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Most British tea drinkers do not know how to make a proper cuppa!

Most British tea drinkers do not know how to make a proper cuppa!

While tea may be the nation's favourite drink, Britons are failing to make a good cuppa because they don't spend enough time doing it properly, a study has found. As lovers of tea at James Aimer we were shocked to find that so many people were getting this wrong. Experts from the British Science Association studied the tea-drinking habits of 1,000 Britons and found that while three quarters of the nation drinks tea daily, 80 percent don't let it brew for long enough.

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Coffee across the world

Coffee across the world

The Starbuck's red cups are out and the winter flavours have started appearing on coffee menus across the high street. As autumn and winter arrive there is nothing more appealing than relaxing with your favoring mug of coffee providing the heat (and energy) on our cold weather days. During all seasons, we always ensure that we have a fresh cup of coffee in hand, and in the James Aimer team we all have our preference as to our favourite serve... Which got us thinking, how do other countries like to take their coffee and how does it differ between regions...

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Cappuccino, Latte, Ristretto or Macchiato?

Cappuccino, Latte, Ristretto or Macchiato?

It used to be a coffee order was accompanied by either 'black' or 'with milk' and a number of sugars. However, more recently and with the growing popularity of coffee, the number of different coffee styles we, the consumer, are now able to order has become too many to remember. If this wasn?t difficult enough to remember our high street friends such as Starbucks and Costa have decided the terms small, medium and large are not good enough for their coffee menus and we now have tall, grande and venti to deal with. The coffee ordering process has quite simply become a stressful experience.

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Milk? Sugar? Irn Bru?

Milk? Sugar? Irn Bru?

We are all used to the usual questions when it comes to our coffee serve; Cappuccino, Latte, milk, how many sugars? And more recently our high street coffee houses have brought something new to the table with flavours including hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, gingerbread and even eggnog! With the latter we thought we had heard it all, that was until this week- an Irn Bru coffee!

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The James Aimer Coffee Infographic

The James Aimer Coffee Infographic

The James Aimer Coffee Infographic: How many cups of coffee does the UK consume? Where is coffee grown? How many people drink instant coffee?

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How far would you go for your favourite cup?

How far would you go for your favourite cup?

We all love a good cuppa now and again, but with so much choice out there it is becoming increasingly difficult to pick a favourite. However, this week's question is once you have that favourite... How far are you prepared to go to get it?

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From Bean to Brew

From Bean to Brew

A coffee bean begins its' life as a seed, when it's dried, roasted, and ground it's used to brew coffee, but if the seed is not processed it can be planted to grow a coffee tree. Planting of these seeds usually takes place during the wet season, so that the soil surrounding the young trees remains moist whilst the roots are still becoming fully established.

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Tuesday's Tea Facts

Tuesday's Tea Facts

At James Aimer, tea and coffee fuel our days in many different ways. Renowned for its energising power coffee is a workplace staple and is taking over the high street, however in a recent YouGov Poll tea is infact the preferred drink for Briton's with 52% claiming to favour a good cup of brew over a caffine filled coffee. So inspired by this we bring to you Tuesday's Tea facts!

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Why Fairtrade?

Why Fairtrade?

The demand for coffee is huge right now, and is predicted by the International Coffee Organisation to increase by 25% over the course of the next few years. However, the mass-production methods used to sustain our ever increasing consumption leads to lower-quality produce ? weakening the taste of your perfectly blended morning cup.

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Where does your coffee come from?

Where does your coffee come from?

We are all aware of high street coffee giants, Starbucks, Cafe Nero or Costa Coffee, who actively promote their specialty blends for their distinctive and addictive flavor. And, while many consumers claim to know how the taste differs from coffee house to coffee house...few are able to explain the difference between Arabica and robusta and a Columbian bean and a Kenyan bean nor how a slight variation in blend can alter the taste profile of the coffee significantly. At James Aimer we source our beans from over 24 countries. Our next few blogs will explore these different regions?

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The History of Tea: A British Obsession

The History of Tea: A British Obsession

Commonly thought as being something quintessentially British, with Britain?s drinking it for over 350 years, the history of tea is something that goes much further back in time. Beginning in China, according to legend in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree whilst his servant boiled drinking water, when leaves from the tree above blew into the water. Deciding to try the water that was the result of an accident by his servant, which came from a Camellia sinesis tree, the resulting drink is now what we call tea.

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Coffee's Social Media Takeover

Coffee's Social Media Takeover

Thousands of people are posting their morning, afternoon and even evening coffees on Social Media every day. Coffee and Barista artists are competing over the best looking cup with results often trending worldwide. But what is the people of Social Media's favourite type of coffee... and how does coffee measure up in our digital world to our other pride and joy- tea! Express Vending recently carried out a survey on this and the results were so good we had to share!

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Coffee: The hero and the legacy

Coffee: The hero and the legacy

Coffee: the fuel of the worker. Whether it?s a necessity or a passion, coffee is a common component of our everyday diets. Where would we be without it? Coffee is our hero, and with every hero there follows a legend?

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Understanding Private Label Clients

Understanding Private Label Clients

The life of our company stretches back to 1884 when James Aimer, a trader and shipper local to Dundee, brought coffee and tea to Scotland. In that late Victorian era, the company provided our finest beans and leaves to the first private label clients. Fast forward 130 years and we still follow the same traditions of providing a superb bespoke product to a wide range of private label clients.

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Coffee vs. Tea

Coffee vs. Tea

While tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water (and right before beer), coffee is also hugely popular. And both drinks have been around for a long time? Our first James Aimer blog sees the beverages battle it out in the health arena... It is Coffee Vs. Tea!

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