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Articles on all things caffeine related!  If you love coffee as much as I do, why not sit down with a brew and enjoy.

My Norfolk Adventure

My Norfolk Adventure

A Taste of England’s Rich History:  The Norfolk Adventure North Norfolk feels like the part of England Blake’s Jerusalem talks of with the lyric ‘England’s green and pleasant lands’.  Although serious flaws have been highlighted with the lyrics of the song itself, this particular line seems accurate enough.  The county is vastly untouched by business and grotesque concrete sculptures which seem to dominate our cities.  This quaint and rural part of our country should be savoured, a last bastion of an…

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The Early Morning Coffee Paradox

The Early Morning Coffee Paradox

As every shift worker will testify, waking up in the middle of the night is never easy.  The body’s natural instinct during the night is to be sound asleep. A day in the life of a shift worker often means that it is not possible to sleep during ‘normal’ times.  This has a massive impact on the natural circadian rhythm of the body.  One of my colleagues recently described working a variety of shifts as ‘constantly living with jetlag’.  According…

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My first coffee cupping with Atkinsons

My first coffee cupping with Atkinsons

Who are Atkinsons? On the 9th March, I attended my first coffee cupping at Grind and Tamp.  The evening was hosted by Atkinsons, a local roaster based in Lancaster.  I have tasted their coffee on a number of occasions in a few of the coffee houses I have visited and it does not disappoint. Before the event, I didn’t really know what to expect.  I knew that coffee cupping involved testing the characteristics of different coffees but not quite how the…

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The importance of the coffee bean

The importance of the coffee bean

The UK’s Coffee Addiction A staggering 55 million cups of coffee are consumed in the UK on a daily basis according to the British Coffee Association.  The mass coffee market in the UK opens many opportunities for coffee growers and roasters alike, but how do you know that your coffee is of good quality?  Many coffee shops now show great pride in using 100% Arabica beans, but why does this matter?  Using different coffee beans in the process of making…

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Grind and Tamp

Grind and Tamp

Grind and Tamp is a recent addition to Greater Manchester’s coffee scene opening in Ramsbottom in spring last year.  Ramsbottom is a small market town in the Irwell Valley, just to the north of Bury, the main street is lined with independent shops including the indulgent Chocolate Cafe, a bakery, butcher and even a pub.  Now Ramsbottom’s main street also hosts Grind and Tamp, the northern point of Manchester’s coffee scene. Coffee G&T offer an impressive 15 different coffees at any…

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