We're delighted to be heading into 2017 with some very exciting plans at Cupsmith. Our first 12 months have taken us by happy surprise, and when we spent time taking stock over the Christmas holidays, we realised that our first year had gone far better than we'd ever dreamed it would.
These amazing last 12 months have in turn given us the courage to make bold plans for the next 12, but while the diary is going to be busy, challenging and exciting, we will be sticking to our Cupsmith motto even more than usual, making sure we take plenty of time to sit down and watch the clouds go by. Whatever you have planned for 2017, we hope you too will find plenty of time to cherish the quieter moments, to let life slow down a little and we leave you with this thought:
We're delighted to say that you can now order a bag of coffee that fits through your letterbox. This makes ordering coffee super easy, very quick (we use first class mail) and you don't have to be in when the postman comes knocking. Even better, it's also cheaper!
Having your bag of coffee popped through your letterbox by first class mail is just £1.75. Order your bag of coffee and at the checkout stage choose the option that says 'Letterbox Coffee'. We'll get your parcel in the post to you as soon as possible, and your little Cupsmith parcel will be landing on your doormat in no time.
Click here to order coffee online. Please note, you can only order one bag of Letterbox Coffee, any more and they won't fit through the letterbox!
To celebrate this wonderful window of weather we're having in England, we're giving away free bags of freshly roasted coffee to make the perfect glass of iced coffee.
With every order made on our website, we'll pop in a little bag of our Breakfast Coffee* ground especially to make iced coffee, and we'll send you the recipe too. It's super easy and if you add a large dollop of vanilla ice cream to the top, we promise you'll be in icy, coffee heaven!
No need to use a code or quote any reference (who wants to be bothering with that when we should all be outside enjoying the sun?!). Just place your order - by Sunday 23rd July 2016 - and we'll pop in the free bag of coffee. Shop for our coffees here.
Enjoy this lovely weather.
*the little bag of coffee will be enough for a large, 8 person cafetiere. Offer ends Sunday July 23rd 2016.
A lot of our customers have asked if they can buy bigger bags of Cupsmith coffee, so we're happy to say that 454g bags of all our coffees are now available. They hold the same magnificent coffee as our standard bags, just twice as much. So twice as nice!
We will grind each bag, big or small, to order, so yours can be just the way you like it. Depending on how rib-stickingly strong you like your coffee, you'll get about 15 cups of coffee from each of our standard 227g bags , so you should get a whopping 30 cups from our new big 454g bags! That should keep even the biggest coffee addicts happy for a while. Choose your favourite coffee here and why not try our new bigger bag?
We’re delighted to have won the 2016 My Country Business Awards run by Country Homes & Interiors magazine. We pipped four other lovely food companies to the post, winning the ‘Food Producers’ category.
As a small business and having launched only 8 months ago, to receive an award like this is really exciting, and reminds us that people are loving what we’re doing, so we must do even more and even better!
As part of the prize, we will now receive business mentoring from the very brilliant folk at Yeo Valley. We will also feature in the lovely Country Homes & Interiors this Autumn.
The judges for the 2016 My Country Business Awards were Sally Bendelow of notonthehighstreet.com, Sophie Allport of Sophie Allport, Melanie Adams of wallpaperdirect.com, Anna Rigby of John Lewis, Dan Rusga of Yeo Valley, Lucy Lomas of River Cottage HQ and Rhoda Parry, Editor of Country Homes & Interiors.
In the second of our series of coffees with people we really like, we chat to James Basson, a garden designer who has recently returned from the world famous RHS Chelsea Flower Show clutching his second gold medal for one of the prestigious show gardens.
For the last two years James has designed the gardens for L’Occitane, purveyors of the loveliest beauty products and fragrances and bringing us all a touch of sun-steeped Provence. During a trip to Cupsmith HQ, we caught up with James over a cup of coffee to find out what influences him and what makes him happy.
James, you’re based in the South of France, what sort of lifestyle does that give you, and why is that important?
"We are really lucky and have an amazing lifestyle, close to the mountains for skiing in winter and close to the sea for sailing in the summer, great food, great wine and great climate! I don’t think our children realise how lucky they are. It is so important to us because it means our kids have a complete understanding of the outside world and are incredibly active and healthy, although they are somewhat lost in the hub of a big city!
What are some of your favourite sources of inspiration?
We love to take walks locally as our big inspiration in our gardens is the natural landscape, and it is only really by walking that we observe the tiniest beautiful details that we would miss if we zoomed past in a car. By doing the same route at different times of the year we can observe nature’s wonderful way of renewing and changing throughout the seasons, there is also a new spectacle to see.
As a business and lifestyle, Cupsmith is all about slowing down, watching the clouds go by. How do you and your family relax and slow down?
We love to go to sailing, no phones and no TV (although we don’t have one at home either), a small anchorage in Corsica on a sailboat watching the sun set is just amazing.
How important do you think it is that people slow down, and can gardening help with this?
In today’s world where we are all rushing around, and communication is at our fingertips with people expecting instant replies, it is of utmost importance to be able to take a moment, switch off share a meal with friends etc. Gardening and the natural world helps with this as by touching the earth and watching the changes in the landscape it puts our everyday stresses into perspective. We are just a small cog in an enormous wheel and it is the world’s flora and fauna that sustain us, and that we should concentrate on trying to sustain in turn.
Which is your favourite Cupsmith coffee?
Well as I've just enjoyed a delicious cappuccino sitting in your roastery, right now I'd say it's that! But tomorrow morning back at home I'll enjoy the Breakfast Coffee.
You can read more about James’s work and see some of the projects undertaken by Scape Design at www.scapedesign.com
With summer on its way (she says, typing this with the rain beating down on the window outside...oh England we love you), we’re bringing you our recipe for iced coffee, the Cupsmith way*.
There’s a lot of hype and science around iced coffee and what people now call ‘cold brew’. We won’t go into all the technical detail as we just want to make sure you have a delicious glass of iced coffee, not a doctorate in chemistry along the way, but suffice to say what we’re making is ‘cold brew’ like all the rest, but we’ve simplified it right down.
What is ‘cold brew’? Well it’s what we many of us think of as iced coffee but is in fact made using cold water rather than the old way of making hot coffee and cooling it down. With us?! The reason for making it with cold water is because it gives a better, naturally sweeter (less acidic) flavour, it lasts up to 2 weeks in the fridge and it’s a smoother, lovelier drink.
We suggest making a batch and storing it in a Kilner bottle in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, though ours tends to be drunk in one go.
So, here’s what to do based on using an 8 person cafetiere as this is what most of our customers have (if you don’t, ping us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you work out the best way using whatever you already have at home):
Fancy something even more delicious? Try floating a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the top of your iced coffee!
Any questions, pop us an email to email@example.com. And we’d love to hear of your iced coffee successes, particularly adding different flavours of ice cream to the top, or cream, or even alcohol!
* What is 'the Cupsmith way'? Well it's our mission to make things as easy as possible for you. We ditch the science, the technical speak and the jargon to bring you the simplest way to make the very best cup of coffee at home every day.