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What is Coffee Culture?

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All around the world, coffee is working its java magic – revitalising, maintaining and indulging caffeinatics every day, everywhere. Sure, at the heart of it, coffee is a beverage and therefore ultimately a thirst-quencher. But beyond that, this liquid energy is a legitimate business tool and even a culture of its own. But what exactly is coffee culture, and why do we care?

Coffee shops

When organising a social gathering, it’s sometimes difficult to find a place everyone is comfortable with. Whether the diets of the group restrict your choice of venue or it’s just too early for the pub to be a socially acceptable option, the bottom line is that you can’t go wrong with a coffee house. Even if coffee isn’t your thing, there is enough variety to find something for everyone. Coffee shops have spent almost as much time and effort on shop ambience as they have on the product, allowing satisfied consumers to enjoy both great coffee and great conversation. With some cafés looking more like large living rooms with a selection of comfortable chairs and small coffee tables, it’s the ideal setting for informal meetings, post-work chill outs or socialising for socialising’s sake.

Internet cafés

Internet cafés offer the same informal setting as your standard coffee shop, but with added work benefits – and they absolutely have productivity on their side. Perhaps you need to Skype a colleague while on an out-of-office meeting? Your nearest internet café has you covered – here you’ll find not only computer accessibility, allowing you to stay productive while indulging in your barista’s light roasted delights. Even if all you need is somewhere to work alone and undistracted but still contactable and work-orientated, these 21st century cafés are a simple and elegant solution.

Office coffee breaks

urgent coffee requiredStill in its infancy, the coffee break was only introduced to working culture in the last century. As a welcome supplement to the office water cooler, the coffee pot has been proven not only to increase social interaction between workers, but to optimise productivity as a direct result. Coffee breaks allow co-workers to talk on a professional and personal basis, helping to increase office morale through workforce synergy and improve overall performance, compared with employees who don’t drink coffee.

Studies show that these short but frequent interactions create happier and more positive employees generally, which is subsequently reflected in their work. If you’re working late – as so many of us do – a simple cup of coffee can reduce the stress associated with sleep deprivation. No matter the cause, a simple cup of coffee can obliterate stress and stimulate the brain to optimise your work rate. As an added bonus, caffeine is credited with increasing metabolic activity – meaning that, while you’re partaking in a private caffeine-filled moment at your desk, your body is actually burning fat at a higher rate. Science!

Coffee poses numerous direct and indirect benefits, but most significant of all is its ability to unite people in the work place. Conduct your next meeting with a good supply of coffee and observe your employees’ alertness and productivity increase, putting them in the optimal mind set for the working day.

Improved productivity due to coffee is based on short and frequent coffee breaks. This regular social interaction offers a brief and welcome distraction from the daily agenda without employee output suffering – and with so many lovely blends on the market today, investing in an office coffee machine could be the key to true efficiency the tasty way.

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Charity water donations: The Three Belles ‘Ration Book Challenge’

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Eden Springs donate water to a range of charity fundraisers, and we’ve decided to find out a bit more about some of them. First up are the Three Belles, a 40s-style vocal group who are raising money for The British Legion by adopting the Ministry of Food 1944 ration book diet!

The Three Belles

Tell us a bit about yourselves? 

We are a professional vocal trio who have been performing as a company for 3 years. We sing in the 1940s style of The Andrews Sisters in three part harmony, and we tour far and wide, performing at all kinds of events. We also produce our own 1940s theatre shows and experience nights.

How has Eden Spring’s donation of water helped you with your fundraising?

Well us Belles go through a lot of water when singing, so whilst we are eating only rations this week, it is nice to have some good bottled water to see us through the gigs!

Why did you decide to do your Ration Book Challenge? 

We adopted The Royal British Legion Surrey as our charity this year and we aim to do as much as we can for them to help raise awareness and money. The Ration Book Challenge seemed like a fun thing to do, in keeping with our 1940s theme, and hopefully will raise some cash for this amazing charity. We have learnt a lot about rationing over the years and have always imagined what it would be like, but now we can live it and see how hard it really was for civilians in WW2.

 Why did you choose to raise money for The British Legion? 

three belles picThe RBL “Helps serving members of the Armed Forces, ex-Service men and women and their families, now and for the rest of their lives”. This touched us as we meet a lot of war veterans at the 1940s events, military events and care homes that we sing at. They always have such incredible stories to tell us and often they are in need of a great deal of care. They have made a great sacrifice to serve for our country and so it is our duty to help care for them afterwards, and us girls want to do whatever we can to help these brave people.

Is this the first time you’ve raised money for charity? If not, how else have you raised money and who for? 

We have performed at many charity events before for Macmillan, Help For Heroes, and some smaller local and private charities. We have held auctions and raffles to raise money for charities and often donate our CDs and merchandise for raffles and auctions when requested.

Why do you think raising money for charity is important?

There are charities for a reason. People clearly need help outside of state funding and that is why a charity such as The Royal British Legion needs so many volunteers and fundraisers- because there are so many people in need. When you see how expensive a wheelchair or hospital equipment is, you can see how important it is that they raise the funds quickly. From our point of view, it is important for us to raise awareness also for the charity. We are in our early 20s and charities such as the RBL need young people to start getting involved.

What would be your advise for others trying to raise money for charity? 

Aim for a target slightly higher than you think is possible; that way it really pushes you to get the sponsors or donations that you need. Be creative and make a sacrifice – friends and family love to see you suffer!

 

Find out more about their challenge

You can find out more about the wonderful Three Belles and their challenge at thethreebelles.com/rationbookchallenge.

 

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If you’re inspired to raise money for charity and would like a free donation of bottled water to help you along, APPLY FOR FREE WATER HERE >>>

 

 

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How drinking water can reduce your carbon footprint

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The term “carbon footprint” has been a buzzword for quite a few years now. It is significant enough of a topic to merit thousands of yearly conferences all around the world; where scientists, activists and concerned parties come together to discuss the impact of our carbon footprint on the world and practical ways we as communities and individuals can aim to reduce it.

It is vital that drinks and water companies like Eden Springs understand their carbon outputs, seek to reduce its impact, and look to affect a wider change in the businesses and people serviced.

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Understanding greenhouse emissions

Over the last decade companies have been particularly concerned with organisational and product carbon footprints and every year hundreds of thousands of companies carry out carbon footprint assessments to determine their total greenhouse gas emissions.

Eden Springs, as the leading workplace beverage supplier in the UK, have been actively assessing organisational and product carbon footprint since 2007 in order to better understand areas for improvement. Through this the majority of our carbon emissions are sourced back to electricity consumption, transport and material production.

Reducing carbon emissions through these sources is not something that happens overnight but in fact involves a long term overhaul of the business operations and processes. This has ranged from optimisation of delivery routes (to conserve fuel) to strict product selection for efficiency, and highlights the opportunities available in every areas of a business.

Immediate changes were implemented by opting to support a number of carbon offset projects in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company in order to support organisational carbon footprint reduction.

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One thing we sought out to do very quickly was to establish the carbon emissions produced from a single glass of Eden Springs water, including the production of materials, transport and resources used to produce that glass of water. Once that had been established we wanted to be able to compare this with other beverages and products commonly used by consumers in the UK. For example, a 20cl glass of Eden water has 0,03 kCO2 whereas a 20cl cup of cappuccino has 0,24 kCO2; meaning that a glass of Eden water has much less of an impact on the environment than a cup of cappuccino.

A vital step in becoming not just a carbon neutral but a ‘carbon considerate’ company is achieved through informing and educating you, the customer base, about the impacts of your actions and decisions, and helping to impact a wider change in habits outside of the direct company reach.

A product’s carbon footprint is evidently not just important to the company, but also to the consumer and their intention to purchase. The Carbon Trust identified in a survey that 67% of UK consumers are more likely to buy a product with a low carbon footprint and 44% of consumers would switch to a lower carbon product even if the brand wasn’t their first choice.

Personal choices

Workplaces that consider themselves ‘carbon footprint conscious’ can do more to reduce personal and business carbon footprints aside from considering choices of water and beverages:

  • Ensure you’re using energy saving light bulbs wherever possible and turn off lights when the room is not in use.
  • Transport contributes greatly to the world’s carbon footprint so where possible walk, carpool, use public transport or bike from place to place. A good number of employers now offer the ‘cycle to work’ scheme which allows savings of up to 42% on a bike bought from participating stores if the bike is going to used primarily for commuting to and from work.
  • There’s really no excuse not to recycle these days as most cities offer recycling pick up or recycling drop off locations. Recycling and reusing helps conserve energy and reduce pollution caused by disposal.

The UK aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, which means a joint effort from consumers, individuals and businesses alike. According to new statistics emission levels have been slowly decreasing since 2007, which means that whatever we’re doing could be having an effect. Any company like Eden Springs that is involved in and can influence workplaces across the country has an important part to play in affecting further change.

So the next time you reach for drink you could consider who’s supplying it, as choosing your suppliers carefully does make a difference.

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Thanks from The Children’s Foundation for water donation

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the childrens foundation“Thank you again for providing us with water for our runners following the Great North Run.

The day was fantastic and all the runners were very thankful to have some treats after their 13.1 mile run and were impressed by the generosity of local businesses.

The event aims to raise in excess of £20,000 and is one of our biggest fundraisers. Money raised will go towards The Children’s Foundation Happy, Healthy and Safe campaign which will ultimately ensure that the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the North East is the best in the UK.

Thank you once again, your support to The Children’s Foundation is invaluable, helping to ensure that our children’s future is a brighter one.”

Ashleigh Harrison
Events and Fundraising
The Children’s Foundation

 

 

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Eden in the Wild: Antarctic Icebreaker [updated]

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While Eden drinks machines are perfect in a cosy office, you might be surprised at how far their use goes. Our most recent order for a coffee machine is set to sail into the Antarctic aboard the HMS Protector.

Ice spot for a coffee

An icebreaker and former polar research vessel, the HMS Protector will be undertaking patrols of the British Antarctic Territory, surveying, and transporting inspection and research teams including British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists.

The Eden Springs bean-to-cup coffee machine will be situated in the ship’s meeting room, ready to warm up the hardy sailors after their exerts in the icy cold Antarctic. Imagine how good a hot cup of coffee would feel in that situation!

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Update

The great guys aboard the HMS protector have given us a few pictures of their new coffee machine in place. They’re not the most exciting pics in the world, but they’re certainly happy with it and we hope they don’t come across any coffee-addict polar bears!

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Can you top it?

Let us know if you have a water cooler or coffee machine in a weird or interesting place and we’ll happily show our readers! Just comment below to get in touch.

 

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Watering the Old Town Festival in Swindon

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Eden Springs were delighted to provide water to assist the Old Town Festival in Swindon recently. A fabulous day of fun and music was had by all despite occasional efforts by the weather and we congratulate everybody for the effort made and look forward to more in 2014. If you have a charity or not-for-profit event you could benefit from a free donation of water from Eden Springs.

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Needing water alongside the water of Carsington

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We recently supplied a water donation to the RSPCA Carsington 7+ mile race and ‘Stones Island Spin’ 1 mile race, held at the quite lovely Carsington Water reservoir  (a place one of two the Eden team know well).

Victoria from Derby & District RSPCA was kind enough to give us some nice feedback and a selection of pictures from the event, which is already becoming a firm favourite in the region’s running calendar.

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your water donation, all the runners were very appreciative!

The race was a huge success with over 400 entrants, plus an additional 45 took part in The Spin, which is a 1-mile run that allowed families and children to get involved too.

Victoria, Derby & District RSPCA

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Why do people waste water?

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Wasting Water - Why?

It’s distressing when hundreds of gallons of water go to waste while some individuals can’t find a good enough or safe enough supply for them and their families. While wasted water can’t generally be redirected to those that have a greater need, it should make us value the importance of our water and think about those who don’t have such easy access.

People in the developed world are used to heading to the water cooler or turning on a tap and using water freely from a limitless supply. Often only when it directly affects the size of their bill do some people think about the amount of water that they waste (a situation seen with water meters).

What a lack of water means

Only when a minor catastrophe strikes and the water supplies are turned off for an hour or two do people realise how much they need water for drinking, for preparing food and sanitation purposes. Not being able to drink a glass of water or flush the toilet at the moment it is required can be quite a surprise.

At the same time, in other parts of the world, some people spend the majority of their day searching for safe drinking water and if they can’t find some their family are in crisis. Each year, millions of people die from preventable diseases which are caused by lack of contact with clean water and sufficient sanitation. Many of these deaths involve young children.

In particularly difficult areas, groundwater can be completely depleted. Rivers and lakes can dry up at different times of the year when many people are depending upon the water from these areas as irrigation to help grow their food, because we know that plants only grow through feeding, watering and sunlight.

The developed world often fails to understand the ramifications of water scarcity and as climates change around the world, suitable sources of water can become even more difficult to find.

For every person that allows gallons of water to flow down the sink until it becomes warm enough to wash their cutlery and crockery, many people are expected to walk miles every day to collect insufficient water and return it to their home.

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Progress and challenges

Incredibly, in 2013, around 880 million people do not have access to clean water, regularly. Around 2.7 billion people don’t have sanitation to acceptable standards. With the world’s population expected to rise from 7 to 10 billion by the end of this century, the wastage of water in some areas is more than just a major worry.

Too many people around the world are using contaminated water for their cooking and drinking. A further lack of water makes many people fail to look after their personal hygiene sufficiently. There are many preventable diseases like cholera and dysentery that should have been eradicated from our planet by now, but illnesses like trachoma still exist, having already blinded 6 million people.

The demand for water continues to grow at the same time the groundwater depletion has doubled since 1960. The United Nations General assembly has agreed that everyone on the planet should have access to the necessary 20 to 50 L of water that is required for each person every day. The difference between access to good quality water and poor water hygiene standards can be the difference between life and death.

If everyone were able to stop wasting two or three litres of water a day, perhaps one day we won’t need to talk about water wastage ever again.

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UK coffee week 2013 – What’s it all about?

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This year UK Coffee Week ran from the 2228 April and brought together a variety of product offerings, activities and public events (including the London Coffee Festival) – all in aid of Project Waterfall.

Project Waterfall aims to improve the lives of those living in African coffee-growing countries by giving them better access to clean water through hygiene and sanitisation. Sickness from unclean water is a constant threat for places like Tanzania, where only 54% of the population have access to a clean water source. Even then, these people sometimes have to walk up to 2 hours a day just to reach a clean source of water. So really, this week is in aid of a fantastic cause.

Coffee@Work

UK Coffee Week launched in 2011 and has grown considerably since then. In 2012 over 300 thousand people were involved from supporters and sponsors to fundraisers and organisers. The flagship initiative of the UK Coffee Week is Coffee@Work, which encourages workplaces who enjoy coffee as part of their working day to fundraise for Project Waterfall – the workplace initiative is sponsored by popular coffee brand Kenco.

In addition to the Coffee@Work initiative there are a variety of other ways to fundraise during the week; consumers are asked to make a voluntary 5p donation when they purchase coffee at participating vendors, participating coffee operators offer to match consumer donations as well as making their own corporate donations and participating venues offer spaces to hold fundraising events such as bake sales and karaoke nights.

Coffee@Work ties in nicely with Eden Springs’s WellBeing and Energy@Work initiatives, which stress the value of drinks and beverages at work for motivation, energy and health.

London’s coffee fest

UK Coffee Week happily coincides with the London Coffee Festival which takes place from the 2528 April this year. The Festival celebrates London’s thriving coffee scene and brings together coffee enthusiasts, professional baristas, independent coffee shop owners and coffee experts to share their experiences and love of coffee. There are also coffee/food matchings, a scientific coffee lab, demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the festival.

You can get the ball rolling for 2014’s UK Coffee Week by organising a Kenco coffee machine for your office and requesting a Coffee@Work sign-up pack. Don’t just let coffee be your guilty pleasure – make it count!

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