One of the oldest debates on the planet has to be the one surrounding your favourite morning drink – are you a coffee person or a tea person?  For many of us, it is just something that we decided when we were younger and that we’ve stuck with ever since.  But if you are trying to consider the health benefits of the drinks, which is the better as a morning drink or for any other time of the day?

A little background

Tea definitely wins in terms of history – it was said to have been first discovered by the Emperor of China in 2737BC.  He was boiling water under a tree when the leaves fell into the water.  He tasted the drink and was surprised how good it was – hence tea was born.  Tea became the drink of scholars and priests in China and Japan and this is perhaps why it is associated with calmness, spirituality and good health.

Coffee is a more recent addition to the drinks menu and was said to have been discovered in the Ethiopian highlands by a goat herder who noticed his goats becoming hyperactive after eating certain berries.  These berries were used to create a drink by monks that kept them alert for their prayers and soon the drink was spreading.  It didn’t arrive in Europe until the 17th century.

Health benefits

There are a lot of studies on the health benefits of tea and coffee so it can be a little hard to know for certain what good each can do.  Here’s a few things we do know for certain.

Coffee has a higher caffeine level than tea and this makes it a useful stimulant.  People have long used it to keep awake and alert or avoided it for those reasons close to bed.  There have also been some studies that show coffee can help relax the airways and therefore be beneficial to people with asthma.  It is a good hangover cure and can help people with migraines in some cases as it constricts the blood vessels in the brain.

Tea is filled with something called anti-oxidants and there are no doubts about how beneficial these are.  These are called polyphenol compounds and have been shown to help with cancer.  While studies are uncertain about their cancer preventing abilities, they do have soothing and rejuvenating qualities.  Different teas do contain different amounts with green teas being particularly high in antioxidants.


Sometimes the downside of either drink isn’t so much the drink itself but what we put in it.  Three sugars and a lot of milk can make coffee into something a bit less beneficial while tea often contains fluoride which is good for the teeth – unless you have too much of it.  And the stimulant element of the drinks can work against you when you are trying to relax or sleep.

Tea and coffee are both here to stay with more variations and styles appearing on the market all of the time. Both markets (but especially coffee) have vast opportunities for innovation and evolution. The clip at the bottom of the article shows off a revolutionary new American coffee leaf tea that is a great example of how the markets keep developing. By opting for good quality products and watching what you put in your drink, you can enjoy the possible benefits of these drinks as well as a really tasty cuppa.

There are lots of businesses that have a commercial coffee machine on the premises in addition to cafes and restaurants.  In fact, there is a high demand for commercial coffee machines for hospitality, to offer staff the best facilities and to make guests feel relaxed and comfortable.  So regardless of your business type, how do you choose the right commercial coffee machine?

Machine size

The first consideration is the machine size and this is dictated by three factors – how much coffee you need, how much space you have for the machine and how much you have to spend on it.  Most commercial coffee machines come in either two, three or four group heads which can provide four, six or eight drinks at a time.  The more group heads you have, the bigger the machine and the more space it requires.

Most machines also have a cup classification that allows you to see a recommended daily output.  This might be 150 cups, 150-250 cups or 250 plus cups.  This allows you to judge how many cups a day you will likely require and buy a machine that matches.  For example, if you have an office business or a small café that doesn’t serve a lot of coffee, then a 150 cups level machine may be suitable.

Type of coffee machine

After size and capacity, you may want to consider the type of coffee machine you require.  There are three main categories – bean-to-cup machines, traditional espresso machines and soluble instant coffee machines.

Bean to cup coffee machines are easy to use and create coffee with the touch of a single button using fresh milk and beans.  These require very little training to use and have the ability to select the different type of drink.  They are popular for locations where coffee isn’t the main business such as offices.

Traditional espresso machines are used to make espresso coffee by forcing steam through finely ground coffee that has been made in a coffee grinder.  There are different sizes available with a group 1 handling around 150 cups a day.  They require more work to produce coffee as milk is added separated but offer a better quality coffee, ideal for businesses such as cafes and bars.

Soluble instant coffee machines are single push button machines that have canisters inside – vending machines for coffee.  They offer a quick product usually with different options such as hot chocolate and cappuccino but the quality of the drink is questionable so are often placed in convenience stores and garages.

Other considerations

There are some other considerations to use when purchasing a coffee machine.  For example, is there a service agreement with the product that means you will have a warranty period if anything goes wrong?  Also, does the provider offer service agreements to help maintain the equipment in the long term?

You should also look at how easy it is to clean and maintain the equipment and see who would be responsible for this.  For example, if a building cleaning service would be required to do it, is the task easy enough or will it be time-consuming?  These factors can assist in making the right choice.

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Subscription services have become big business in recent years with everything from beauty products to cleaning materials being delivered to our homes on a regular basis.  The addition of coffee beans to the list of things you can have delivered to your home was a logical one but does the idea really work?  And why would you opt to use a coffee delivery service rather than simply buy them at the supermarket?

How the system works

The big advantage of coffee delivery services is that you are getting access to the very best types of coffee, often varieties and flavours that aren’t available in the high street shops.  Subscription services or order as required, you can choose what works best for you and access beans from roasters around the world at the touch of a button.

Another advantage of using these services is the quality of the beans you will receive.  There are thousands of vendors selling coffee beans online but you don’t always know what kind of quality product you will receive when you place the order.  However, by using a subscription or delivery service that is dedicated to quality coffee, you can be more certain that you receive the best beans.

The cost

Now one thing to know upfront is that using a delivery service isn’t going to get you cheap coffee – that isn’t the point of it.  So don’t compare the price of coffee from this kind of service with the price of coffee from your supermarket.  You will pay more for coffee through a delivery service.

But there are reasons for this.  Not only do you get access to beans that supermarkets simply cannot source, you also have a quality guarantee.  And then there is the advantage of having the beans delivered to your door.  Plus, these companies are experts in transporting beans, meaning they arrive at your home in the best condition, ready for use.

Is it for you?

So who subscribes to these services or regularly orders from them?  Coffee enthusiasts, for starters – people who have a particular type of coffee that they love and want to ensure a steady, reliable supply.  Or people who want to try something different to the usual types of coffee in the supermarket – nothing wrong with them but sometimes the urge is there to try something different.

Maybe you have been recommended to try a certain type of coffee or sampled it at a friend’s and fell in love with it. At times it will be from a service of this nature and the only way to get the coffee yourself is to use a similar service.

Getting the best

Having coffee beans delivered is great fun and allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the world of coffee that you can acquire when shopping in the supermarket.  It also allows you to buy good quality beans that are guaranteed to give the flavour that the producer wanted them to produce because they have been handled properly.  Plus, most of these services are either on demand or can be cancelled whenever you want so why not try it!

The 2017 London Coffee Festival brought us big names from the world of coffee all under one roof showing some excellent evidence on how adaptable and innovative the world of coffee is.

The festival offered up some fantastic tips for testing the right mix of chocolate and coffee to get the perfect blend to tantalise the taste buds with the help of Hotel Chocolat.

It demonstrated the science and specificity behind creating an inspiring Irishy Coffee with Merchant House. They quickly showed the best hand chosen coffees and whiskeys to really test out the blends.

These were just two of hundreds of stands all with their own unique attributes, all of whom work with coffee in different ways and have their very own styles. It really is inspiring to see such a passionate group of people still working so hard to ensure coffee is used to its full potential in our lives.

The show is an excellent example in adaptation, perhaps explaining why coffee has such a huge impact on our culture and why it remains at the top of the highest selling commodities list time after time.

Just a really quick post guys to say a big hello to all of you. We are currently working on the site and we’ll have it will you quicker than you can say Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato. For now we are aren’t going to give much away but what we will say is that if you come back and join us soon you won’t be disappointed. We’ll be bringing you; inspiration for making amazingly tempting coffee in the comfort of your own home, great tips for selecting the very best quality coffee beans and brands as well as fab advice for choosing the right coffee machines and brewing equipment around.

We are keeping our cards close to our chest when it comes to the content for our new site until we know we have our deck in order so for now, we’ll leave you with this playlist that’s a great fit for any coffee moment.