Be your own barista
We've become a nation of coffee drinkers
We've become a nation of coffee drinkers
Coffee has come a long way since 1000 AD, when it's thought to have been discovered by an Ethiopian tribe who noticed that grinding up coffee berries with animal fat gave them an energy boost.
And more recently, in 2014, astronauts at the international space station finally enjoyed a decent cup of coffee with the first ever espresso machine
The reason we love it so much? The high caffeine content in coffee increases levels of dopamine (the happy hormone) in our brains, which could explain why we consume 55 millions cups of it every day in the UK alone.
We’re experiencing fantastic, personalised coffee from local, independent coffee shops, and now we want to recreate that experience from the comfort of our own homes.
To help you get the most out of your coffee machine and gadgets, we’ve created several new in-store concepts. These include Nespresso boutiques in our Kingston and Peter Jones shops, and three coffee experiences in our Oxford Street, Birmingham and Leeds shops.
Our Partners and brand ambassadors will be offering bespoke consultations, taking you through the complete journey from bean to cup. You'll come to understand the importance of the beans you use, through to how to extract the coffee, milk frothing and finally to creating your perfect cup.
Each journey will be personalised to the type of coffee you like to drink and which coffee machine might be right for you, whether or not you already own one. You'll also enjoy a hands on experience with creating the coffee, so that you'll be able to re-create the same coffee at home with your coffee machine.
We've also developed our own range of coffee beans, which you can try during the experience. The beans are freshly roasted and we aim to get them onto our shelves within 7 days of roasting.
Brew at the right temperature. Standards vary but most baristas would agree coffee should be brewed at approximately 93 degrees celsius. Too hot and the coffee will taste bitter
Use freshly roasted beans or
freshly ground coffee.
Coffee should be used within 3 to
30 days after roasting and stored in a dark air tight container
Warm your cups.
Cold ceramic cups will leach the heat from your coffee making it tepid and unpleasant. Either use the cup warmer provided on your machine (where appropriate) or rinse them with hot water first
Descale your machine regularly. Limescale build up will affect the working of your machine. Depending on usage, descale your machine on a 4 to 6 month basis (2 to 3 times a year)
Recycle your coffee grounds. Coffee grounds make great fertiliser, so rather than throw away your used grounds why not use them to improve your plants?
of people say they feel lethargic and half asleep before their first coffee of the day*
Seven in ten Brits would choose coffee over tea if limited to one hot beverage a day*
The average UK coffee drinker spends almost £800 a year on takeaway coffees*
Nearly one in five Brits claim coffee never tastes as good when made at home*
The average Brit is willing to wake up 21 minutes earlier to make coffee at home*
Built to provide you with years of reliable service and top quality coffee, the Sage by Heston Blumenthal The Oracle™ coffee machine has automatic grinding, dosing, tamping and milk frothing
The Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Coffee Machine by Magimix has one-button auto-operation. You can choose from an espresso, lungo, cappuccino or latte – all created from easy-to-use capsules, which are all recyclable
De’Longhi's ESAM650.75 PrimaDonna Elite Bean-to-Cup coffee machine will personalise all types of coffee to your taste straight from your phone with the app. You can use the 4.3” colour touch display to adjust and save recipes
The Sage by Heston Blumenthal Barista Express Bean-to-Cup coffee machine will prevent the degradation of the quality of your beans and extract their full flavour by grinding them directly into the filter. The whole process takes less than a minute
In a compact design, the KRUPS EA801040 Espresseria Bean-to-Cup coffee machine still manages to hold a 1.8 litre water tank. A heating element offers an active cup warming function to keep your cups at the optimum temperature for when your coffee is ready
*Based on a survey of 2,000 UK adults between 24 October 2016 and 4 November 2016