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Coffee grows on trees.  When it is ripe and ready for picking, they look like cherries. When green they are unripe, when red they are ripe.

To get to the coffee beans we need to remove the outer layer of fruit from the cherry.

This fruit is also know as the pulp or cascara.

Previously thrown away or used as compost,¬†cascara is beginning to appear in speciality coffee shop as a dried fruit to be used as a herbal tea.¬† We can refer to it as ‘coffee tea’.

It tastes nothing like coffee, but it does contain caffeine.  The dried fruit typically smells of raisins.

As a hot brew, we steep the cascara in hot water, this softens the fruit and it will swell and soak up a high volume of water often doubling in size.

A typical cascara may be lightly acidic with lots of body leading to a very pleasing, refreshing,¬†winter warming drink that is quite unusual and favoured by many over many ‘traditional’ herbal teas.

The term “Speciality Coffee” or “Specialty Coffee” is becoming a more frequently used term, but what exactly is speciality coffee?

When I ask people how they could define speciality coffee or a speciality coffee shop, the usual responses are often;

  1. A nice milky coffee with lots of whipped cream and caramel sauce (or similar)
  2. A shop that uses a variety of beans / has a variety of bean on offer

Response 1 is most definitely wrong, whilst 2 if often a valid point, this isn’t speciality coffee.

‘Speciality coffee’ is an all encompassing term that covers many aspects.

First and foremost, of course the beans themselves are extremely important and ultimately will determine whether the coffee is nice or not.

Speciality coffee is everything from how and where those beans are grown, how they are nurtured and how they are harvested and processed.  Once the farmer has done their job, those beans are then the responsibility of the Speciality coffee roaster. Here there must be as much attention to detail as with the farmer to ensure a consistent and accurate roast.

The speciality coffee shop will source their speciality coffee bean from a speciality coffee roaster as they can be assured that they are purchasing premium grade speciality coffee beans.  The timely roasting and distribution of these beans is paramount to ensure freshness.

So subsequently it is the turn of the barista to ensure that all this attention to detail is not wasted.  The barista must ensure that the espresso is extracted accurately, the milk is textured appropriately and each respective drink created to the correct volume / ratio, poured and presented with care and love!

The speciality coffee barista will continually strive for perfection and ways to improve everything they do.

Whilst there are many more micro components that contribute to Speciality coffee, this is it in a nutshell.

The large High St coffee chains are not speciality coffee shops: where commercial / commodity grade coffee beans are used and general attention to detail is often non existent at the expense of speed, profits and targets.

Find out more about Speciality coffee and train to become a barista at Caffe & Co.

Caffe & Co. is a speciality coffee shop on the outskirts of Liverpool.  Established in 2011, Caffe & Co. was one of the first to establish itself as speciality coffee shop in the North West.  Since then, 5 yrs on, this is a rapidly growing sector that is beginning to threaten the inferior multiples.

Speciality coffee isn’t a latter with caramel and whipped cream, rather it is a term which encompasses attention to detail in every aspect of coffee, from growing, harvesting, processing, roasting and how it is subsequently extracted, served and presented to the customer.¬† This attention to detail covers many many aspects hence making the whole process so much more expensive and time consuming.¬† Good coffee takes knowledge, time and investment whilst poor coffee is simple and cheap to produce and replicate.

We have free wi-fi at Caffe & Co., enabling you to play Pokémon GO at leisure! The Blue Mango just opposite is a Pokémon GO stop and Rainhill Railway station is a Pokémon gym.

A wide range of takeaway sandwiches, takeaway breakfasts, takeaway coffee, takeaway lunches are available at Caffe & Co. in Rainhill, Prescot nr St Helens.

Located on Warrington Road in the centre of Rainhill Village, all our food is cooked fresh to order using only the best quality ingredients.

Choose from a range of English and Irish breakfasts or simple but filling bacon butties, sausage butties and much more.  For lunch select from a comprehensive menu that includes sandwiches, baguettes, Panini, wraps, jackets, omelettes, home cooked chips, and traditional French crepes.

Everything we do is available to takeaway and that includes our artisan coffee, frankly, we serve quite possibly some of the best coffee in the North West.

 

We are delighted to announce that throughout December we will be open until 7pm on Thursdays and Fridays!

Our all day snacks menu will be available until 15 minutes prior to closing.

Please also note our Christmas opening hours.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, the quality of our beans, our outstanding equipment, our choice of crockery and the baristas who serve you.

Take the time to visit Caffe & Co. and see for yourself just how good coffee could taste, it is quite simply perhaps the Best Coffee in the North West, if not certainly a contender as one of the best coffee shops in the North West and Liverpool.

A barista training school will open soon at Caffe & Co. in Rainhill, close to St Helens, Prescot, Liverpool, Warrington and Widnes with quick direct access just 2 minutes from J7  of the M62.

Caffe & Co. is an artisan coffee shop, tea rooms and ice cream bar in Rainhill, on the edge of St Helens.  Unlike many coffee shops, we boast a full kitchen with qualified chef allowing us to serve full english breakfasts and a large lunch menu.  Recently awarded the 5 Star food hygiene certificate from St Helens Council you can rest assured that we do everything well.

Caffe & Co. is open 8.30-17:00 Monday – Saturday and will shortly open Sundays.

Pop in to experience coffee as it should be served. Caffe & Co is an exclusive cafe in St Helens.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious 5 Star Rating from St Helens Council Environmental Health department.¬†The 5 Star rating¬†¬†represents “very high standards of food safety management. Fully compliant with food safety legislation”.¬†This¬†rating will be displayed on www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk in due course.

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