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What do you know about coffee?

27 September 2015 restaurants-brasseries


Britain used to be regarded as a nation of tea drinkers but more and more people nowadays are opting for coffee. There are literally thousands of different varieties of the drink available.

Instant or non-instant?

Instant_coffeeDespite the growth of coffee brewed from fresh beans in popular cafés, most coffee drunk at home is instant. Market research specialists Mintel discovered that 77% percent of the coffee consumed in Britain is instant. This contrasts with Italy and France, where instance coffee accounts for just 1% and 4% respectively. Most hotels and restaurants do not serve instant coffee, so its appeal in the home appears to be simply down to Brits’ fondness for convenience, and their reluctance to spend the time and effort needed to brew coffee from beans.

Full of beans

Coffee_arabica_12.10.2011_14-01-6If you go into a specialist shop, you can find a huge variety of coffee beans. The majority of these come from two strains of coffee: Arabica and Robusta. Arabica beans are considered to have the best flavours and may suit those with a delicate palate. Strong personalities who enjoy an invigorating cuppa may prefer Robusta. As the name suggests, this is a robust bean that can grow in areas unsuitable for Arabica. For a truely unique Arabica coffee taste, try Coffea Arabica coffee.

Milk or cream?

coffee-sonja-langford-week1Purists drink black coffee, as they claim that milk or cream spoils its flavour. Milk can make for a milder cup though, while cream adds a touch of luxury. Sugar can also be used to take the bitter edge off the drink, though many will refuse it, claiming to be “sweet enough”.

Additives

6958364511_6b5fa41164Many cafes offer flavoured syrups that can be added to coffee, with hazelnut, almond and vanilla being popular. For the extensive Monin coffee syrup range, click here. Some blenders add spices or nuts to the roast to create additional flavours, especially at Christmas. For seasonal syrups from Malmesbury Syrups, click here. However you like your coffee, Hallmark Hotels can serve you the perfect cup during your stay.

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