The Big Feastival review

The Big Feastival review


Over the weekend of the 29th to 31st of August, 2014 The Big Feastival descended onto Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds (you know… Alex James from the band Blur?! Swoon!). This was THE place to be for great food, terrific music, and an amazing family atmosphere.


Couva Coffee Couture had the pleasure of having a space in the “Small Producers” area, an edited collection of some of the finest products and produce that the UK has to offer.





We were surrounded by so many wonderful people and products, it was hard not to spend the whole weekend shopping!

 We had the pleasure of having some lovely neighbours for the weekend… East Court Manor are specialty sour dough bread producers. They offer bread making courses at their Manor, as well as offering bread making kits from their website. Over the weekend, there was lots of interest in their tried-and-true Sourdough Starter, as well as their bread making kits. It probably helped that they had 2 little cuties helping with their sales!

Although they weren’t selling bread this weekend, a little birdie told me that they can be found at Farmer’s Markets around Kent selling their gorgeous breads and famous cheese toasties! Lots of wonderful info available on their website, including some really yummy recipes – I’m personally going to give the bagels a try!

 Eat Toast Dunk Me were a firm feastival favourite… I mean, who wouldn’t love a delectable hot toasted gourmet marshmallow?! With her grill at the ready, Hazel spent the weekend toasting up the most gorgeous, handmade marshmallows you’ve ever tasted. And did I mention the flavours?

Gooseberry fool with Elderflower, Rosewater & Cardamom, Toffee apple, Rhubard & Custard, and Chocolate (a Couva favourite!).
Seriously, when the Chocolate marshmallows were toasted, they were just to die for… Crispy, slightly charred edges, a burst of bitter cocoa on the outside, and soft, warm and gooey chocolate heaven on the inside!
And they make the perfect addition to a big mug of amazing hot chocolate.
Watch this space – recipe coming soon!

They can be found at Selfridges or on their webshop. Check them out – you won’t be disappointed!


We also had the pleasure of meeting the folks at Bird & Wild coffee. This delectable brew is naturally grown under the rainforest canopy, which offers a natural haven for birds and other wildlife.

But what is so special about growing coffee under the shade of the canopy of the rainforest you ask? The key is that the coffee farms maintain a dense variety of trees which offer shelter and food for the surrounding wildlife.In terms of flavour development and the growth of the beans, the shade of the trees allow the coffee cherries to grow and ripen more slowly so that the coffee develops a more complex and distinctive flavour.  In addition, it contributes to a more sustainable ecosystem by supporting healthy soil, pollination, pest control, and water conservation.
All of their coffees are 100% organic, and are roasted in small batches to ensure that the best of the flavours really come through. And did I mention that they have received a coveted Taste Gold award?! You can buy them online here

We also really loved meeting the lively bunch at Propercorn, producers of some of the yummiest hand popped flavoured popcorn we’ve ever tasted. It comes in some really scrummy flavours: Lightly Sea Salted, Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato, Sour Cream & Chive, Sweet & Salty (my fave!!), and Sweet Coconut & Vanilla . I honestly think that my son ate his bodyweight in the samples of Sour Cream & Chive! (sorry about that guys!). 
Not only was their product super delicious, but you couldn’t have met a more enthusiastic, lively, fun bunch of people – I think their popcorn shirts helped a little! You can find their lovely products all over the place, and check them out online.
We also were really happy to get to know Helen who was representing Fussells Fine Foods. They offer a range of delicious products based on their award-winning rapeseed oil. Salad dressings, mayonnaises, oil blends… all were so yummy!

And the lovely Hellen has a great food blog showcasing the best of the West Country: hellsbellesbites.com. Check it out – you won’t be sorry! 

Aside from all of the lovely people we met and products we sampled, the Feastival was a great experience. As a complete music festival newbie, this was a complete eye opener for me. The atmosphere was really relaxed, the people were so friendly, and there was so much to see and do for people of all ages. 
There were loads of things to do to keep Feastival-goers of all ages entertained. The Little Dude’s Den was great fun – lots of activities for the little ones, terrific samples of yummy new products, and a massive Lego tent. For those who were there for the food, the offerings didn’t disappoint. Everywhere you looked there were amazing delicacies on offer: handmade pastas, gorgeous drinks, gourmet hotdogs, offerings from the family of Jamie Oliver restaurants… you name it, it was there! 
Although we didn’t have the honour of  meeting Mr. Oliver or Mr. James in person, we did get to spot them from afar. Maybe next time they could do a walkabout to visit the “little people”?!

 The Big Feastival will definitely be on our list of things to do for next year! 

Now we need to focus on our next show – Taste of London Winter. It takes place at Tobacco Dock in London from November 20th to 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Who is Couva Coffee Couture?!

Who is Couva Coffee Couture?!

It’s been a really busy summer and start to the autumn… Between school holidays for the little one, some much-needed time away, and sharing Couva products with some new friends at venues like The Big Feastival, there has been a lot going on.

Because we’ve made so many new friends over the last couple of months, I thought it would be a good idea just to do a recap about Couva and what we do!
So, what is Couva Coffee Couture?
Couva is a range of functional and fashionable accessories for the discerning coffee connoisseur. The range includes cafetiere covers in a number of different sizes and covers for cups that fit takeaway cups and mugs.


The range of products have slowly grown and evolved from an idea I had for a birthday present for my dad a number of years ago. After many years of wrapping our cafetiere with a tea towel and an elastic band, I thought ‘surely I can come up with something better!’ And I think I have!


I know there are other cafetiere covers on the market, but our covers are really SO much better! And here is why: 

First of all, they look good! Have you seen our new Moustache range?! Just gorgeous!


None of that horrible rubbery neoprene wet-suit material that you normally see, and certainly no silly naff designs! We go to a lot of effort to make sure the fabrics in the range are beautiful, eye-catching, and will work well in your kitchen or dining room. We think about the current trends in home fashions and on the high street, and we try to translate that to our products.

Second, there is a special heat-reflective inner liner that keeps coffee up to 60% warmer*. This means that you can take time to enjoy your brew because you can be assured that your coffee will stay warmer for longer. You can linger over your cup, enjoying more time with loved ones without worrying about cold coffee – because nobody likes that!

Third, they are machine washable. This is kind of important because Couvas also catches the dribbles from the spout so they don’t get onto your counter or tablecloth. When Couva gets a bit grubby, just throw it in the washing machine and air dry! Simple!

Fourth, we like to think outside of the box. We use elastic closures because we want to make sure that our covers fit most sizes of cafetieres and cups. On our cafetiere Couvas, we’ve started using magnet closures because they are really easy to use (which is important for those who may have some trouble with their hands, like your Granny!) and they hold the Couva securely to keep all of the warmth in. 

For our Cup Couvas, we use a button closure so that you can use it on a mug AND on your take-away cup. For a little added extra, we’ve added a little pocket that is perfect for your loyalty card or your coffee money! Genius!



Couva comes in 2 different styles and 4 different sizes:
Couva Cup fits a range of take-away cups and  mugs thanks to the elasticated button closure)
Couva Cafetiere comes in small (3 cup), medium (8 cup) and large (12 cup) sizes. Thanks to the elasticated magnetic closure, the range fits most brands of cafetieres that are available including Bodum and La Cafetiere.
Finally, they are made in the UK and the quality is second to none. It’s really important that our products are made in an ethical way, that supports the talent that we have here in the UK. We’ve worked hard with a wonderful family-owned manufacturer in the heart of England to make sure that our products meet our standards and yours. 



We love our Couvas, and we know you will to!  Come and visit us at www.couva.co.uk

PS – I hate to say it, but Christmas is coming – and Couvas make great gifts for the coffee connoisseur on your list!! Check out our website for ordering info!




Couva Coffee Couture… Keeps coffee hotter for longer! 

 (*than not using a cover and about 30% warmer than other covers available on the market)

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!


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Happy Canada Day to everyone!! 

Although we’ve been in the UK for the last 9 years, hubby and I still consider ourselves very much of the Canadian persuasion. For the last 8 years, Canada day for us has meant, Tim Hortons coffee and street hockey in the middle of Trafalgar Square in London. But, alas, the festivities were cancelled this year. 

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To mark the BIG day, we’re going to indulge in all the delights that we can think of to make us feel a bit more “at home”. 

If you feel like bringing a bit of the “Great White North” to your day, check out these delicious recipes to get you in the Canadian mood! 


 Iced Maple Frappe
(makes 2)
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Make 180ml of strong black coffee. While it is still hot, stir in about 25g caster sugar until it dissolves, and then stir in 2 tbsp maple syrup and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Leave to cool, and then chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve it. Meanwhile, whip about 200 ml of whipping or double cream until it makes soft peaks. If you’re feeling really decadent, you could add in about 1 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract to the cream before whipping. 


When you’re ready to serve, put the coffee & maple mixture in a blender with about 12-15 ice cubes and blitz until pale and frothy. 

Pour into two tall glasses. Spoon on some of the cream, and drizzle each one with a teaspoon of maple syrup. 


The perfect drink for a hot sunny July 1st! 


Maple Cream Coffee
(makes 2)
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In a small pan, combine 3/4 cup of whipping or double cream and 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Warm over medium heat until it is heated through, but don’t boil it. 
Pour into 2 large coffee cups or mugs, and top up with your favourite brewed coffee. Top with a few dollops of freshly whipped cream. Delicious!
Design industry buzz about Couva!

Design industry buzz about Couva!

I’ve always felt so fortunate to be able to work with Alex and Derek at Family (and friends) creative agency. They’ve always “gotten” the vision of Couva. From the logo, to the packaging, to the website, they’ve always delivered a really strong brand message that we love and think portrays us perfectly. 

And we’re not the only ones who seem to love the work that they are doing! 

Check us out in this month’s round-up of great design on wtpack.ru/moodboards/april/!


Thanks Alex & Derek! 

Couva Coffee Couture – Keeping coffee hotter for longer! 
www.couva.co.uk

All about Couva Coffee Couture

All about Couva Coffee Couture



I’ve been posting for the last number of months all about coffee – coffee facts & figures, funny sayings, coffee in the news, and even information about where Couva has been out and about in the community. But one thing I’ve not done much of is actually talk about Couva! I thought I’d spend a little bit of time telling you all about why Couva Coffee Couture is so super (because Couva is super!)!

So, what is Couva Coffee Couture?
Couva is a range of functional and fashionable accessories for the discerning coffee connoisseur. The range includes cafetiere covers in a number of different sizes and covers for cups that fit takeaway cups and mugs.

The range of products have slowly grown and evolved from an idea I had for a birthday present for my dad a number of years ago. After many years of wrapping our cafetiere with a tea towel and an elastic band, I thought ‘surely I can come up with something better!’ And I think I have!

I know there are other cafetiere covers on the market, but our covers are really SO much better! And here is why: 

First of all, they look good! Have you seen our new Moustache range?! Just gorgeous!


None of that horrible rubbery neoprene wet-suit material that you normally see, and certainly no silly naff designs! We go to a lot of effort to make sure the fabrics in the range are beautiful, eye-catching, and will work well in your kitchen or dining room. We think about the current trends in home fashions and on the high street, and we try to translate that to our products.

Second, there is a special heat-reflective inner liner that keeps coffee up to 60% warmer*. This means that you can take time to enjoy your brew because you can be assured that your coffee will stay warmer for longer. You can linger over your cup, enjoying more time with loved ones without worrying about cold coffee – because nobody likes that!
Third, they are machine washable. This is kind of important because Couvas also catches the dribbles from the spout so they don’t get onto your counter or tablecloth. When Couva gets a bit grubby, just throw it in the washing machine and air dry! Simple!

Fourth, we like to think outside of the box. We use elastic closures because we want to make sure that our covers fit most sizes of cafetieres and cups. On our cafetiere Couvas, we’ve started using magnet closures because they are really easy to use (which is important for those who may have some trouble with their hands, like your Granny!) and they hold the Couva securely to keep all of the warmth in. For our Cup Couvas, we use a button closure so that you can use it on a mug AND on your take-away cup. For a little added extra, we’ve added a little pocket that is perfect for your loyalty card or your coffee money! Genius!



Finally, they are made in the UK and the quality is second to none. It’s really important that our products are made in an ethical way, that supports the talent that we have here in the UK. We’ve worked hard with a wonderful family-owned manufacturer in the heart of England to make sure that our products meet our standards and yours. 



We love our Couvas, and we know you will to!  Come and visit us at www.couva.co.uk


Couva Coffee Couture… Keeps coffee hotter for longer! 

 (*than not using a cover and about 30% warmer than other covers available on the market)
Review of London Coffee Fest 2014

Review of London Coffee Fest 2014



One word to describe London Coffee Fest 2014 – AMAZING!


Now, I’ve never been to the London Coffee Festival before, so I didn’t really know what to expect or have anything to compare it to. But I’ve been to a number of trade shows and consumer fairs in my time, so I had a pretty good idea of what it was going to be like… Boy was I wrong! 
Unlike many of the other shows I’ve been to, this event had a really great feel to it. The event was held at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane in London, and thanks to the numerous different rooms at the venue, the overall feel was warm and intimate. Each space seemed to have a different theme and atmosphere. You had the tea, hot chocolate and chocolate in a light and airy main area that also housed the chill-out area and music stage. 

You then had the pop-up Street Food Market, with some wonderful culinary delights. Among my favourites were the dumplings from Dorshi and the veggie burgers from The Breakfast Club, while my son favoured Herman ze German bratwurst sausages with the great slogan “Our wurst is the best”!! 
Other areas included the Make Decent Coffee Lounge, the Kalhua Coffee Lounge (can you say ‘espresso martinis’!!), and a wonderful array of artesenal coffee roasters showcasing the wonderful array of blends that they offer. One area that was particular popular throughout the weekend was the Competition Stage where the UK Barista Competition took place… spectacular! At one point, there were even belly dancers entertaining the crowds! 


The first 2 days of the even were strictly for trade, with the Saturday and Sunday open to the public. Over 20,000 people came through the doors over the 4 days, and the energy was just incredible (maybe it was the caffeine!!). This video will give you a bit of a flavour of what it was like to be at the festival – the buzz, the energy, the heat! (20,000++ people makes it a bit toasty inside a building!!)



Over the course of the festival, Couva Coffee Couture had the pleasure of meeting some terrific people (Hello to Progressive Supplies, Brew Tea Co, and many other friends that we met), we made some wonderful contacts, and put some smiles on people’s faces (particularly when they saw our new Moustache range)! 


But you don’t have to take my word for it… Check out some of the other reviews of the weekend at Brian’s Coffee Spot, Freshly Brewed Cup, and a review of the wonderful event in pictures at Cups of London Coffee .

What did you think of the event? What were your favourites? We’d love to hear what you thought of the event! 


We can’t wait for next year! 


Couva Coffee Couture… Keeping your Coffee Hotter for Longer! 
www.couva.co.uk

**HUGE thanks to Tassie and my family for coming and helping out over the 4 days – couldn’t have done it without you!
It’s nearly time for the London Coffee Festival! We’ll be at stand SR42

It’s nearly time for the London Coffee Festival! We’ll be at stand SR42

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It’s nearly time for the London Coffee Festival! Just a few more days to go, and we’re getting the last few things ready here at Couva HQ!

We can’t wait to meet you, so please stop by STAND SR42 to have a chat and view our lovely products. We’re going to be unveiling a new fabric pattern at the show, and we can’t wait to see what you think of it. 

If you are still looking for tickets, book them HERE


Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
April 3-6, 2014

Opening: 
Thursday April 3rd: 10am to 5pm (trade only)
Friday April 4th: 10am to 5pm (trade only)
                                5pm to 8pm (general entry)
Saturday April 5th: 10 am to 7pm (general entry)
Sunday  April 6th: 10 am to 7pm (general entry)

Coffee on the Underground

Coffee on the Underground

While travelling around London this week for some meetings, I spotted something really exciting… 

Photo: Couva Coffee Couture

As a new business, there is something really thrilling to see loads of posters advertising an event you’re taking part in. (I think other Tube passengers on the escalators thought I was crazy for taking pictures of posters!) 

It’s going to be a great event – come by and see us at stall SR40… We’ll be the ones with the gorgeous cafétière and cup warmers that you just can’t be without! 

Couva Coffee Couture… stylish wear for your cafétière!
www.couva.co.uk
Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

I cannot tell how incredibly excited, elated, overjoyed that today is the first day of Spring. We made it through Winter everyone! Well done! 

While there is something special about each of the seasons, I really do love spring – the hint of warmth in the air, the longer days, a little bit more sunshine, the promise that Summer is around the corner, and all of the gorgeous Spring flowers sprouting up out of the ground. 

There has literally been an explosion of colour around Oxford that just lifts your spirits – daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, blue bells, and all the gorgeous blossoms on the trees. 

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Here at Couva HQ, we’re celebrating Spring with our beautiful Rose Couva… How are YOU going to celebrate the first day of Spring? 

If you like what you see, you can get your very own Couva at: www.couva.co.uk/shop.html

Couva… Stylish wear for your cafétière!