Category: Blogs & Articles

The Coffee Life: Interviewing the Coffee Industry

It was a pleasure to be interviewed & featured in Jass Goodman’s project: Interviewing the coffee industry for The Coffee Life blog. Read the full interview below: Jess Palmer: Neon Content & Copy Today on Interviewing The Coffee Industry, we introduce Jess Palmer, who unfortunately due to Covid, lost her job in the industry, but since then has bounced back by amazingly becoming a freelancer. How are you? Right now I’m really good.  Throughout the year I’ve been really up & down so my answer could literally be a complete 180 flip from day to day. I think that’s fairly… Read More

Why good baristas are just as important as good coffee.

Baristas are more crucial to a good cup of coffee than the coffee beans. For a company whose main trade is in coffee beans it might seem like a nonsensical thing to say…..and yet we say it all the time! Make no mistake; we’re paying plenty of attention to our coffee but we also know how many factors need to come together to make a great cup of coffee. It’s about so much more than just the beans.Baristas should be highly trained & respectful of the hard work that’s gone into growing each & every bean in their bags of… Read More

Coffee With Friends

At Paddy and Scott’s we’ve always understood the social power of coffee to bring people together. In fact, one of the first blends we ever developed was rich, chocolatey and indulgent. we called it ‘Great with Friends.’ Years later, and with a few bag re-designs; the coffee is the same but now called ‘Chit Chat.’ It’s for whiling away an afternoon or evening with your favourite people. It’s our most popular retail coffee and it’s the pinnacle of sociable coffees….Or so we thought… The coffee pictured here doesn’t look like anything special. In actual fact this vintage, kitsch little mug… Read More

Caffeine Buzzzzz

It’s not just humans who seek a caffeine hit… As it turns out we’re not alone in needing a coffee pick-me-up: a recent visit to Kew Gardens led to the discovery that the caffeine present in coffee not only supports the troops in the office to stay awesome; it also improves honeybees’ memories. Researchers there found that although the caffeine present in coffee tree nectar is low, it improves bees’ performance and long-term memory, enhancing their learning process and improving their productivity. This means they are more likely to remember the scent of the coffee flower and frequently return to… Read More

How to Identify a Kick-ass Barista

TattoosBow tie and/or bracesBeardIronic use of radical 90’s vocab Sounds like a kick-ass barista right? Maybe by some people’s standards but really, who cares whether your barista’s moustache-wax is on point as long as their flat whites are! If you’re more concerned about the quality of your coffee than the quality of the barista’s ink; here’s my handy guide for working out if your barista really knows their stuff. 1) Their processes are slick: Spend a bit of time watching them – if there’s a method to their work, a rhythm when they’re banging out those coffees; chances are they… Read More

Top Tips & Tricks for Paint by Numbers

If you’ve already read our comprehensive ‘getting started’ guide you’ll already be well on your way to expert status when it comes to our paint by numbers kits.  However, this helpful list of tips & tricks is great way to really master your painting skills.  These paint by numbers hacks will really take your talents to the next level! Use a photo opportunity Before you even dip your brush in a pot of paint – get clever!  Use your phone to take a picture of the canvas.  This is a helpful record of your starting point – refer back to… Read More

Recipe: One pot Heuvos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros is a traditional Mexican breakfast of baked eggs cooked in a tomato stew.  Perfect at any time of day; this campfire-friendly recipe is simple and delicious. Whether you’re cooking in your kitchen or out on a campsite this dish will set you up for the day! (Serves 4) You will need: Large, deep, pan with a lid Glug of olive oil 1 small onion, diced 2 crushed garlic cloves 1 red pepper (or a jar of chargrilled peppers) 1 chilli (fresh, frozen or flaked is fine) 1 tin of tomatoes 1 tin of kidney or mixed beans 4… Read More

The Ultimate Suffolk Fry Up

Instagram is full of people who feel compelled to show you their breakfast. Whether you agree with Tim Gurner’s infamous assertion that the millennial breakfast habits are to blame for their lack of home-ownership; we can all agree that breakfast and brunch are now a big deal.  I have no issue with this. In fact, on a Sunday morning it’s often a great source of comfort and inspiration to flick through instagram and eye-up everyone’s morning meals. Breakfast goals? One thing I have noticed, though, is that you will rarely find a decent picture of a really mouth-watering looking fry-up. The staple… Read More

Latitude: How to get the most from Suffolk’s favourite festival

Latitude is Suffolk’s biggest music festival.  Taking place in the stunning Henham Park since 2006 it is now a firm favourite in the calendar for festival-goers internationally. If you’re heading the Latitude this July read my guide to getting the most out of Suffolk’s headliner festival. Be prepared Ok, so you’ve probably thought of all the obvious things already: Hopefully by now you’ve got a tent etc sorted but there are some extra little things you’ll be thankful you remembered. Prepare for all weather: It’s looking as though we’re going to be bathed in sunshine for this year’s festival which… Read More