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  • Cascara - Have you heard of the tea made from coffee?

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    I do find it amusing where my inspiration for our monthly blog comes from. Usually I think, “What on earth am I going to talk about this month?!” and then I see something, hear something, do something and often there are witterings going on in my head that I can’t get out and….bingo! Discussion topic. Well, this month’s topic: Cascara. Have you heard of it? The discarded coffee cherry that is used as a tea and more. Coffee cherries are the whole fruits which grow on the coffee plant. As most berries ripen, they turn a lovely juicy red, this...

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  • The history of the iconic Bialetti Moka Express

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    In Italy a Moka pot can be found in practically every kitchen. And the Moka Express, by Bialetti, is the iconic, and classic, machine. This month we look at the history of Bialetti and their Moka Express. A machine that we have stocked for over 50 years.In 1919 in the village of Omegna, Piedmonte, Alfonso Bialetti opened a workshop for the manufacture of aluminum semi-finished products. The company grew to become Alfonso Bialetti & Co. Alfonso Bialetti came up with the brilliant idea of the Moka Express, a machine that would revolutionize the way of making coffee at home, and...

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  • Hot vs Cold. How do you like coffee as the weather hots up?

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    We have officially entered British Summertime! This month’s topic is Hot vs Cold: When the weather heats up do you switch from your hot cuppa to a cold one? Or must you have your usual hot coffee?  I am firmly in the “I need my hot cup of coffee to start the day” brigade, regardless of the weather. I may have fewer cups of coffee during hot weather, but I will have at least a few – well, they start off hot, by the time I finish them they are usually cold. I am frowned upon at home and work...

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  • Coffee in your dessert. Heaven or Hell?

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    Now, I know we all love a cup of coffee - why else are we here together, right?! But what about coffee as a flavour in your desserts? As I sat and pondered on a topic for this month’s blog a question came to mind, and now I cannot get it out of my head, so this month let us just have a chat (or I waffle on, and you read my musings) about coffee in your dessert. In my dessert of choice, I would never have considered a coffee option, I mean, how could I turn down anything made...

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  • A little trip down memory lane...

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    Algerian Coffee Stores has been in our family since 1946 and still remains a true family business. Daniela and I have been working alongside Dad for many years and helping him run the shop, and today it is mainly us at the helm while we try (!) and get Paul to put his feet up a little. This month it is our chance for a little trip down memory lane. We hope you enjoy it… We really have been here all our lives and it is more than a workplace, more like our second home. We used to come to work...

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  • Algerian Coffee Stores through the years....

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    We thought this month we would do a little introduction to our shop and its history; we also have some fabulous old photos of the shop, its people, and some papers.
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