Blendly Coffee – The Home of the Creatives

Coffee house became a popular alternative to taverns and alehouses, they also became something else:  “coffee house politicians” to air their grievances. One could argue that these intelligentsia and knowledge economy workers.

Samuel Peyps and Sir Isaac Newton were regulars – were not too dissimilar to the types of freelancers and creative class workers we find in places like The Proud East today.

But instead of ranting on Twitter or in the comments section of newspapers, Green says patrons of London’s early coffee houses rebelled in the novelty of boisterously voicing their opinions to their (almost exclusively male) companions.

Why Coffee Shops are Music to My Ears – Great Coffee at the Acoustic Cafe Group

Just as a musician takes his time to creates sounds that influence your mood, Cole the Acoustic Cafe barista and manager quickly creates a great coffee for you. Cole like any other baristas relies on the roasting skills of Blendly to define the beans that make up the Acoustic Cafe coffee blend.

Blendly allows baristas to create coffee blends from a mixture of speciality coffee beans to create and develop the worlds best coffee and coffee service. Served in in the world’s best coffee houses. The Blendly network is growing along with the the growth in UK coffee shop market which shows significant sales growth of 10% on last year and a total turnover in 2015 of £7.9 billion.  

According to the latest report from Allegra World Coffee Portal: Project Café 2016 UK, the branded coffee chain segment recorded £3.3 billion turnovers across 6,495 outlets, following impressive outlet growth of 12%, adding 714 stores during 2015 and delivering sales growth of 15%. 

After 17 years of considerable growth, the coffee shop sector continues to be one of the most successful in the UK economy.  Costa Coffee (1,992 outlets), Starbucks Coffee Company (849) and Caffè Nero (620) remain the UK’s leading brands with 53% share of the branded chain market.  Physical expansion by leading chains is a strong driver of growth, particularly market leader Costa which added 171 UK outlets and had sales growth of 14% in calendar year 2015.

Coffee Quality – Increasing Competition

Coffee quality is now expected and is being constantly improved across the

Smiling Man Presenting Coffee

sector due to the influence from both artisan chains and independents.  In Allegra’s survey of over 16,000 consumers, artisan chain Harris + Hoole was ranked number one for coffee quality.  Increasing competition provides consumers with better choice of quality coffee at home, at work and from non-specialists, with consumer choice now based on far more criteria than ever before.

The UK coffee shop market is dynamic and rapidly growing and the report shows that the UK is becoming a nation of coffee connoisseurs.  Compared with last year, daily visits to coffee shops have increased and 16% of coffee shop visitors frequented a coffee shop at least once a day in 2015 compared with 14% in 2014.

Brewing with CHEMEX®

Coffee brewing instructions from CHEMEX

Like all good things, full flavour takes time — and your own special touch. The CHEMEX® coffeemaker delivers only the elements essential to rich coffee flavour, so that your personal taste and approach shine through.

Step 1: Get into the grind

Select your favourite whole bean coffee you want to enjoy and grind it to medium coarse ground.

Optional Tip: We suggest using a burr grinder because it delivers a more consistent particle size, allowing for a more even extraction and fuller bodied cup of coffee.

Step 2: Filter up

Open a CHEMEX® Bonded Coffee Filter into a cone shape so that one side of the cone has three layers, and place it into the top of the CHEMEX® brewer. The thick (three-layer) portion should cover the pouring spout.

Optional Tip: Dampen the filter with warm water to rinse and preheat the brewer. Once the water has drained through the filter completely, pour it out of the brewer while keeping the filter sealed against the coffeemaker wall.

Step 3: The scoop

Put one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee for every 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. Feel free to use more if you prefer it stronger; our CHEMEX® brewing process eliminates bitterness.

Tip: On all brewers except the pint size model, the “button” indicates the carafe is half filled and the bottom of the wooden collar/spout indicates it’s full. On the pint size brewer, the button is the full marker.

Step 4: Let it bloom

Once you have brought the appropriate amount of water to a boil, remove it from the heat and allow it to stop boiling vigorously.
Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds to wet them, and wait for about 30 seconds for them to “bloom”, releasing the most desirable coffee elements from the grounds.

Optional Tip: Perfect brewing temperature is about 200°F.

Step 5: First pour

After the grounds bloom, slowly pour the brewing water over the grounds while keeping the water level well below the top of the CHEMEX® (quarter inch or more).

Step 6: Brew on

Slowly pour the remaining water over the grounds, using a circular or back-and-forth motion as you pour to ensure an even soaking of the grounds.

Step 7: Toss the filter

Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, lift the filter with
spent grounds out of the brewer and discard.

Step 8: Enjoy the perfect cup

Pour your freshly made coffee into your CHEMEX® mug and indulge in the flavour.

Stay warm

In order to keep your coffee warm you may place the CHEMEX® directly on either a glass stove top or gas flame both at low heat. If you have an electric coil stove top, you must utilize the CHEMEX® stainless steel wire grid (TKG) in between the CHEMEX® and the coils to prevent breakage. Be sure that there is a small amount of liquid in the carafe before placing it on a warm heating element.

Keep it clean

A carefully cleaned and handled CHEMEX® brewer will give you a lifetime of service. Remove the wooden handle and continue to hand wash with warm soap and water, or place the coffeemaker securely in the dishwasher.

A Perfect Pairing

The blending of art and science doesn’t end with the CHEMEX® coffeemaker. Our CHEMEX® 2-Quart Water Kettle achieves the perfect brewing temperature with functional elegance. Made from heavy-walled heat-resistant glass, our flat-bottomed kettle will ensure a delightful boiling and brewing process. The unique silicone stopper keeps the brewed water at peak temperature while venting steam, so the neck stays cool to the touch for safe handling.

Warning: Do not place the CHEMEX® Water Kettle directly on an electric coil stove top. For use with an electric coil stove top we recommend using our CHEMEX® stainless steel wire grid (TKG) between the kettle and the coils to prevent breakage and personal harm.

Why Your Coffee Shop Should Be Full of Sharers

According to the global research platform Allegra World Coffee Portal estimates 100% growth in the coffee sector by 2020, outpacing the conventional coffee market year on year.

But who is drinking in these coffee houses. A new report from Vision Critical and crowd companies takes a look at sharers in the UK, US and Canada, concluding that collaboration is now mainstream.

The report breaks participants in the collaborative economy into 3 segments:

  • “Neo-Sharers” – those who have in the past year used at least one of several “emergent” sharing services, such as Etsy, Arbnb and Kickstarter;
  • “Re-Sharers” – defined as those who “buy and/or sell pre-owned goods online using well-established services like eBay and Craigslist,” but who have yet to graduate to neo-sharer status; and
  • “Non-Sharers” – those yet to participate, but many of whom intend to in the next year.

A closer look at neo-sharers – the early adopters, so to speak – reveals that they account for some 16% of the US and Canadian adult populations and 29% of the UK population. Re-sharers, meanwhile, comprise about 23% of the population in the US and UK and one-quarter in Canada.

Together, neo- and re-sharers therefore constitute about 40% of the US and Canadian populations and about half of the UK population.

Coffee Blockbusters with the Birks Cinema Group

We all love a great movie, and we all love a trip to the cinema and the Birks Cinema Group is one cinema that’s worth a visit. This an amazing rural cinema showing the latest films. Spacious 100-seat auditorium – comfy seats – state of the art projection & sound. Owned by the community, the Birks is a must-visit venue to see a film, relax over coffee & cake, and a great venue for special events.

One of the company’s secret recipe for success is in its range of great food and drinks that is available and none more so that its great coffee.

Blendly is supplying coffee around Scotland, giving a value and choice and setting new opportunities for coffee outlets to develop their own coffee taste and flavours.

Blendly also allows customers to select from a range of commodities to extend the taste and make the coffee more unique to them making its their own coffee blend.

People’s palate are changing none more so than how we enjoy coffee, with more people purchasing barista style machines for their homes and purchasing more and more international origin coffees and customers expecting more.

With the high street moving away from pre-blended Italian style coffee, the industry is in the curiosity for the “science” of coffee making—improving grinding methods, better monitoring of water quality, and the types of beans that make up blends, allowing customers to better identify with taste and content of what they are drinking.

This type of transparency is allowing independent coffee chains to better establish their local brands in a growing market place which currently supplies approximately 165 million cups of tea and around 70 million cups of coffee that is consumed in the UK each day, according the UK Tea Council, the market for hot beverages can be considered extremely robust.

As commentators see the high street is transforming from a pure shopping destination to a centre for “leisure and services” as the dramatic rise of the Internet changes the retail landscape demand for high-quality, barista-style coffee in the home has risen in recent years and this has led to innovation in manual, bean-to-cup and capsule coffee machines for the home. This is also helping independent coffee and Cinema chains to better develop their brand around individual coffee blends and add better value to the customer experience.

Great Coffee For You and Super Treats For Man’s Bestfriend at Brew and Chew

Perthshire top coffee shop Brew and Chew has a great coffee and dog-friendly environment. They have a superb range of fresh food soups and a selection of sandwiches, filled baguettes, panini, cakes and scones always available.

Brew and Chew as well as looking after humans also look after your family pet and why not humans and dogs have lived in close proximity for thousands of years.

Owner of Brew and Chew, Elspeth understands that pets provide great companionship, but the benefits of looking after man’s best friend has other benefits. Studies have shown that pet owners have fewer doctor’s visits. A recent study by  Katcher and Friedmann suggested seven common functions of pet ownership: companionship; something to care for; something to touch and fondle; something to keep one busy; a focus of dog attention; exercise and safety. Pets have also been indicated to have important roles in enhancing child development, the well-being of older people and may also be used in a therapeutic setting.

So if you are looking for a great high street destination with great coffee for you and superb treats for your dog Brew and Chew is the place to go.

6 Reasons Why Your Coffee Shop is Engine of Economic Growth

The “gig economy” is triumphing over everything else. As that trend gathers force and there is no reason why it should not, people who work for themselves are going to become an ever-more powerful economic and political force.

This “sharing” economy, pioneered by the likes of Uber and Airbnb, is opening up vast new opportunities for working for yourself; so is the spread of broadband, and well-funded start-ups – all those “unicorns”, the billion-plus dollar start-ups – love to take on lots of freelancers and don’t object to paying them pretty well

The rise of the “gig economy” will prove to be a powerful social trend, both in the UK and in most of the developed work. It shows no sign of slowing down – and it is going to impact the economy and the political system far more than most people yet realise.

  1.  Coffee shops are about work in another way, too: the rise of the “gig economy” – the proliferation of freelance workers, digital contractors and entrepreneurs who don’t have an office and can’t afford to rent one – has been crucial in shaping their new role.
  2. With a new generation of gourmets emerging in the UK aged 18- 35 years old. These consumers are keen on food and drink with an authentic or distinctive positioning.
  3. People’s Palate are changing none more so than how we enjoy our coffee, With more people purchasing barista style machines for their homes and purchasing more and more international origin coffees.
  4. With the high street moving away from pre-blended Italian style coffee, The industry is in the curiosity for the “science” of coffee making—improving grinding methods, better monitoring of water quality, and the types of beans that make up blends, allowing customers to better identify with taste and content of what they are drinking.
  5. The High Street is transforming and commentators see the high street is transforming from a pure shopping destination to a centre for “leisure and services” as the dramatic rise of the Internet changes the retail landscape.
  6. The role of technology in food service has changed dramatically in the past few years, and no more so than in the UK, where mobile technology has infiltrated many aspects of regular consumer behaviour.

Is Your Coffee Shop Part of the Gig Economy

Coffee shops are about work in another way, too – the rise of the “gig economy”. The proliferation of freelance workers. Digital contractors and entrepreneurs who don’t have an office and can’t afford to rent one – has been crucial in shaping their new role.

The global research platform Allegra World Coffee Portal estimates 100% growth in the sector by 2020, outpacing the conventional coffee market year on year.

While the modern iteration of the coffee house is decidedly more subdued (pendant lighting, minimalist aesthetic, distressed wood) than the likes of Soho’s famed Le Macabre, where patrons sat on dark coffins and tapped their cigarette ash into skulls, Green says what they signify in the culture is similar.

The coffee house has always been a mark of sophistication … and a barometer of gentrification. Even going back to 1650s they were a sign of a rising tide of economic prosperity, because that’s when there was a trade boom.

Blendly and The Red Brolly – A New Taste for a New Group

“The fairest portion of the northern kingdom.”

That’s how the great Sir Walter Scott described Perthshire. taking in the Blendly logo

region’s breath-taking variety, from its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls, it’s impossible to argue with him. Perthshire’s scenery is truly awe-inspiring.

Escape into this beautiful wilderness where awesome peaks like Schiehallion and Ben Lawers can be scaled and some of Scotland’s most iconic species can be observed in their natural environment, from majestic red deer stags to soaring ospreys. Perthshire’s reputation for great Coffee is also one of the great treats within the Shire.

Perthshire’s coffee roaster Blendly has its routes in Perthshire. In this beautiful part of the world, they developed the coffee blend for The Red Brolly Inn and the art of scalable production that allows great tasting coffee to be roasted and distributed.

A great coffee spot for just off the A9 at Ballinliiug is a modern Group of inn, restaurant and bar, that provide great coffee, great accommodation and a great dining experiences.

Howie’s Bistro – Coffee and Entertainment

Blendly logoOne example of superb hospitality and great coffee, located in the heart of the historic city of Perth in Perthshire, you’ll find Howie’s Bistro. A fresh produce, Scottish fayre created in-house to exacting standards.

More and more people are using an online coffee blending service Blendly.

Blendly is a commercial coffee roaster that allows Baristas to customise their coffee down to the smallest of details.

Blendly has its routes in Highland Perthshire but now distributes coffee blends all over the Scotland, creating an Artisan coffee blends for the best coffee houses and restaurants.

Perthshire is not only the heart of Scotland geographically, it is also central to the country’s burgeoning food and drink sector. Just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, the Fair City of Perth is an ideal destination for weekenders keen to sample what the locals are lucky enough to take for granted.

Howie’s Bistro’s exacting standard are also about coffee. Craig Hughes, the owner of Howie’s Bistro and his attention to detail and quality allowed him to create a coffee blend to compliment the superb range of food that is served. Working with Blendly, Craig created an Dark Italian Roast with a South American base. Howie’s Bistro are now holding Jazz nights every Wednesday from 7 pm.