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Meet Sue…

Do you remember a little while ago we were on the hunt for people to share our office with us? Well, the first round of hot-deskers has arrived. Introducing Sue, and her wonderful fledgling business: Localboxx.

Why did you want to hot desk at Pact?
I love Pact coffee as a product and also how friendly and helpful everyone on the team is to me as a customer, so I knew the Pact team would be a fun crowd to be around instead of working from home on my own every day.

What’s your favourite part of the working day?
Early morning definitely. It’s when I am most creative and energetic. Often I’ll come downstairs at home and start cooking before my sons are even awake. It’s not unusual for our kitchen to be filled with stews, soups and pies in the oven by 730am.

Tell us a little bit about your project, Localboxx…
Localboxx will deliver really tasty, freshly made “home style” suppers to time-strapped Londoners on their way home from work. It’ll be a subscription service with an app. Three clicks and – hey presto – dinner! As a single mother with a full-time office job, I used to fantasise on the up escalator out of my local tube station after a packed-sardines commute that someone would hand me a delicious, healthy dinner for my kids and me so I wouldn’t have to cook as soon as I walked in my door. Localboxx will make my dream come true for other busy people – young professionals, older singles and parents, too.

A Localboxx food box... anyone else feeling hungry?

A Localboxx food box… anyone else feeling hungry?

The idea is to make the meals as much about community as possible: support local, independent food producers and suppliers; use seasonal produce; buy British as much as possible; employ local people. My recipes are a modern, eclectic take on “comfort” food, the kinds of dishes you wish you had the time to make yourself. Lots of colour. Plenty of vegetables and grains. Meat, too, but always a vegetarian option. Interesting spices, herbs and punchy sauces. We’re so lucky in London. We have access to food influences from all over the world. I love using them every day.

I also plan to train and hire single mothers who need flexible working hours to spend time with their children. There’s a lot of talent out there going to waste because many women with huge family responsibility just can’t see their way to working the 18-hour days that many catering industry jobs require. I know from personal experience how demanding it is to be the sole breadwinner, run a home and spend meaningful time with yourchildren. My hope is that Localboxx will offer women a selection of manageable shifts so they can build skills that lead to sustainable work.
What’s your preferred brew method?
I’m an Italian stove-top girl. Watching the coffee rise inside it is like a meditation. At home, I have several different sizes and love grinding my beans fresh every morning in a big red grinder I bought years ago at a knock-down price from a kitchen shop in west London. The only way I could get it home was to cycle it in my backpack because it was too heavy to carry.
What does your favourite mug look like?
It’s a quirky little green cup with no handles made by an artist in California. I love ceramics and used to live in Los Angeles, where I built up a collection of colourful one-off pieces I use every day to serve food and drink to my family and friends. It’s functional art. I have a bigger version of it for cups of tea. The coffee size is perfect for a double espresso with maybe a dash of hot milk.
What album goes best with a good cup of coffee?
I could never make a cup of coffee last for an entire album! I drink my coffee first thing in the morning so mostly I am in a bit of a trance staring out of the window, looking at the sky, the flowers in my window boxes, people walking by, and wondering what my day will bring.
If coffee could give you a superpower, what would it be?
The ability to travel anywhere in the world safely (without anyone noticing I’ve gone) and speak every language or dialect under the sun.

 

Pact Coffee Good for You

Number 1: The ‘bad for you’ rumours aren’t true.

A panel of the US’ top nutrition experts released its latest dietary recommendations in February, which were then celebrated in The Washington Post.

The good news for coffee-lovers?

People’s concerns about coffee being bad for them are largely unfounded. Indeed for lots of us it might be worth drinking a bit more of the stuff. Most people restrict themselves to a couple of cups of coffee a day, but the experts suggest that drinking more could be beneficial in a number of ways.

Miriam Nelson, a professor at Tufts University, reported that consuming as many as five cups of coffee each day is tied to several health benefits, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. “We saw that coffee has a lot of health benefits,” she said to the delight of coffee-fans across the globe.

Pact Coffee Good for You enhances exercise

Number 2: It’s a feel-good workout buddy.

Coffee has been shown to release happy-inducing dopamine to the brain. So, coffee makes you happy. For those of us on the Pact bandwagon that will come as no real surprise.

But did you know that as well as making you happy first thing in the morning and when you’re sat at your desk, it’s also a great beverage for when you’re getting your sweat on?

When paired with a work-out, coffee’s feel-good powers are multiplied. Turns out coffee helps with fat metabolism and is a proven ergogenic aid. If you’re not fluent in science-speak, that means it enhances your performance during high-intensity exercise, which means a better workout and a bigger buzz.

Pact Coffee Good for you specialist coffee decafNumber 3: It comes in sleep-friendly form.

Keen to benefit from all these lovely health benefits but worried your sleep will suffer? Worry not. Really good decaffeinated coffee is now easy to get your hands on.

The process of removing caffeine from specialty coffee involves using CO2, which acts a bit like a naturally-occurring caffeine magnet. As it’s passed through the beans, the rich flavours remain intact but the buzz is banished in a completely non-harmful way.

Take a look at the latest decaf on the Pact Coffee Menu >

March the 10th marks the birth of Chuck Norris. The man, the legend, the epitome of muscle-clad masculinity has spent 75 bristling years on this earth. So we thought we’d celebrate that with three Chuck Norris ‘facts’ and a suitably protein-rich coffee shake.

chuck

Chuck Norris carved Mount Rushmore…
using a sponge.

Chuck Norris was originally cast in Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom….
he was Doom.

Chuck Norris holds the world record for number of push-ups in an hour.
The number is, all of them.


Ingredients

1 banana, peeled
150g low-fat natural yoghurt
100ml of semi-skimmed milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp choc chips
60ml (two shots) of Pact Coffee

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients into a blender and give it a good whiz.
  2. Drink.
  3. Silently thank Chuck Norris.

PACT TIP: Browse our Coffee Menu to find the perfect coffee to suit your shake.

As seen in our free coffee magazine, The Perc. 

Dear Brendan Pact Coffee

Dear Brendan,

When it comes to matters of coffee and love, I’ve never been fussy. It’s rare that I meet a bean I don’t like, which is why I decided to let Pact set me up on blind dates with my coffees.

I’m usually happy to let the experts choose – and I’ve been set up with some absolute beauties – but this time the spark just wasn’t there. Basically, my most recent bag of Pact and I just didn’t hit it off. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but I’d rather spend my time with a coffee that suits my tastes. How can I make a change, without it getting awkward?

Sincerely,

Not my flavour match.

Leeds

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Hi there,

I’m sorry to hear you and your coffee didn’t find a love match, but not to worry. Seeking help is the first step towards finding the right coffee for you. Now that you’ve made that leap, there are a couple of things you can do from here.

Rate your coffee: If you don’t like that coffee, give it the thumbs down on your Pact Account Page. It sounds harsh, but it’ll ensure you don’t get that coffee again.

Talk it out: It’s good to get some perspective from a third party, so try calling or emailing Callum and the rest of the Customer Service team at Pact. Like Will Smith in the film Hitch, they just love playing matchmaker.

You can’t help who (or which coffee) you fall in love with, but these small actions will lead you to your next perfect match.

Happy brewing,

Brendan

Visit your Pact Account Page to select your next love match. 

As seen in our free coffee magazine The Perc. 

There are a lot of great things about working from home. For a start, your daily commute is equal to zero. No-one bats an eye if you rock up at your desk in your PJs, and you can indulge in water cooler conversations with any pets you have. On the other hand, sitting at home by yourself can send you a little stir-crazy.

If you’ve found yourself building pillow forts instead of focusing on your rapidly-filling inbox, then maybe you’d like to set up a desk at Pact HQ? We’re opening our doors to a few super Pact customers who would like to share our office with us.

We’re offering a workspace, free WiFi, lively conversations about whatever television series we’re currently hooked on and, of course, all the coffee you can drink. In return we’re hoping to meet some exciting people who are doing exciting things. A bit like this guy.

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A sneak peek at Pact HQ.

The nitty gritty.
There are a couple of finer details to keep in mind when applying to share our space with us.
– You’ll be able to work here from 9.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30am – 4pm Fridays.
– This is a bit of a trial, so we’ll be operating on a month-to-month schedule.
– We’ll need a couple of references.
– We’d like to a learn a little bit about you to kick things off.

Update: Unfortunately, due to a huge response, we’ve had to close applications for now. If you’re disappointed you missed out, watch this space. We’ll let you know when you can apply for the next chance to hot desk with Pact.   

Do you believe in soul mates? That everyone has a perfect match, that makes life worth living, mornings worth waking up for and coffee more marvellous?

We do.

So when we asked you to tell us about your favourite mugs, we weren’t surprised at the outpouring of affection that followed. It seems that the Pact Coffee we send out is helping to cement some very special relationships between human beings and their ceramic counterparts.

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Some interesting stats:

80% of people said that coffee from their favourite mug tastes better than from any other mug.

44% of people said they drink from their favourite mug multiple times each day (as opposed to 35% who drink from theirs daily)

31% of people said they only drink Pact Coffee from their favourite mug.

Find out some science-y stuff about exactly ‘Why Mugs Matter.’

Love stories: From Pact Coffee Customers.

Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Dave Allen’s Japanese mug, Keith.

How long have you been together?
More than six blissful months.

Where does your mug hail from?
Kyoto, Japan.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
It’s tactile and ergonomically sound.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It reminds me of an amazing time in an incredible country (and the coffee shop it came from was the best in Kyoto)!

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Sam Gomersall’s (@GomersallSam) mug, known as ‘la petite tasse’.

How long have you been together?
We’re soul mates, it’s been more than a decade.

When did you first meet?
It was a 5th birthday present (I’m now 28).

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It’s bone china and the perfect size for the amount of coffee I drink.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
It’s a mystery.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Thomas’ (@cyanmetropolis) Scottish mug, Matt.

How long have you been together?
We moved in together over a year ago.

Where does your mug hail from?
A shop beside a lighthouse in Scotland.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It’s big, holds more coffee!

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
I think that me and my mug are psychologically bound. It just doesn’t feel right drinking from another mug.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Anup’s mug, Bertie.


How long have you been together?
Not long, it was a wonderful Christmas gift.

Where did you get it?
It was a present from my brother-in-law.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
I love polar bears! It reminds me of seeing them wild in Canada.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
Polar bear saliva is delicious.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet ShoutyMouse’s mug, known as Indomitable.

 

How long have you been together?
We moved in together over a year ago.

Where did you get it?
I had it made to my own design.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It’s Radio WDON and AFC Wimbledon. Perfect.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
It is like drinking from my own soul.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Mark’s mug, known as Odin.

How long have you been together?
More than six blissful months.

Where did you get it?
It was a travel companion that came with a van I purchased to tour NZ.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
The shape and size.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
Because it’s my coffee mug.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Emma’s mug, known as Prescription Mug.

How long have you been together?
More than six blissful months.

Where did you get it?
Amazon… I’ve been searching for it for years.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It heightens my coffee experience, and makes me smile. As a former barista, coffee is essential to my general existence.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
Because it makes me smile, even before I have the actual coffee.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Daniel’s mug, known as Arthur.

How long have you been together?
More than six blissful months.

Where did you get it?
It was bought for me as a present by my lovely girlfriend when I started my new job.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It has a dinosaur on it. Also, it says “Dinosaurs are cool!” on the other side. That’s two things, but they go together, otherwise I would look weird with just one of them on the mug.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
The cup is made of bone china (what else would you make a cup with a dinosaur on it out of?!?) and I think this definitely helps make my coffee taste better.

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Pact Coffee - Mug Love

Meet Elaine’s mug, known as Stevie Ray Vaughan.

How long have you been together?
We’re long term, it’s been more than 5 years.

Where did you get it?
From my son who regularly visits Texas and the South by South West music festival.

What’s your favourite thing about it?
It makes me smile and holds a lot of coffee.

Does coffee taste better from this mug than any other?
Yes.

Why is that?
Big handle means I can control it and spill less precious coffee.

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Want to show your mug some love? Tweet us a picture along with the tag #pactmuglove

What does your favourite mug look like? Is it sleek and modern, well-worn and sentimentally potent or perhaps practical and portable? Psychologists and academic-types agree that the design and colour of your mug can make really great coffee even more enjoyable. So your choice of coffee receptacle really is important. Read on to find out why…

Pact Coffee Why Mugs Matter

First of all – why the cup matters.

If you’re drinking a top class cup of coffee – like the type we deliver, say – then doesn’t the coffee itself do all the talking? A specific cup, with sentimental or ‘quality’ attachments isn’t going to make any difference to the experience of drinking. Is it?

According to the marketing academic Aradhna Krishna, the answer is ‘yes, it is’.

She argues in her book ‘Customer Sense’ that we enjoy something more when it is presented in a more pleasing manner. Apparently our brains – the orbitofrontal cortex to be precise – combine all sensory inputs into one overall evaluation. So it really is worth making sure you drink from a mug that you’re either emotionally attached to or aesthetically pleased by.

Still in doubt? Think about how you’d feel about drinking Pact Coffee from a flimsy paper cup, versus something porcelain and perfectly formed from the Scandinavian Design Centre.

Pact Coffee Mugs

Secondly – why the colour matters.

At the end of last year it was reported in the journal Flavour that the colour of your coffee cup can have a psychological impact on the taste of your coffee. The hypothesis was that a white mug enhances our perception of bitterness.

To test the theory, volunteers compared coffee served in a white mug against a transparent one. Despite being the same coffee, the white mug was found to increase the perceived intensity. The researchers drew the conclusion that this increased bitterness was probably enhanced by the contrast between the colour of the mug and that of its contents.

So when choosing and building a relationship with a coffee cup, it’s important to consider form and colour. But what other factors come into play? These Pact Customers were happy to share their own personal mug-love experiences with us…

As seen in the February issue of our magazine The Perc., which comes free with each bag of Pact Coffee we send out.