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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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).

 

Scottish Coffee Festival 2015

After last year’s success we can’t wait for this year Scottish Coffee Festival.

Differently from last year it takes places in 3 dates and both in Glasgow and Edinburgh, starting from next Saturday 29th August at the Biscuit Factory in Leith. Just like last year it’s for a good cause, and it is packed with all the great things in life: not only coffee but also ice cream, pop corns and biscuits and more!

The most delicious Italian hot chocolate.

Our splendid Hot Chocolate machine

Proud to take part for the second year, we will offer free tasting of our Venitian coffee Caffe’ del Doge and our hot chocolate which was a major success last year.

Our coffee has an incomparable aroma due to the long and unique Venitian coffee story. Not many know that Venice has been the bridgehead between East and West for centuries, and the first Italian city to come to know coffee bean back in the 16th century. Considered a miraculous medicine it was sold for the first time in 1638 in Piazza San Marco at an exorbitant price. No surprise Italy is The Country of coffee of excellence, and Venitian coffee a particularly excellent example of it. Caffe’ del Doge is still roasted using the unique traditional Venitian Roasting method, which produces a perfect balance of aromas, with no bitter notes. We take great pride and care in promoting this specialty coffee in the UK.

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If you want to read more about the festival or buy tickets visit the website. Also have a look at the articles on the Scotsman newspaper and Stv Edinburgh.

If you can’t make it next Saturday then you might be able to join us in Glasgow for the second caffeinated appointment on Sat 28th and Sun 29th of November.

See you there!

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Have a great time sipping premium coffee and support the farmers.

We are super excited to announce that in exactly a month we will exhibit in the Scottish Coffee Festival.

The festival has been organised by Chris Brown. We think he couldn’t have thought of a better combination of winning forces.

COFFEE The interest in coffee in all its aromas is growing at a great rate in the UK. People are not just looking for a generic cup of coffee anymore, they want to know where it comes from, taste it accurately, try different tastes and know more about how it’s done. It’s the perfect moment for an event like this one.

SCOTLAND Aye! This is the Scottish Coffee Festival.

GLASGOW We think like Chris that in all Scotland Glasgow is the perfect place for a Coffee Festival. That’s where we concentrate our business and where people are more receptive to events, big coffee scene, exciting and energetic.

CHARITY What’s best than having a great time and doing good at the same time? And having a great time for a good cause while tasting coffee? Tickets are only £8 for a whole day filled with entertainment, specialty coffee and even more to eat and drink.

Our roaster Caffe’ del Doge has been member of the Cup of Excellence since 2004. The Cup of excellence is a yearly competition where select cuppers choose the best coffee beans. Bernardo at Caffe’ del Doge purchases winning beans every year, and winning farmers are greatly supported.

BREWERY Informal but such cool places breweries are! and Drygate Brewery is very very cool.

We met Chris last night and he’s been great, we are sure it will be a success. Thanks Chris!

We’ll be there with a choice of different blends and we are working on the whole experience in this right moment! Stay tuned because we will be posting updates till the big day. Our coffee, roasted in Venice following the traditional Venetian method, is like you’ve never had before!

Go check the festival website for more information and to get your tickets now, 29th of November is just a month away!

100% Arabica 100% Organic

We proudly present you
Caffe’ del Doge single origin Peru’ 100% Arabica Beans
El Guabo Estate coffee is grown in the San Ignacio region in the Northern Peruvian Highlands. El Guabo is made up of four small communities that include 120 families. Each family cultivates an area of about three hectares and every child attends school within the community. This excellent coffee offers hints of fresh, sweet citrus with a touch of honey and is certified Organic UK4 by OCIA and IMO/NATURLAND

One of my favourite coffee ever!!!

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