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At the end of October, Café Liégeois launched the first 100% bio-compost capsule compatible with Nespresso® systems in North America. But what exactly is compost? Café Liégeois is here to answer all your questions.
By definition, compost is the organic process of decomposing organic matter into soil or fertilizer. Compost is also used for decreasing gas emissions, producing biogas energy and creating fertilizer. There are 3 types of organisms that are in charge of this transformation: fungi, worms and bacteria. After the decomposition, the biodegradable waste becomes a natural black/brown compost which will be easily used in your garden as a natural fertilizer. Compost can be made in an open-air pile or in a compost bin.
So, what can we compost? By definition, all organic waste is compostable, ranging from green waste like grass, leaves and branches to certain food waste (including Café Liégeois’ bio-compostable capsule) and other organic wastes such as manure, straw or wood.
To keep it simple, compost is above all an eco-responsible habit that all citizens can adopt in their everyday lives. As of 2014 in Montreal, over 400 000 households have benefited from food waste collection. We are proud to be the first coffee company to offer a 100% bio-compostable capsule compatible with Nespresso® in North America. From the FairTrade Organic coffee to the compostable packaging itself, Café Liégeois is taking a real step forward in its sustainable development efforts. The Puissant, Discret and Subtil varieties are all certified OK Compost are available across Canada (cafeliegeois.ca) and in over a hundred retail locations in Quebec.
What about you? Are you ready to consume differently?
It is no surprise that at Café Liégeois we are full-out coffee addicts. All we do is think about coffee, talk about coffee, make coffee and, of course, drink coffee. For me, I have a Tradition black coffee and two Magnifico espressos to get the day going. And when I need a pick-me-up after lunch, I often go for a single Kivu espresso. That’s four coffees per day!
I used to be a bit weary of my coffee consumption, but after stumbling upon some coffee history facts, I realized that I am quite moderate in comparison to some of history’s greatest celebrities. Philosophers, writers, politicians and even musicians have depended on this beverage to create the work that has since made them a legacy. Who knows, maybe the world wouldn’t be the same as it is today without the help of a few (dozen) coffees.
From composers to politicians, here is a short list of some of the biggest coffee drinkers of the past five hundred years:
Ludwig Van Beethoven
This famous composer was just as meticulous with the creation of his music as he was with the brewing of his coffee. It has been said that Beethoven would count out exactly 60 coffee beans to make his morning cup of coffee. According to him, this was the perfect dosage to make an exceptional cup.
“If there was no Coffee, it would be necessary to invent it”, am I right? French writer Voltaire is known to be one of the largest coffee drinkers of all time. He is rumoured to have drank forty to fifty coffees mixed with chocolate per day. Though many feared this alarming amount would kill him, Voltaire lived into his mid eighties.
Johann Sebastian Bach
It wasn’t for nothing that the composer created a mini opera based on coffee! The Coffee Cantana is a short story about a father who demands his coffee-addicted daughter to give up the drink in order to get married. Luckily for her, there were plenty of coffee-crazed suitors that would agree to marry her!
For those curious to know where the start of the Venti sized coffees came from, it all leads back to former President Roosevelt. The president would drink a full gallon of coffee everyday. Even his son commented on his father’s obsession, noting that his cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub”.
If you are a coffee lover like us, you have surely discovered the thousands of caffeine-charged Instagram accounts from photographers and bloggers around the world. But you do not know which accounts to follow, fear not! Here is our selection of our favourite coffee accounts. We could spend hours scrolling through these photos filled with trips, art, culture and baristas. There is an account for all types!
Erica Brianna sure knows how to make coffee lovers experience some wanderlust. This account is a traveler’s tale between coffees: from a morning coffee in Norway to an espresso in Seattle. If you enjoy searching for small coffeeshops when you are on the road, this account is for you.
Andy founds his passion for coffee when he stumbled across a small cafe in Addis Abeba, and drank a cup that he still remembers vividly to this day. Since then, he shares his love for this drink with the help from his Instagram account and blog. Each coffee drink he photographs looks more delicious than the next. Don’t forget to read up on his blog to sharpen your coffee culture!
Coffee and Art with @bernulia
Giulia Bernardelli knows how to give life to a cup of espresso with the help of her paintbrushes. We can scroll through this account for hours with a Café Liégeois while she transforms little cups into masterpieces. Her poetic drawings have impressed even those who find coffee to be boring (but these people are quite rare).
Coffee and Baristas with @baristadaily
Powered by Alternative Brewing, this account posts pictures that are sent by baristas to take a peek into the world of espresso experts and beyond. While you’re at it, check out Aternative Brewing’s account as well, you will be blown away by the variety of coffee machines and accessories that exist!
And finally, if you haven’t already, check out our Instagram account (@cafe_liegeois). Our amazing photographer, Chloé Crane-Leroux, will make you wish for a little Liégeois coffee.
If you follow a few beauty bloggers, you have probably already heard of this new affordable and eco-friendly trend. Coffee grounds have become a DIY beauty must-have, and it has well earned its minute of fame. So grab a Café Liégeois and read attentively what is to follow.
Use #1: Natural Body Exfoliant
Used by itself or mixed with vegetable oil in the shower, the grounds will clean skin deeply and eliminate dead cells. Coffee grounds have been also known to work as an anti-cellulite thanks to the fat-burning effects of caffeine.
Use #2: Face Mask
As a mask or a scrub, caffeine contains toning and anti-aging effects for your skin. Mix the grounds with almond oil to increase hydration and apply to face with circulating movements. Repeat once or twice a week to see the glowing and radiant effects!
Use #3: Dark Circle Corrector
Had a rough night? Is your face swollen from fatigue? Coffee grounds can help remove puffy eyes as it increases blood flow, hence removing dark circles. To prevent irritating this sensitive part of the skin, mix the grounds with yogurt and apply under the eyes for 10 minutes.
Now that you know all of its benefits, think twice before discarding your Café Liégeois grounds. Whether you are a believer in 100% Arabica from Kivu, or an Italian Roast such as the Ital’Bar, your grounds can be better used elsewhere than in the garbage!
At Café Liégeois, the day does not officially start before a first cup of coffee, whether it is an espresso, allonge, filtered, latte or iced. As we imagined, we are not the only ones: 86% of coffee drinkers consume their first cup as soon as they wake up. Contrary to some beliefs, the habit of drinking coffee in the morning contains many benefits to start your day on the right foot!
- Concentration and Memory
Coffee can be the perfect remedy for a bad night’s sleep as it stimulates the central nervous system. It can help you wake up faster, sharpen your concentration and improve your memory, hence increasing your productivity during the first hour of the workday.
Coffee can also offer various benefits for your digestive system. It improves digestion by stimulating the gastric sugars that are responsible for breaking down food. Plus, an American study recently discovered that one cup of coffee per day can decrease the risk of developing liver cirrhosis by 20%! Indeed, coffee has not failed to impress us yet.
It is well known that teas, fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant properties, but many do not know that coffee also contains excellent antioxidants. If you are used to drinking our Discret naturally-decaffeinated coffee, you might not have known that it contains Chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that works with your metabolism to allow the body to mobilize fat, thus regulating insulin secretion.
So, when you prepare your Café Liégeois coffee tomorrow morning, whether it be a strong Magnifico espresso or a Mano Mano filtered coffee, take the time to enjoy it a little extra, it’ll do you some good! However, avoid drinking more than 3 cups per day and don’t forget to eat your breakfast, a coffee alone won’t provide you with all the energy you need for the morning.
Did you know that the Greeks invented iced coffee? And according to the legend, the creation of this refreshing coffee drink was a complete accident.
In 1957, a representative from Nestlé Switzerland was travelling to Greece to present the launch of one of their new products: an instant coffee with chocolate for children. To prepare this drink, one needed to simply mix the instant powder with hot water and milk in a shaker.
During his break, the Nestlé employee decided to prepare an instant coffee for himself. When he realized that there was no hot water to make his coffee, he decided to use cold water instead. He poured the instant coffee, sugar and cold water in a shaker and prepared the first-ever cafe frappe. From there, the brand was launched by Nestlé and was quickly successful in Greece and the Island of Crete.
The Modern Cafe Frappe Recipe
There are a variety of ways to prepare iced coffee, but the classic recipe contains a cup of filtered coffee, milk and sugar. Everything is then mixed together in a shaker with a handful of ice cubes and served in a tall glass.
What About Cold Brew?
Cold Brew has been brewing in Quebec for quite some time. Unlike iced coffee, cold brew is prepared by infusing the coffee with cold water. Due to this technique, the final product is very bitter, with strong flavour notes but a lower level of acidity.
Since the heat is taken out of the recipe, cold brew needs to rest for up to 24 hours before it can be enjoyed! But on the bright side, this coffee can be stored for up to three months. That’s just enough time to drink it a handful of ways: straight out of the fridge, on ice, with milk, flavoured syrup, sugar…there’s a recipe for everyone.
We all know that coffee breaks are an important ritual in the workplace. They are often taken with colleagues (or alone) first thing in the morning, after lunch or even in the middle of the afternoon.
Granted, the quality of the coffee plays an important role, but there are various reasons why you should take a coffee break with your coworkers and superiors. According to a study conducted by Ifop, coffee breaks between coworkers can provide benefits for sustaining productivity and personal well being in the workplace, in addition to promoting creativity and reinforcing social bonds between fellow employees.
Upper and middle management can also benefit from having their employees take coffee breaks. Indeed, they can be used as a tool to decrease tensions, reduce and resolve conflicts, promote team spirit, and increase the number of interactions between employees.
Across various countries and cultures, coffee breaks have become an important element in an employee’s daily routine. Oftentimes, it is during a coffee break when we exchange our ideas and tips among coworkers.
Here are some more interesting findings from the study:
- 92% of participants believe that coffee breaks relive them from their professional obligations
- 81% of participants believe that having coffee in the office optimises their physical and intellectual capacities
- 70% of employees perceive coffee breaks as a method to remain motivated in their work
Despite the numerous studies confirming the benefits of taking coffee breaks, this popular 5-minute break is not always perceived in the same light by management. Employers are less and less enthused by their employees taking coffee breaks as it can represent a loss of time, an important cost to the company, and a decrease in employee productivity.
Café Liégeois Encourages Coffee Breaks
Café Liégeois encourages coffee breaks in the office by offering its quality coffee to over a hundred partners and offices in the Greater Montreal Area. Thanks to our variety of coffee beans, ESE Pods and Nespresso® compatible capsules, we can provide a personalized, turnkey solution that will repond to the needs of your employees and the structure of your business.
In need of a coffee break ? Don’t waste a minute : Café Liégeois offers a free coffee tasting service directly at your office. Sign up for your next break !
It is about time that coffee has updated its look! The new trend this summer is a vegan coffee from Melbourne, Australia called the Smurf Latte. The recipe made up of coffee, lemon, ginger, agave, coconut milk and blue algae (also known as E3), a natural food colourer found in the sea and large lakes.
Though it is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, blue aglae has been known to posess various nuturitional benefits thanks to its rich levels of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
This turquoise coffee drink has peaked the curiosity of consumers. Indeed, many expect a sweet and candy-like taste, but are surprised when they discover the sweet but bitter taste.
A huge success
The Smurf Latte is not the first unique creation that has come out of this coffee shop from Melbourne. Indeed, the Matcha Mylkbar is also home to the Tumeric Latte, Beet Latte and the Mushroom Latte.
Today, this coffee shop has brought its blue latte into the spotlight with the hopes of attracting a younger clientele, and it’s working! This latte has made its way around social media thanks to its electric blue colour that has been inspiring baristas and coffee lovers worldwide.
For now, the drink is only available at the Matcha Mylkbar in Melbourne, so the next time you are in Australia it would be worthwhile to stop by and give it a taste!
An Authentic Coffee In The Heart of Central America
In Central America, Honduras is at the center of cultivating a high quality coffee known for its intense and rich aromas. Thanks to the country's dry and wet seasons, Honduras has become an optimal destination for coffee producers.
The Beginning of a Coffee Culture
The first coffee grains were brought over to Honduras and Costa Rica from the Palestinians who ventured to the West and landed in Olancho in the 19th century. However, it was not until 1950 that the government decided to benefit from this coffee culture and turn it into an important source of income for the country's economy.
Today, over 100,000 families are positively impacted by the coffee industry in Honduras. About 3.9 million bags of coffee, weighing 60kg each, are exported every year from the 6 major producing regions : Copan, Opalac, Montecillos, Agalta, Comayagua et El Paraiso.
The coffee crops can be found at an altitude of 1000 metres above sea level, giving this coffee its reputation of high quality. Indeed, the acidity level of the coffee beans is positively correlated with the altitude at which it is grown. In addition, the crops are maintained and farmed respectfully to respect the environment.
Café Liégeois is proud to sell the Ital'Bar from Honduras: a well-rounded coffee filled of flavourful notes and accompanied by sustained Italian roasting which strengthens the intensity of this coffee.