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Change Please free coffee at Lush

Lush, the ethical cosmetics store, is giving away free coffee in its Soho, London, store for four weeks, from August 14, writes The Sun.

Working in collaboration with ethical coffee brand Change Please, the move is set to raise awareness of the important of reusable cups by challenging customers to “bin single-use drinks containers and change to reusable holders”.

On offer at the Soho Studio on Beak Street from 7am to 3pm Monday to Friday will be vegan iced coffee, tea, or coffee.

The pop-up's manager, Michael O'Brien explained to Metro that the idea behind the #CarryTheCup popup is to educate Londoners.

He said: "We want to invite London locals and visitors inside for a free cup of coffee (or tea) and an informative discussion on how to ditch the single-use coffee cup, and learn to #carrythecup.

"The only catch to the free coffee? You have to bring your own cup (don’t worry, there will be exclusive reusable cups to buy if you don’t have one already)."

London’s 'most instagrammable café' to open on Oxford Circus

Élan Café, crowned London’s ‘most Instagrammable’ spot is opening on Oxford Street at the end of this month, reports Metro.

Its floral arrangements have been featured in thousands of posts and stories, and the cafe also has 126,000 dedicated followers on Instagram. At the end of this month, you’ll be able to visit the new Oxford Street haunt, taking over the former Coppa Club on Market Place. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a 70-seater venue opening at Selfridges in October.

The success of its existing Park Lane and Brompton Road venues is down to its insanely Insta-friendly interior. You can’t swing your arms around without hitting an influencer posing against the floral backdrops, including the in-store blossom tree and the wall covered entirely with pink blooms.

Owners have partnered up with Union Coffee for their beans, and a range of beauty products will be available to purchase in store too, made from recycled coffee by-products.

  • The Elan Group's head of coffee Joao Almeida, founder of the Latte Art Bar, is a member of European Coffee Expo's Steering Panel.
  • For more information on European Coffee Expo 2019, taking place at London's Olympia on May 21-22, click here.

Two cups of coffee a day could affect sleep years later, study shows

Scientists have discovered that a lifetime of daily coffees may shrink a part of the brain that controls sleep patterns, writes the Daily Mail (August 10).

Brain scans carried out by researchers at Seoul University in South Korea found moderate to heavy consumers – those drinking two cups a day for 30 years or more – had smaller pineal glands than those who rarely drank coffee.

The pineal gland is a pea-sized organ in the middle of the brain that releases a hormone called melatonin when it is time for the body to rest and sleep. The smaller the gland is, the less melatonin it produces.

Although caffeine is well known as a short-term stimulant, this is thought to be one of the first studies to suggest it could have long-term effects on the brain. 

Researchers tracked 162 elderly healthy men and women and quizzed them on how much coffee they drank and how long they slept.

Cafe created to support harbour at Pennan

A trust has launched plans to create a cafe to help pay for the upkeep of the iconic harbour at Pennan, reports The Press and Journal (August 13).

The village was made famous in 1983 after it was immortalised by the Burt Lancaster comedy-drama Local Hero.

The café would sell refreshments and craft items made in the village.

Documents submitted along with the planning application to the council said the new venture would bring “much-needed revenue” to the harbour. The money would help pay for repairs and future development of the site.

More than 400,000 tea estate workers in India go on strike over pay

Workers on tea plantations across West Bengal state down tools for three days in bid for 20% pay rise, reports The Guardian (August 7).

Hundreds of thousands of tea plantation workers in eastern India went on a three-day strike last week demanding a 20% increase in their daily wage, amounting to 50 cents (39p), from the government and estate owners.

The strike in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal state, close to the picturesque Darjeeling hill station, stopped work at most tea estates in the region.

The striking workers have so far not disrupted work at the Darjeeling plantations, famed for their eponymous tea which is exported across the world.


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