Coffee, Art, Community

  • Posted by ruben
  • 27 September 2010

After last week's launch of the new Coffee Peaks T-Shirt of the Month, the lovely people at Mozzo Coffee very kindly decided to send us some free samples of their 100% Fairtrade & Organic Arabica coffee. And a mug! Thank you, guys.

For those of you who don't know Mozzo, their history is pretty cool - check it out here.

And if you're a coffee fan, don't miss our latest T-Shirt of the Month - More on there here.

Top Coffee Drinkers

  • Posted by ruben
  • 24 September 2010

With our latest T-Shirt of the Month featuring a caffeine based design, I've been thinking about coffee a lot today.

Earlier I asked our twitter friends what their favourite coffee was and I've had a ton of replies and found some cool new coffee brands like Has Bean, a coffee roaster based in  Stafford. Add your voice by messaging us on twitter over here @howiescardigan

It's got me thinking, though, who drinks the most coffee in the world?

So I did a bit of research and found this - the top ten coffee drinking countries ranked by average annual coffee drunk per person.

Rank Country Coffee Consumption
1 Finland 12.0 kg
2 Norway 9.9 kg
3 Iceland 9.0 kg (2006 data)
4 Denmark 8.7 kg
5 Netherlands 8.4 kg
6 Sweden 8.2 kg
7 Switzerland 7.9 kg
8 Belgium 6.8 kg
9 Luxembourg 6.8 kg
10 Aruba 6.8 kg (2006 data)

Finns sure love their coffee.

The UK clocks in at #47, drinking an average of 2.8kg per person per year.

Here's the T-Shirt of the Month, by the way: Men's or Women's

Coffee Peaks – T-Shirt of the Month

  • Posted by ruben
  • 23 September 2010

This Months T-Shirt of the Month is 'Coffee Peaks'

Latte - Ziiinnngg!
Mocha - Whoooosh!
Espresso - Fffssshhhh!
Double espresso - Brrwwp brrwwp!
And we won't mention a Red Eye (they are just lethal).

Coffee is boing boing.

Click Here for the Men's
Click Here for the Women's

Bristol Tea Party Sale

  • Posted by ruben
  • 22 September 2010

Calling All Bristolians

Our Bristol Shop will be holding a special one day
Tea Party Sale on the 23rd September (That's tomorrow, by the way).

The kettle will be on, the free cakes & biscuits will be waiting
and you'll be able to get 20% off everything in store.

The shop will be open from 9:30am to 6pm but we think the
cakes will probably all be gone by about 9:35am, so get there early.

See you then.

Click here for a map

Contact the shop directly: 0117 929 8928 or bristolshop@howies.co.uk

Blog Worthy Bakery

  • Posted by howies
  • 8 September 2010

Let me set the scene.

I was sitting at my desk getting on with my work and Hollie walks by from the kitchen with a cup of tea for me.  Lovely!

Next thing I know Robin puts a big box down on my desk saying F.A.O Lydia.

I have a look inside and I find these four perfectly crafted cup cakes all the way from the London Humming Bird Bakery.

Thank you guys at the Carnaby store! A perfect accompaniment  to my brew.

I'm logging my phone off for 5 minutes while I stuff my face. Do not disturb. Thanks!

September

  • Posted by howies
  • 2 September 2010

September has only just began and...

the car parks are empty

the beaches are quiet

there are no queues in the supermarket or coffee shop

the mornings are clear & crisp

the berries are bursting out of the hedgerows

the evenings are drawing in

there's a nip in the air before the sun goes down

jumpers are coming out of storage for snuggling into

there's some surf on its way

hurray hurray hurray I love september

here's another one

  • Posted by howies
  • 20 August 2010

Here' s Neil Stuke, from Celebrity Masterchef sporting our Fredrik shirt from last winter and our classic howies t-shirt.

Watch it again here on iplayer http://bbc.co.uk/i/tfcz2/

DOugh Boy

  • Posted by howies
  • 13 August 2010

REAL BREAD

1.Local, stoneground flour

2.Water (more if its wholemeal flour - wholemeal keeps absorbing water after its made into dough)

3.Seasalt (has the potassium, magnesium and other trace minerals lacking in table salt)

4.Yeast (fresh or a sourdough starter)

5.Time & patience (rise once in warm area, re-shape, then leave to rise overnight - slowly risen bread is reportedly more easily digested)

6.Bake in a very hot oven and moisten with a spray of water.

That's it - Tom enjoys keeping things simple.

Thank you to everyone who turned up to Tom Herbert's Wee Do last night at the Bristol shop, and to Bristol Beer Factory for providing the beer that helped all the bread go down so well.

Tom gave away lots of bread baking tips and tales and I'm going to try and share the highlights with you now.

If anyone is reading this who attended the talk and feels I have neglected to mention a useful titbit of information, please feel free to comment.

We discovered that the history of civilisation is all about growing the grains that make the bread - flat bread to start with , then the canny Egytians sealed grains away for storage and accidentally invented sour dough.

Wealthy people always had white bread because it was harder to produce white flour.

'The upper crust' was eaten by the wealthier 'upper classes' because the bottom of the bread always got burnt.

My favourite tale from Tom's family baking heritage is that his grandad used to sleep on top of a huge container of raising dough, and would get woken as it tipped him of in the morning, all risen and ready to be baked!

Tom is involved with the Real Bread Campaign who have home baking advice and tips on how to source 'real bread' from local bakers.

If you check out the Bristol Local Food Directory you can find where to source fresh yeast and local flours.

After many bread baking dilemma questions were answered we got down to the business of sharing the bread. It was a fun evening so thanks to everyone who made it.  We'd love to hear how people have got on with their new bread baking knowledge so do let us know.  If you haven't given it a go yet here is the recipe Tom was using to make the dough last night.

Cardigan River & Food Festival

  • Posted by ruben
  • 13 August 2010

The Cardigan River and Food festival is tomorrow.

It's always a great event, with stalls of tasty local food and loads of fun stuff going on down by the river.

Scott will be running a howies stall down on the riverfront by Fforest from 12pm.

We'll be selling some great sample sale stuff with everything going for a tenner on the howies stall!

And Fforest have a lot going on with canoe taster sessions on the Teifi and bushcraft lessons on the quayside as well as barbecuing some yummy food on the quayside by the fforest / howies shops – veggies and pescatarians catered for. They will also be serving up delicious hand-made pizzas from the pizza oven on the quay all washed down with lovely local Penlon beers. Fforest cafe will be serving coffee and homemade cakes and the giant hat tipi will be up with live entertainment happening throughout the afternoon.

The quayside is also the perfect vantage point to watch what’s going on on the Teifi.

For more details of what's going on, click here.

It'll be a great day, if you're around don't miss it.

But it might rain, so bring a brolly or a jacket.

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