Become a coffee connoisseur with our helpful guide

  • 28th November 2014
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Want to impress your friends next time you head out for a coffee and a cake? Well, here we provide a lowdown on the must know terms to wow the coffee shop!

A good place to start is ‘Arabica’ - one of the two main types of coffee and widely believed to be the best. Next time you head into your favourite coffee shop be sure to ask whether it’s arabica!

Looking for a hard to get, expensive coffee to enjoy for a special event? There’s few better than ‘Blue Mountain’, originating from sunny Jamaica!

Continuing around the world, if you’re looking to try some of the best Ethiopian blend, then your best to give Djimmah, Harar or Yirgacheffe a whirl.

Bored of a standard coffee, how about trying some new approaches! Originating from Asia, a ‘Nel Drip’ (or Flannel Drip) is a drip coffee, utilising flannel filters from Japan. Also a Japanese tradition, ‘Pour-over’ coffee is a method of drip coffee using water poured in a slow, steady stream over a filter cone - it takes three minutes to brew, ideal for a lazy Sunday morning when you have some me time.

We all know this but just a reminder, a nice touch is to call the lovely person in the coffee shop a ‘barista’ the official term for someone who prepares the coffee!

So there some specific coffee types to swot up on, now let’s talk beans…

A ‘flat bean’ is two coffee seeds still inside the coffee cherry, one side of which is flat during the cherry’s development. A ‘peaberry’ is a rounder bean where only one seed develops to give a more distinctive flavour. Once the bean is developed it is likely to have its outermost layers of skin removed, a process known as ‘pulping’.

As a side note, one thing you certainly wouldn’t want is a ‘quaker’, where the coffee beans have not roasted properly - not good!

Finally, if you’re tired and need a boost, we’d recommend getting a ‘Ristretto’ - the strongest expresso known to man or a ‘cortado’ - an expresso topped off with wonderful flat steamed milk.

Or for something fast and convenient, try an AeroPress, where the coffee and water are in contact for a short 30 seconds or less to ensure a concentrated fuller flavoured coffee.

10 coffee facts throughout history

  • 21st November 2014
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Coffee has been about for centuries, so it’s no surprise that there are countless historical facts in connection with what can only be described as one of the world’s favourite beverages.*

We thought we’d share 10 of these facts with you - pat on the back of you already knew any of them!

The Dutch drink more coffee than any other nation, an average of 2.414 cups each, every day. 

2. Coffee is said to have been discovered by a ninth-century Ethiopian farmer, who realised his goats were going crazy over coffee beans. 

3. Every scene of the film Fight Club has a Starbucks coffee cup hidden in it somewhere. 

4. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a Coffee Cantata in 1732, telling the comic tale of a man whose daughter is addicted to coffee.

5. Expenditure on coffee in Britain first overtook the amount spent on tea in 1998. 

6. The Mexican coffee liqueur Kahlua was invented in 1936. Its name in a Nahuati language means “House of the Acolhua people”. They were a sister group to the Aztecs in central America. 

7. In 2009, Gennaro Pelliccia, chief taster at Costa Coffee, had his tongue insured for £10million.

8. Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712-86) took coffee with champagne as a calming drink. 

9. More than 400 billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every year. 

10. The world’s most expensive coffee is Kopi Luak, made from beans excreted by civet cats.

We’d love to hear if you know of any interesting coffee facts, why not post one on our Facebook page? http://www.facebook.com/durgol

* www.express.co.uk

Taking a Look at Limescale and Hard Water Problems

  • 01st May 2014
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Hard water is water that contains a high mineral count. It is formed when water trickles through deposits of calcium and magnesium which contains minerals like chalk, limestone and dolomite. Hard water is not harmful for health however it can cause major problems with household appliances, which can be quite expensive in terms of repairs, replacements and higher energy bills.

Hard Water and Limescale

Almost 60% of the UK has hard water with the main problem areas concentrated on the east and southern coast of England with the region of Lincolnshire recorded to be supplied with an extremely high level of hard water. According to the USGS, ‘The amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in water determines its hardness. Where the water is relatively hard, you may notice that it is difficult to get lather up when washing your hands or clothes. You might even end up having to spend money to soften the water, as hard water can damage equipment.’

There are two types of water hardness, temporary hardness and permanent hardness. Temporary hardness is caused by dissolved calcium hydrogen carbonate. It can be removed by boiling the water which makes the calcium hydrogen carbonate dissolve and break down.

Permanent hardness is caused by dissolved calcium sulphate, which cannot be removed by boiling the water like temporary hardness. Substances containing sodium carbonate which combats with the calcium and magnesium in the water.

Hard water is a main cause of limescale build up. Water guide.org.uk explains that, ‘when hard water is heated past 55°C or left to stand, the dissolved minerals in it solidify as the moisture evaporates. These solidified minerals are what limescale is made of, and they can be a serious problem in and around the home. The visible effects of limescale are nothing compared to those effects which can’t be seen. Hard water contains an average of 300mg of dissolved minerals per litre, so a four person household can accumulate up to 70kg of limescale in a year.’

Limescale coats household appliances such as washing machines, dishwashers, kettles, coffee machines, central heating pipes and boilers, causing inefficient operation in those appliances. According to British Water, ‘Even a 1.6mm coating of limescale on a heating element can make it up to 12% less effective. This could cause you to waste up to £200 worth of energy every year. It could also cause your appliances to burn themselves out much more quickly than normal.’

To find out about the level of water hardness in your area, refer to the list of water suppliers below:

  1. Affinity Water
  2. Anglian Water
  3. SembCorp Bournemouth Water
  4. Bristol Water
  5. Cambridge Water
  6. Cholderton & District Water Company
  7. Dee Valley Water
  8. Dwr Cymru - Welsh Water
  9. Essex and Suffolk Water
  10. Northumbrian Water
  11. Portsmouth Water
  12. Severn Trent Water
  13. South East Water
  14. South Staffs Water
  15. South West Water
  16. Southern Water
  17. Sutton and East Surrey Water
  18. Thames Water
  19. United Utilities Water
  20. Wessex Water
  21. Yorkshire Water

Tracking Your Coffee Consumption with Up Coffee Mobile App

  • 31st March 2014
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Ever feel like you’re drinking too much coffee? Or maybe not enough?

If you have a smartphone and you’re a coffee addict, then we may have found the perfect gadget for you! A new app called Up Coffee, created by Jawbone, which is used in tracking your coffee consumption, and how much it affects your sleep.

The app helps you understand more about your caffeine choices by correlating your coffee intake and projected sleeping time.

You can read more about the Up Coffee App here, along with some interesting statistics about your sleep.

Why not start tracking your coffee consumption and let us know how you get on over on our 'We Love Coffee' Facebook page!

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Share your Limescale issues and WIN with We Love Coffee Community

  • 27th March 2014
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Calling all coffee lovers! Are you a victim of limescale? Or have you avoided checking your kettle recently? Now is the time to face the music!

We’re giving you the chance to win £100 in supermarket vouchers and a bottle of Durgol Universal, which makes removing limescale from your household items quick and effortless in order to battle all of your limescale troubles.

Limescale build up in kitchen appliances significantly increases running costs and reduces life expectancy, not to mention affecting the way your tea and coffee tastes.

All you have to do is upload a photo of your limescale-riddled kettle to our Facebook page. You have until Monday 7th April to send us your picture and be in with the chance of winning your next supermarket shop on us!

How to remove limescale from your coffee maker

  • 07th September 2012
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How to remove limescale from your coffee maker with durgol® swiss espresso®

durgol® swiss espresso® - a new coffee machine descaler from Switzerland is set to hit supermarket shelves to target the burgeoning UK in-home coffee market.

Available to multiple retailers via exclusive distributor Martin Global, durgol® swiss espresso® is a decalcifying product designed to remove limescale from all makes and models of home coffee machines including fully automatic, semi-automatic, manual and 'coffee pod' machines.

Perfect for in-home coffee fans, durgol® swiss espresso® is highly effective as well as easy and safe to use and machines cleaned and descaled regularly with durgol® swiss espresso®, produce quality coffees with the signature ‘crema’ top. This is the golden foam of coffee oils that covers the top of an espresso shot – the sign of a quality coffee. In addition, the crema helps to retain the aroma and flavour of the coffee. In hard water regions in the UK, it is often a challenge to keep coffee machines free from limescale, which in turn affects the taste and quality of coffee and reduces the amount of crema extracted.

Beverley Martin, Managing Director at Martin Global, distributor for durgol® swiss espresso® says: “At the moment the consumers can buy the product online  but we’re in talks with several multiple and independent retailers as we’re aiming to secure listings in the next few months. We welcome enquiries from any buyers or outlets looking to stock the product.

She adds: “Although limescale itself is not harmful, if it builds up, it can clog coffee machines, stifle the flow of water and reduce the overall quality and taste of the coffee. Water tank filled machines need to be descaled on a regular basis as set out in the coffee machine manual. In addition, cleaning machines with durgol® swiss espresso® guarantees a fresh, quality coffee with an impressive crema, which coffee lovers will enjoy time after time.”

durgol® swiss espresso® is guaranteed to decalcify quickly and easily without having to wait for the decalcification process to work. Research shows it works up to ten times faster than other branded decalcifiers  and using the formula regularly ensures quality coffees and extends the life span of the machine. It leaves no residue, is completely odourless, and after decalcification and rinsing, the machine is safe to use.

Each pack contains two 125ml single use bottles with an RRP of £9.99. One bottle is designed to thoroughly decalcify one machine once. The product can be stocked in either the coffee aisle, the domestic cleaning product section of the supermarket or alongside coffee machines and appliances.

Beverley adds: “Cleaning and descaling coffee machines regularly not only guarantees quality coffee, but it also increases the efficiency of the machine and lowers the energy consumption of the appliance.

“Modern consumers are highly knowledgeable about coffee and are more discerning in their tastes and cleaning machines with durgol® swiss espresso® guarantees a fresh, tasty, superior coffee, with an impressive crema, even in hard water regions.”

For more information on how to remove limescale from your coffee maker and for all product details and sales, please contact Beverley Martin at Martin Global on 0161 747 9128

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