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Hello coffee lovers! Hope you have all had a great start to the year. This month we started the year off right with some updates to the website. We love this update! The colours and the new brewing method pickers were very well received. Check out the new homepage here! We also have more news articles for you about the world of coffee. From “The Coffee Barometer” concerned at the lack of action in regards to sustainability and human rights in the industry to new methods of scientifically deducing coffee blend purities, we have a great roundup for you to enjoy. And of course, a new coffee recipe that is perfect for the cold weather and accompanying your reading.

The Roundup

“Little evidence coffee companies’ sustainability efforts have impact: Report” by The Jakarta Post

It is no big surprise that voluntary efforts by coffee companies have not had any considerable impact on sustainability and human rights issues. In response to this, the EU plans to propose legislation barring the import of commodities linked to these issues. This might mean higher prices for coffee in the EU going forward. But it might also backfire and cause even worse pay for the producers. One thing that we do know is that there are many consumers that will pay a premium price to ensure the ethical production of the goods. Companies like Drip Roasters here in Switzerland have made it their company ethos to only engage in fair and direct trading with coffee producers. Check out their coffees here. But how can we get closer to applying these values at scale? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section! Read the article here or by clicking the image below.

Coffee sustainability and human rights

“Is Your Coffee Really What It Claims?” by Technology Networks

Researchers from the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry are onto a new way to examine purity in coffee blends. How much Arabica is there truly in your favourite blend? Read more in this technologynetworks.com article.

Coffee spectrometry

“Coffee Consumption Tied to Reduced Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Shows” by Daily Coffee News

In other research news, a group of Chinese researchers has gathered data from more than a million men from North America, Europe, and Japan. They have observed a notable difference in prostate cancer risk between coffee drinkers and non-drinkers. And the results should please all of us coffee lovers greatly. Read the article.

Coffee linked to less prostate cancer

 

Website Updates

Homepage Update

The new homepage update is here! We’re very proud of how it turned out. Try out the new buttons on the landing page to select your preferred brewing method. The old coffee quiz has been streamlined to make it faster for you to find the coffee you need. We want users to feel welcome on our site and part of that is making the main function of the website as frictionless as possible.

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ColdHotDrinks Colours

Our new colours are also here! We have featured our new brand colours on the homepage and we will continue to update the other parts of the website to reflect our new look.

Coffee sustainability and human rights

Coffee Recipe of the Month

Cafecito

Image by Kaffeetastisch on Pixabay

A Cafecito is a Cuban style of serving coffee. At first glance, it looks like the usual espresso shot with crema. But the foamy crema on top is actually made from sugar instead of milk. It is called Espuma. And there is no need for an espresso machine either. You can brew the coffee in any stovetop espresso maker such as a Moka pot, Percolator, etc.

This drink is short and sweet, traditionally served after dinner. Indeed, many cultures use coffee as an after-meal digestive but the Cafecito doubles as a dessert as well because of its sweet foam. Here’s how to make it.

What you’ll need
  • Freshly brewed coffee using a stovetop espresso maker
  • A quarter cup of white granulated sugar
Preparation
  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Put the sugar in a vessel that has at least 2 cups capacity.
  3. Once you start brewing the coffee take the first tablespoon of coffee and pour it into the vessel with the sugar. Use a hot pad to hold the hot pot while you transfer the coffee! Put aside some more of this coffee if needed and then return the pot to the stove to finish brewing.
  4. Using a small whisk or spoon start beating the sugar and espresso until they combine to form a thick and foamy pale brown paste. This will take a couple of minutes.
  5. Once the pot has finished brewing the coffee, pour it into the vessel with the foam and stir to incorporate. Leave it to rest so the crema can rise to the top.
  6. To serve, pour into demitasse espresso cups and use a spoon to lay the foam on top of the coffee.
Enjoy and stay safe!

Going into the new year, what do you think should be done to steer coffee companies into action for sustainability and human rights? Are you in support of the EU’s proposal? Let us know in the comments below!

Until Next Time!

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