You can share a coffee and beat loneliness
The average British person will drink 676 cups of coffee per year, with three of those drinks per week being bought from a café or coffee shop. With lockdown and an increase in working from home, many of our morning commute coffee rituals have changed or stopped altogether, meaning some serious hot drink savings! Around £300 worth of savings.
The Independent recently found that the average person spends £303 on take-out coffee per year. So while our kettles may be working a little harder than usual at the moment, our wallets are certainly reaping the benefits.
So why not share a coffee with The Nightingale this year? By donating the price of just one take-away coffee per month, you can help us provide a cancer patient or their family with one-to-one counselling or just a friendly chat to support them through their difficult cancer journey and deal with the effects of the Covid pandemic.
Those currently undergoing cancer treatment are high risk and extremely vulnerable to Covid-19. Nearly a year since the first lockdown, many have been isolating for months on end, with little to no help or support to alleviate their loneliness. With over 300 clients we have seen that isolating can have a lasting effect on mental health. Though clients can no longer come into our centre, we’re still having regular catch ups with each and every one. Whether it’s a counselling session or a quick coffee break chat, sharing one coffee with The Nightingale will help those most vulnerable and at risk.
If you chose to donate £5 a month, we’ll send you a Nightingale mug to enjoy your coffee savings at home, or our travel bamboo cup so you can top up and drink on-the-go. Over the year, your donation will connect us with 60 people and reduce their loneliness if they’re shielding or isolating.
We understand that this is a difficult time for everyone, no matter if you share a short, tall, grande or venti with us, all sizes make a huge and drastic difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.
Click here to share a coffee with The Nightingale today!
Our top coffee tips
You don’t have to be a skilled barista to make a great cup of Joe at home, but it helps to know a few tricks of the trade. Here are our top tips for that perfect, first sip ‘Ahhhhh’ moment:
Keep it tight: To keep your coffee fresh, try and store it in an air tight container or a mason jar. You want to keep the oxygen out to preserve the flavour. Also, avoid freezing your coffee, as there’s a chance it could absorb moisture, affecting the taste.
Spice it up: If you’re wanting to experiment, you don’t need fancy syrups, you’ll find you already have top flavour additions at home. Stir in a square of chocolate or add some vanilla extract for a sweet taste. Or sprinkle a spice on top, cinnamon and nutmeg are great in the winter months.
Some like it hot, but not too hot: Water that is too hot will make the coffee taste bitter. The perfect water temperature for brewing is 200·F or if you’re using a kettle, wait 45 seconds after a full boil. Also, don’t reheat your coffee once made, as that can make it bitter too!
Water, water, everywhere: 98.5% of a coffee is just water! So it’s safe to say it’s a pretty important ingredient. Rather than using tap water, try using water from a filter like a Brita or from the fridge. If you’re using bottled don’t use distilled as the water needs some minerals in it.