Organic Fairtrade Chocolate

When you want a great product that is also healthy and good for you, other people and nature…just email info@vquality.co.uk !

New in, a line of chocolate bars, 100 grams or in a snack version of 20 grams

Aaand Inca Berries and Quinoa snack bars too!

Organic, Fairtrade, Made in Italy, tasting amazing!

We chose this brand in line with all our other products, great things by small producers!

Otto chocolate uses only organic coca from Peru to produce its rich aromatic chocolate.

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Email us or contact us through our socials to get some!

Vquality – Products of excellence

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Christmas gift no stress

Christmas is round the corner!

If you still have to get something special for someone (including yourself!) here’s our no stress Christmas deal!

1Kg bag of one of our coffee beans blends

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500g of our precious single origin coffee

Starting from £30!

That’s more than 200 Caffè del Doge espresso shots (not just any coffee), at a ridiculous price. Do the math. Whaaat?

Free delivery available in some areas in Scotland too. We all get generous at Christmas time.

Email us at sales@vquality.co.uk or use our Contact form to discuss what coffee is for you and arrange delivery.

Human to human interaction, at your convenience.

Find out more about our coffee and other products – we have some delicious hot chocolate, also in flavours, and vacuum packed ground – on our website and Fb page

Another tick on your list and one less trip to the shops.

Boooom!

It’s national chocolate week!

And we’ve  got aaaaaall the chocolate!!!! All the flavours, healthy and gluten free!

It’s being a sweet sweet week…

Happy chocolate week everyone!

http://vquality.co.uk/choco.html

Top Made in Italy Coffee Equipment

 

Below is the best grinder around, in our opinion.

The new  features make it unique. It could seem complex to some but they made it perfect and simple for you.

-> Coffee doses are calibrated and weighted in the grinder

-> A radio waves based system (ever heard of RFID?) will automatically recognise if you need a single or the double espresso dose. When technology improves our work and saves us time and effort, ah!

 

The best coffee would be ruined by poor grinding. Fiorenzato grinders have micrometric precision and all the sensors you need to focus on the most important thing:  your cup of coffee.

Vquality

Proud distributors of Fiorenzato grinders in the UK.

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The Italian Aperitivo lands in Edinburgh!

Aperitivo is not just having a drink before dinner.

Actually the real Italian aperitivo includes a generous buffet table and a good amount of chatting with friends and new people.

Aperitivo is having a drink and food before having more food and maybe a glass of wine- ah, the Italians! – but in a casual way, sometimes just after work before we go home for dinner, to catch up with friends and meet new ones.

For us – coming from Lombardy, region of Italy, where aperitivo is a big thing, to end (or start, or break) the week in a relaxed hence buzzy athmosphere, with a choice of food and a good drink – this is great news!

We miss aperitivo and are excited that Ristorante Isola (check out their Facebook page) is bringing Italian Aperitivo in Scotland.

Ristorante Isola–   85-87 Newington Road, EH91QW Edinburgh

We have already been delighted by the sublime dishes served in this Edinburgh little gem, with Sardinian specialities (unique in Edinburgh) using the freshest ingredients, everything prepared fresh. We would recommend this place every day and for any occasion.

If you haven’t been yet then don’t miss this wonderful deal and have a taste and feel of Ristorante Isola tomorrow night – Sunday 1st of May 2016 –  at 6.30 pm

More details here !!!

See you there

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Are you drinking coffee that is “TOO FRESH”?

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There seems to be a urge now to get the freshest coffee, and a general belief that coffee roasted in the UK is going to be fresher than coffee roasted abroad.

 

Truth is that coffee beans need to rest for a few days after being roasted. The number of days will change depending on a number of factors, but at least 2-3 days are a must.

Espresso roasts then tends to need a few more days to develop aromas at their best.

Grinding coffee beans straight after roasting is a no-no. Besides the fact that they are soft so not the best to grind, beans need to release CO2, which gives coffee a very acidic taste.

That is why coffee should be packed in bag with one-way valve, to let Carbon Dioxide escape. Exactly like the ones we supply.

 

Maybe next time you taste coffee that is rather acidic, ask yourself if you are drinking coffee that is “too fresh”.

Of course, storage is also a very important factor. If stored correctly coffee beans will retain aromas for a good amount of time.

We hear that some people in the UK store their coffee in the fridge, thinking it will maintain it fresh for longer. That is the worst place you could store your coffee in! Humidity and changes in temperature allows condensation to develop, which in turn deteriorates coffee, spoiling the taste. Not only that, coffee will absorb all the smells coming from the rest of the food in your fridge. Coffee in fact works as a deodoriser (You can have a nice wee pack of ground coffee in your car!).

Can you imagine drinking coffee that actually tastes of blue cheese or seafood???

 

These are just a couple of guidelines to ensuring you have the best cup of coffee.

If having coffee with milk, follow the milk temperature rule. Over 70 degrees centigrade milk proteins coagulate, making the milk taste sour and burnt. The ideal temperature is 55-60 degrees. The combination of acidic coffee and sour milk is tragedy. Next time you order a cappuccino (ideally 25ml of coffee, 100ml of steamed milk), remember the 60 degrees rule. Taste the difference, taste the coffee! (Hopefully one that is not too fresh).

 

Celebrating International Coffee Day with the story of its origins

Happy International Coffee Day!

To celebrate this great day we thought we would share a story with you. Of course it involves our beloved coffee roaster!

Caffé del Doge is unique in the world, and we owe this to their inherited secrets of Venetian Roasting tradition, the oldest and most refined coffee roasting method in Italy .

Italian coffee is renowned to be heavily roasted, but funny enough, when everything started in Venice back in the 1700 (The Doge was the lord of Venice at the times of Maritime Republics, and Venice was the first city to import and enjoy coffee beans from the East), Venetian coffee was not a dark roast. Caffé del Doge still roasts its beans using the same method and the secrets that have been developed to produce such aromatic blends without any bitter tones.

Caffé del Doge stands to Coffee as Scotland stands to Scotch Whiskey. Why getting anything else?

In this extract taken by Caffé del Doge’s own promotional material there’s an interesting description of the Venetian Coffee story:

“In a speech given to the Senate of the Venetian Republic in 1585, G.F. Morosini stated the following: ‘…they amuse themselves by sitting both inside and out on the street, people from all classes, drinking a black liquid, scorching hot, derived from a seed called kavèe, which they say has the power to keep a man awake.’ From then on coffee quickly became a popular and diffused beverage, and finally in 1683 the first ‘coffee bar’ was born in Piazza San marco. ‘

This is the embodiment of Venetian culture which has spread worldwide… Caffé del Doge was founded on this deep rooted history…”

Thanks Venice for having brought us coffee, and Caffé del Doge for still providing us with authentic Venetian roasted coffee beans, the first, one and only Coffee!

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International coffee day, thank you Venice and Caffe’ del Doge

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Salute and long life!