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Finding those moments of calm...and FREE tea!

Posted on June 08, 2017 by Runwick Roastery Ltd | 1 comment

It seems that more now than ever we all need to find our havens of peace and calm, whether these are physical spaces or mental ones.

My little corner of peace has recently been a silversmithing course I've been doing. Each Wednesday evening I sit in a lovely old studio with views across the Surrey hills, tapping away with bits of silver, setting tiny gemstones and learning to patiently polish the pieces until they gleam. This connection with creativity brings a great sense of personal peace and calm as I step away from our too-busy world and spend two hours doing something I love (even if I'm not very good at it as you'll see from my first results below!).

Handmade silver rings by Cupsmith

It was about 6 months ago that we created and launched our Calm Days tea, a delicious blend of soothing camomile, lemon balm and just a touch of lavender. I wanted to create a tea that reflected my belief that we should all find those little moments of calm in the day that mean we rush less, meander more. 

Cupsmith's Calm Days tea

Whether it's taking time out to read book quietly, drawing, painting, cooking for pleasure, meditating or just sitting quietly with a cup of tea, if we can all bring a little more peace and calm into our lives, who knows the health benefits we'll reap and the impact it will have on those around us and the wider world?

How or where do you find your moments of calm? And can we help you find another one each day by giving you a FREE bag of our Calm Days tea worth £4.25? If you place an order for over £25 before July 2nd, we'll pop in a full size bag of our Calm Days finest leaf tea pyramids when we send your order to you. Click here to fill your basket...

Cupsmith Calm Days tea

Here's to a few more moments of calm each day.

Cupsmith

x

 

WIN this week's #cupsmithwalks goodies!

Posted on February 08, 2017 by George Crawford | 2 comments

Celebrating our love of getting outside and into the countryside, we loved seeing all your #cupsmithwalks photos last week. Thankyou for all your gorgeous landscapes and beautiful nature images. The winner this week was Niki whose instagram feed is a real treat, full of gorgeous pictures of Suffolk, nature, home life and her travels. Do sit down and get lost for a few moments in her wonderful images here!  We've sent Niki her box of Cupsmith goodies.

This week we're giving away another box of Cupsmith loveliness: a copy of Robert Macfarlane's walking book 'The Old Ways', a gorgeous Cornishware mug and some of our soothing Calm Days tea.

#cupsmithwalks

If it's too chilly to be outside as much we we'd like, then cosy up by the fire with a cup of Cupsmith tea and a copy of Macfarlane's book 'The Old Ways'. Following the tracks, drove-roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles, the author takes us across a landscape of the feet and mind. One critic writes 'Macfarlane's writing soars. Read this and it will be impossible to take an unremarkable walk again'.

The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

To be in with a chance of winning our boxful of goodies, all you need to do is take a photo on a walk and tag it #cupsmithwalks. Perhaps a favourite spot, landmark or just something lovely you see along the way? It could even be a walk you did a while ago. We'll then pick our favourite shot and announce the winner in a week's time. You can enter either via our instagram page, or upload your photo to our Facebook page. We'll look at photographs on both Facebook and Instagram to pick our favourite. Good luck and we can't wait to see your lovely photos! Entries in by Sunday 18th February, and we'll announce the winner on Monday 19th. Good luck! 

Here's a photo we took earlier this week on a walk across the fields. Where has the sunshine gone now?! 

 catkins #cupsmithwalks

 Cupsmith x

#cupsmithwalks

 

Ts & Cs

The competition closes Sunday 19th February. The winner will be notified Monday February 20th.

The prize can only be sent to a UK address. So whilst the competition is open to anyone in any country, in the eventuality that someone not living in the UK wins the prize, they must be able to provide a UK address for the prize to be sent to (therefore allowing them to award their prize to a friend or relative living in the UK).

The prize will be sent out within 5 days of the competition closing, and once the winner has provided their UK postal address.

The judges decision is final.

 

Hot chocolate back in stock!

Posted on January 30, 2017 by George Crawford | 0 comments

We're delighted to let you know that our Truly Magnificent Hot Chocolate is now back in stock. Every time we make a new batch of our favourite drinking chocolate we sell out almost immediately. You might ask why we don't make more of it, and it's a good question. Well we don't like making in large batches. We like things to be made carefully, slowly and in small batches. That way we can guarantee we're bringing you the very best chocolate for drinking at home every day.

Cupsmith hot chocolateOur Truly Magnificent Hot Chocolate is made with finest Belgian chocolate and with a lovely high cocoa content, means it's so much less sugary than commercial chocolates. Just add two generous spoonfuls of chocolate flakes to a pan of milk, warm slowly and then pour into your favourite mug, or we're rather partial to a cup and saucer for ours. Drink sitting down in your comfiest chair, preferably with a really good book.

Cup and saucer of hot chocolate

A bag of Truly Magnificent Hot Chocolate makes a lovely, unusual present and we're always happy to send a gift box directly to someone for you. 

Pop some hot chocolate in your basket here.

Cupsmith x

WIN! We're giving away more lovely things this week #cupsmithwalks

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Runwick Roastery Ltd | 0 comments

Celebrating our love of getting outside and into the countryside, we loved seeing all your #cupsmithwalks photos last week. Thankyou for all your gorgeous landscapes, beautiful nature images, and lots of stunning, frosty photos. The winner was Alys and we'll be sending her a box of Cupsmith goodies shortly.

This week we're giving away another box of Cupsmith loveliness. With Spring not too far away, we're looking forward to the sound of birdsong and so this week we're giving away a copy of Matt Sewell's charming book 'Our Garden Birds'. Described as the Banksy of the bird world, it won't just be his paintings you'll love, we think you'll enjoy his words too. What better description of a house sparrow than 'As British as chip butties and bramble picking, looking like an old RAF Squadron Leader in a flat cap and tweed'?

Matt Sewell birds

Or a Redwing '...like a thrush that mistook a can of red spray-paint for his deodrant and headed out for the day.'

Matt Sewell

And for when you're back from your walk and ready to put the kettle on, we'll pop in a gorgeous striped Cornishware mug, a bag of our freshly roasted Breakfast Coffee and a bag of our finest leaf Breakfast Tea pyramids. We hope our box of Cupsmith goodies will make your walk even better and the return home wonderful!

cupsmithwalks competition prize

To be in with a chance of winning our boxful of goodies, all you need to do is take a photo on a walk and tag it #cupsmithwalks. Perhaps a favourite spot, landmark or just something lovely you see along the way? It could even be a walk you did a while ago. We'll then pick our favourite shot and announce the winner in a week's time. You can enter either via our instagram page, or upload your photo to our Facebook page. We'll look at photographs on both Facebook and Instagram to pick our favourite. Good luck and we can't wait to see your lovely photos! Entries in by Sunday 29th January, and we'll announce the winner on Monday 30th. Good luck! 

Here's a photo we took this weekend on a walk across the fields at Cupsmith HQ. 

Cupsmithwalks

 Cupsmith x

#cupsmithwalks

 

Ts & Cs

The competition closes Sunday 22nd January. The winner will be notified Monday January 23rd.

The prize can only be sent to a UK address. So whilst the competition is open to anyone in any country, in the eventuality that someone not living in the UK wins the prize, they must be able to provide a UK address for the prize to be sent to (therefore allowing them to award their prize to a friend or relative living in the UK).

The prize will be sent out within 5 days of the competition closing, and once the winner has provided their UK postal address.

The judges decision is final.

 

WIN! We're giving away lovely things! #cupsmithwalks

Posted on January 17, 2017 by George Crawford | 0 comments

Let's be honest, January is a tricky month. It feels long, dark and rather chilly and we're the first to feel a little less cheerful this month. One of the things we find that helps is to get outside. A bracing walk in the countryside really lifts the spirits and the faster you walk, the more endorphins you release, and the better you feel. So we try and get outside every day, no matter what the weather.

Back home and once the cobwebs have been cleared, there's nothing better than enjoying a lovely cup of coffee or mug of tea. So to celebrate walking and getting outside, we're giving away a box of loveliness which we hope will make your walk better and the return home wonderful!

What's in the box? We're giving away a copy of 'The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues & Signs' by the brilliant Tristan Gooley, otherwise know as The Natural Navigator. Described in the Sunday Times as 'One of the richest, most rewarding books on nature I have ever read', this book is not only a comprehensive guide to natural navigation, it also contains fascinating clues for weather forecasting, tracking city walks, coast walks, night walks and dozens of other areas. And for when you're back from your walk and ready to put the kettle on, we'll pop in a gorgeous striped Cornishware mug, a bag of our freshly roasted Breakfast Coffee and a bag of our finest leaf Breakfast Tea pyramids.

Cupsmith walking photo competition

To be in with a chance of winning our boxful of goodies, all you need to do is take a photo on a walk and tag it #cupsmithwalks. Perhaps a favourite spot, landmark or just something lovely you see along the way? It could even be a walk you did a while ago. We'll then pick our favourite shot and announce the winner in a week's time. You can enter either via our instagram page, or upload your photo to our Facebook page. We'll look at photographs on both Facebook and Instagram to pick our favourite. Good luck and we can't wait to see your lovely photos! Entries in by Sunday 22nd January, and we'll announce the winner on Monday 23rd. Good luck! 

Here's a photo we took on a recent walk in Greywell, Hampshire. Amazing what you can do with an iphone these days.

Walking in Greywell Hampshire UK

 Cupsmith x

#cupsmithwalks

 

Ts & Cs

The competition closes Sunday 22nd January. The winner will be notified Monday January 23rd.

The prize can only be sent to a UK address. So whilst the competition is open to anyone in any country, in the eventuality that someone not living in the UK wins the prize, they must be able to provide a UK address for the prize to be sent to (therefore allowing them to award their prize to a friend or relative living in the UK).

The prize will be sent out within 5 days of the competition closing, and once the winner has provided their UK postal address.

The judges decision is final.

 

Why did we start Cupsmith?

Posted on January 11, 2017 by George Crawford | 1 comment

We often get asked why we started Cupsmith and what makes us different. What makes us different is something I feel passionately about and what makes me get up each morning with a single-minded determination to bring our drinks to as many people as possible. 

Emma Crawford at cupsmith coffee roastery

Where did it all start?

We started Cupsmith when I went on maternity leave from my job in London. Having moved out to the country, I missed the London coffee scene on a daily basis. Great coffee is something I'd taken for granted in London, and now I was faced a lethal combination of extreme fatigue as a new mother and a total lack of decent coffee in Farnham where we lived. I trawled the supermarket shelves in search of caffeinated inspiration and fabulous coffee that I could make at home (after all, with 2 small children who has the time to sit in a cafe for coffee? I needed great coffee at home, every day). I drew a blank, so decided to take matters in to my own, desperate hands. I enrolled on a coffee roasting course in London and before my maternity leave had finished I'd completed an intensive course and went back to work in marketing as a qualified coffee roaster!

I knew my husband George would love coffee roasting too, so after enough nagging (3 months, solidly) he signed up to do the course. And without wanting to say 'I told you so' (I told you so) he fell in love with the process. The idea of Cupsmith was born, and then came the purchase of our top-of-the-range roasting machine. Manufactured in the US, our Diedrich roaster took 5 months to be hand-built and shipped to the UK, and it weighs in at a fairly substantial half a tonne. There was, quite literally, no going back. 

Cupsmith diedrich coffee roaster machine

I knew we needed to offer our customers a range of fantastic coffees that could be made at home using nothing more complicated than a cafetiere. The coffee world is full of a great deal of science, jargon, specialist equipment and cool men with beards - all of which often results in a terrific cup of coffee, but not something the rest of us can achieve every day as we're racing to do the school run, rush to the office, walk the dog.... 

So we worked long and hard with a top roaster from London and developed our four signature coffees that could be made easily, every day, at home. A year on and we are planning to grow this range in line with demand.

Cupsmith coffee at cupsmith roastery

Having become experts in our area of coffee - and with our plan always being to offer a full range of 'the finer drinks in life' - we turned our taste buds to tea and launched our range of high quality leaf tea pyramids. For us it was incredibly important to offer the highest quality tea that could be drunk at home every day. This goal completely ruled out the use of a traditional tea bag, in which you can only put the dusty stuff ('fannings' is the correct term). However, we were also adamant that whilst we love loose leaf tea, we and our customers don't always have the time to make a pot of tea. So for us, pyramids are the perfect solution. High quality, loose leaf tea in a little silky pyramid. Pyramids really are the best of both worlds. 

Cupsmith tea range

We work with some fantastic tea merchants to create our own exclusive Cupsmith blends, and we've had some proud-making reviews from people-in-the-know. We love our tea range, and are passionate about growing it.

Without meaning to launch another product line in the first year, we went on to launch a third (who wants to stick to plans anyway?), our drinking chocolate. Within 6 weeks of launching our chocolate we'd sold out three times and as we head into 2017 we have some very exciting plans for this area of the business.

Cupsmith hot chocolate

So as we head into our second year of business, we do so with great hope in our heart and a heap of lovely customers who kindly keep coming back for more. We are totally committed to bringing you the very best quality drinks for enjoying at home every day, and to embracing a lifestyle in which we all take more time out to drink coffee (or tea, or chocolate!) sitting down, watching the clouds go by. Join us as we rush less, meander more.

Cupsmith x 

Cupsmith delivery van 

Walking

Posted on January 09, 2017 by Runwick Roastery Ltd | 0 comments

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking,” wrote Nietzsche.

We try to go for a walk every day and luckily for us Cupsmith HQ is surrounded by lovely fields and woods. Having moved from London four years ago, one of the things we love most about living and walking in the countryside is really noticing the seasons and their changes. We have a huge old oak tree that dominates the coffee roastery where we work each day, and watching the tree spring to life each March, flourish throughout the summer months and then quietly change into its glorious autumn colours before sleeping again in winter is wonderful.

Oak tree at Cupsmith

Walks have also become an important way of making business decisions for us, particularly if we’re feeling stuck with something. A ramble over the fields can really clear the mind and this space in turn allows for clearer thinking. Many a Cupsmith quandary has been solved wearing wellies, stamping across the fields!

The other reason we love walking is for that blissful moment when you come back, take off your wellies and sit down for a cup of coffee or mug of tea. It’s one of our favourite moments of calm. (Homemade biscuits optional, but highly recommended).

Cupsmith walking and a cup of coffee

So this year we’re going to be celebrating walking. Personally, we’re going to be doing much more of it, and we hope we can all share our love of walking, favourite places to go, and ideas for getting outdoors and having fun.

This was a glorious walk we had last week along the river in Greywell, Hampshire (and as it was lunchtime we ended it with lunch in a lovely pub. Of course.)

walking in hampshire

And now, off for today's walk…..#cupsmithwalks

 Cupsmith x