What does that symbol mean?

You may have noticed the FSC logo on some of our products and be wondering what it means?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Forest Stewardship Council is an international association of members consisting of a diverse group of representatives from environmental and social groups, the timber trade and the forestry profession, indigenous people’s organisations, responsible corporations, community forestry groups and forest product certification organisations from around the world.

But why should you care?

It is important to us that the timber that we sell is sourced in the most responsible way possible, not only because its better for the environment but also because you as the customer have the right to know where your purchases are coming from.

 

FSC has a global forest certification system to provide a guarantee that forest products come from responsibly managed sources. The system has two key components:

  • Forest Management (FM) certification shows that forest managers or owners are managing their forests in a responsible way. forest management certification is a guarantee your processes and operations meet FSC standards;
  • Chain of Custody (CoC) certification provides a guarantee about the production and source of FSC-certified products. it is for for businesses manufacturing or trading forest products. Chain of Custody certification verifies that products are handled correctly at every stage of production – from forest to shelf.

We have made many changes to our sourcing processes to ensure we are in accordance with FSC principles and criteria.  This means following exact social and environmental guidelines, and often requires adaptation and evolution to our existing management and operational practices. 

 

Meet The Latest Additions To The Tolix Family

Replica black antique finish Tolix chairWho’d have ever thought that the humble Tolix chair, which was a staple piece of furniture when it was first introduced in France in the 1930’s, could prove to be so popular almost 80 years on. In fact it seems that people can’t get enough of them, and certainly our replica chairs and stools fly off the shelves almost as soon as they arrive.

As you know our replica Tolix chairs and stools are available in a gloss and matt finish in a wide range of glorious colours which meets the needs of most of our customers. However, we’ve always aimed to keep abreast of trends and changes, and so when we found these Tolix chairs and stools with an antique matte finish we just had to have them.

Create a softer look

Currently available in just black, sky blue, and white, these latest Tolix chairs and stools have a sort of shabby chic look to them which is perfect for those customers looking to step away from the industrial theme and instead create a look which is softer and more ‘farmhouse kitchen’. Personally, we love them. Please remember, however, that they are purely intended for indoor use, so don’t be tempted to leave them outside in the harsh weather.

Lightweight and stackable

Similar to all our Tolix range they’re made from the same powder coated steel which is strong and durable, and are designed to show signs of wear and tear in key areas where the top colour is coming off revealing the colour beneath. Of course, when they get a few scratches and dents in them, then they’ll look even better. The great thing about our replica Tolix range is that they really are easy to care for – just a wipe with a damp cloth will remove any spillage or debris. In addition they’re easy to pick up and move around, and they even stack for convenient storage. They’re a great way of adding a sense of history and warmth into your theme.

Mix it up

If you’re embracing the idea of communal dining as many cafes are, then you’ll find that these charming chairs and stools look fabulous sat around our slatted dark timber communal table and create a great contrast. They also look really good paired with our Werzalit and Isotop tables and since these come in a wide range of colours and sizes, you’re sure to find something to suit.

We hope you like these latest additions to the Tolix family as much as we do. If you’d like to see them for yourself then please call in to our showroom at Brendale. If you need any more information then please don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3205 1616.

Hurry And Take Advantage Of Our Clearance Offers

ribbon chair in orangeAt Cafe Furniture Brisbane our strength lies in sourcing a constantly evolving range of commercial café furniture that’s strong and durable, innovative and exciting, good to look at, and more importantly extremely affordable. However, in order to clear room for even more exciting new products, and to help with our customer’s cash flow, we’d like to draw your attention to the clearance offers we currently have available.

Tables and Table Tops

For those of you looking to up-grade your café tables then look no further. We’re currently offering a selection of complete tables as well as table tops in 600,700, and 800mm sizes. Incorporating two well known brands, Werzalit and Isotop, these tables are really built to last. The table tops themselves are heat, scratch, and stain resistant and simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. With finishes such as dark mahogany, light oak, granite, and two-tone timber effect, there’s something for all tastes. The aluminium table bases lend a contemporary aesthetic and are easily attached to the tops using just a few screws. Rust resistant, light weight, and easily portable, they’re ideal for the busiest of establishments.

Polypropylene chairs

If you’re looking to replace your outdoor seating then polypropylene chairs offer a perfect solution. Strong and robust, they can withstand the harshest of weather and stack for easy storage. We’re currently offering our Emma chairs in the sale, which are available in classic shades of black, brown, or white. Offering a generous size of seat and simplistic styling, they’ll match most decors and themes. If you like all things designer then you might be interested in our ribbon chairs which are available in blue or orange. These striking chairs incorporate the outline of three famous chairs, which was how designed Phillipe Starck intended his Masters Chair to be. Truly stunning and offering a generous width of seat, these chairs are sure to enhance your terrace.

Indoor chairs

Finally, if you’re after some indoor chairs then we’ve got on offer our Mahogany ladder back chairs which as a classic will quite simply never go out of fashion. If Industrial is more your thing, then you might like our No. 14 steel cabaret chair in white which looks fabulous lined up with gleaming jet black counters or tables. Alternatively, why not take a look at our navy chair in brushed aluminium. Designed in a traditional standard chair style, it also works in rustic designs teamed with timber tables.

You can make some amazing savings on our already low-priced products, so take advantage while you can. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so don’t take too long deciding. Don’t forget you can shop online or visit our showroom in Brendale to see the items first hand. If you need any more information on these or any other products then just give us a call on (07) 3205 1616 and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

4 Defined Places That Are Set For Coffeeshopification In The Future

coffee shopIn a post by Stephen Gordon of the ‘Specialist’, he states that in the future everything will become a coffee shop. This might not be as far fetched as it sounds as many institutions are gradually going through a slow metamorphosis towards coffeeshopification. Here are four such places, some of which may just surprise you.

Universities

Universities the world over have been the seats of learning for many centuries and are traditionally places where would-be generals, prime ministers, and leaders of industry, learn the skills necessary to go on and set the world on fire. Part of that learning was the university lecture where the lecturer would stand up in front of a packed audience and inspire them to great things. Nowadays things have changed and the onset of the internet allows teachers to post their lectures online which means that many pupils don’t actually physically attend, instead choosing to view the lecture in a place of their choosing. One university lecturer stated that only 50% of his class attends lectures many of whom choose to watch in comfortable places where they can be with friends. The coffee shop fits the bill perfectly.

Book stores

While it’s true that many book stores already have café’s on the premises, the massive popularity of e-books means that many traditional book stores are having to re-invent themselves completely. In the future it’s easy to see how all book stores are going to become coffee shops. Conversely, given time it’s easy to see how the book store as we know it will be phased out completely and instead many book stores will primarily be coffee shops that just happen to sell books. Now that really is food for thought!

Retail stores

Online shopping has risen dramatically in the last decade especially with the invention of Amazon Prime where you can get orders delivered right to your door the very next day. In fact according to ABC news in 2014 the amount of people who did their Christmas shopping online accounted for 60% of the total $258 billion spent last year in Australia This tipped the balance of power towards online shopping vs traditional shopping for the very first time. What’s more this figure is set to grow dramatically over the next few years. Just imagine sitting in your favourite coffee shop not having to fight the crowds – and while we’re on that note, where is the most likely place that your orders will be delivered too? You’ve guessed it – the coffee shop.

The work place – again!

Where else would venture capitalists of the day frequent to strike up deals and to make money? The coffee house of course! It was only in the latter part of the 19th century when equipment became to expensive and too cumbersome, so the need for offices and workplaces grew out of necessity. Now a person can duplicate most office functions using nothing but a small lap-top. The only real need of an office nowadays is so that you have an address or base from which to work from. In the future why can’t that place that clients know where to find you be a coffee shop! Ask the thousands of freelancers who already base themselves in café’s around the world. Coffeeshopification is coming!

Whether you’re a new cafe looking to furnish your establishment or an existing cafe thinking of refurbishment, look no further than Cafe Solutions Brisbane. We sell a wide variety of commercial grade cafe furniture at great prices. Take a look at our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au or contact us on 07 3205 1616 for further information.

9 Surprising Facts About The Coffee Industry You Might Not Know

coffeeAs the previous blog was all about coffee, I thought I’d continue along this line and delve into the coffee industry itself. So while you’ve got 5 minutes and are sipping your cup of coffee, here are 9 surprising facts about the coffee industry you might not know. Let’s kick it off…

Fact 1 – Drinking Coffee – Then watch your head!

In 17th century Turkey, Sultan Murad IV (who obviously wasn’t a fan of Starbucks) maintained that drinking coffee was a capital offence. The sultan was so intent on eradicating it that he and his entourage crept round the streets of Istanbul disguised as commoners. Once someone was spotted drinking the evil brew the sultan and his gang would saunter up to them, promptly draw their swords and alleviate them of their heads. Ouch!

Fact 2 – Probably the most sought after commodity in the world

….Well after crude oil anyway, but there’s no shame in that. In fact the coffee industry is worth over $100 billion worldwide and that’s more than other commodities like sugar, wheat, and corn, put together.

Fact 3 – Boggling numbers

Okay so you want to guess how many cups we consume in the world each year? 100 million, 200 million perhaps…try 500 billion! 14 billion of these are espressos (apparently).

Fact 4 – A truly global operation

Coffee is produced in over 50 countries with some of the finest coming from places like St Helena, Guatamala, and Hawaii

Fact 5 – Limited choice

Despite there being endless flavours, grades, and varieties of coffee, there are in fact only two types of originating bean. These are Arabica and Robusta. Around 70% of the world’s coffee is Arabica and is considered more flavourful. Robusta is usually cheaper, harder to roast, and is more commonly used in instant coffee production.

Fact 5 – And the fastest growing niche in the hospitality industry is…..

Yep, you’ve guessed it…coffee shops! Even in a global recession coffee shops are reported to be growing by around 7% per year. If you don’t believe me look at how many café’s have sprung up in your area recently.

Fact 6 – Unfair balance

While over 90% of coffee production occurs in developing countries the majority of its consumption takes place in industrialised nations. The top 3 producers are Brazil, Columbia, and rather surprisingly… Vietnam.

Fact 7 – And the prize for the country that drinks the most coffee per capita in the world goes to…

No not the USA, not Italy, but Finland. Consuming 9.6 kgs of the stuff (that’s per person, per year) that’s 2.4kgs more than its closest rival Norway. If you’re wandering where Australians rank, then we’re 28th on the list at a paltry 2.6kgs.

Fact 8 –Coffee wasn’t always so popular

We already know what Sultan Murad IV felt about coffee, but did you know that since its discovery in Ethiopia it’s been blamed for Satan worship, promiscuity, riots, and general lawlessness?

Fact 9 – Half the adult population drink it

Yes it’s true, over half of the adult population in the world drink coffee, averaging 3.5 cups per day.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we can’t sell you coffee, but we do offer some excellent commercial grade cafe furniture, all at real value-for-money prices. Why not contact us on 07 3205 1616 or check out our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com.au

Exploring The Five Best Coffees In The World (well, probably)

best coffee in the worldJust like a bad wine, everybody remembers a bad cup of coffee, but surely this is all down to taste right? After all, one person’s bad cup of coffee just might be another’s favourite! Just as bad coffee can be a controversial subject, so too is what’s considered really good coffee. However unlike bad coffee we do know which coffees have been rated continually high in terms of taste, colour, and aroma by some of the best experts in the world and I guess that this is what makes them (probably) the best. Anyway, without further ado, let’s kick things off in no particular order.

Hawaiian Kona Coffee

Kona coffee is grown around 600 meters above sea level on the fertile slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano. Known for its light and delicate, yet surprisingly rich taste it has a complex aroma. Medium bodied it has buttery, spicy qualities which give it its very distinctive taste.

Sumatran Lingtong

With a low acidity Sumatran Lingtong is well known for its complex earthy tones with a hint of sweetness thrown in for good measure. The tropical lush climate of the Northern Lingtong region is said to give this coffee a real depth of flavour that few coffees can match.

Ethiopian Harrar

If you like your coffee wild and exotic then Ethiopian Harrar is the perfect match. Grown 1,500 to 2,500 metres above sea level the high elevations are said to produce an intense pungent, heady aroma that looks bright in the cup. Flavours of blackberries, cardamom, and jasmine sit comfortably with the bitterness of rich dark chocolate to make an edgy and bold cup of coffee.

Guatemalan Antigua Coffee

An exceptional premium coffee Guatemalan Antigua gives a pleasant rich smoky taste with hints of spice. This particular coffee bean works best when dark roasted to release the full force of the flavours.

St Helena South Atlantic

The tiny island of St Helena produces some of the finest coffee on the planet in the form of St Helena South Atlantic. Light and elegant with a hint of jasmine, it’s said to be processed using pure spring water that cascades down the Island’s Central Ridge peaks. Subtle but with layers of complex flavours this is the coffee for the real coffee connoisseur.

Here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we can’t sell you any of the world’s finest coffees, but what we can do is to give you access to some of the best commercial grade cafe furniture. Via our website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com you can browse (and of course purchase) a wide range of great value for money furniture that’s both strong and durable. If you need advice or can’t find what you’re looking for then give our experienced team a call on 07 3205 1616. Alternatively, if you’re in the Brendale area then why not pop into our fully-stocked showroom.

A Brief But Fun Look Into The History Of The Humble Cafe

cup of coffeeYou don’t have to go far these days to find a cafe close to where you live or work. In fact, blink and there’s a good chance that yet another one has opened in your neighbourhood (well, that’s what’s happening where I live anyhow). Yet despite their close proximity to one another most seem to be doing enough to entice customers through the doors to survive. Maybe that’s because café’s have evolved over the years and are now places where you can socialise, do business, read the paper, catch up with friends on social media, oh and er…drink coffee. Anyway as I was sitting in my favourite cafe contemplating life it got me thinking about just how far the cafe has come and more importantly where did it all begin?

Turkey 1475

From as early as the 13th century Ethiopians were reported to be drinking a ‘strange bitter brew’ which somehow spread to the Middle East and eventually Europe. In fifteenth century Turkey, coffee was seen as such an important commodity that a law was passed where a ‘women could be divorced on the grounds that she couldn’t supply her husband with enough coffee’. It comes as no surprise then that the first documented coffee shop – the Kiva Han opened for business in Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1475.

Vienna 1529

In Vienna around 1529 a Turkish immigrant decided to adapt the lethal brew which was reported to be ‘Black as hell and strong as death to European tastes by adding milk and sugar. Hey presto, the cafe-au lait’ was born.

1652 London

It wasn’t until 1652 that London developed a taste for coffee when in Cornhill, a Greek immigrant by the name of Pasque Rosee opened up the first coffee stall. As a servant to a rich Turkish coffee trader, Rosee developed a penchant for the newfangled brew and exported it to Britain. Within a short while his stall was so popular that it was selling up to 600 cups a day. Maybe that was because it was cleverly marketed as an antidote for everything from violence and drunkenness to lust! Within 10 years Londoners couldn’t get enough of it and by 1662 there were a reported 82 coffee houses in the old city alone, many of them becoming places where trades were struck and business was conducted.

1760 -1790 – Colonisation

When America and Australia became British colonies, coffee was quick to follow. The first recognised coffee house in the US called Tontines opened in 1792 and this became the site of the original New York Stock Exchange. The first coffee introduced to Australia was believed to have been transported on the ships of the First Fleet bound for Botany Bay in 1788

1946 – Milan Italy

For the last 600 years of so, coffee had been a very simple affair, you either had it black or white. However in 1946 that all changed when Italian company Gaggia made the world’s first Piston Espresso machine and unveiled it at the Gaggia coffee bar in Milan. Rumours have it however that at first it wasn’t very popular as the natural oils in the coffee formed a layer on top which many believed to be a ‘layer of scum‘. However after tasting they we’re hooked and the rest as they say….is history!

1971 and all that

Seattle in 1971 seemed a strange place to start what was to become the cafe revolution but it’s where the very first Starbucks opened. Some forty years later and the company now have over 8000 stores world-wide and have revolutionised the way we drink coffee.

So there you have it a glimpse into the world of the humble cafe. If you’re opening up a new cafe and are in need of quality commercial furniture then here at Cafe Furniture Brisbane we have a wide range of stock for you to choose from all at great prices. Why not check out our website further or contact us on 07 3205 1616 to see just what we have to offer.

 

Good Quality Café Furniture Doesn’t Have To Cost A Fortune

Isotop bombay tableHappy to New Year to all our customers. We had a fab Christmas here and are looking forward to a happy and prosperous 2015. I don’t know about you but I’m not that good at keeping New Year resolutions so I tend to keep them to myself so that no-one knows whether I keep to them or not, particularly when it comes to diets! What we have resolved however, as café furniture suppliers, is to keep on introducing brand new lines which like all of our furniture are strong and robust, attractive, and keenly priced.

With this in mind we’d like to introduce you to two new finishes in our Isotop tables – Butcher’s Block and Bombay. If you’re looking to up-grade your furniture then our Isotop table tops or complete tables are a great choice. The table tops will fit easily to most bases which makes a cost effective method of sprucing up your café or bistro by utilising your existing table bases. Alternatively you can purchase any of our Isotop tables with a choice of matt black or shiny silver aluminium table base to give a modern or traditional feel, depending on your preference.

German technology coupled with European Design

For those of you who haven’t heard of Isotop, it’s a brand which is proving really popular with cafés and bistros. The table tops are manufactured in Malaysia which keeps the price down but there is certainly no scrimping on quality. Manufactured using an innovative German technology, these seamless table tops are virtually indestructible. The unique compound combines real wood with synthetic resins to give a resilient table top that has all the appeal of wood but the advantages of a synthetic product. These durable table tops are heat resistant and have a non permeable surface which makes them stain and scratch resistant. They really are as tough as old boots and can withstand all the rigours of a thriving establishment.

The Butcher’s Block is 35mm in depth with smooth rounded corners for safety and lovely golden hues of colour with a distinctive grain whereas Bombay has a rich depth of colour with red shades to look like warm cherry wood. However these tables aren’t just about good looks, they’re also extremely functional and versatile. The unique compound that they’re made from is weatherproof which means that the tables can be used inside or out and won’t fade, rot, or crack whatever the weather throws at them. They’re also quick and easy to clean using little more than a damp cloth and mild detergent to remove any spilled drinks or food debris. Being seamless, the table tops are also very hygienic which is yet another reason for their popularity in the hospitality industry, plus they come in a range of handy shapes and sizes.

You’d expect a table as strong and versatile as the Isotop to be expensive but the good news is that they are very competitively priced. So if you’re looking to throw out the old and bring in the new then why not visit our showroom, shop online or simply give us a call on 07 3205 1616 to find out more.

4 Weird and Wonderful Ways Of Using Coffee

ways to use coffeeI was killing time the other day as you do, surfing the internet, and just happened to come across a blog post describing different ways of using coffee. So as we often talk about coffee in the context of coffee shops, great furniture, ambience and all that sort of thing, we thought readers might be interested in a few of the ideas.

Bio-diesel

We’ve probably all read that sometime this century we’re likely to run out of oil and as a result scientists have been busy looking at alternative fuels. Some of the more common suggestions have been wind turbines and solar panels but now they’re suggesting something that usually gets tipped into the bin, used coffee.

This idea sounds a bit crazy, we know, and it’s not surprising that it’s originated from America. However, according to the University of Nevada it seems that left over coffee grounds can actually be used in the production of bio-diesel. Approximately 15% of coffee grounds is made up of oil, and this can be used in a similar way to the Palm Oil which is produced the world over. Coffee grounds provide an interesting alternative to what is currently the subject of much controversy about the de-forestation that is needed to grow the palm plant, and needs no plantations or additional farming. At a guess the scientists reckon that the world’s supply of coffee grounds could produce 340 million gallons of bio-diesel a year which would go a small way towards alleviating the crisis when it happens.

Adding flavour to food

More and more chefs are using this magical dark brew to lend deep flavour to both sweet and savoury dishes. Never before has it been so easy to get your coffee fix, and there’s a wide range of recipes to choose from. How about coffee toffee banana bread which contains half a cup of brewed coffee to give an added burst of flavour? Or what about Espresso scones? For lunch you could indulge yourself with a coffee-bacon sandwich which is an updated version of the classic BLT. Or for a cold winter evening then we’d recommend coffee and beef stew to warm you up.

Fertiliser

Adding a small amount of coffee to your soil will release such nutrients as nitrogen into the soil, and this helps roses and carrots grow strong and healthy. You can also add coffee grounds to your compost heap which helps it break down more quickly. Another useful tip is to use coffee on the soil to stop your neighbour’s cat from digging up your plants, they’re said to hate the smell of coffee.

Get rid of headaches

Finally, did you know that drinking coffee can rid you of a headache? Apparently it reduces the swell of blood vessels in the brain and can lessen the pain or even get rid of the headache completely. Caffeine is so effective for pain relief that it’s in a lot of medication.

So, getting back to coffee shops or cafés once more, if you need any new furniture for your café then why not take a look at our great selection. We’ve got a totally diverse range from industrial to traditional and designer. You’re sure to find something you like. Why not browse out online store or visit our warehouse and get inspired.

So What Exactly Is Cafe Furniture Anyhow?

confused personSeems like an obvious question I know but it’s an important one especially when you’re looking to refurbish your existing café or starting from scratch. Cafe furniture is furniture that’s used specifically in bistros, restaurants, bars, and of course café’s It can also be used in the home. Domestic furniture on the other hand (or furniture that’s made specifically for the home) shouldn’t be used in a commercial setting and here-in lies the difference.

Cafe furniture is generally more compact than it’s domestic counterpart so that it can be slotted effortlessly into the space constraints that a busy café has. It’s also far more durable and resistant to spills that say your average kitchen table would be. This is simply because it gets far more daily use.

So what exactly is commercial grade café furniture made from?

Cafe furniture is made from a wide range of materials from wood and wood composites, through to metal and even plastic. However, they all have one thing in common in that they’re tough and easily able to handle the rigours of a busy establishment. Each type of material can be used to create a theme or enhance a design. For instance aluminium would work extremely well in an industrial setting complete with exposed brick work and steel beams, or in a Mediterranean theme on a terrace area. Or how about a retro theme with sleek red tables? Wood on the other hand might be used more in classic contemporary designs; and finally plastic (or polypropylene) seating and tables come in a wide range of striking colours so they might best enhance a funky design.

What about outdoor use?

The confusing thing is that not all café commercial furniture is designed for outdoor use, so if you plan to use it for this purpose, then you’ll need to make sure you don’t mistakenly purchase ‘indoor only’ furniture. Retailers and manufacturers should tell you this before you buy and if they don’t then ask the question. That said and just to confuse things further, most furniture designed for outdoor use is usually dual purpose, meaning that it can also be used indoors if you so wish.

So there you have it, the sometimes confusing world of café furniture!

If you’re looking for stylish café furniture that will enhance your establishment without costing you the earth, then check out the website at www.cafefurniturebrisbane.com We stock a wide range of products all at unbeatable prices. If you can’t find what you’re looking for or need to ask a question then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 07 3205 1616 and talk to our friendly staff. Alternatively if you’re in the Brendale area of Brisbane then why not pop into our show room and take a look first hand.