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Coffee Tips
Cosy weather calls for cosy cuppas. Why to go to a cafe to make this seasonal favourite when you can make it in your very own home? Our Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe combines real pumpkin, our favourite spices, coffee and milk to make one mighty fine afternoon delight.

First thing’s first. Make the Pumpkin Spice Mix by combining the spices in a little jar. This will make enough for a few rounds of lattes, so make sure the lid is on tight and store with your other spices.

Pumpkin Spice Mix (we used BART’s spices)

3 tablespoons of ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg
1½ teaspoons of ground cloves

Next up, make your pumpkin puree.

Peel, chop and steam a small pumpkin until soft. Set aside a portion and mash it through a sieve until you have two tablespoons of finely pureed pumpkin. Any leftovers can be added in to your dinner or lunch prep – waste not, want not.

Make your latte and serve!

Combine two cups of milk, two tablespoons of pumpkin puree and two teaspoons of sugar in a saucepan and stir until hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat, add a teaspoon of the pre-made pumpkin spice mix, a few drops of vanilla extract and two shots of Ethiopia Espresso. Give the saucepan a good stir.

Pour through a strainer in to two large mugs and top with whipped cream, a sprinkle of pumpkin spice and garnish with a cinnamon stick. It tastes as good as it smells, trust us. Enjoy!

Tips:
If you don’t have a Nespresso machine, you can also substitute the espresso shots with half a cup of freshly brewed ground or instant coffee.
Milk can be replaced with nut milk or oat milk, which add another layer of flavour too.
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Competitions
Autumn has arrived which means the leaves are changing, pumpkins are out and we’re bringing our Mugshot Competition back!

We’re asking you to capture the essence of Autumn with your mugshots. Think cosy cuppas with colourful autumnal leaves, curled up on the sofa, coffees with your favourite spices and delicious seasonal foodie shots.

Enter!

Our Autumn winner will be chosen at the end of November so you’ve got plenty of time to perfect your shots. We’ll also be sharing some tips along the way too! Be sure to use the #autumnmugshot hashtag and tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so we don’t miss your beautiful pics.



All entries will be entered into the draw to win a lovely Autumn hamper filled with spices, a recipe for our very own Pumpkin Spice Lattes, loads of coffee, a Skandinavisk candle, a Percol Keep Cup and a tote bag too.

Keep an eye on our Mugshot competition, it’ll be going all year round. The best part is that our prizes will change and you’re going to love each and every one of our seasonal hampers. So get snapping and don’t forget to tag us, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Best of luck and feel free to enter more than once!
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Coffee Tips
We all know that coffee tastes delicious and gives you a much needed perk-up in the morning, but did you know that it also makes an excellent pre-workout alternative? Say goodbye to sugary energy drinks and swap over to a trusty cup of coffee instead. 

Caffeine affects our central nervous systems in a number of ways which are beneficial to us, particularly in relation to exercising. Double shots all round!

5 reasons to drink a cuppa before you work out


1. Weight-loss. Caffeine helps the body use fat cells as an energy source as opposed to glycogen, leading to a better fat loss rate and a faster metabolism.

2. Motivation. The chemicals in caffeine are said to enhance dopamine production, which produce feelings of motivation, well-being and pleasure. The ideal frame of mind to be in before hitting the gym!

3. Focus. Coffee is a stimulant. The caffeine in your cuppa helps improve mental focus and energy levels, both of which lead to better and more effective performance when working out.

4. Decreases pain. Drinking coffee before exercise can help reduce muscle fatigue and pain. This means you can push a little harder and last a little longer.

5. Antioxidants. Coffee is a good source of antioxidants, which fight free radicals in our bodies protecting us from disease and keeping us healthy.

Next time you’re about to hit the gym, try having a cuppa first. Generally speaking, results are best when you drink your coffee half an hour to an hour before you exercise, but experiment with timings to find your sweet spot.

Remember, caffeine stays in your system for up to 6 hours – something to bear in mind if you work out in the evenings or have trouble getting to sleep!
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Products

Say hello to our new Nespresso® compatible capsules, made with organic and Rainforest Alliance certified Arabica coffee that’s slow roasted for a smooth, rich taste. The best part? These delicious capsules are fully compostable.

 

Our capsules are made from plant-based materials and can be completely broken down in just 12 weeks when composted correctly.

 

If you’re wondering how this differs from other capsules you can buy, most other brands are made from aluminium, plastic or a combination of both. When thrown away, these are highly pollutant and can cause serious impacts worldwide.

 

We’ve been working hard to find a more sustainable solution. By using plant-based materials we’re able to use less energy and produce less greenhouse gases during production too.

 

Try our capsules in three different blends:

 

Rainforest Alliance Americano Lungo:

 

Best served long, our Lungo is bright and bold with a smooth finish. Savour the rich aroma of this Central and South American blend and enjoy a well-balanced cup with a hint of caramel sweetness.

 

Organic Ethiopia Espresso:

 

Ethiopia Sidamo coffee is prized for its floral characteristics; our Espresso is no exception. Enjoy the unmistakable notes of lavender in this exotic cup full of complex, delicate flavours and elegant acidity. 

 

Rainforest Alliance Supremo Ristretto:

 

A short espresso which packs a punch, our Ristretto is full bodied with sweet chocolate notes and a long, smoky finish. Carefully blended from Central and South American beans, this rich cup is the strongest of our capsules.  

 

Look out for our capsules in Coop stores and online on Amazon.

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Coffee Tips, Recipes
A decadent blend of coffee and alcohol, the Espresso Martini is a cocktail that doubles as a delicious treat and a very efficient pick-me-up when the food coma strikes, particularly during the festive season! While they’re sophisticated and taste amazing, the fabulous news is that they’re not too difficult to make.

Say good-bye to the Jaeger Bomb, the real party pleaser is only a few shakes away.

Ingredients

1 shot of Ethiopia Espresso 
1 shot of Kahlua
2 shots of Vanilla Vodka
Ice
Cocoa powder

Method

  1. Pop some ice cubes in your martini glasses and leave to chill.
  2. Pour the coffee, Kahlua and vodka into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice.
  3. Shake hard, then shake again. The more you shake, the more of a lovely froth you’ll get.
  4. Tip the ice out of your glasses and strain the Espresso Martini into them.
  5. Top with a sprinkling of coffee beans and a fine dusting of cocoa powder.
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Coffee Tips, Recipes
Having a cold coffee is a delightful alternative on a hot summer’s day and while we’re yet to have many scorchers, we’ve made the switch to a refreshing cold brew in the mornings.
Let’s get one thing straight; cold brew is not the same as iced coffee. lced coffee is a regular coffee, cooled down and served with ice. Cold brew on the other hand is brewed for a much longer time using more coffee and cold water, resulting in a stronger coffee concentrate.
Using cold water means the extraction process is much slower, the coffee is generally less acidic and the bitter compounds are left behind, creating a coffee with a sweeter and smoother taste.
Experiment with different blends of coffee and the time you leave it brewing until you have found your own personal favourite.

Try it!

As a guide, we add about one cup of ground coffee to four cups of filtered, cold water, stir and leave covered in the fridge for 12 hours.
You can brew in a container and strain using a cheesecloth, but we think it’s easier to use a cafetiere. Don’t plunge until the 12 hours is up though!
To serve, dilute with cold water or milk. If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, why not try pouring your cold brew over a scoop of ice cream?

Try our ground coffee range and see if you can taste the difference to when you regularly brew with a Chemex or a cafetiere.

So there you have it, cold brew for you. Give it a go, and let us know how you get on!
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Coffee Tips, Products

Cutting back on the caffeine but craving the comfort and taste of an afternoon cuppa? Try switching to one of our lovely decaf coffees.

We know some of you don’t have high hopes for decaf coffees, but believe us, you will not be disappointed. Our decaf coffees are made from hand-picked, high-quality, Arabica Colombian beans, which are 100% Fairtrade certified.

Instant

The beans used in our instant coffee are decaffeinated using a natural method where water and a naturally occurring chemical called ethyl acetate (which can be found in fermented fruits and molasses) are used to extract the caffeine from the green beans.

Ground

The beans in our award-winning ground coffee are decaffeinated using a different method, where green coffee beans are moistened, then pressurised liquid carbon dioxide is pushed through them, gently drawing out the caffeine.

Using these methods ensures that there won’t be any nasties left behind and you’ll never have to compromise on taste when opting for a cup of decaf. Both our instant and ground coffees are wonderfully rich and velvety with hints of toffee and gentle chocolate notes.

Care to try for yourself?  You can find our decaf coffees online on Ocado and Amazon, as well as in selected Morrisons, Tesco and Waitrose stores.

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Coffee Tips

We have discovered the best way to use up our leftover coffee grinds… an exfoliating coffee scrub!

Caffeine has long been known to have positive effects on your skin when applied topically, including tightening and reducing puffiness. So it makes sense that ground coffee would be the perfect ingredient for a DIY exfoliating body scrub. 

 

Here’s how we make ours:

 

Once you’ve finished your morning cafetiere of ground coffee, scoop the grinds out and put them in a bowl.

 

Mix with two tablespoons of coconut oil – we use Lucy Bee as it’s Fairtrade and organic. Tip: we find it’s easiest to mix straight after you’ve finished your coffee, as the warm grinds help to melt the coconut oil.  Play around with ratios to get the consistency you find easiest to use, you can always add more coffee or oil.  Now, you’re ready to use your home-made coffee scrub.

 

Give it a try, your skin will thank you for it!

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Story Of Percol

Right from the start, we wanted to bring the best tasting coffee from around the world to the UK while always making sure that we give back to the farmers and environments that grow our delicious beans.

For over 30 years, we’ve built great relationships with coffee producers around the world, from Central and South America to Indonesia and Vietnam, and we spend over 150 days a year at the farms getting to know the farmers and their land. Our long-term approach means that our brilliant producers, old and new, receive the support they need to continue to grow our wonderful coffee.

We are always happy to have a chat so if you’ve got any questions, get in touch with one of the team here.

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