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Coffee: a tool promoting discussion and well-being

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!

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Ground Coffee and Its Unique Uses

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.

The Ital’bar, The Tradition even the Della Notte Espresso Decaf could be perfect for this trick.


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!

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Coffee From Around the World

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.

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Les 3 étapes de la fabrication du café

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The Biggest Coffee Drinkers in History

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.

 

Voltaire

“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!

 

Teddy Roosevelt

 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”.

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5 Instagram Accounts for Coffee Lovers

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!

Coffee and Travel with @thecoffeenomad
www.thecoffeenomad.co  

 

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. 

Coffee Culture with @manmakecoffee
www.manmakecoffee.com

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.

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Don’t Forget Your Cup of Joe This Morning!

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.

  • Digestion 

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.

  • Antioxidants

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.

 

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Shall We Go for a Coffee Break?

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 !

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A perfect filter coffee thanks to mathematics?

Mathematicians have taken another step forward in finding the solution to the perfect filter coffee. To our delight! Thanks to complex calculations, they have shunned light upon the working process between grains and filter machines. Simply put, some advice to help enthusiasts optimize their cup and dosage, for a more scientific approach.

Coffee and mathematics

Source : marekuliasz

A freshly ground coffee at 93°C

The study made by Kevin Moroney (University of Limerick) and William Lee (University of Portsmouth) was published in the « SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics ». The two researchers chose to thoroughly analyze the infusion process of the coffee in the most used filter machines. The recipe is simple: coffee, ground, gently placed on a filter. The hot water must reach 93°C in order to properly soak the coffee and finish in your cup. The most important factor resides in the size of the grain. It must be slightly less fine than the one’s sold in the usual grocery store, which gives less bitterness to the coffee. This way, the size of the grain considerably modifies the way in which the water penetrates the grain of ground coffee.

Espresso still unmatched

Despite the extensive research done by both researchers, it is without a doubt that it will be impossible to recreate the flavours found within espresso machines. The work made around fresh grains and the pressure of the espresso machine immediately gets a better rendering of the product. This will simply remain the best percolator filter coffee that you will ever taste.

With over 1 800 chemical components, coffee remains the most consumed beverage in the world, with an espresso format, more and more are privileged whether it be in Europe or even in North America.

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The Cuban coffee: The intensity of an espresso

After allowing you to discover the Kivu, a region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, we’re bringing you to Cuba today, a well-known destination for its sun, beaches and coffee. Summer is right around the corner and we’re offering you something to dream about by allowing you to discover this beautiful country, where the music never stops.

Cuban coffee represents a great source of pride for its people. The Café Cubano is highly respected among the baristas of the country. It’s during the 18th century that the culture of coffee began taking place in the mountainous region of Pinard el Rio and Serra Maestra, to eventually become one of the most exported products of the country.

Either it be in the morning, afternoon or at night, any moment is a good one to have a coffee in Cuba. More than just a hot beverage, coffee is a unifying element, which allows people to become closer and socialize anywhere, especially in cafés. We drink it with our family, between friends or even upon first meeting someone.

Looking for Cuban coffee

Sugared coffee or « café con leche »

Given the intensity of the Cuban coffee, it is served in little cups in an espresso format. Also called cafecito, its secret resides in adding sugar during the infusion. This coffee is well recognized thanks to its sugary aspect in which a spoon of sugar is found for every small cup of coffee. It is also possible to ask for a « café con leche » by adding warm or foamy milk to the strong coffee,  letting aside the sugar this time.

Indulge and dare to go towards the unknown during your next vacation under the sun. You could find yourself drinking a good cup of Cuban coffee in good company, by letting yourself go to the rhythm of the salsa!

Who knows, we might add the Cuban coffee to our products in the near future!

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