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

+

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!

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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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GOOD FOOD ETC, Glasgow

There are different opinions on what well-being is and what it is healthy.

For us the main contributor to health is food. Good food means good health.

Eating well has also different meanings to different people. In our opinion, it doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding certain kinds of food like pasta or meat. Good food is genuine, artisanal, with no artificial ingredients. Eating well to us is varying the good food you eat everyday.

The key here though is finding the good food. There is the place in Glasgow where you will find the good food everyday, and everyday different and varied, not only in terms of nutrient but also cuisine. East meets West in ETC. One day lunch special could be Italian meatball panini, the next day an authentic Thai dish.

Autentic Thai Green curry in E.T.C. Cafe

Autentic Thai Green curry in E.T.C. Cafe

You will find food that you might have not tasted before (have you tried their Sicilian arancini? Yum), and enjoy some familiar food: everything made with selected ingredients, fresh every day.

They even make their sausages! From the oil to the flour to the butter to the cheese; from A to Z, everything is the best quality and expressed at its best with great cooking.

The variety of cakes is superb, with some fixed choices like brownies, caramel shortcake or almond and blueberry cake, and some maybe especially baked for the day.

For those looking for gluten free treats, they often make gluten free or vegan cakes, and their hot chocolate is also gluten free in a classic, chilli or amaretto flavour.

Whatever good food means to you, We are pretty sure you will find it in E.T.C. Cafe.

Superb variety of cakes in E.T.C. cafe.

Superb variety of cakes in E.T.C. cafe. Homemade, fresh, everyday.

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Almond and blueberry cake in E.T.C. Cafe

No tricks no frills, just GOOD FOOD.

Thank you.

To make it even better, you can get some of that for home. Handmade croissants and bread (like you’ve never had before *.*), Danish pastries, donuts, ETC!

 

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You can also have a great cake made for your celebrations. Check out E.T.C. Cafe facebook page for some photos, they look amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

 

Glasgow just got smoky hot

DSC_1006-01In a city full of burger places like Glasgow, we are delighted that this new place has just given us our favourite yet.

Yes. Roaster’s Deli. And that’s not all.

Roaster’s Deli serves delicious burgers, but wait till you try one of their sandwiches, filled with in-house smoked meat. The Beef Dip is surely one you should do yourself the favour to taste.

To complete the picture, friendly smiling staff.

Have we made you curious enough?

For us it’s the perfect combination of wonderful food served with a smile. And it’s easily reachable!
I mean you can get there by train, by subway or by car, there is parking.

You have no excuse.

There’s a photograph of our Louisiana Bayou. Check out their Facebook page

Oh, and try the coffee!!!

Let us know what you think.

We thought “Yum”.

Have a great Saturday night and a even better Sunday morning!

We love Sunday brunch!

we found this inspiring, drinking your breakfast.

One of these will surely fix you on a Sunday morning, regardless of how you spent your Saturday night. We are intrigued by number one especially. Of course, coffee.

On Sundays We Drink Breakfast – Brunch Cocktails & Coffee Drinks

Have a great Saturday night everyone. And a even better Sunday morning.

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!

Venitian coffee roast, first in Italy

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

Caffe' del Doge Rialto Grand Gourmet coffee beans

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Salute and long life!