Category Archives: Office Motivation

HOW RESILIENT IS YOUR BUSINESS?

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Eden Kafevend is proud of its association with the Business in the Community and the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, the aim of the network is to create a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

The Business in the Community (BITC) was founded by businesses and remains reliant on the funding and leadership of responsible businesses across the UK, working together to tackle a wide range of issues.

This year (2017) Eden Kafevend joined The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG). Established following the riots in Tottenham in 2011 BERG’s aim is to help small to medium businesses and communities prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters such as flooding and storm devastation and cybercrime, which is becoming more and more prevalent in todays connected business world.berg-2

As a member of the BERG Communication group and Leadership team, Eden Kafevend are helping to broadcast the importance and responsibility of all businesses to ensure that they are resilient.

Through our customer network our goal is to raise awareness and change the behaviour of small to medium sized businesses and communities to be more resilient, encouraging them to utilise the resilience tools and resources available to them through BERG.

BERG’s overall goal is for every small to medium sized business and community to have access to advice and support that increases response times and improves recovery outcomes. In short, BERG aim to provide on-the-ground practical help for businesses during a crisis and Eden Kafevend are proud to be part of this.

You can find out more about our work with Business in the Community and BERG here.

Take 10 mins to find out how resilient your business is here, it could save your company!

Health in the Workplace: Pedometer Challenge

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Health in the Workplace: Pedometer Challenge

At Eden Kafevend we strive to continually improve the well-being of our employees by ensuring a healthier, safer and supportive working environment. Towards the end of last year, whilst reviewing our future HR objectives, we were keen to focus on employee health and wellbeing. We understand that healthy employees are happy employees and we wanted to spread this message to everyone in the business.

What we do at Eden Kafevend for our Staff

bFccnUDt_400x400We want our colleagues to benefit, get involved and ultimately help us achieve our goal. Eden Kafevend already have some great initiatives in place including discounted gym membership, fresh fruit delivered to all offices, staff water coolers for home, occupational health services and a healthcare cash plan. However, we wanted to adopt a more interactive approach – involving our employees – with the ultimate aim of getting our organisation in better shape!

After conducting some research into health and wellbeing, we came across an NHS initiative called
Healthy Working Lives. The Healthy Working Lives (HWL) award process is an integrated approach to improving health, safety and wellbeing at work. This accredited award programme supports employers and employees to develop health promotion and safety themes in the workplace in a practical, logical way, which is beneficial to all. There are 3 levels of award – gold, silver and bronze. We signed up to the programme and were assigned an advisor whose role is to guide and support us through the process.

Setting up the Challenge

In February (in association with the British Heart Foundation) we launched a company-wide pedometer challenge. We asked employees to form teams of 5, and provided everyone with a pedometer, to count steps on a monthly basis. Everyone who entered also gets the chance of winning holiday vouchers at the end of the challenge. This challenge has been a great success, breaking down silos, whilst encouraging healthy competition between teams!Pedometer Challenge

Weekly motivational emails are sent to encourage motivation. They include suggestions for exercise, fitness events, health and fitness resources, reminder of the health benefits, healthy eating ideas and more, as well as publishing a monthly league table to see who is in the lead. The competition will run until the end of July, when the winning team will be crowned and announced here!

What we have Planned for the Future

Some other initiatives we have introduced as part of our Healthy Working Lives campaign are mental health training sessions, mindfulness training, a health and wellbeing resource library and we have also engaged with the Credit Union to help employees get their finances in better shape and save for the future.

We already have some great ideas for further challenges and initiatives that we hope to roll out later this year to keep the momentum going, including a stop smoking campaign and more support and awareness of mental health. We are well on our way to achieving our bronze status and hope to achieve this significant milestone over the next few weeks, which is very exciting! And we won’t stop there – we will then move on to work towards our silver award and beyond with the aim to achieving and maintaining gold status! This will be achieved through practical steps, proactive promotion and training and most importantly, we can only achieve this through the continued engagement and support of our colleagues. We will keep you updated with our Pedometer Challenge progress!

Water Cooler of The Week: Eden Ebac F-MAX

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Ebac F-MaxWater Cooler of the Week: Eden Ebac F-Max

It can be hard to believe that there is such a variety of water coolers available to you, that’s why we have decided to pick some of our favourites to help guide you along the way. The Eden Ebac F-MAX is one of Europe’s best selling brands, it features within our best range and it’s easy to see why.

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The design of this bottled water cooler, stands out in comparison to others. It comes in a stylish black and silver finish that looks great in any environment, with a high quality and durable ABS Polymer construction, making it durable as well as aesthetically pleasing. The water cooler is floorstanding which has an easy to load cup dispenser integrated within the casing, making it tidy and organised.

The cup stand has an automatic drip tray that features an evaporation system. This clever system means you and your team won’t have to worry about emptying a reservoir daily.

A Variety of Options

The bottled water cooler comes either as a Duo (Ambient and Cold) or Trio setting (Ambient, Cold and Hot.) Ideal for all your water needs, from refreshing cool water to hot water for teas and soups. The Hot models also feature a child safety mechanism, preventing any potential accidents.

The water cooler has a high burst rate and is capable of keeping up with a busy environment, the cooler can produce 8 consecutive cold cups of water and 6 cups of hot water.

High Standard of Sanitisation

EMax - WaterTrailHere at Eden Kafevend we pick water solutions that are suitable for a variety of locations from offices to hospitals. Bearing this in
mind, we make sure our water is the highest standard of hygiene.

Your machine will be sanitised approximately every 12 weeks by a water cooler expert, these visits are scheduled Monday to Friday – at a time that suits you! The cooler will have thorough clean and the WaterTrail™ within the product will be replaced.

Our patented WaterTrail™  technology is one of the most successful sanitisation processes in the world, meaning 100% sanitisation every time!

There aren’t any chemicals used within this cleansing process, as well as this the operating levers are separate to the dispense point, which is insulated with a shroud to prevent any cross-contamination.

Energy Efficiency

The hot tank that heats up the water is vacuum insulated, which makes the Eden Ebac F-Max 30x more energy efficient than competitors’. As well as this our water bottles are picked up and deep cleaned, up to 20 times in their lifetime and finally recycled at the end of their life.

Fresh, Locally Sourced Water

With over 5 million reusable Eden water cooler bottles filled every year, it’s fair to say we have some experience in bottling!

We take great pride in our water, which comes from natural aquifers located within the UK. These protected borehole sources provides the high quality and great tasting water found in every bottle of Eden Springs delivered here in the UK.

To find out more about the other Bottled Water coolers we have on offer, simply click here. Or give our team a call on 0808 271 8242.

How Well Do You Know Your Coffee?

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How Well Do You Know Your Coffee?

Coffee is a versatile drink, that can be enjoyed warm or cold, frothy or smooth, milky or strong. With dozens of coffee types to choose from, there’s a perfect coffee for every taste palate. So how well do you know your coffee?

Download your Ebook, created by the Coffee experts at Eden Kafevend, it’s packed with information, such as:

  • Top tips on creating your favorite drinks
  • Interesting facts
  • Advice on getting the best out of your coffee beans
Coffee Guide Ebook

Coffee Guide Ebook

If you and your team prefer a range of specialty coffees as featured in our Ebook, you might be interested in our Bean to Coffee Machines! For more information about our Bean to Cup machines, click here.

What’s your favourite drink? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to mention us and #coffeelove!

 

 

BEAN TO CUP COFFEE MACHINE OF THE WEEK

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BEAN TO CUP COFFEE MACHINE OF THE WEEK
CINO XS GRANDE

Bean to Cup Coffee Machine - Cino XS Grande

Bean to Cup Coffee Machine – Cino XS Grande

BEAN TO CUP COFFEE MACHINE OF THE WEEK

There are many bean to cup machines out there and we have chosen the best of the best to provide a solution to match budgets and requirements.

Cino’s range of coffee machines are a particular favourite, they are robust, easy to use and produce a class beating cup of coffee.

10 SELECTION BUTTONS FOR CHOICE

  • The Cino XS Grande features 10 Selection buttons providing a great menu choice to suit all tastes. An optional instant canister in the Grande can be used to offer decaf which allows people to pace themselves throughout the day.
XS Grande Features

XS Grande Features

2 DRINKS SIZE OPTIONS

  • 2 different sizes of drink can be brewed thanks to a pre select option, which can cater for all needs without endless additional buttons being added to the menu. This helps keep the coffee selections clear and obvious.

CLASS LEADING COFFEE EXTRACTION FOR TASTE

  • Combining class leading extraction of the coffee (due to tamp pressure and pre-infusion time) with Cino’s varilflex brewer and grinder (which can deal with up to 14 g of coffee in one brew) ensures every cappuccino, americano, latte and espresso delivered is of the highest quality, consistent and exactly as the customer wants, without compromise.

DUAL SPEED WHIPPER FOR AUTHENTIC LAYERED COFFEES

  • Dual speed whipper motors produce an authentic layered Latte. Our experience tells us that people buy and even taste with their eyes and the Cino’s perfect drink preparation and presentation means that the customer has already decided to like the drink before it is tasted and once drunk they are certain to return for more.
Cino XS Grande Accessories

Cino XS Grande Accessories

FULL OF ACCESSORIES FOR ALL INSTALLATION NEEDS

  • In addition to all the functionality and features above the Cino has a range of add on modules to provide a complete solution: These include a change giver, cup holders of different configurations including cap holder, add-on water tanks where plumbing is not possible and a grout drawer that fits neatly under the machine helping to increase time between emptying.

The EC Grande has it all. Click For further information on the Bean to Cup Machine Cino EC Grande

OFFICE COFFEE MACHINE OF THE WEEK – VITRO ESPRESSO

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Coffee Machine Vitro Espresso

Coffee Machine Vitro Espresso

OFFICE COFFEE MACHINE OF THE WEEK – VITRO ESPRESSO

Coffee Machine of the week

Presenting the Vitro Espresso – Bean to Cup Machine

I’ve chosen the Vitro Espresso as our bean to cup office coffee machine of the week because of its contemporary good looks, ease of functionality and the great tasting coffee it produces.

Easy to use coffee selector

With its “ipad” style “in-touch” drinks selection system the Vitro Espresso instantly reaches out to customers and staff, providing them with 10 drinks variations, including Cappuccino, Espresso, Latte, Hot Chocolate and Hot Water for Tea, all at the tap of the screen.

Vitro Espresso Bean to Cup

Vitro Espresso Bean to Cup

High capacity bean hopper

The Vitro Espresso features one high capacity bean hopper (1100g) and 3 removable soluble product containers. These would normally be used for offering an instant decaff coffee option, hot chocolate ingredients and instant milk.

Vitro Espresso

The perfect Espresso

Its 9bar brewing mechanism provides ample pressure to produce an authentic espresso, with a great taste and a perfect crema.

This machine is designed to be plumbed in and will deliver around 250 drinks a day. To increase autonomy a waste solution can be added which allows the coffee grinds to fall directly into an under cabinet bin, rather than the traditional grout tray.

Easy to clean and economical to use

The cleaning cycle is straightforward and easy to manage and with its low power LED lighting, advanced power saving mode and paperless brewing system it is also an economical and environmentally friendly machine – in fact 90% of its components are recyclable.

Accessories available for the Vitro Espresso include a base cabinet, universal cabinet, cup warmer and a coin/token validator.

For more information on the Vitro Espresso visit Bean to Cup Coffee Machine Experts

CHOOSING AN OFFICE COFFEE MACHINE

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CHOOSING AN OFFICE COFFEE MACHINE

Melitta Bar Cube - Coffee Machine of the Week

Melitta Bar Cube – Coffee Machine of the Week

Coffee machine of the week #2

The Melitta Bar-Cube Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Office Coffee Machine

Office Coffee Machine – Melitta Bar Cube

Melitta Bar-Cube – Your Office Friend

The Melitta Bar-Cube will be your office friend. Its high capacity bean hoppers will deliver around 80 – 150 drinks per day and we’ve found few machines that can rival the Melitta Bar-Cube for its all-round reliability, functionality and consistency of drink production.

Simple to operate, easy to clean – extremely professional!

Office coffee machines need to be simple to use, easy to clean and of course deliver a high quality, café style coffee. It should be able to provide the maximum amount of drinks with the minimum amount of management.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino Image by © Simon Jarratt/Corbis

Produces an Authentic Espresso

To produce an authentic café speciality (such as a cappuccino) you really need a coffee machine that has a boiler with 15 bar pressure capability. This allows the coffee to be extracted correctly and the end result should be a perfect espresso. Note: a correctly brewed espresso shot has a luxurious caramel looking crema.

Micro-Filmed Milk – the perfect Cappucino topping

You then need a coffee machine with the capability to create micro-foamed milk. This can be delivered with instant milk coffee machines, but the purest in me prefers full fat, fresh milk. The Melitta Bar-Cube only uses fresh milk and you don’t need an engineering degree to operate it.

Features

Specifications

Bean Type Fresh Beans – Lavazza or Caffé Prima best
Hopper Quantity Single or Dual option
Milk Fresh milk only
Water Tank Needs to be plumbed to mains water
Drinks Menu 24+ Options
Melitta Bar Cube in the Office

Melitta Bar Cube in the Office

Specialities on the menu

The Melitta Bar Cube produces great tasting Cafe Specialties including:

  • Cafe Creme
  • Cappuccino
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Latte
  • Latte Macchiato
  • Espresso
  • Coffee White
  • Milk Foam
  • Flat White

For more information on this machine contact the friendly team at Eden Kafevend on 0800 011 4531 or visit our website here: Office Coffee Machines

Office Coffee Machine of the Week – FLAVIA C500

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FLAVIA COFFEE MACHINE - Recommended by Eden Kafevend

The Flavia C500 Coffee Machine of the Week

Office Coffee Machine of the Week – FLAVIA C500

Not just for coffee lovers, this week’s featured machine is the ever impressive FLAVIA C500 from MARS. Why do we recommend this machine? Well, there are so many positives to installing a FLAVIA in your workplace and I’ve taken the liberty to share a few with you here.

VERSATILE AND PROFESSIONAL

The FLAVIA C500 is a versatile machine. Not many hot drinks brewers in the office can provide you with fresh filtered coffee, fresh black leaf tea, herbal teas, hot chocolate and of course a range of delicious tasting café specialities such as cappuccinos and mochas

CAN BE PLACED ANYWHERE IN YOUR OFFICE

You can place the FLAVIA anywhere with a plug socket. It has its own water reservoir which can be manually filled or if your office is busy and you have mains water nearby, it can be plumbed in for hassle free dispensing. You can also arrange for it to be installed on a cabinet with a waste drop, so that the used Freshpacks fall straight into a bin – perfect for high volume areas

FLAVIA C500 on Base Cabinet with Merchandiser

FLAVIA C500 on Base Cabinet with Merchandiser

MORE ECONOMICAL AND PROFESSIONAL THAN A KETTLE

It’s more economical than a kettle and let’s face it much tidier and professional. Unlike kettles that are often filled to capacity and boiled for one cup of coffee, the FLAVIA will only boil one cups worth of water at a time

FRESH INGREDIENTS | NO CONTAMINATION & EASY TO USE

The FLAVIA uses Freshpacks (similar to capsules). This means that all the ingredients are self-contained. The strength of your drink is always consistent and no matter which drink you brew, one after the other, you will not get any cross-contamination, mess or wastage

POPULAR BRANDS SERVED HERE

Known brands served here. The FLAVIA C500 drinks range includes Yorkshire Tea, Taylors Coffee and Galaxy hot chocolate…

MOST RELIABLE

Finally the FLAVIA is super reliable, user friendly and extremely easy to maintain – in fact all you need to do is ensure you have enough drinks and ancillaries in the merchandiser for the day and give it a quick wipe down to keep it nice and clean

THIS IS THE EXPERTS CHOICE

For more information on this machine or to organise a trial contact the friendly team at Eden Kafevend on 0800 011 4531 or visit HERE

Energising Water Infusions by Eden Kafevend

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Energising Water Infusions – By Eden Kafevend

Take a look at these excellent, energising, immune boosting and flavoursome water recipes by Eden Kafevend. Download the FREE EBook by clicking the image below…now….

Energising Water Infusions

Making water taste even better

Energising Water Infusions by Eden Kafevend #makewaterinteresting

 

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY – 1st OCTOBER 2016

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International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day

International Coffee Day – View our infographic here…

What is it and when is it?

International Coffee Day will take place on the 1st October and celebrates everything coffee. Not many beverages are celebrated on a national level but it would seem coffee really is that popular. If like millions of others in the UK you are involved in a love affair with a cup of dark frothy goodness, the 1st October may already be scribbled in your diary – and lucky enough it falls on a weekend this year!

In March 2014, 74 INTERNATIONAL COFFEE ORGANISATION (77 in 2016) member states and 26 sanctioned coffee associations from all over the world teamed up to make the 1st of October 2015 the first ever coffee global event. Forming International Coffee Day to establish a date of celebration for coffee lovers across the planet.

The day is centred on the awareness of fair trade coffee production, the promotion of green processes and the hard work of the coffee growers. The 1st is focused on the celebration of diversity, quality and passion and world-wide individuals and business are taking part. It is an opportunity for millions of people to support the farmers who livelihood wholly depends on that delicious brown bean that so many of us enjoy every day.

How can you get involved?

That popular aromatic crop is causing a stir this October and many individuals and companies are enthusiastic to get involved. From celebrating on your own with your favourite coffee blend to reaching out to others, there are numerous creative ways in which you can get involved this coming International Coffee Day.

‘Caffé Sospeso’

Follow the Naples tradition of ‘caffè sospeso’ (pending coffee), an Italian tradition of paying for an additional coffee, but only consuming one.

According to the ICO the event will ‘give coffee lovers around the world an opportunity to show solidarity with smallholder coffee farmers by donating the value of an additional cup of coffee to charity.

Treat a stranger to a coffee

The smallest gestures can really make big difference to someone’s day. In some countries, individuals celebrate the day by simply treating the thirsty stranger luckily standing behind them. Any easy way to brighten up someone’s day, and celebrate the delicious hot beverage. Why not inspire kindness in your nearest coffee house this autumn?

Throw a coffee morning

Of course there are ways in which you can celebrate coffee throughout the year. We enjoy a hot frothy coffee all year round, and there are many ways to be charitable all through the seasons. Coffee mornings are proving a popular way to raise money for different charities, most notably MACMILLAN . THE EDEN KAFEVEND COFFEE MORNING PACK can even provide you with all the coffee and tea you need free of charge. That leaves you in charge of simply providing cakes, and collecting the money.

Celebrate wherever you are..

View World events here:

In the past national coffee days have been celebrated by companies as well. This year, watch out for offers from your favourite brands. Traditionally brands such as Ikea and Starbucks have put on promotions in celebration of the event such as discounted coffees. Keep an eye out on social media for offers as well to keep up with everything coffee.

Here are the UK events:

How will you be celebrating the first international coffee day? Reach for your usual coffee, sit back, and tweet us at @eden_springs #internationalcoffeeday