When you only have a finger to spare…

…But you still need your coffee:

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Love the new beverage caddi! We should get in SA definitely :)

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Coffee Machines for Home and Office

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Whether you need a coffee solution for your home or your office, we offer it all. We supply a full range of machines including:

- Filter Coffee Machines

- Fully Automatic Espresso Coffee Machines

- Coffee Vending Machines

The range includes both bean-to-cup and instant coffee machines and we have a full range of consumables such as coffee beans, filter coffee and hot chocolate. Visit our website or contact us for the best advice and pricing on hot beverage solutions for home and offices.

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Ethiopian Coffee Warehouses Shut

coffeeThe Ethiopian government has revoked the licences of six of the country’s main coffee exporters, accusing them of hoarding supplies.

It also confiscated 17,000 tonnes of stock of around 80 other traders, saying it would auction the coffee.

The government has been concerned about low foreign sales of coffee, which is Ethiopia’s most valuable export crop.

The market has also been affected by poor harvests and reduced demand from overseas because of the global financial crisis.

In January, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi threatened – presumably in jest, – to cut off exporters’ hands if they continued hoarding stocks in the hope of better prices.

Some exporters have been reluctant to sell stocks through the new electronic Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, which began trading coffee in December.

The system is unpopular with traders as it does not yet allow the separation of speciality and organic coffees.

These have to be mixed in with the rest and can no longer be sold to top-end buyers for premium prices.

Coffee is Ethiopia’s largest source of foreign exchange and it earns more than half a billion dollars annually from exports of arabica beans.

It is Africa’s biggest coffee producer and prides itself as the birthplace of the bean.

Latest coffee news from BBC News

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Obama likes his coffee green

At the White House, they don’t sip coffee from just any cup. White House coffee comes in pristinely white paper cups emblazoned with a gold presidential seal and coated in an ultra heat-resistant material.

The cups, left over from the last Bush administration, are relatively “green”—the biodegradable coating insulates as well as two normal cups, which eliminates the need to “double cup,” according to a White House staffer.

But as President Barack Obama pushes for greener communities, businesses, and homes, it makes sense that his place of work set an example for the rest of the nation.

“We’re currently reviewing other cups that might offer those same benefits but have a higher percentage of biodegradability,” said Christine Glunz, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The current cups were first ordered seven years ago, when White House java drinkers complained that cups got too hot to handle.

The cold-drink equivalent of coffee at White House meetings has traditionally been bottled water. But the practice of distributing individual bottles is being phased out for a less wasteful method of water consumption.

“We’re also taking steps to minimize the use of plastic bottles,” Glunz said, by replacing the plastic with pitchers and cups.

From Sarah Gants for The Chicago Tribune

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Jura’s New Signature Range

We always knew Jura was into producing the best quality fully automatic coffee machines on the market. Well, they have just outdone themselves with their new Signature Range:

There are five models in the range – the IMPRESSA Z5 2@1 Rhodium/Crystals, IMPRESSA J5 Colombian walnut, IMPRESSA J5 Northern birch, ENA Leather Sports Brown and the ENA Leather Speed Red. Attention has been paid to every detail, which makes every coffee machine a compact and beautiful object of desire. All the models make cappuccino, latte, macchiato or ristretto at the touch of a button. Moreover, there is height-adjustable coffee spout, cup illumination, strength selection and a touch-sensitive screen.

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The Z5 is made of rhodium and aluminum, with the rotary switch encircled by a triple band of sparkling Swarovski crystals.

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The J5 will be available in a choice of Colombian walnut or northern birch veneer. The surface of the J5 is sealed with 15 coats of high-gloss lacquer.

The compact ENA machine comes in a choice of red or brown leather.

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The Signature coffee machines speak class and claim to be the most exclusive on the market. Word is the machines will be available from June 2009 and will be exclusive to Harrods. However, if you want the same quality, without the bling (though I must admit, I love the bling!) we can deliver to your door!

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It’s serious business!

On the final day of the Latte Art Championship held in Chicago, the remaining 10 baristas created gorgeous designs under pressure simply by pouring hot milk into espresso. Running out of time or a case of shaky hands can cost you dearly.

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The creations consisted of rosettas, triple rosettas and a rosetta topped with a heart. But the winning creation was a terrific tulip with big fat leaves from Kevin Emmons.

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The winner’s drink of choice? “An 8-ounce black single origin coffee… I really like African coffees, especially Ethiopian.”

Good on him for remembering Africa.

Asked about Starbucks? “I’ve actually found that if I can’t get a good cup of coffee in a town, Iwill go with McDonald’s over Starbucks.”

*Gasp* Shame on him for dissing St. Bux! ;)

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Take a caffeine nap!

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If you didn’t get enough sleep last night, here’s how to get through the day:

Scientists say that a successful midday nap depends on two things: timing and– caffeine consumption!! Experiments performed at Loughborough University in the UK showed that the sleep-deprived need only a cup of coffee and 15 minutes of shut-eye to feel amazingly refreshed.

1. Right before you crash, down a cup of java. The caffeine has to travel through your gastro-intestinal tract, giving you time to nap before it kicks in.2. Close your eyes and relax. Even if you only doze, you’ll get what’s known as effective microsleep, or momentary lapses of wakefulness.

3. Limit your nap to 15 minutes. A half hour can lead to sleep inertia, or the spinning down of the brain’s prefrontal cortex, which handles functions like judgment. This gray matter can take 30 minutes to reboot.

This from wired.com

I have yet to master the 15-min nap, but at least I have mastered downing a cup of java! Baby steps people :)

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