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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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Mark Davies goes to new lengths for charity

[caption id="attachment_2858" align="alignleft" width="300"] Before the off - Mark gets ready.[/caption] As many of you know, at rijo42 we're an approved charity partner of Macmillan Cancer Support. We have a huge admiration for the work Macmillan do, which involves supplying nurses, advice and support. In 2015, we've pledged to raise a minimum of £42,000 for the charity, which will fund a Macmillan nurse for 42 weeks, to provide expert care and invaluable support to individuals and famil...
May 27, 2015
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London company turn coffee grounds into fuel

At Rijo42, we're very aware of our ethical and environmental responsibilities, and so we particularly like hearing about new ideas to re-use waste products. That's why we were interested to hear about Bio-bean, a new company based in London who are turning used coffee grounds into fuel. The idea is the brainchild of Arthur Kay, who was an architecture student at when he hit upon the plan of turning some of London's 200,000 tonnes of used coffee grounds into something useful. His patented pr...
May 26, 2015
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The world’s most expensive coffee

Kopi luwak, or civet cofee, where beans pass through the digestive system of a civet cat, has been around for a long time.It's got a reputation for subtle, rich flavours not normally found in coffee, and the difficulty of harvesting it keeps the price high. Now, though, a small herd of elephants in Thailand is helping to produce coffee that may rival kopi luwak in price. Coffee brewers have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds developing the new flavour, which involves feeding the elephants ...
April 30, 2015
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Carl’s Coast to Coast Challenge for Macmillan

Last weekend an intrepid member of our Service Team completed a Coast to Coast bike ride to assist in raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Carl Liprott has been with the company for just over a year, a key member of our Service Team, Carl specialises in the expert installation of our commercial coffee machines. When we announced our corporate partnership with Macmillan back in January, Carl was more than happy to step up and volunteer for a sponsored challenge to assist us in exceede...
April 27, 2015
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Coffee around the world

[caption id="attachment_2839" align="alignleft" width="300"] Australian flat white coffee[/caption] In the UK, the most common way to drink coffee is filter coffee with milk, with either one sugar or no sugar added. We take a look at how other countries around the world enjoy their coffee. Australia - Australians drink a huge amount of coffee, and top of the list is the flat white. This is made by pouring a thin layer of steamed milk over a single or double shot of espresso, and is similar...
April 17, 2015
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Can coffee help cut the risk of heart attacks?

            Here at Rijo42, we're always keen to hear more about the health benefits of our favourite drink, coffee. Now, new research indicates that drinking a moderate amount a day can help to reduce clogged arteries, leading to a reduced risk of heart attacks. The study was carried out in Korea by the Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, South Korea, and followed a group of more than 25,000 men and women who were aged on average around 41 a...
March 30, 2015
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Rijo42 takes to the water

[caption id="attachment_2813" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Rijo42 customer in Wales has their priorities right....[/caption] It's official - we're a nation of fishing enthusiasts. Research commissioned by the Environment Agency revealed that around 6.1 million people when freshwater or sea fishing in 2009 and 2010 - that's a staggering ten per cent of the UK population! The survey also revealed that fishing is being seen in a more positive light by the public, with increasing numbers o...
February 19, 2015
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Rijo42 team up with Macmillan Cancer Support

As many of our friends and customers will know, rijo42 have been fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support for many years. As of 2015, we're delighted to announce that the charity have made us an official, approved partner and we've pledged to raise £42,000 in 2015 for this fantastic cause. [caption id="attachment_2796" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our whole team are getting involved - here's the rijo42 dog, Saint Bernard Apache, showing off her T-shirt.[/caption] Cancer charities hav...
January 14, 2015
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Merry Christmas from Rijo42

We'd like to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas. Here at Rijo42, we're certainly looking forward to 2015 and we hope you all have a healthy and prosperous year ahead of you. To keep you going over the Christmas break, here are a few trivia facts about coffee, everyone's favourite drink. In Turkey, it's tradition to serve the oldest person in the room with their coffee first. King Charles II banned coffee houses in 1675, as he thought they were meeting places for plotters ag...
December 18, 2014
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