What is High and Afternoon Tea

The history of tea drinking in England goes past the actual imbibing of the refreshing blend of leaves, it extends also into a form of meal. Afternoon Tea or High Tea, as it is sometimes known, is a quintessential custom of the English that appeared in the mid-19th Century. Henry James once was quoted saying: […]

The History of Coffee

Coffee can be traced back to Ethiopia and its ancient coffee forests; a legend is told about a goat herder named Kaldi who first saw the potential of the now popular coffee bean. He reported his findings to a local monastery who made a drink from the berries and were surprised how it kept the […]

The History of Tea – Part 2

Time for another cup of tea, the second part of our blog about the history of tea and how it became such a popular drink around the world. We start our second serving with the rise of tea smuggling in Britain. Tea Smuggling and Taxation Tea’s popularity in Britain grew like wildfire, the British loved […]

The History of Tea – Part 1

Obviously, a good coffee house or cafe not only has to serve a respectable selection of good coffees, but their tea offerings also have to be pretty good too. There were tea shops all over the world before coffee actually was invented, but as coffee became more popular this traditional drink lost some of its […]

Foods Made for Coffee

One of the most lovable things about popping into your favourite cafe for a cup of delicious freshly brewed coffee is the confectionery that is also served. Some foods are perfectly paired with a bitter cup of coffee and in this blog, we explore the best tastes to go with a steaming mug of the […]

How to Make Real Espresso at Home

What constitutes a true espresso coffee, well the Italian Espresso National Institute have strict laws and standards that govern this. But basically, a true espresso machine forces out a small quantity of just-off boiling water under pressure through ground coffee. The resulting mixture will be thicker and creamier coffee than normal regular coffee and contain […]

The Benefits of Coffee

Over half the adult population in America drink coffee as part of their everyday routine. For many people, a morning cup of Joe functions as part of, or instead of, breakfast, whereas for others it’s an excuse to meet and catch up with friends, or a mid-afternoon treat to look forward to. There’s no doubt […]

The Classic American Cafe Dishes – Part 2

Time to revisit the classic American cafe dishes and explore some more delicious food that can be found in every nook and cranny of the United States. Part two of the culinary exploration starts with the most iconic of all American foods, the Hot Dog. Hot Dogs Perhaps the original and most famous fast food […]