truro's little red brick alley bistro & coffee
OUR GREAT LITTLE CITY'S NEW COFFEE & DONUT HOUSE
LOCAL COFFEE AND AMAZINGLY SINFUL DOUGHNUTS!
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Our First Blog Entry
January 26, 2017
Well I think our little adventure is about to start... Today is the start of an adventure, a vision, a dream... Look out Truro... HERE WE COME! :))
39 days later!
March 06, 2017
So, 39 days ago we launched an adventure that will send us into 2017 caffeine fuelled and full of doughnuts. Today we have reached another exciting milestone for our little adventure. We are so excited that we are getting closer to opening the doors to greet you all and serve you some deliciously tempting doughnuts and a great cup of amazingly tasty coffee! We are getting closer to the opening date and big launch. Keep checking back for the dates... we can't wait to see you ! :) xx
Why coffee is good for you!
March 06, 2017
Ask any coffee drinker and they’ll tell you: coffee has worthwhile benefits. Beyond the pleasant aroma and the morning pick-me-up, there is growing evidence that our coffee habits could actually be impacting our health… for the better!
So just how does coffee affect your well-being?
Have a read of this interesting article...
April 14, 2017
Wow!!! We have just finished our very first week as Truro's first Coffee and Donut House. We can't say THANK YOU enough to all of our amazing customers this first week of our new adventure. Don't forget to like our Facebook page and review your experience with us! What an amazing week!! :)) xxx
COFFEE MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL :)
April 22, 2017
So, apparently Coffee not only help us function like reasonable humans on a daily basis and enables some of us to put our pants on the right way round, it also helps us with our beauty regime. So here are a few thing Coffee can also help us with other than our basic functions in life:
1. Coffee brightens up your face
2. Coffee can boost your hair colour
3. Coffee reduces bags and darkness around your eyes
4. Coffee can reduce cellulite
5. Coffee soothes and calms skin
6. Coffee can improve circulation
Have a read here and see how Coffee can help you more... :-)
What’s behind Friday 13th?
October 13, 2017
So, today being the unluckiest day of the year, Friday 13th has had its fair share of bad press. There are many people fear the day looming, or book to go out, see friends, make plans but then realise that it’s “Friday 13th” and cancel. Some people genuinely refuse to leave their home in fear of what Friday 13th may bring… It can bring so much dread that there is officially a phobia of it, Triskaidekaphobia is the official name given to the fear or avoidance of the number 13.
So, who started the centuries old rumour that causes anxiety amongst us all this time after? Some will say that it comes from Christianity or our friendly neighbours, the Vikings. The name Friday comes from the Norse goddess Frigg (or Freyja) who was the goddess of love, beauty, war, death and magic, however, may people believed this day to be unlucky (especially for weddings) and according to records, mainly by Christians during the 17 th century.
There are, however, numerous possibilities as to where the unfortunate number 13 has been deemed unlucky, evil or satanic… the most popular theories stems from both Christians and the Norse. It’s considered that it’s miserable existence comes from the 13 people seated around the table at the Last Supper. Judas Iscariot was by tradition the 13th person to be seated to dine. The Vikings of more ancient times told a very similar story, according to their old Norse myths, 12 Gods were feasting at the banquet hall at Valhalla when Loki, the God of Mischief, showed up uninvited! Loki, being the dreaded unwelcome 13th guest, went on to convince the God of Winter (Hod) to murder the God of Good (Balder), with mistletoe no less, throwing all of Valhalla into mourning, once again convincing us that 13 is not a number of people you want sat around your dinner table…
Consequently… it should also be made clear that considering the bad press 13 has, in some ancient cultures, 13 is quite the opposite. In ancient Egypt, they believed that life was a spiritual journey spent in stages. They believed that 12 of those stages were spent in this life, and the final 13th stage was a joyous transformative ascension to an eternal afterlife. So, as much as it was associated with death, it was not in decay and fear but as acknowledgement of a glorious eternal immortality.
So, there you go. Friday 13th has been seen as unlucky for as far back as Jesus and Valhalla but the ancient Egyptians felt that is was their symbol of their transition into immortality. Maybe I won’t be inviting 13 guests around my Christmas dinner table this year in fear of the mistletoe being used in a murder investigation, but as for Friday 13th I think maybe it’s just a misunderstood reject of society, if it was Monday 13th I’d completely understand and wouldn’t even question it after all, a Friday IS a Friday and we know what that means… Happy Friday everyone xx
Why do we celebrate New Year resolutions?
January 01, 2018
So, here we are in another new year and every year I hear the same thing... "what's your new years resolution?" and for some this is a great opportunity to set new goals in place, so where does this tradition come from...
A New Year's resolution is a tradition, most common in the Western Hemisphere but also found in the Eastern Hemisphere, in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life. In English tradition it doesn't start until January 2.
Religious origins... Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts. The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus, for whom the month of January is named.
In the Medieval era, the knights took the "peacock vow" at the end of the Christmas season each year to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. At watchnight services, many Christians prepare for the year ahead by praying and making these resolutions.
This tradition has many other religious parallels. During Judaism's New Year, Rosh Hashanah, through the High Holidays and culminating in Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), one is to reflect upon one's wrongdoings over the year and both seek and offer forgiveness. People can act similarly during the Christian liturgical season of Lent, although the motive behind this holiday is more of sacrifice than of responsibility. In fact, the Methodist practice of New Year's resolutions came, in part, from the Lenten sacrifices. The concept, regardless of creed, is to reflect upon self-improvement annually.
Participation... At the end of the Great Depression, about a quarter of American adults formed New Year's resolutions. At the start of the 21st century, about 40% did. In fact, according to the American Medical Association [(AMA)], approximately 40% to 50% of Americans participate in the New Year's resolution tradition from the 1995 Epcot and 1985 Gallop Polls A study found 46% of participants who made common New Year's resolutions (e.g. weight loss, exercise programs, quitting smoking) were likely to succeed, over ten times as much as those who decided to make life changes at other times of the year.
Popular goals... Some examples include resolutions to donate to the poor more often, to become more assertive, or to become more environmentally responsible.
Popular goals include resolutions to: Improve physical well-being: eat healthy food, lose weight, exercise more, eat better, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, stop biting nails, get rid of old bad habits. Improve mental well-being: think positive, laugh more often, enjoy life. Improve finances: get out of debt, save money, make small investments. Improve career: perform better at current job, get a better job, establish own business. Improve education: improve grades, get a better education, learn something new (such as a foreign language or music), study often, read more books, improve talents. Improve self: become more organized, reduce stress, be less grumpy, manage time, be more independent, perhaps watch less television, play fewer sitting-down video games. Take a trip. Volunteer to help others, practice life skills, use civic virtue, give to charity, volunteer to work part-time in a charity organization
Get along better with people, improve social skills, enhance social intelligence
Make new friends. Spend quality time with family members. settle down, get engaged/get married, have kids. Pray more, be more spiritual. Be more involved in sports or different activities. Spend less time on social media (such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr etc.)
Success rate... The most common reason for participants failing their New Years' Resolutions was setting themselves unrealistic goals (35%), while 33% didn't keep track of their progress and a further 23% forgot about it. About one in 10 respondents claimed they made too many resolutions.
A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying "lose weight"), while women succeeded 10%
January 10, 2018
Reading the article below this morning on the Independent website, we are wondering what your views are on this? :)
Sales of reusable coffee cups at Argos surged five-fold last month, ahead of MPs proposing the introduction of a 25p tax on disposable cups in a bid to tackle the mountains of waste produced across the UK every day.
Argos, which is part of the Sainsbury’s group, said on Wednesday that it had sold 537 per cent more travel cups in December 2017 than during the same month in the previous year.
Dawn Ritchie, a manager in the kitchen buying department at Argos, said that the popularity of the cups was partially fuelled by the success of popular documentaries like Blue Planet II, but also by the fact that some of the UK’s big coffee chains had started offering discounts to customers bringing in their own cup.
Pret A Manger announced in early January that customers would get a 50p discount on the price of hot drinks if they bring their own cup, and Starbucks has recently said that it would kick off a three-month trial in February charging customers 5p for disposable cups in up to 25 London stores.
It conducted a similar trial in 2016, offering a 50p discount for customers using reusable cups, but it said that this initiative was not as successful as it had hoped. It said that at present, just 1.8 per cent of its customers use recyclable cups.
The Government's proposed ‘Latte Levy’ hopes to reduce the 2.5 billion coffee cups thrown away every year, according to the Environmental Audit Committee.
According to The British Coffee Association, 80 per cent of people who visit coffee shops do so at least once a week, whilst 16 per cent visit on a daily basis.