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You greet your customer and offer them a coffee. A gesture that has become commonplace but that still holds so much importance. What is the impact, whether on the ground, from the salesperson to the customer, or in-house between work colleagues? Café Liegeois is unveiling the secret of and benefits brought by the Robusto or Arabica espresso we receive when asked the famous question, “Would you like a coffee?".
During your appointment with your hairdresser, bank manager or lawyer, you are usually going to be asked if you want a coffee. In reality this seemingly trivial question adds real value. This well-known hot black drink is a symbol of warmth from your host. So much so that coffee, the second most popular drink in the world, establishes a warm atmosphere and makes discussions easier.
Black gold has become just as important in the customer experience as the host’s smile. This small gesture of offering someone a coffee may eventually have an influence on the satisfaction questionnaire. If you take the example of an important and formal negotiation meeting between a client and his bank manager, coffee plays an important and interesting role. During more abrupt discussions on often disagreeable matters, it would seem that sipping coffee together helps defuse the atmosphere from the start. An espresso prepared at the hands of the agency’s contact person also gives the impression that you are a premium customer. Negotiations therefore get off on a better footing and the bank manager’s role appears less daunting.
It is like this in many different domains and professions, so it comes as no surprise that we increasingly see coffee being offered to welcome visitors. Today, several studies have proved that customers are expecting “a real customer experience” from the company and not just a service or direct sale. The important-yet-simple role coffee plays is all the more valued when your hosthas taken the trouble to hand the cup to you personally. This is the first impression that the customer takes away from the meeting. A self-service drinks machine will no longer cut it and an espresso gives you thatfeeling of being valued.
In-house, what positive effects does coffee conjure up? Discussion, team spirit, personal and professional subjects, meetings and decompartmentalization. More than a chance for a break, employees see in coffee a tool that motivates them and opens up communication. Company news is often a hot topic, so coffee is always a good way to strengthen team spirit. Add to this the quality of the coffee: the choice a company makes about this detail will have a direct influence on the recognition, value and the attention it places on its employees’ well-being. These feelings incite personal investment, better performance and a reduction in stress. Lastly, coffee breaks are not only about psychological benefits. Drinking coffee also optimises physical and intellectual capacity and boosts concentration and memory.
Whatever the situation (formal, informal, personal, etc.), coffee is a great tool in promoting well-being and communication. So wait no longer to share in that Liegeois moment!
As promised, Café Liégeois reveals its fresh and sweet coffee recipe that you can enjoy this summer. Thus, we present to you the method of preparation of Panna Cotta with fresh cream and coffee jelly. Rather simple and fast, these small glasses will satisfy your coffee needs differently. Thank you for taking part in the survey launched on our facebook page!
To get started, here are the necessary ingredients you will need:
First step, equip yourself with several small glass verrines that you can reuse to promote ecology!
- For the coffee jelly, you will need 2.5 ml of gelatin and 125 ml of hot and full-bodied coffee. Then 15 ml of cold water and 30 ml of sugar.
- For the Panna Cotta cream base, you will need gelatin again, 10 ml. Then, 45 ml of cold water and 75 ml of sugar. Finally, 250 ml of the famous temperate fresh cream and 500 ml of 15% fat cream.
- For the decoration and the personal touch, don’t hesitate to add chocolates, coffee beans and cookies to impress yourself and your guests!
Now that you are equipped, you can go to the preparation!
For this, we first start by preparing the cream base of Panna Cotta. We mix our 10 ml of gelatin and our 45 ml of cold water in a bowl which is allowed to swell for ten minutes. Meanwhile, heat the 500 ml of 15% fresh cream in a saucepan, adding the 75 ml sugar until it dissolves. We extinguish the fire and add the gelatin and our famous cream in the mixture while stirring with a whip to dissolve completely to give a homogeneous mixture. We recover small glass verrines and fill them to our mix. Cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator so that they can’t dry.
For this, we first start by preparing the cream base of Panna Cotta. We mix our 10 ml of gelatin and our 45 ml of cold water in a bowl where we let it expand for ten minutes. Meanwhile, heat the 500 ml of 15% fresh cream in a saucepan, adding the 75 ml of sugar until it dissolves. We extinguish the fire and add the gelatin and our famous cream in the mixture while stirring with a whip until dissolved completely, giving it a homogeneous mixture. We then take our small glass verrines and fill them with our mix. Cover them with plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator so that they can’t dry.
Now, let’s start our coffee jelly! Café Liégeois offers a selection of coffees that can be used for Panna Cotta. This part of the recipe is the most express and easy: gelatin is mixed with cold water and allowed to expand for 5 minutes. In another container, hot coffee is mixed with sugar while stirring. Finally, the gelatin is added until dissolution and the mixture is allowed to cool before pouring onto the fresh base of the Panna Cotta. Return the small verrines to a cool place for over an hour until frost is formed.
That’s it! Don’t forget your little decorations and don’t hesitate to share with us on instagram your best creations by inserting #Caféliégeois
Voyage au cœur de l’Afrique :
Ce voyage vers les racines de notre Kivu va nous mener vers la République Démocratique du Congo, deuxième pays le plus vaste d'Afrique. Aux frontières du Rwanda et du Burundi, la région du Kivu souhaite désormais prendre son avenir en main après les nombreux massacres ayant été perpétré dans la région. Le Kivu fut le théâtre des affrontements entre les forces régulières de l'armée de la République démocratique du Congo face Congrès national pour la défense du peuple.
Sur cette terre des grands lacs pousse parmi les meilleurs plants de café au monde. C'est un café arabica qui fut planté par les colons puis peu à peu abandonné lors des multiples troubles. Les conflits ont provoqué une déstructuration des filières de commercialisation du café avec une perte de l'accès au marché, et l'obligation de vendre le café en contrebande au péril de la vie des producteurs.
L’avenir du Kivu et du café :
Aujourd'hui, l'avenir s'annonce radieux. Le Kivu est très largement tourné vers l'agriculture dans les contrées non éloignées de Bukavu, capitale du sud Kivu. L'Agence Belge de Développement soutenant le commerce équitable et durable, ainsi que les ONG belges, Oxfam-Solidarité et Oxfam-Wereldwinkels, participent au soutien de la filière caféicole de la région. Ils aident quotidiennement les producteurs agricoles dans leur travail, comme par exemple à renouveler leurs plants de café datant de l'époque coloniale en utilisant de nouvelle plantule d'excellente qualité. Les agriculteurs locaux peuvent ainsi venir se fournir à la pépinière locale et obtenir des conseils en terme d'agronomie. D’un autre côté, les membres de la SOPACDI (coopérative de café équitable et bio) ont aidé à installer une station de lavage, rare dans la région. Elle permet de traiter un café haute gamme, préférable pour être compétitif sur le marché. Les producteurs utilisent une eau de source (et non l'eau salé du lac) propice au traitement des cerises et des grains.
La certification bioéquitable :
Plusieurs fois par an, les producteurs se réunissent pour parler de la certification équitable, et des façons d'améliorer les conditions de productions. Les communautés attendent beaucoup du café et des revenus générés grâce aux certifications, notamment pour disposer des fonds nécessaire à la scolarisation des enfants. Les certifications bioéquitables sont à la base du travail de la coopérative. Les producteurs doivent respecter toute une série de procédés pour obtenir la certification "fairtrade", comme par exemple procéder au dépulpage dans les 10h après la cueillette des cerises ou grains de café. Pour cette raison, c'est une chance inouïe de disposer d'une station de lavage pour en traiter près de trois tonnes par heure.
Source : Trade for Development Centre
La question de l’émancipation des femmes :
Une partie des revenus dégagés par le café permettent aussi d'investir dans d'autres types de commerce. Une prime spéciale de 10 USD/quintal (45,36 kg) de café vert revient aux femmes pour élaborer des projets communautaires propres à leurs activités, comme par exemple des petites échoppes en brousse ou des moulins à grains pour faire la farine de maïs ou manioc. Après avoir été sans ressources après les conflits et sans expérience au niveau du café, elles sont de plus en plus engagées dans l'économie locale. 20% des terres de café de la SOPACDI sont dirigés par des femmes. Malgré tout, elles restent encore dépendantes économiquement des hommes et ont un accès limité au crédit. Les différences associations cherchent ainsi à installer l'égalité du genre dans toutes les activités.
Source : Ethiquable coop
Café Liégeois et le Kivu :
En tant que compagnie d'origine belge, Café Liégeois est fier de participer aux développement du Kivu et de la renaissance d'un merveilleux territoire en achetant son café auprès des producteurs locaux. Notre gamme Kivu est ainsi issue d'une démarche équitable et d'émancipation des populations à la recherche d’un meilleur avenir. Notre Kivu se révèle ainsi avec ses notes fruités et légères sous forme de capsules compatibles Nespresso® pour une consommation responsable.
À propos de Café Liégeois :
Café Liégeois propose une gamme élargie de capsules compatibles Nespresso® à une clientèle férue de produits européens. Nos cafés premium sont actuellement en vente en ligne au meilleur rapport qualité/prix, et nos services pour les bureaux sont disponibles pour l’ensemble de la province de Québec.
In our range of products, Café Liégeois offers an extensive selection of coffee beans. Did you know that once grounded, brewed and consumed, your leftover coffee grounds could be re-used for other purposes? Here are 5 quick and easy ways to use coffee grounds at home! You will be surprised ☺
Restore your garden
Among its virtues, coffee has the power to restore your wooden furniture when used as a polish to clean and eliminate marks. Nothing complicated, just mix hot water, vinegar and coffee grounds and let rest one hour. Afterwards, gently apply and rub the scratches off your furniture.
Create scented candles
Create coffee-scented homemade candles with our selection of fruity and FairTrade Organic Kivu et Chiapas beans. It will fill your room with a cozy atmosphere thanks to the smell of morning coffee. All you’ll need are coffee grounds, candle wicks, candle wax, a cup and skewers.
Reuse coffee in plant fertilizer
Natural coffee is good for your plants as it can play the same role as fertilizer: it is full of nutrients which promotes soil fertility. Next time you get out to garden, mix some coffee grounds in your fertilizer at the foot of plants, it can even keep insects away.
Eliminate dark circles
Do you have some lack of sleep and dark circles in the morning ? Use coffee to wake up in more ways than one! In a homemade or store-bought serum applied under your eyes, coffee will become your best ally against tiredness.
Add to your dry shampoo
Here is a quick homemade recipe to make your own dry shampoo (suitable for dark hair only). Take two spoons of coffee grounds, essential oil, corn flour, rice and water and mix all together. Like all other dry shampoos, apply to the hairline, shake and brush out of the hair.
For this beauty trick, we recommend our Magnifico coffee beans. Perfect for your homemade recipes thanks to its darker roasting!
Coffee beans are grown all around the world with thousands of plantations in several countries. It does not come as a surprise that its preparation and consumption traditions are just as unique as the countries that they are grown in. Here is a short list of some coffee traditions across the globe:
Ethiopia: Anchored by old traditions, this coffee (or Buna) must be prepared three times a day: in the morning, at noon and in the evening. The preparation of the coffee, which takes two hours, begins with grilling the beige beans in a closed bowl called jembena over a fire. After grinding the beans by hand and brewing them in a coffeemaker, the Buna is served with some salt and butter.
Italy: Italians are known for their ristretto espresso, a coffee served in a small cup that is strong and very concentrated. The traditionalists will drink it without sugar or milk.
Mexico: The Mexican coffee « Olla » suits all those who like a little taste of cinnamon and panela (cane sugar) infused in their drink.
Morocco: This Arabic spiced coffee is a traditional hot drink that is slowly enjoyed with oriental cakes. Its peculiarity is the mixture of sesame seeds, black pepper, and nutmeg that gives depth to its aromas.
Cuba: The Cuban coffee served in a small cup must be consumed hot, black and strong, obviously with no milk or sugar.
Greece: As we highlighted in a recent blog post, it is the Greek iced coffee, a cool drink made with milk, sugar, water and instant coffee that is to thank for starting this widely successful trend.
France: The “café au lait”, or coffee with milk is a French speciality consumed often at breakfast.
Ireland: Though this drink is not a pure coffee, but rather a mixture of coffee and whisky, the Irish coffee remains the most consumed coffee by the Irish.
Saudi Arabia: This country makes up some of the biggest coffee consumers in the world, and this Arabic, black, sweet and flavoured coffee is a well-known custom of their culture.
Kahvesi, a sweetened coffee from Turkey, is traditionally served at the end of meal in a white copper or iron pan. As stated in some proverbs, the coffee is “black, strong yet soft”.
We end with the rite of coffee tasting in Vietnam: the Vietnamese coffee is prepared using an old metal filter and is consumed from morning to night. The « cà phê sữa đá » coffee is prepared frozen with condensed milk, the « cà phê đen » is the black coffee and finally the « cà phê nóng », the hot coffee.
Café Liégeois offers a wide selection of Nespresso® compatible capsules, beans and ESE pods that are perfectly suited for preparing all of these international coffee recipes. For an even more authentic attempt, try our Chiapas coffee from Mexico for an Olla, or the YRGACHEFFE from Ethiopia for the Buna.
Latte art is the method of creating drawings or patterns on the surface of a coffee. This aesthetically pleasing and edible art was developed by baristas and is becoming very popular among coffee lovers. With a little practice and imagination, the technique can be mastered in a few steps.
Step 1: Find Good Milk for Frothing
To create latte art, the most important step consists in creating good foam. At Café Liégeois, we use Laiterie Chagnon’s 3.8% whole milk, which foams very well. Plus, the higher concentration of fat will keep the milk from separating easily.
It is important also to get the milk to good temperature. At the beginning, the milk must be cold and ideally frothed in a pitcher with a spout.
Step 2: Froth the Milk
Pour the cold milk into the jug 1cm below the spout and purge the steamer into the pitcher at a 15° angle to heat. The milk will begin to froth when the liquid begins to turn like a vortex. Continue moving the steam wand up and down to create air and remove the bigger bubbles. When complete, remove the steam wand and clean immediately.
For those who own a professional machine, you can prepare your coffee and to froth the milk at the same time. For other machines, you must first prepare the coffee before frothing the milk.
Step 3: Pour the Milk
Next, the milk pouring must be done at the correct distance from the cup of coffee. In the beginning, the spout of the pitcher must be super close to the cup to pour the milk. When the foam comes out, you can begin to draw!
Step 4: Create Your Drawings!
Now the fun begins! To create a flower, tilt your cup slightly away from you and fill the cup with 2 to 3 centimeters of milk. Move the pitcher closer to the cup to speed your pour and begin to wiggle your wrist back and forth. To finish the flower, bring the cup back up and draw a straight line of milk through the drawing. If your latte art doesn’t come out “Instagram worthy” the first shot, don’t stress. A bit of practice is needed before making latte art!
Final Tip: There are stencils and toothpicks that can help in the creation of your latte art.
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?
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!