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United Baristas launches purchasing guide for espresso machines

The United Baristas has created a new Guide to Buying an Espresso Machine to help operators.

The guide draws together first hand experience, tips from the coffee shops getting it right, and insights from across the coffee industry.

United Baristas founder Tim Ridley, said: “Buying an espresso machine is an exciting and overwhelming task for many proprietors, so I’ve pulled together my decade of experience in the coffee industry compiling personal experience, tips from great operators, and insights of the supply chain to write a guide on how to buy an espresso machine. It’s comprehensive, but succinct.”

To see the guide click here


EAT sites up for sale 

A number of EAT sites are reported to be up for sale following the acquisition by Pret a Manger.

Bighospitality has reported that its sister title MCA understands that commercial property agents Brasier Freeth are marketing 16 units, including 13 in London, with the remaining three in Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. Pret bought the 90-site business earlier this year and said there was scope to open 30 Veggie Prets. 


Significant increase in low and no

Thomas Ridley Foodservice has said it has seen a “significant increase” in sales of low or no alcohol products, especially in those drinks that offer a more sophisticated adult beverage. 

The wholesaler, that sells to the hospitality sector, said this was a reflection of the “huge behaviour shift” with adults abstaining or choosing to moderate their alcohol drinking.

Steve Lyons, sales director at Thomas Ridley Foodservice said that drinkers are wanting products that reflect their personal values including sustainability, Instagram-able and personalisation.

He said: “No longer happy with a soft drink on tap, customers now want to enjoy something unique, flavoursome and totally Instagram worthy.”


Coffee Blue backs local charities 

Coffee Blue, the mobile coffee operator, that is looking to expand by 25 new franchisees every year, has unveiled its next business partner who will come on board on 9th September.

The business is a joint venture with two local charities – Poor & Hungry charity and Boomerang, both who cater for the homeless and families struggling to feed themselves or find accommodation.

Coffee Blue has provided the vehicle along with an oven van for serving hot food to the homeless in Cardiff.  Also, from September 2019, Coffee Blue said it will only provide bio-degradable cups and lids to its business partners and customers.


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