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Get set for summer with caffeine

The summer's in sight, and it's the time of year we all start to think about summer clothes, getting in shape and losing a few of those post-winter pounds. Did you know, though, that you could already have one of the most powerful tools in your weight-loss arsenal in your kitchen cupboard? Caffeine is proven to boost concentration and alertness, and has been linked with numerous other health benefits as well, from cancer prevention to the management of type 2 diabetes. Most of us drink at le...
May 16, 2016
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New survey suggests the UK prefers coffee to clubbing

A survey by the Office for National Statistics has revealed that as a nation we spend more on coffee pods for home coffee machines than we do on a wild night out. The survey of 700 household goods and services is used to calculate the official rate of inflation, and 'admission fees to nightclubs' no longer forms part of our daily expenditure. Reported in the Evening Standard, other drinks and food appearing on the list for the first time are Baileys and lemons, while our consumption of organic ...
April 30, 2016
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Banana coffee breakfast smoothie

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but some of us just find it hard to eat much first thing when we first get up. Unfortunately, skipping an early meal leads to a drop in blood sugar and energy levels, and by mid morning you'll either be snoozing on the desk or making a beeline to the nearest vending machine for some sugary snacks. Instead, try topping up nutrient levels with this super-healthy smoothie. It's low in fat, easy to drink and digest, packed with fibre ...
April 13, 2016
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rijo42 Promises help to raise £80k for Genesis

rijo42 Promises help to raise £80k for Genesis

[caption id="attachment_3017" align="aligncenter" width="800"] rijo42 Promises Team at Genesis FUNKraiser Ball[/caption] rijo42 Promises was proud to support Genesis again at their FUNKraiser ball on the 19th March 2016. The event marked the Breast Cancer Prevention Charity's 20th Anniversary. Scores of people turned out in their finery to raise funds and journey through an era of FUNK. Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre is based on the University of South Manchester in Wythenshawe....
April 11, 2016
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Are ‘members only’ coffee shops the next big trend?

We've had the flat white, we've had the bulletproof coffee (coffee with butter) - whatever's next in coffee land? If you run your own cafe, coffee bar or commercial coffee business, then how about this for an idea? London's first private member coffee club, called SL28, has opened in Holloway. It costs £10 a month to join, which entitles you to all the coffee you can drink and a nice place to drink it in.   The decor is urban contemporary, and the coffee is top quality filter. The cl...
March 29, 2016
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Homemade chocolate and vanilla syrup recipes

[caption id="attachment_3005" align="alignleft" width="300"] Adding flavoured syrup to an Irish coffee or hot chocolate makes an indulgent treat[/caption] If you love a bit of indulgence with your coffee, how about one of these homemade syrups? They'll keep in the fridge for a month or so, ideal for when you've had a long day and want to treat yourself. As well as adding them to coffee, these syrups can also be used as ingredients for other drinks, such as milkshakes, hot chocolate, cocktai...
March 16, 2016
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rijo42 Promises raise £48k for Macmillan Cancer Support

In January of last year, rijo42 Promises selected Macmillan Cancer Support as rijo42's chosen charity for 2015. We pledged to raise £42,000 from April to December, and we’re incredibly delighted to announce that we surpassed our target, raising a total of £48,631.75. Fundraising began in late April with rijo42 engineer, Carl Liptrot completing a Coast to Coast bike ride challenge. Carl rode 170 miles over the 24th, 25th & 26th April, pedalling from Southport to Hornsea, raising a fan...
March 15, 2016
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Welsh cakes recipe for St David’s Day

Tuesday 1st March 2016 is St David's Day, so we're celebrating the patron saint of Wales with these traditional Welsh cakes, perfect for accompanying a cup of coffee. St David was a bishop in the diocese of Menevia, Swansea, in the 6th century and later became canonised. He was a native of Wales, and as a bishop his life is relatively well-documented for someone of his period. This recipe for pice ar y maen or Welsh cakes  is a simple treat for morning coffee time and perfect to m...
February 28, 2016
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Top coffee-making mistakes

Everyone wants their coffee to taste as good as possible. These days, with home coffee machines better than ever, making delicious coffee has never been easier. If your morning cuppa isn't quite up to scratch, though, you could be making one of these mistakes. Stale coffee If you don't make fresh coffee regularly but just enjoy the occasional cup at the weekends, your beans could be less than perfect. Whole beans store better than ground coffee, but both use their flavour relatively quic...
February 16, 2016
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Why you shouldn’t give up coffee for the New Year

Did you decide to give something up for new year? If so, the chances are it was one of the 'big three' - alcohol, chocolate or coffee. Most of us start the year with good intentions of going on a health kick, but giving up coffee doesn't need to be on the list. Clare Collins, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and medicine at the University of Newcastle, Australia recently reviewed the health benefits of coffee. She says it's 'crazy' to g...
January 29, 2016
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Want to lose weight this January? Here’s what’s in your coffee.

Was your New Year's resolution to lose weight and eat more healthily? With 67% of people who made a resolution putting improved health at the top of the list, you're not alone. Unsweetened black coffee is an ideal choice when you're on a diet - it's energising, warming and clocks in at almost zero calories. If you prefer to add a little milk and/or sugar, there are still plenty of ways to reduce calorie intake - for example, swapping full fat milk for skimmed, and sugar for sweeteners. Here's th...
January 15, 2016
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Happy New Year from Rijo42

We'd like to wish all our customers a very happy and prosperous 2016, and to thank you all for your custom in 2015. For a bit of festive fun, we've put together our ideal playlist - featuring top songs about coffee. Black Coffee by Sarah Vaughan. With lyrics by Paul Francis Webster, this song, released in 1949 by American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, features the lyrics, 'I walk the floor and watch the door and in between I drink...black coffee.' One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan. From...
December 30, 2015
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Savoury coffee Christmas sauce

Here at Rijo42, we like to be versatile with our coffee, so we've put together an extra way you can enjoy it on Christmas day - as a savoury gravy with your turkey! Adding coffee adds richness and depth to the flavour, and your friends and family will never guess the secret ingredient. This recipe produces a dark, glossy gravy that will also go nicely with darker meats such as beef. You'll need: 3 good tablespoons wholegrain mustard 2 large cloves of garlic 6 - 8 shallots 120ml red ...
December 17, 2015
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Coffee bread and butter pudding

[caption id="attachment_2941" align="alignleft" width="256"] Photo by Duncan Harris via Creative Commons licence[/caption] If you're entertaining over the Christmas period, how about this bread and butter pudding made with our favourite ingredient - coffee? It's lighter than Christmas pudding, and makes a great standby for Boxing Day. To serve 4, you'll need: 250ml milk 100ml single cream (well, it is Christmas!) 150ml strong fresh coffee 4 tablespoons sugar 100g butter, softe...
November 30, 2015
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Why does coffee keep us awake?

[caption id="attachment_2911" align="alignleft" width="300"] Scientists have revealed how coffee acts to keep us awake[/caption] For many of us, coffee is a magic potion that stimulates, energises and increases our concentration. Whole offices run almost entirely on coffee, and how many times have you heard someone say they can't get going in the morning without their caffeine fix? Now, new research, reported in the Daily Mail, reveals how coffee keeps us awake. If you're a coffee drinker,...
November 19, 2015
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The science of coffee

[caption id="attachment_2911" align="alignleft" width="300"] Adding sugar can help to disguise an imperfectly-brewed cup of coffee.[/caption] At Rijo42, we like to think we know our coffee inside and out. That's why we were interested to hear the views of chemistry teacher Andy Brunning, writing in the Guardian newspaper. He claims to be fascinated by 'everyday chemistry', and has applied this fascination to the pursuit of finding out what actually happens when you make a cup of coffee. In hi...
October 30, 2015
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Seasonal coffee pumpkin latte recipe for Halloween

[caption id="attachment_2929" align="alignleft" width="300"] Warm up with this spiced pumpkin latte recipe, perfect for Hallowe'en.[/caption] It's always nice to give coffee a little seasonal twist, such as adding mulled wine type spices at Christmas, or serving it cold during the summer. This pumpkin latte recipe is packed full of seasonal goodies, and it will also help you use up the last of those Hallowe'en pumpkins once you've made them into lanterns! Here's what to do: What you'll nee...
October 22, 2015
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All about coffee grading

When you buy a pack of coffee, the beans you're holding have had a long journey from the coffee bush to the shelf. Part of the process is grading, where beans are sorted to remove any defects and ensure a top quality cup of coffee. There's no universally accepted scale of grading, and each country has developed their own, which can be confusing. Many countries use a '1 to 5' grading, with 1 being the best and 5 being unusable, but there's lots of variation. The grading process is a vital one,...
September 30, 2015
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After dinner coffee truffles recipe

These decadent little coffee truffles are just right for finishing off a meal. Serve with a small cup of your favourite espresso as the perfect accompaniment. As they contain fresh cream, make them no more than three days in advance or make them a month in advance, freeze them and allow to defrost naturally. What you'll need: 300g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids 300ml double cream 50g unsalted butter 15 to 30 coffee beans 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua or T...
September 18, 2015
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All about coffee cups

Here at Rijo42, we know that our coffee is pretty special. What about the cup you're putting it into, though? We take a look at different shapes of coffee cup and what they're designed to do. Cappuccinos and Americanos If you go out for coffee, you'll normally find these types of drink served in a round cup with a wide mouth. There are several reasons for this. One is practical - this shape of cup is more stable, less liable to being knocked over and easier to stack, both on the shelf and...
August 31, 2015
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Boost mid-afternoon energy levels

Even though we're a coffee company, at Rijo42 we still suffer from the occasional mid-afternoon energy slump. Here's how to boost energy levels and coast through the afternoon firing on all cylinders. Energy levels often drop after lunch, around the 3pm mark - you feel tired, possibly a little headachy and find it harder to concentrate. Most of us are at our most productive first thing in the morning, and as the day wears on it can become harder to tackle routine tasks.     ...
August 24, 2015
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Coffee for runners

// // With millions of Britons running regularly for health or fun, it's no wonder that there's so much interest in achieving the best performance. Even if you don't run competitively, it's always interesting to try and beat a personal best. Caffeine, once banned in top athletic circles, could give you just the extra bit of help you need. Caffeine has become a regular part of everyday life - there's a coffee shop on every street corner, and a wide range of blends and beans on every supermarke...
July 31, 2015
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Coffee and food – the ideal partners

Here at Rijo42, we really love our coffee. Think of all the vocabulary and mystique applied to wine, and we get a bit like that about coffee - every brand and blend is a little bit different, depending on the roast, growing area, type of bean, weather and a dozen other variables. While a cup of coffee is always a great idea on its own, pairing certain coffees with certain foods can help to complement the flavours and bring out the best in both of them. Breakfast - French toast French...
July 22, 2015
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Is office furniture made from coffee grounds the next big thing?

Britain may be traditionally a nation of tea drinkers, but these days we're having a sustained love affair with coffee, and produce more than 200,000 tonnes of used coffee grounds in London alone. While some of that is used for composting, much of it goes to waste. Now designer and recycling expert Adam Fairweather is addressing some of that coffee mountain by developing materials from the used grounds and using them to produce jewellery, furniture, and even - in a pleasingly circular way - cof...
June 30, 2015
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The Rijo42 guide to modern coffee

Struggling to tell your skinny lattes from your soy cappuccinos? We unravel the mystery of ordering a coffee, 2015-style. Skinny latte This one's easy - it's a regular latte made with skimmed milk instead of semi-skimmed or whole. Latte itself is a combination of espresso coffee and steamed milk, and using skimmed milk generally means the finished drink comes in at around a  third fewer calories. As an aside, did you know that the word 'latte' comes from the Italian 'caffè latte' or 'ca...
June 20, 2015
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