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.
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.
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.
7 Useful Tools For Monitoring Hydration – We’ve taken a look through the internet and have found some excellent tools to help you monitor your hydration levels throughout the day. Each one is designed to help keep you healthy, happy and productive.
Our mobile devices are less and less being used as phones, they have turned into our PA’s our child minders and even our fitness trainers. With so many apps out there we’ve picked a few to help maintain your hydration levels, some functional and some fun!
Waterlogged hydration App
Hey, you’re not drinking enough water. Waterlogged can help you with its charts and reminders. Every 6 seconds, someone around the world is using the Waterlogged application to track & improve their daily water intake. This APP works with Fitbit & by using photos of your favourite containers you can spend less than 60 seconds a day tracking your water intake.
Don’t get irate with the lack of water you are drinking, use iDrated and keep track of your water intake. With simplicity and gesture-based interaction at its core iDrated makes it quick and simple to log your water levels and check how hydrated you are. It can even give you a gentle nudge when the app isn’t running should you need the extra incentive. Log your water intake quickly and easily with a simple swipe.
Plant Nanny combines health with fun to remind you to drink water regularly. The cute plant keeps you company every day by living in your phone. In order to keep it alive and help it grow, you must give it water at certain periods of time. Choose your cup size and then as you drink you feed the cute little plant. Mutually beneficial and very motivating!
So, as we know water plays a very important role in our body, it transports nutrients and oxygen into cells, regulates body temperature, helps with metabolism and so on, drinking enough water can help us lose weight, look younger with healthier skin, less likely to get sick, helps in digestion and constipation, relieves fatigue, have a good mood and so on…
This more functional app is simple and easy to use and like many of the others allows you to set your daily intake goal and track it. Each time you grab a glass of water you simply touch the screen to log the intake.
Halo has developed the first ever real-time and non-invasive hydration monitoring technology. Their proprietary solution uses a combination of sensors to track an individual’s hydration at the cellular level. Electrical and optical sensors monitor fluid content and movement in and between both the intravascular and interstitial fluid compartments in the body.
It tells you how and when to optimise your water intake and keep fit.
The future is around the corner
Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ronen Polsky and colleagues are patenting a prototype model that can analyze various electrolyte levels on the spot, yet fit in a palm or be worn on a wrist. The device, when commercially available, could decrease the time ordinary citizens, athletes and the military must spend in emergency rooms, lab testing facilities or doctors’ offices.
“This is the future of personalized health care,” said Polsky. “These wearable technologies are just starting to come out in different forms. It’s inevitable that people will go there.”
The device is painless because it employs microneedles so tiny they don’t traumatize nerves when pressed into the skin. It also samples only interstitial fluid — the liquid between skin cells. Thus the device has the potential for long-term, noninvasive use.
Then let’s go back to basics. I know it’s grim, but one of the simplest wasy to monitor your hydration is through toilet trip frequency and the colour of your urine. Healthy and hydrated bodies produce urine that is a light yellow in colour. It also make sense that the more you intake, the more visits to the loo you can expect – on average 5-8 times per day.
Here is a list of the 10 Superstars we would Love to Recruit for Our Productivity Team!
Jack Dorsey – Founder of Twitter
It was reported that Jack works an 8 hour day. Well, that’s nothing special, I am sure you agree. However, it is the way he plans his working week that is meticulous and makes Jack a high productive businessman.
Jack themes his working week. This allows him to ensure that his time is equally spent across all aspects of running his business. A typical themed week for Jack looks like this:
This highly productive routine is something that I think we can all learn from and could help us all to focus on what is important whilst ensuring nothing is overlooked.
A productivity list surely could not be complete without one of the world’s most iconic businessmen. Steve Jobs was a true inspiration and was passionate and focused on his company.
Three things we could learn from Steve are:
He would keep all his meetings extremely small , only having the necessary people at the table. This kept the energy and professionalism high and the unnecessary/ unproductive ‘noise’ low
Steve believed in holding people accountable for each agenda item during each meeting. This was mirrored throughout the company and he had processes in place to make sure that everyone knew who was responsible for managing what in each and every department.
He encouraged round-table free thinking rather than allowing people to hide behind power-point slides. Brain storming and passionate conversations meant more to Steve than simply hiding behind technology to present ideas.
Carly was the VP running mate for Ted Cruz in the 2016 republican nominations for the US presidential elections. However she came to fame earlier than this when she was the CEO of Hewlett Packard (1999 – 2005), who managed in 2002 the largest (at its time) merger in technology history between HP and Compaq.
Here is a little about what Carly says about productivity:
“You have to start thinking about processes as horizontal across the company – a requirement for processes to work together better, for applications to work together better, for systems to work together better, and so it is now all about not just simply automating processes, it’s about digitizing processes, making them simpler and easier to manage”
Richard Branson is possibly one of the UK’s and the world’s most charismatic business men. He is a serial entrepreneur and certainly has a few things to teach us about productivity. Two tips he has to offer are simple and lay the ground rules for a productive session.
Exercise – work out and feel empowered, exercise energises you and sets you up for the day
Karren Brady is an exceptional businesswoman. She is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and Karren is currently the vice-chairman of the London Based West Ham United Football Club. Known for her business prowess she was appointed Business Ambassador to the UK government and even has a spot on the BBC1 Apprentice show, as an aide to Lord Sugar.
“Karren is not advising being cold and harsh in your dealings with people, but to rein in the emotions and be as straight-talking and direct as possible: “It’s about being clear, precise and operationally succinct. Everyone should know in which direction they are going, who is doing what and why.”
Serial Olympic Gold Medal winner Michael Phelps knows all about how to be productive, his whole daily routine as a sportsman is designed around making the most out of his training, ensuring he eats the right food at the right time and so on.
Unsurprisingly, he sets goals. Every morning he will set himself the days objectives, intentions of the day, feelings about the goals and how it would feel to achieve them. It is this type of sel-help and planning that focuses the mind on what is important, what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved and what it will feel like to achieve it. No wonder he has 18 Gold medals.
Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to be productive and to achieve our goals. If you have not read Wilma’s story then I suggest you take a minute and read it on Wikipedia. Here is an extract.
“Wilma contracted infantile paralysis (caused by the polio virus) at age four. She recovered, but wore a brace on her left leg and foot (which had become twisted as a result) until she was nine. She was required to wear an orthopedic shoe for support of her foot for another two years….
“In the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Rudolph became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field during a single Olympic Games. A track and field champion, she elevated women’s track to a major presence in the United States. As a member of the black community, she is also regarded as a civil rights and women’s rights pioneer. “
Henry Ford decided that he was going to produce an affordable car for the masses, his achievement and use of mass production strategies to manufacture his famous Model T revolutionised industrial manufacturing and provided many lessons in productivity that are still used today. His manufacturing process was all about focus, time management, direction and confidence.
An odd one I know, but Benjamin Franklin was one of the key founding fathers of the United States and around 9pm every day he would consider his day and ask himself ”what good have I done today?”
By recapping the day’s events and activities he was able to prioritise and set a road-map for the next 24hours, focusing on what is important and what to deliver on a daily basis. He analysed his progress and knew what important tasks to complete where and by when.
I hope that this has inspired you a little and now that you have read this and seen how you can become more productive at work and in your life, make sure that you learn from these exceptionally productive superstars and really put these tools into action. Make a difference in your life and work now and become the next Productivity Superstar we write about!
We trawled the internet and have found 10 Things You Should Know About Water, some interesting facts and some just plain odd.
As you woke up this morning I bet you never considered how important water is to your daily routine. As you flush the toilet, clean your hands, brush your teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head off to work (with your bottle of water in the car), you may never have realised how much water has played a part in that small part of your daily routine.
Starting with the basics:
1) WATER IS ELEMENTARY
Your science teacher would be proud of you if you remember that everything in this colourful world of ours is made of atoms, and even more proud of you if you can remember the chemical name for water is H2O.
Here’s the science: The smallest particle of an element is an atom (Oxygen or Hydrogen for example). Molecules are formed by atoms joining together. A water molecule has three atoms: two hydrogen (H2) atoms and one oxygen (O) atom.
2) WHERE CAN YOU FIND WATER?
Unless you are living in a dessert you will probably agree that the Earth is a very watery place. However, have you ever wondered exactly how much water there is on and above this wonderful planet of ours? Well – here are a couple of statistics to soak in….
a) 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water
b) 96.5% of all the Earth’s water is in our Oceans
c) Scientists estimate that one inch of rain falling over an area of one square mile is equal to 17.4 million gallons of water
So we have plenty of it, and boy do we need it!
3) DID YOU KNOW?
Water is the only mineral that is found naturally on Earth in three forms; liquid, gas and solid and that over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica!
4) THE WATER CYCLE
Water is constantly moving from one place to the next, in one form or another and this is known as the water cycle. Water exists in rivers, icecaps, lakes, glaciers, in the air, the ground (as moisture in the soil) and in aquifiers.
5) HOW MUCH WATER IS THERE IN YOUR BODY?
Water is so essential to our lives and it’s not surprising really when you realise that the average human body is really a skin wrapped sponge! The average adult body consists of around 60% water and is higher at around 75-78% for an infant.
Of course the composition of your body will vary due to gender and fitness levels as fatty tissue contains less water than lean tissue.
If you are bored and want to know roughly how much water is in your body (just in case you spring a leak) do this simple calculation:
Your Body Weight (lbs) x 60% (or 76% for an infant) = lbs of water in your body
To convert lbs to gallons just divide by 8.4!
So for example: 175 x 0.6 = 105lbs of water or 12.5 gallons
6) 2 LITRES A DAY WILL KEEP YOU HYDRATED
With all that water in our body you can understand why we start to feel grumpy and less productive when we get dehydrated. As a rule we should consume around 8 glasses or around 2 litres of good quality drinking water to avoid dehydration during the day. The amount you will need each day of course depends on many factors including the temperature and how much activity you are involved in.
7) HOW MUCH WATER DO WE USE?
In an average household we use quite a bit of water, for example:
5 min Shower: 25 to 50 gallons
Flush a toilet: 2 – 7 gallons
Brushing your teeth: 2 gallons
Hand washing dishes: 20 gallons
In fact if you were to break down your day into your own water cycle this is where your water is being used….of course this is based on an average household day!
30%: Toilet flushing
21%: Personal washing – baths and taps
12%: Personal washing – showers
13%: Clothes washing
8%: Washing up
8) ALMOST 95% OF YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT IS HIDDEN!
But that’s not where it ends; the household usage above demonstrates where our mains water goes. However, you may be surprised that nearly 95% of your water footprint is hidden. Where, you may ask? Well it’s hidden in the food you eat, the products you buy, the services you rely on and the energy you use.
9) SO ENJOY IT – DON’T WASTE IT!
So, if we are only drinking 4% of the water we use each day at home, let’s make sure that the water we do drink is of high quality, tastes great, is free from additives and so on…..hmm, now I wonder where you can find such a source?
Well, if you are stuck and want to learn more about the water that is available – we’ve found Martin Reise and yes – he is a water expert. Not just an expert though, in fact he is a Water Sommelier and currently sells one of the most expensive bottles of water in the world. His diamond edition costs $100,000 and has 650 white diamonds and 250 black diamonds on the bottle and is sold in LA.
10) WATER BARS
Fancy a tipple? If you are out at night and your local Eden Springs office is shut, where do you head to? A water bar of course!
The Sunday Times and Evening Standard have recently reported on Britain’s first water bar.
“Opening in Selfridges in London the bar, which will be located in the accessory hall, will serve a variety of water brands for those who want to enjoy the basic refreshment.” and “It is thought the flagship store will consult “water sommeliers” to put together the bar’s menu”
This refreshingly new concept is due to launch later in 2016.
Perk up your work with these 5 Must Get Productivity Apps for Business…
When searching for an app which will benefit your business and ultimately make your life easier, the sheer number available can be overwhelming. Facing so much choice can be off putting, and what starts out as a task designed to save you time and effort in the long run, can actually turn into an uphill struggle which can put you off completely.
Never fear, we have done the donkey work, and sifted through the hundreds of apps available to bring you our top five productivity apps which are guaranteed to make your working life easier!
Evernote gives you the ability to create digital notebooks for everything from managing your calendar and keeping track of your expenses to creating presentations. In order to take full advantage of everything this innovative app has to offer, add lots of notebooks, for example take pictures on your smart phone of notes you have jotted down during meetings, add them to a notebook and they will be easily accessible at a later date. Gone will be the days when you would have been frantically searching your desk drawers for that scrap of paper with all those important scribbling jotted on it. You can be smug in the knowledge that those oh so important notes are safely stored in your digital notebook! Thanks Evernote!
Letterspace is a fantastic note taking app which utilizes hashtags to organise your scribblings into a streamlined, easy to use interface. Superior editing features also make this a must for people in business. Antiquated shorthand will be a thing of the past with this clever app. Letterspace we salute you! #brilliant!
Humin, an indispensable networking app allows you to keep track of business contacts and connections. It remembers details such as how and where you met somebody, which means you don’t have to worry about remembering these details at a later date, or suffer an excruciatingly embarrassing meeting with a business contact who you ought to know but you just can’t quite remember why!
Humin also combines your contacts, dialing and voicemail in order to work out who your most important contacts are. Indispensable!
It has never been more important to protect your passwords and keep login details secure when there seems to be increasingly regular data leaks. 1Password is an absolute must have as it manages your web logins and other sensitive information in an incredibly user friendly package. This app will take away security anxiety and ensure that if you experience password amnesia you won’t have to go through the laborious task of resetting your login details.
bambam! Is an excellent project managing app which we think ranks among the best in its field.
We like this project management tool because it doesn’t have the complicated interface you get with the likes of MS Project. bambam is self-intuitive and has some great features that allow users to connect and share their project information, send messages to team members, upload files, track project timelines and basically collaborate better.
bambam is quick and easy to set up and is low cost. The flexibility and customisation functions are great. You really are in control of your projects with bambam and we particularly liked the instant messaging – allowing you to touch base on projects and share ideas.
Each year the arrival of World Water Day on 22nd March is a positive reminder of the importance of water globally. It also raises awareness of the almost one billion people who don’t have access to safe water worldwide. So, we’re firm supporters of the initiative here at Eden Springs.
With water being central to our business, it’s important to us that we support projects throughout the year to bring clean water to those who need it most. We work with a carefully selected corporate charity partner – People Help People-One World – who helps communities in Central Africa, at a grassroots level, gain access to clean drinking water.
One project we’ve supported was the building of several clean water wells in the Wakiso district, which in turn is helping to improve access to drinking water for the area’s 1.4 million inhabitants – 70% of whom don’t have a source of clean water.
We are excited to announce our support of a second and new project for 2016. Through our association with the Carbon Neutral® organisation, Eden’s carbon neutral offsetting will lend support to another water infrastructure project in Sub-Saharan Africa.
About the project
Based primarily in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi, the project provides clean drinking water to small rural communities by repairing broken boreholes and drilling new ones. The boreholes are used as water wells by installing a vertical pipe casing and well screen which allows water to be extracted from the ground. Funds from the carbon offsetting pay for this activity, as well as ongoing maintenance to ensure they continue to operate.
Estimated to impact 3,000 children and 5,700 adults, the project is successfully reducing incidences of diarrhoea and fatalities in the local communities and, importantly, freeing up the time women and children used to have to spend collecting water located hours away.
It’s often the case that in many communities health, education, income and general development is negatively impacted due to a lack of water. So, providing access to clean water has a wealth of benefits.
World Water Day has our full backing and we all need to be playing our part in helping ensure safe water year-round.
To find out more about our charity partnership and our carbon offsetting, visit our website.
Every March 22nd since 1993 the United Nations has celebrated World Water Day, with the sole purpose of raising awareness of the importance of this vital natural resource. The occasion is a time to bring water to the forefront of our minds and shine a light on those across the globe who need it most.
The theme of this year’s World Water Day is better water, better jobs. It’s aiming to highlight the power water has to transform people’s lives. The United Nations (UN) states that 1.5 billion people, that’s around half of the world’s workforce, work in water-related sectors. Nearly all jobs depend on water in some way though this is not often recognized. Here’s some examples:
• 40% of the global economically-active population work in crop and animal production, fisheries or hunting. Yet, only 20% are employed as waged workers, according to the World Bank.
• In terms of agriculture, which represents 70% of freshwater withdrawals worldwide, a farmer’s job is heavily dependent on water, from managing the available resource, addressing groundwater depletion, climate change and water scarcity.
• In some communities, including many in Africa, women and children have to walk for hours to collect safe water. This is a demanding job that is not recognised as such or paid. It’s important this changes to help empower and improve the lives of women.
So, whether it’s the presence of water, its quality or its quantity, it’s easy to see how it has such a significant impact on workers across the globe. It’s certainly time to shine a light on the topic this World Water Day –better water, better jobs. Show your support by visiting the website and learning more.
Water sits at the very heart of the Eden business, so this year’s theme really resonates with us. We are proud supporters of projects to provide clean water to communities in need in Africa and we’ll be telling you more about these in an upcoming blog.
Be more time efficient – Stop trying to multi-task!
In order to prove just how time efficient and competent they are many people practice the art of multi-tasking. This often leads to outcomes that are the very opposite of what they were at the time. The majority will end up being less efficient and the quality of what the person has produced suffers. The truly time efficient know that concentrated focus on one project at a time yields faster and more satisfactory work.
Delegate delegate delegate!
If people bite off more than they can chew, productivity and efficiency take a huge hit. The uber efficient know when to delegate and who to delegate to in order to achieve the aims of the task in hand.
Good communication is key.
It is important before communicating to consider what the objectives are for the interaction and also to communicate effectively so that there is no confusion about the subject. For example before you send an e-mail consider how it can be worded to convey your intentions succinctly and politely. A little thought before you pick up the phone or hit send can save hours being lost if all you’ve achieved is to cause confusion or offence.
Structure your time.
In order to achieve a disciplined approach to your schedule create standard routines to stick to within each day. This will help you be ready for important events and gain control over projects. The more control you have over your schedule the easier it will be to cope with the unexpected when it arises. Control your time, don’t let it control you!
Organise your physical space.
Ensure that your workspace is organised and that everything has its place. Organisation is key if you want to avoid situations where you lose precious minutes every day trying to hunt down essential equipment for you to complete tasks. Spending time decluttering your desk and finding everything a home will save you significant time in the future.
Keep a productivity diary.
Try keeping a diary for a week which logs how long it takes you to do specific activities and also note down time that for whatever reason hasn’t been productive. Then the following week try to reduce time spent on similar activities, just being aware of what can potentially hold you back or distract you can yield large efficiency gains.
Do engage in downtime.
It is a fallacy to sacrifice your own leisure time in order to accomplish more at work. We know now that overly tired stressed out people are not as competent or efficient as their rested relaxed counterparts. A well-rested person will perform at their peak which is a win win for everyone.
Plan plan and plan some more.
When given a project many people in a bid to be efficient practise the art of impatience and completely fail to plan their objectives and how to tackle the task. Super-efficient people research the project and break it down into small steps in order to achieve success . This planning may require time at the beginning of a new assignment but it will be worth it to have clear objectives and a pathway to success clearly mapped out.
Eden Springs, as Europe’s leading office hydration provider, have been working hard to understand the coffee machine industry and the coffee needs of our wide range of customers.
Meeting the demand for cappuccinos, lattes and espressos and supplying the brands you respect and trust – like Kraft, Kenco and Lavazza – has meant that Eden have taken an in-depth look into the coffee culture in the UK and Europe.
“We are confident that customers will love this new offering” said Antonio de Alarcon, vice president of business development. “Eden has worked hard to become a leading brand in the drinking water solutions market, but we are now faced with a big opportunity to position ourselves as the leading provider for full-scale hydration solutions.”
Complete coffee solution
Raanan Zilberman, CEO of Eden Springs, commented: “We realised that we have created an amazing delivery platform for drinking solutions within the work place environment.”
“The provision of a complete coffee solution – across 16 countries – illustrates the confidence we have to look after customers in this area. [It] will also include the provision of other hot drinks such as teas, chocolate and herbal infusions.”
As part of this commitment we are pleased to announce that Eden Springs UK has acquired Shakespeare Coffee Company, one of the largest independent coffee companies in the UK. This is the biggest Eden’s acquisition in the coffee industry in Europe and represents a strong commitment to accelerate the development of the coffee and hot beverage business segment for customers.
Coffee machines rental
We currently offer a flexible and attractive range of hot drinks machines, with a range of coffee delivery services set to be rolled out.
UK’s biggest independent coffee distributor
Based near Birmingham, Shakespeare Coffee Company specialises in premium coffee brewing systems and vending machines, providing expertise to small-to-medium offices
and large national multi-location businesses. The acquisition of one of UK’s biggest independent coffee distributor will enable Eden Springs to offer all our customers a full hydration package, with mains and bottle-fed water coolers and a complete range of hot beverage solutions including premium coffee, hot chocolate, tea and even soup.
Shakespeare’s industry knowledge will help us provide you, our customers, with the very best advice and selection of workplace drinks available, and we warmly welcome everyone from Shakespeare into the Eden Group!