Are Coffee Grounds Good For the Garden?

The short answer? No, not really. Coffee is bad for plants for the same reason most people love drinking it - because of the caffeine....

The Best Milk Alternative for Coffee

Whether you’re a ‘frothy coffee’ fan, or partial to a flat white, there’s something about a milk-based brew that feels like a treat. Whether enjoyed in a sun-drenched, pine-filled café that trades mainly in avocado toast, or lovingly prepped at home to take on your commute, it’s a little lift to your day. With more of us avoiding dairy, but unwilling to give up our latte habit, the battle of the milk alternatives has begun....

Do hot drinks cool you down in the summer?

It’s going to get hot. Uncomfortably hot. We’re talking about watery Pimms because the ice melts too quickly, multiple outfit changes (‘cos you’ve sweated through your last two t-shirts). Having to escape inside every 15 mins, for a quick breather. When it comes to sunny weather and coffee, there are three schools of thought. The first is sacking off coffee completely, in favour of something more ‘British summer’-friendly. The aforementioned Pimms, a cold can of...

Geisha coffee: why it's not necessarily worth the hype

1. Different doesn’t always mean good Describing someone’s style as “unique” could be considered a backhanded compliment. So saying the same of a flavour profile could also carry that implication of negativity – the tasting notes equivalent of rolling your eyes at a jaunty feathered hat or thigh-high Doc Martens. Geisha is renowned for its unique taste, but also its diverse flavour profile – something which can mean a delightfully varied experience with each geisha...

Paper coffee cups? Bin ’em!

Did you know that your ‘recyclable’ takeaway paper cup isn’t so recyclable? Millions in the UK assume that paper cups can be recycled as many of your favourite coffee chains like to promote their cups as being ‘eco-friendly’. While this is technically true, the reality is only two small facilities in the UK are even capable of recycling these cups, and one of these sites has never even dealt with a paper cup before! So...

What’s the difference between light and dark roast coffee?

You might see chugging a cup of joe as fuel for the engine. Or maybe the buzz is an afterthought to a superior speciality sipping experience. However you see coffee, you might have some preconceptions about coffee roast levels. Why do different coffees have different roasts? How does it affect flavour? Does dark or light roast coffee have more caffeine? What does “strength” mean on supermarket packages? Let’s take a look. Light, Medium, Medium-Dark and...

Coffee and Hangovers: fiction and facts, for festive recovery!

It’s the season of peace, love, and joy. It’s also the time of year you can majorly overdo it - whether it’s that extra helping of roast potatoes, or three too many G&Ts at your work Christmas do. And when you’re suffering the results of the latter indulgence, everyone’s got their recovery techniques. For a lot of people, a cup of strong coffee is their go-to. It seems to make some sense - something to...

Wine after coffee, or coffee after wine? Either way, you’re feeling fine

We all know the empowering qualities of a cup of coffee, and the restorative nature of a glass of wine. Yin and yang, light and dark, coffee and wine – it’s just the way things are. One gets you ready for the day, one lets you recover from it. And equally: one gets you ready for the night… one lets you recover from it. You know this. But did you know how similar coffee and...

Aeropress: the perfect camping coffee maker

“We’re all going on a summer holiday” your colleagues crow, waving condensed guides to Costa Rica and ASOS packages full of flip-flops and swimwear in your face. But you don’t let it bother you. Instead of seeking sun, sand and sensual experiences somewhere far away, you’re packing up your 50l hiking rucksack (you know, the one you used once for Duke of Edinburgh and never again) and getting ready to join the camping… camp. Maybe...

How is decaf coffee made?

We understand that sometimes on occasion you might want a caffeine-free brew. Whether it’s your tenth cup that day, you fancy a coffee and it’s...

Caffeine is nature’s answer to insect repellant

It’s true. As well as helping us humans to get up and at ‘em, caffeine has developed through evolution to deter insects from eating coffee...

Which is the best coffee - arabica coffee or robusta coffee?

You’ve seen “100% Arabica!” emblazoned on packaging, but what does it actually mean? And what’s the alternative? Arabica and robusta are just two of over 100 coffee species - the most popular ones, as it happens. Robusta is more… well, robust - high in caffeine, it’s more resistant to crop disease and insect damage. It’s also easier, and faster, to grow. That’s where the benefits end. Arabica is tastier, and will sell for much much...

Single origin coffee - what is it?

If you’re into coffee, chances are you’ve come across people talking enthusiastically about ‘single origin’ coffees. But what does ‘single origin’ mean and what’s so good about it? Single origin simply means the coffee comes from a single farm. You might think all coffees come from one farm the same way a tomato you pick up from the supermarket comes from a single vine on a single farm. But actually a lot of the time...

Best coffee tasting guide

All you need to try ‘coffee tasting’ is A) a cup of coffee and B) your memories of flavours you’ve experienced before. This blog will help you out with that, but it’ll also explain how professional coffee tasters do it (and why they call it “cupping”!). Flavoured coffee? Forget your vanilla syrup and chocolate sprinkles - we think coffee has enough flavour in it already. If you don’t think so, it might be because you’re...

Five ways to improve your cup of coffee

Tip 1: Moisture is your enemy. The instructions on some supermarket coffee bags advocate storing it in the fridge, but it’s not something we go along with. In fact, there’s a well- documented debate on our blog about the whole in-fridge/out-of-fridge issue. The reason we can’t get behind it, is that the frequent change in temperature results in the buildup of condensation. You can’t usually see condensation forming on coffee, but if it’s there it’ll...

Speciality coffee: quality scores explained

We pride ourselves on selling speciality coffee. That word ‘speciality’ is important to us. It means our coffee has been awarded with a Quality Score of 80 or above. But where does that Quality Score come from, and what does it tell you about what’s in your cup? As long-standing Pact customers will know, every coffee has its own unique personality. They’re tricky to compare, so the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) came up...

Health benefits of coffee

You may have considered taking a swerve past your usual cup - or cups - of coffee. But before you consign yourself to a drab, dragging, coffee-free day you might want to read on… 1. Coffee and health problems - it’s a myth Most people restrict themselves to a couple of cups of coffee a day, but the experts suggest that drinking more could be beneficial in a number of ways. Miriam Nelson, a professor...

What's the best time to drink coffee?

Conventional wisdom says that caffeine and sleep are unhappy bedfellows. For the most part, that holds up. But say you’re to start a big project in half an hour and you’re feeling groggy; what should you do? Quick coffee? A power nap? It’s both! Studies suggest that having a shot of espresso, for example, before quickly nodding off for no more than 20 minutes, is far better than either napping and coffee on their own....

How we best supermarket coffee

When new people sign up for Pact deliveries our Customer Champion team tend to get a lot of questions about how we do things here. Most people are used to supermarket coffee, so entering the wonderful world of Pact Coffee deliveries inevitably leads to comparisons… Supermarkets are excellent places for stocking your cupboards fast and with minimal effort. They’re also good for working on upper body strength, developing skill at steering uncooperative wheeled objects and...

The Coffee Bloom: what is it?

If you make coffee following our simple brew guides, you may have read about the “bloom”. This little jargon nugget actually refers to that magical...