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Articles tagged “coffee”

Cup Sizes

As a student in Durham, a trip to Tesco on the Bailey is rather inevitable. As a student, it is also natural to be drawn to the highly nutritional, energy-providing, brightly coloured section of Tesco that is the Pick and Mix aisle, or, as they affectionately call it, the “Pick’n’Mix” zone. So you can imagine our dismay when during our perusal, what appears a trivial thing disturbed our picking and mixing experience. To me, the presence of both a “medium” size and an “extra-large” cup, and indeed the apparent lack of understanding as to the meaning …

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Winston Churchill is Dead

Revelation shocks the academic community

In a new book, controversial historian Steve (pronounced “Neill”) Sigardusson contends that former First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill is no longer among the living. I interviewed him, in a café of his choosing, to find out more.

I’m sat in De Gracy’s Tearooms, a snug, posh place on one of Cambridge’s main streets, the sort of place that would make you glad it was a Sunday afternoon if indeed it was a Sunday afternoon. My interviewee is late. He has told me in advance this might happen: he is coming …

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0 comments | Tags: history, Winston Churchill, Historian, coffee, tearoom

Exam, Coffee, Sufis, and Yemen

The humble cup of coffee: an invaluable aide to exam revision and soul purification.

As I sit here in the library at half eight, wired on double espresso (and doubtless will be for another four hours), I am very conscious that my procrastination has gone to new extremes. However as most of Durham’s students are in the exact same position, I am going to endeavour to provide you with some more procrastination material! Have you ever wondered where your double espresso came from?

Everywhere you turn in Durham, there is an Italian café or restaurant, but it was not …

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0 comments | Tags: Yemen, revision, coffee, mysticism, Islam

Correlation, Causation and Coffee

Does coffee really prevent depression?

You may have noticed that there was a fuss in the media over the summer about the relationship between coffee and depression. “Coffee is good for you” screamed the Daily Mail. The Guardian insisted on “Why drinking coffee makes women full of beans“. Even the BBC ran with the headline “Coffee may prevent depression, scientists say”. As you may be able to tell, this story was of course based on a study which came to the exact conclusions the headlines stated: that coffee was brilliant at protecting women against depression.

Just kidding.

The study in

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0 comments | Tags: statistics, coffee, media

Newcastle: The Eating Guide

Newcastle’s High Level Bridge.

One of my stock rejoinders to the question “isn’t Durham a bit small?” is “well, perhaps, but Newcastle is nearby”. This is normally met with a slight backwards tilt of the head and a quiet “ahhh, mmm” and the issue is closed. The problem with this came however when I gave this reply to someone from the city in question. The follow up this time was “Oh, so where do you go?” to which, rather embarrassingly, I had little to say. Where had I eaten in Newcastle before this year? A rather unimpressive tapas …

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2 comments | Tags: cafes, Newcastle, restaurants, coffee

Life in the Big(ger) City: Viennese Coffee Culture

Apparently, Austrians do it better.

At this time of year, you may be relying on one particular hot caffeinated beverage to get you through all-nighters and long library sessions. Of course I’m talking about coffee, and it’s important to the Viennese too. But because this is the home of all things elegant and cultured, a mere cup of coffee doesn’t suffice. They have to have a Kaffeekultur (coffee culture).

This culture is built around the Kaffeehaus (literally coffee house), which is frequented by anyone with an hour or so to spare, although some of the more …

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0 comments | Tags: coffee, year abroad

Review: Merry Monk Coffee

Merry Monk Coffee sells flavoured beans and coffee.

Drinking coffee from a market stall is perhaps not the most appealing idea. At least, this was what I thought as I approached Monk Coffee in Durham Indoor Market. Tucked up in a small corner near the bakery and news stall its owner Michelle calls it the “hidden gem of the market – you need a treasure map to find it!” Irrespective of location, it’s worth finding. On arrival, the first thing I noticed was the sparseness of the stall. With plain wooden tables, bags of cloth sitting somewhat randomly and hemp …

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Entrepreneurs Durham: Café Gourmet

Café Gourmet: “best in Durham guaranteed”

In Market Square in the heart of Durham, just opposite Boots, lies Café Gourmet. It’s easy to miss – a little trailer that blends in easily amongst the other market stalls. The difference, however, is that this one is run by a Durham student, Pete Southern, who spends every Saturday running his business serving coffee to the local residents.

Considering typical Durham weather, and the fact that I could barely endure the icy temperatures for the duration of the interview, this man demonstrates an admirable sense of commitment. Every Saturday the dedicated Collingwood student …

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3 comments | Tags: entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs durham, coffee

Review: Flat White Durham

What does recently opened “Flat White Durham” have to offer?

I often think that a coffee shop can be defined by the posture of its patrons. It can be placed on a spectrum that runs from spines slumped into sofas or coiled over tottering chairs at one end to those that are more stiffened and straightened at the other. Coffee shops with sticky and collapsing furniture, however, totter off my spectrum in embarrassment because in them, spines are artificially shaped by the circumstances – they must contort to avoid the previous patron’s frappe puddle. Flat White Durham falls, accompanied by …

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The People Who Really Benefit From Your Chocolate Eating and Tea Drinking…

Do we give enough consideration to the cost of not buying Fairtrade produce?

Picture the scene. Tesco. The tea and coffee aisle. You see the massive variety of products. You see the different range of prices. You could have Tetley [tempting…] or Value [just not as tasty…] and then you see the Fairtrade brands. You know that they’re probably more ethical, they probably do some good in the world, but they’re definitely more expensive…

The issue of fair trade raises problems in the trading world. The Fairtrade movement has principles it wants to adhere to; their main concern …

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0 comments | Tags: coffee, chocolate, UK Tearcraft, Traidcraft, Richard Adams, Fairtrade