The Fountain of Youth Was Filled with Coffee

screen-shot-2017-01-26-at-14-03-59With advances in research and technology, coffee is gaining increased admiration for its seemingly countless health benefits. More attention is being given to this miracle bean each year, and our understanding of the wonders it can work is expanding. As it turns out, a nice cuppa is not only a good way to start the morning, but three or more each day can lead you to a fuller, healthier life. There are far too many advantages to list in a single article, so we’ll cover some of the most notable for you to read through while supping a freshly brewed cup.

Boosts More Than Your Energy
According to a study from John Hopkins University, coffee can not only improve your memory for 24 hours, it can provide an immediate mental boost for 45 minutes, putting you in charge. This can lead to faster reaction times, greater efficiency on the job, and an overall sense of awesomeness. While this would seem to be the most common and obvious reason people partake in coffee consumption, it’s physical gains are even more impressive. These effects are largely due to the large quantity of antioxidants in coffee, potentially reducing inflammation and other disorders, but also supporting the body’s maximum performance levels. Athletes have been known to neck off a cup or two before workouts for the following benefits:

  • Potential of a 15% increase in calories burned after exercise
  • Improved physical performance of around 11-12%
  • Endurance being enhanced by a staggering 26%
  • Fat burning raised by 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean individuals
  • More energy and recovery capability
  • Increased longevity and heart health

Reduces Risk with Every Cup
Adding to your state of being is wonderful, but what about all the amazing things coffee reduces? The secrets packed in each coffee bean are only now beginning to be fully understood, and many of the health risks they can reduce make it worth heading to the coffee machine to refuel. An increased metabolism has many obvious advantages for heading an active life, but the coffee (as well as the caffeine, fibre and antioxidants inside) do more magic in the circulatory, digestive, and nervous systems than you might know. Here, we’ll list some fascinating discoveries from various studies and research institutes. Consider the importance of reducing these factors in your life:

  • 3 cups of coffee a day has been found by researchers at USC Norris Comprehensive
  • Cancer Centre to have reduced the participants risk of developing the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), by 29%
  • Coffee has also been linked with a reduced risk of developing gout (in men)
  • Lessens the risk of heart attack
  • 25% lower risk of developing diseases (in men)
  • Each cup potentially cuts the risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 7-10%
  • 20% reduction of suicide and depression in certain individuals
  • Halves the risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Drops the potential of colorectal cancer by 26%

Protects Against Health Problems
The black stuff can also be a strong ally to have in your corner – it’s been long touted as a protector against many of the scariest health problems afflicting adults in the UK. You might want to consider trading in some of the over-the-counter pills and potions for a reliable coffee machine. When taken straight-up, coffee can battle against:

  • Periodontal disease (protective benefit has been shown in combating gum disease)
  • Prostate cancer – 60% increased protection from dying of this disease
  • Throat and mouth cancers (studies indicate a 49% lower risk)
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (research suggests 65% lower risk in participants)
  • An intake of 4 cups daily has been shown to protect against the development and reoccurrence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Coffee is believed to stave off neural inflammation, which can trigger severe health conditions
  • Protection against cirrhosis of the liver (usually due to excessive alcohol consumption)
  • Melanoma

Prevents Common Issues and Ailments
Any wise man knows that prevention is key, and increasing your intake of coffee to around three cups a day now can have a positive impact in the future. We conclude the article with some useful reasons to drink coffee that you may not have thought of:

  • Research has linked coffee to the prevention of retinal damage
  • Preventing cavities – strong black coffee kills harmful bacteria on teeth
  • Stronger DNA as a result of less spontaneous DNA strand breakage in white blood cells
  • When 2 cups are taken an hour before, perceived muscle pain and aches can be reduced up to 48%, or even prevented altogether

Coffee is not just a delicious, useful part of our daily routine – this mysterious and revered drink brings natural healing power to our bodies, while reviving us and making us sharper, faster, and better.


Just Add Milk

Cafe Couture Just Add MilkThe easiest decision your staff will make all day.

Consistency is refreshing, and getting a packaged deal at a great value is exciting. Some of the coffee fanatics on our team have done the brainstorming and worked out the things most important to business owners when caring for their staff with office amenities. Coffee is essential, but this part of your business should require the least management.

If we could, we’d have a milkman parked in front of your office, ready to service every cup. While we’re still not sure of how that would even be possible, allow us to share with you the next best thing: it’s an offer that gives you everything you need to keep your staff vibrant and busy, and all you need to do is provide the milk.

Another promotional offer with lots of fine print? Not our style. The thing with complicated offers or solutions is that someone must keep track of all those little details, and we’re far too busy innovating new technologies and ways to make coffee amazing. We spend a lot of time figuring out ways to deliver turn-key packages that are as easy as drinking the coffee itself.

Imagine a machine so advanced, yet simple to operate, that it can be fixed by us over the phone. On your schedule of appointments for the week, one entry you’ll never see is for an engineer from Café Couture. These machines are built to last and very reliable, and in the event it requires a fix that we can take care of by phone, we’ll just send you a replacement machine within the following day.

Together, we make a great team – we’ll provide the coffee, you provide the staff to drink it. How much coffee are we talking? A thousand drinks per month, at a fraction of the cost per cup that your staff would spend leaving the office for gourmet coffee (or even regular coffee). The savings tack on even further when you consider the latest in green technology behind our machines, allowing them to produce mouth-watering cups of java with a low-energy footprint.

Guess work isn’t required here; we’ll keep you stocked with delicious rainforest coffee, and you’ll enjoy fixed price costing that never changes during your 3-year agreement. That means no inflation, change in the price of coffee beans, or unexpected charges. It’s a true “Plug & Go” solution involving no plumbing or hassles, and we include the install and training. You can easily transform your office into a place that’s irresistible to your staff, and you don’t have to think about it again for years (except for supplying the milk, of course).

Wondering where to put the machine? This decision is more about aesthetics than anything else. Our machines are attractive and sophisticated in appearance, and maintain a sleek profile that enhances the surrounding décor. They’ll fit and work just about anywhere, but the placement of the coffee machine can have many strategic advantages. You can increase the functionality of a space, create the setting for social engagements and collaboration between staff, or even establish a strong first-impression with clients by placing the machine prominently in the waiting area (with some small plants and decorations nearby).

“JUST ADD MILK” is the code we’re using for this offer, and you just need to quote it if you give us a call or send an email about this particular offer. We’re always working on creative ways to take care of this part of your business with “Bean to cup coffee solutions,” but you can be sure we’ll also be available to talk with you whenever you have free time.

Creativity by Customisation

Cafe Couture Just Add MilkPicture an ordinary coffee pot – we know that’s not the most exciting way to start an article, but that’s exactly the point. Most offices have either a traditional appliance tasked with the mundane job of pushing out caffeinated cups of hot liquid, or they are equipped with a fancier machine that promises a better result, but offers few options. Both of these scenarios completely miss the point of what a satisfying cup of coffee is really about – the reward of savouring the perfect selection, and contemplating that victory with each caffeine-infused sip.

This is the very essence of the world we live in today. Everything is customisable, from the apps on your phone, to the settings in your car. For most workers, the initial rush of energy and alertness that comes from their morning cup will set the tone and pace for the day. But it’s not only about the caffeine – the level of enjoyment that comes from the coffee is actually more important, as this triggers certain chain reactions in the brain, leading to innovation, or stifling it.

Ask yourself this fundamental question: Are the beans at the major coffee houses really that much better, or are professionals willing to wait in queue because of the vast menu of options that put them in control of the cup’s final outcome? The fact of the matter is simple – the more exciting it is to get coffee from within the office, the less likely workers are to seek this need before work or during breaks.

Cafe Couture – Reinventing The Office Coffee Experience

Every company knows that happy staff equals productive staff, and for many workers these days happiness can be reinforced in the form of a great cup of coffee.

Research has found that the average person in the UK drinks 2.5 cups of coffee per day; in the office environment that goes up to 5.5 cups. This can be costly, for both the member of staff and for their employer.

Take the price of a cup of coffee. In most High Street outlets this can be anywhere between £2.40 and £3. That’s a potential bill of £16.50 per worker.

Then there’re the trips from the office to the local coffee shop. Survey results suggest workers spend an average of 21 minutes on a coffee run: leaving their desks to visit the nearest Costa, Starbucks or other outlet, queuing, and then coming back to the office.

That mounts up to a lot of unproductive time for them, and lost productivity for you.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Find out why…

How Much Time and Money Are Your Staff Paying On Getting Decent Coffee When They Are At Work?

How much do you think getting a high quality cup of coffee costs?  Well our new vending machines which not only look great but also dispense coffee to die for from as little as 30p per cup.  How much do you think your staff would appreciate that facility in the office rather than them having to leave the office and spend a couple of pounds elsewhere?  Not to mention time out of the office?
This fact is not going unnoticed by office managers, business owners and HR’s as they look to make the office experience better for their all important staff.  If this resonates with you then please take a look at what we have on offer – at the website below. Better still drop me a mail and I will personally talk through the options with you.
I may even treat you to a coffee!

How much could you really save by switching to appliances that save a few watts of power here and there?

More than you might think actually.

Take the coffee machine for example, a device which is as integral to the smooth functioning of an office as any computer. Without coffee, we are nothing. With coffee, we are motivated to work twice as fast, not least to cover the astronomical energy bill our bean to cup machine has racked up.

Coffee machines and counting beans

machine2-1As an example of what smart leasing can do for your bottom line, take the Nevis, a high end coffee machine supplied by Cafe Couture. It’s the sort of machine you’d install in a chic digital marketing office or ad agency. Or possibly a law office…or anywhere else that could use a good cup of coffee at the push of the button. Whatever; the location doesn’t matter. What matters is that it pulls in 1,000 watts less per day on average than many of its counterparts.

Over the course of a month, that could easily save you £20. Over the course of a year, it would save you £240. And during a typical three-year contract, it would save a cool £720. And that’s just one machine. If you had three of those in a large office, that’s some serious cash on the line.

We can’t alleviate our need for coffee any more than we can alleviate our need to charge our phones, watches, headphones and myriad other devices at work. But by making smart leasing decisions and sunsetting inefficient appliances, it’s possible to power down without unplugging. Now there’s a thought.

From Tasteless to Tasteful: Coffee Machine Case Study

In all the years we’ve been in business, we’ve yet to fit the same system twice. While the number of coffee machines we offer is finite, the needs of each client differ, even when operating with the same system. Two recently completed projects perfectly illustrate this point, the first on behalf of a hospital and the second for a chain of leisure centres. In each instance, our mandate was similar – to strip out the existing system and replace it with a superior one that would be easier to maintain and profitable from the get-go – but the final result was markedly different in each instance.

Case Study 1

East Surrey Hospital in Redhill approached us to request that we give their hot drinks system the makeover it was crying out for. The existing system was badly out of date, and there was no scope to improve upon it working with the framework they had. The only option was to completely strip it out and start afresh.

We set to work dismantling the hospital’s tired looking hot beverages system and installed a gleaming new counter and units, tastefully branded by Cafe Couture, complete with coffee bean decals that looked far more inviting than the graphics that had previously been in place.

This was about more than just an aesthetic upgrade though: we also got rid of the old instant milk bean machines and replaced them with a top of the range system dispensing high street quality drinks complete with fresh milk. From the client’s perspective, this was ideal, not only on account of the improved coffee that staff and patients were treated to, but because there was no capital outlay.

Two Macchiavalley Fuego fresh milk machines were installed that were soon serving over 200 drinks a day. We also stuck around to dispense complete staff training and will be returning to provide support and maintenance moving forward. The capital investment over three years equates to £20,000 with the guarantee of at least 150 cups of coffee and other beverages sold a day. Has the project been a success? Put it this way, since switching over to the new system, sales have increased by 18%. It’s amazing what a difference a good cup of coffee makes.

Case Study 2

Another project we completed recently was for a national leisure chain. The Nestle machines they were using were in poor condition and well past their sell by date. This was compounded by the fact that the support and servicing they were receiving was slim to non-existent. As with the hospital client, our mandate was to replace the existing machines in favour of the latest vending technology.

The system we installed again carried Cafe Couture branding and dispensed a discernibly superior brew. From the perspective of the leisure chain, the deal was sweetened by the fact that there were no rentals involved and there was no capital outlay. Everything they paid was inclusive with the cup charge. This enabled them to start making money with every cup they sold.

The pay per cup option that both clients plumped for, based around a three-year contract and a minimum sales guarantee, gave them the peace of mind that came from knowing their shiny new system would be a money-maker from day one rather than a liability. Both clients were delighted with the outcome, with the leisure chain reporting a big improvement in quality, an increase in sales and a major revenue boost coupled with great customer feedback.

About Cafe Couture

Cafe Couture is synonymous with quality and taste, supplying coffee machines, coffee, teas, smoothies, milkshakes and associated ancillary products to restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels throughout the UK. Operating in the coffee shop sector for a number of years with its own brand of beans and fresh ground coffee which have all been inspired by the great coffees of Italy.

We offer only the latest equipment and technology, developing bespoke packages that fit your requirements and budget.

With a nationwide network of expert technician we are able to offer you first class local care and service.  Visit our site.

Cafe Couture’s MACCHIAVALLEY Coffee Machine Win an iF DESIGN AWARD 2017

Cafe Couture, the South East distributors of Machiavalley Coffee Machines, are delighted to announce that the Nevis coffee was a winner of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, coffee machine category.

Each year, Germany’s oldest independent design organisation, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design prize. For over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognised as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design.

NEVIS won over the 58-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, with its unique revolutionary design, material quality and excellent technologies focused on maximum customer benefit such as SilentGrind, VarioBrew or DualHeatExchange System.

The competition was intense: over 5,500 entries were submitted from 59 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

Commenting on the award, Matthew Schmidt, Managing Director of Cafe Couture said: “When we first started to offer the Nevis machine we could see that it was very popular with customers because of it’s outstanding design features. This internationally renowned award is testament to this and we are delighted to be able to offer the Nevis machine to a wide UK audience.”

For more information please call the Cafe Couture team on 0800 3894259