Coffee and Lions in Devon

Generally, I’m not a big fan of zoos.  Whilst, I understand they play an important role in conserving the endangered species of the world,  it is rather sad to see a wild animal cooped up in a tiny cage. However, on Good Friday it was No 3 son’s birthday and for his treat he requested a day out at the zoo.  After considering the various zoological options in the area,…

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Hygge a Coffee!

  The latest big lifestyle trend in recent months has been the Danish concept of Hygge.  It’s a difficult trend to define, let alone pronounce! (hue-gah)  But, as a coffee drinker I think it has some important key elements to help us enjoy life, especially in dark, grey January:- First and foremost Hygge focuses on food Meat, confectionary and COFFEE! Togetherness: Hygge is about sharing and savouring moments together.  So invite your…

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Coffee

Following on from my last post “Metabolism Boosting Coffee”, I thought I would talk about some of the other wonderful health benefits coffee can provide. Firstly, the health benefits depend on whether you are drinking ‘good’ coffee or ‘bad’ coffee.  As a general rule, coffee made with fresh beans is good for you but instant and ground coffee can vary considerably in their benefits.  Many instant coffees contain mould toxins, and can even be mixed…

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Metabolism boosting coffee!

If you love your coffee but want to watch your waistline then here are a couple of tips to help boost your metabolism:- Researchers have found that when you drink a glass of chilled water you can boost your metabolism by 30%. So, drinking a glass of water with your coffee can supercharge your calorie burning machine. How? Well, firstly drinking caffeine stimulates your central nervous system which in turn, increases your heart rate,…

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delonghi magnifica

My Delonghi Magnifica coffee machine died!!!

A few weeks ago my life went into meltdown – my Delonghi Magnifica coffee machine broke down! The power light was on, but no little coffee makers were home. The Delonghi Magnifica was my first coffee machine bought way back in 2006.  We had been living in Australia, so were used to finding great coffee everywhere.  Whilst the UK has many positives, at that time, good coffee wasn’t one of them (I’m talking rural UK…

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Fancy a coffee with Ross Poldark?

Well, I know probably half the female population of a certain age in the UK would say YES to coffee with Aidan Turner. He’s the actor currently depicting Ross Poldark from Winston Graham’s novels on BBC TV.  Unfortunately, I can only offer you an imaginary coffee with the fictional character. In the story, Poldark lives in Cornwall during the turbulent late 1700’s.  I’ve always loved this period of history, mainly because of the revolutionary attitudes bubbling through…

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Can I find coffee in New Dungeon Ghyll?

The advantage of rain in the Lake District, is that it provides a great excuse to go for a coffee. I arrived at the New Dungeon Ghyll car park at 9.30am to torrential rain.  Not my idea of a good time to go off walking. Dungeon Ghyll is a beautiful, but rather isolated spot.   Thankfully, there are a couple of coffee options.  The National Trust has a bar/café adjacent to…

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A bit about me

This is my blog about life with coffee. I am not a barista, coffee merchant or coffee addict. I am just a mum with four kids who finds one of the highlights of her day is a really good cup of coffee. As I say, I’m not addicted to coffee – I try to limit my intake of coffee to a maximum of two good cups per day, but I…

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