups and menu boards to name but a few. We also supply a comprehensive starter pack of ingredients and ancillary products with all of our commercial coffee machine installations.

To book a free commercial coffee machine demonstration, please call free on 0800 023 4242, email sales@rijo42.co.uk or enquire online.

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rijo42 Coffee At Bolton’s First Vaping Cafe

rijo42 Coffee At Flavour Vapour Cafe Bolton

rijo42 Coffee Sign At Flavour Vapour Cafe Bolton

Last week we installed a commercial coffee machine at Flavour Vapour in Bolton, the town’s first e-cigarette cafe, and one of the first vaping cafes in the country.

The popularity of e-cigarettes has been phenomenal over the last few years, with more and more smokers opting for vapour alternatives to improve health and save money. As such, the number of dedicated e-cigarette shops has risen dramatically in the UK. This has now been taken further with the introduction of vaping cafes, where people can go to purchase e-cigarettes and replacement liquids, but also now socialise, enjoying a coffee and a slice of cake alongside their e-cigarette.

The first vaping cafe was opened in the trendy London district of Shoreditch last month and Flavour Vapour is thought to be the first of its kind in the North West. Owner Ian Hopkinson wanted to extend his e-cigarette business further by creating an environment where people could freely enjoy e-cigarettes alongside a coffee and a slice of cake.

Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi attended the launch day 0n Thursday 15th May. She told the Bolton News: “I think the e-business is great because smoking causes so many illnesses, these products are also cheaper but the main benefits are for health — I know someone who was a chain smoker and switched to e-cigarettes and it really worked. “The cafe is a great idea. It’s nice for people to be able to sit here comfortably and socialise — I think we could see more of them in Bolton.”

Our very own Shaun Gibbs went along to the grand opening to show our support and gather feedback from attendees regarding the coffee. He was greeted with excellent comments including; “the best coffee I’ve ever had”, “much better than large high street coffee chains” and “I only ever buy one brand of coffee, but this by far surpasses it, excellent”. We were incredibly pleased with the response and happy the grand opening went well for Ian and his team. We wish them all the best for the future and look forward to a great working relationship for many years to come.

rijo42 Primo Commercial Coffee Machine At Flavour Vapour Bolton

For more information on rijo42 commercial coffee machines and to book your free demonstration, please call free on 0800 023 4242 or email sales@rijo42.co.uk. Alternatively, contact us online.

 

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Cleaning A Bean To Cup Coffee Machine

Cleaning Procedures For Bean To Cup Coffee Machines

Cleaning Bean To Cup Coffee Machines

Bean to Cup coffee machines can be an incredibly important asset to any coffee-serving establishment and therefore it’s imperative they are cared for correctly. A coffee machine that experiences frequent breakdowns is a cost to your business and will ultimately damage your profits. Preventative maintenance is key to ensuring the smooth operation of your equipment and the best method of preventative maintenance is regular and thorough cleaning.

All professional Bean to Cup coffee machines have important cleaning procedures to follow. Powdered milk machines usually involve a daily clean and a weekly clean, some machines even request a clean after a certain number of drinks have been dispensed. The daily clean is typically a short process taking anywhere up to 5 minutes. This involves mixer bowl flushes, brewer rinse, emptying and cleaning of waste buckets and drip trays, all to ensure best possible hygiene practices. The weekly clean is a slightly longer process taking anywhere between 10-15 minutes, dependant on the model, and will always involve a full brewer clean. This is usually as simple as placing a cleaning tablet into the machine and pressing a button; the machine will then run the automatic brewer clean cycle. It is also advised that certain parts are removed from the machine at the end of each week, mixer bowls, drip trays, waste buckets, which should all be cleaned thoroughly before being replaced.

Fresh milk Bean to Cup coffee machines generally only require a daily clean, yet, as fresh milk has more associated hygiene issues than powdered, the cleaning process does take a little longer. It is vital that the parts of the machine that come into contact with milk are fully sterilised to provide the best possible hygiene standards. The daily cleaning cycle for a fresh milk coffee machine can take anywhere between 15-30 minutes, again, dependant on the model.

Any new machine should be supplied with cleaning instructions. Many machine suppliers will also have their own range of specialist cleaning materials. Although cleaning products are widely available on the internet, it is worth bearing in mind that the ones offered by your supplier will have been specifically designed for use with your equipment. Using cleaning products not specified by the manufacturer may invalidate your warranty.

All rijo42 Bean to Cup coffee machines are installed with clear step-by-step cleaning guides, making the process as simple and hassle-free as possible. Our professional range of cleaning products has been exclusively tailored to ensure maximum hygiene and performance, reducing unnecessary downtime and ultimately prolonging the life of the equipment. We also offer a professional valeting service, for more information please contact a member of our Service Team on 0800 023 4242 or email serviceteam@rijo42.co.uk.

Buy rijo42 cleaning products online at www.rijo42shop.co.uk.

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Coffee Toffee

Coffee Toffee Recipe

Coffee Toffee Pieces

A delicious sweet treat, rich sticky toffee enhanced with intense notes of espresso, topped with chocolate and chopped nuts. This moreish coffee toffee is perfect for for serving alongside lattes and cappuccinos or just storing in a tin for those ‘sweet tooth’ moments.

Ingredients
225g butter
115g light brown sugar
115g white sugar
1 ½ tsp molasses
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp finely ground espresso powder
170g good quality dark chocolate
115g chopped hazelnuts (toasted, skinned and cooled)

Preparation Method

  1. Begin by lining a small baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat
  2. Add the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, molasses, salt and espresso into a medium saucepan and heat over a medium heat. Add a thermometer to the pan and stir occasionally until the mixture approaches 120°C, then stir constantly until it reaches 150°C.
  3. Pour mixture into the lined baking sheet and spread evenly with a silicone spatula. Sprinkle the chopped chocolate pieces over the toffee and leave them until they have softened. Once soft, spread the chocolate over the toffee and sprinkle with the chopped hazelnuts.
  4. Place in the fridge and leave to set for a minimum of four hours, then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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