Espresso beans 500g £9.95    Dark roasted arabica

The name Caffe Nuovo has become synonymous with great tasting, thanks to our freshly prepared coffee of the highest quality.We use premium quality beans which are grinded on site, then made into your choice of tasty beverage by our trained Baristas. Only the finest arabica and robusta beans, blended then dark roasted produces a fine and exotic cup of coffee.

Coffee History – Span of a Thousand Years

A thousand years ago coffee made its way from Ethiopia to Arabia where it was brewed and enjoyed in the tents of everyone from merchants to sultans.

Coffee was such a part of the daily life of men and women in that part of the world that it was legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he didn’t properly provide for her needs, her coffee needs, that is.
After another century, coffee spread to Venice where the first Italian coffeehouse opened. Cafe Floriano, in the shadow of San Marco Cattedrale, still serves coffee to the throngs of tourists who sit at tiny tables, dodging millions of pigeons, as they drink from little white cups and listen to the orchestra that plays day and night.

Over in England in the 1600′s at Lloyd’s coffeehouse, shipping merchants and insurance agents gathered to shoot the breeze and probably discuss shipwrecks. The camaraderie and networking that went on at that coffeehouse was legendary. Eventually the coffeehouse became the world famous insurance underwriters Lloyd’s of London.

The engaging beverage and its venue of coffeehouses spread from France to Austria to Holland to Germany in swashbuckling exploits that involved smuggled coffee plants, spoils of war, thefts of plants, and love affairs. Coffee was more than a mere drink. It was a conqueror that triumphed country after country.

People really took their coffee drinking seriously. Some men thought it should be reserved only for men so they banned women from coffeehouses. This outraged women and other men. Even composer Johann Sebastian Bach got into the protest on behalf of women by composing the Kaffee-Kantate. Naturally, that ban just didn’t work.

In country after country, attempts to legislate the use of coffee failed. People just wouldn’t abide by bans or restrictions on it. They wanted their coffee, and they wanted it every day.

The espresso bar is a type of coffeehouse that specializes in coffee  beverages made from espresso. Originating in Italy, the espresso bar has spread throughout the world in various forms. The espresso bar is typically centered around a long counter with a high-yield espresso machine (usually bean to cup machine, automatic or semiautomatic pump-type machine, although occasionally a manually operated lever-and-piston system) and a display case containing pastries and occasionally savory items such as sandwiches. In the traditional Italian bar, customers either order at the bar and consume their beverages standing or, if they wish to sit down and be served, are usually charged a higher price. In some bars there is an additional charge for drinks served at an outside table. In other countries, especially the United States, seating areas for customers to relax and work are provided free of charge. Some espresso bars in UK also sell coffee beans, sandwiches, and even music.

The offerings at the typical espresso bar are generally quite Italianate in inspiration; biscotti, and cannoli are a common traditional accompaniment to a latte or cappuccino. Some upscale espresso bars even offer alcoholic beverages such as grappa and sambuca. Nevertheless, typical pastries are not always strictly Italianate and common additions include muffins, croissants, and even doughnuts. There is usually a large selection of teas as well, and the North American espresso bar culture is responsible for the popularization of the Indian spiced tea drink masala chai. Iced drinks are also popular in some countries, including both iced tea and iced coffee as well as blended drinks.

A worker in an espresso bar is referred to as a barista. The barista is a skilled position that requires familiarity with the drinks being made, a reasonable facility with some rather esoteric equipment as well as the usual customer service skills.

The modern espresso machine was born in Milan in 1945 by Achille Gaggia and from there spread across coffee houses and restaurants across Italy and the rest of Europe and North America in the early 1950s. An Italian named Pino Riservato opened the first espresso bar, the Moka Bar, in Soho in 1952, and there were 400 such bars in London alone by 1956. Cappuccino was particularly popular among English drinkers.Similarly in the United States, the espresso craze spread.