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How to plan for early retirement the Crazy Cat way

Can I Afford to Retire Early?

Here at Crazy Cat we are in our 50’s and always on the lookout for ways to retire early!

Planning for your Retirement may seem a long way off, but act now and the benefits will follow – here are our  “How to retire early” tips:

  1. Find out how much you will need to Retire on – ask your Pension provider for a forecast & work out how much you currently spend per year.
  2. Start to increase your savings pot – 10%-15% is what you need to save of your yearly income for Retirement.
  3. Prioritize your Retirement fund first – Then think about your kid’s college fund after. Your children have their whole lives ahead of them.
  4. Tackle your debts – switch your credit cards to zero interest, pay off your mortgage early (without incurring costs)
  5. Join a company Pension plan and max out on what you can pay. Check that your employer matches your contribution.
  6. Cut down on major costs – Downsizing, switching loans to lower rates, holiday at home, keep your car for a year longer.
  7. Delay your retirement or consider part-time employment if you can.
  8. Get Financial help from an Independent financial advisor
  9. Make a Financial plan, agree on it with the family and stick to it.
  10. Don’t fall victim to a scam – if you are unsure then visit your local Citizens advice bureau who will help point you in the right direction.

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Let’s face it who really knows what Pensions are all about? If you do then you have my full admiration, if you don’t then below are some links to easy to read websites.

Useful link for you is the government website which provides information on the State Pension – if you are entitled to it and when you can take it.

Money Advice Service has independent information on understanding the pension minefield.

How to avoid a Pension scam

I hope this helps..and if you need a freshly ground cup of coffee drink whilst reading all this then click the link for a Cup of Crazy Cat – enjoy.

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How to sponsor a local team or club

Local sponsorship is good for business

“Crazy cat doesn’t sponsor the team for any financial benefit we do it to support grassroots rugby”

As a family, we have been involved with HRFC for many years as our son played & Al coached. Sport & rugby specifically brings huge benefits to Adults, children & their families in many ways and we are proud to be able to lend some financial support to ensure the team has the facilities, kit, and training gear they need.

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Crazy Cat Coffee supporting local teams

Why did we choose to sponsor a local club?

1. Community benefits

We know from personal experience the huge benefits that being part of a club brings children, adults & families as a whole. You literally gain a whole new family a social life emotional and physical support to name but a few.

2. Family interests

Those with children were more likely to invest in their team and so do the aunts uncles and grandparents! Many parents would not be able to afford a new kit if it wasn’t for local sponsorship. It keeps the child and the family within the rugby community.

3. Company branding

Company logos on shirts & advertising boards will be visible week after week.

4. Just ask!

When we first started to raise funds for our son’s team we had no experience. We asked local businesses, prominent local people and that’s how word spread that we needed help. We also managed to rope in our local curry house and a pub or 2!

5. Financial ability

Thriving companies are in a perfect position to put something back into the community but you need to be brave enough to ask. Many turned us down as they already made contributions to other causes but a few didn’t and they were with us for 5+ years.

Sponsorship should be seen as a mutually beneficial relationship between the two organisations. Businesses may get good publicity, it creates valuable goodwill – teams get new shirts, drinks bottles, first aid kits, and facilities.

Of course, big clubs need the big boy sponsorships but it doesn’t have to be considered the domain of big business, there are plenty of excellent opportunities for small local companies.

Local sponsorship doesn’t have to be in sport, for example, art exhibitions, charities, school project or volunteering groups are all willing to receive a boost to their coffers however small.

“Sponsorship is a long-term relationship, and as such many of the benefits come in the long term.”

So what are you waiting for – if you’re part of a local club – be brave & go out there and ask for sponsorship?

If you’re a local business then try approaching a club that you are interested in following,  offer to help support them. You may find a whole new family out there!

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Sponsorship of Hinckley rugby football club

and if you like coffee then give ours a go – available from our website or amazon.co.uk

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Serve fresh ground coffee when meeting new clients

Tips for meeting potential clients

Good communication is as stimulating as a decent cup of coffee…… and just as hard to sleep after.

After meeting potential clients for the first time, I replay the meeting on a continuous loop… all night.

If you have the meeting set up then you have your foot in the door, now all you have to do is impress them.ground coffee

Here are a few pointers:

  1. Most importantly – do your homework on your client/their company/market they are in, a google search takes seconds but can reap huge rewards.
  2. Chose your meeting space wisely, if it’s a cafe then is there a quiet room you can use, out of the way so you can talk in peace? If not then is your space clear of clutter but reflects your personality? Can you showcase your talent without it being too obvious – unless that’s the whole point then go for it ..show off?
  3. Dress smartly/professionally but not out of character – you have to be comfortable too.
  4. Be aware of your body language – you may be nervous but try not to show it. Take deep breaths, smile & enjoy it.
  5. Start with small talk & don’t go straight into the business it will overwhelm the situation.
  6. Decent Coffee – I know we own a coffee business but I can’t emphasise enough how little effort it takes to serve amazing tasting coffee.
  7. Now you can talk business – make sure you have also researched their competitors & those industries aligned with their business.
  8. Gently critique their business – what they are good at, what they are not good out, list how you can help them improve.
  9. Ask them what they like about their business what they don’t like & what they are looking for.
  10. Ask open-ended questions, take notes & repeat their answers so you know that the information is correct.
  11. Only say “Yes” or agree to work with them if you are 100% sure you can deliver.

If the client has taken time out to meet with you then chances are they want to work with you.

Take all the information you have, write it down in a contractual agreement, making sure both parties understand the small print…and you are both happy with it.Crazy Cat Ground Coffee

Amazing coffee isn’t expensive & if you get it right your prospective client will be impressed right from the start.

If you’re not a coffee drinker then here’s our link to help you out. Buy a cafetiere & practice making a brew before your meeting takes place.

We sell decaf coffee too.

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How to buy a good coffee

Coffee Selection Guide

Life offers us a bewildering amount of choice – Coffee is no exception.

Most of us are caught up in this new Cafe Culture, it’s sociable, it’s accessible (it’s hard on your waistline 🙄) Let’s face it if you’re new to coffee then it’s confusing.

The easiest & cheapest way to ease yourself into coffee is to buy a Cafetiere (glass & metal thing with a plunger – google it) read the info below then go shopping.

Starting with the basics – Fresh is best.

–  If you don’t have a coffee bean grinder go for ground coffee (filter ground). It won’t retain its freshness as long a bean but it’s a good place to start.
– One more important point before you dash off to the supermarket (or Amazon) – Roast types:
  • Espresso roast – designed for espresso coffee machines
  • Filter roast  – designed for pour over method of making coffee IE Caferiere, Aeropress, Drip fed.

and this is where it gets a murky or milky as you like – another guideline for you

  • If you prefer it black 🤨 then go for a Single origin coffee (from a single known geographical location – such as a farm or estate)
  • If you like to drink it with milk/cream go for a Blend

First, try your coffee black & add milk if you want to…. are you still with me?

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Now lets chose a region from which your coffee will have originated – the worlds “Coffee Belt”

Coffee is grown in the worlds warmer latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer & Capricorn. Within this “coffee belt” there is a vast array of altitude, rainfall, sunshine & soil conditions which will alter the taste of the coffee, much like wine growing.

  • Central & South American coffee for chocolate flavor, clean & sweet  Known for its hint of a chocolatey, nutty flavor. Brazil has a heavier bodied peanut character. Colombian coffee is mellow with a caramel or toffee taste.
  • East African or Arabian coffee for fruity complex flavor. East African and Arabian coffees have a bit of a fruity flavor. They do have undertones similar to a fruitier, sweeter wine. They also have a lighter taste than coffee from other regions. Ethiopian coffee has complex berry & wine-like aromas, whereas Kenya is known for its stone fruit influence.
  • Asian coffee for earthy, luscious flavor. If you prefer an earthier, more bitter flavor, Asian coffee is a good option. Coffees made in Asian countries tend to have an earthier, richer flavor. They will be more bitter than sweet in comparison to coffee from other regions.
  • Indonesian coffee for earthy, spicy flavor. Indonesian coffee has an earthy heavier bodied flavor, along with a hint of spice. If you want something bitter, but flavorsome, Indonesian coffee is an excellent choice.
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The Roast &  therefore the Taste

Light roast:  likely to be a bit sourer than other roasts. If you dislike sweeter tasting coffees, a light roast is a good option
Medium roast:  tend to best preserve flavours best during brewing. If you want to taste the distinct caramel flavour of a Colombian then go for a medium roast.
Dark roast: will diminish flavour a little. You’ll still get some of the coffee’s original flavor, but you may end up with a bittersweet aftertaste or undertones. Try it if you prefer your coffee less sweet.
A few additional points:
  • As coffee roasts get darker, they lose the origin flavors of the beans and take on more flavor from the roasting process.
  • The body of the coffee gets heavier, until the second crack, where the body again thins.
  • Lighter roasts have more acidity than darker roasts.
  • Light roasted beans are dry, while darker roasts develop oil on the bean surface.
  • The caffeine level decreases as the roast gets darker.

And lastly….a good coffee should provide:

  • Details about its origin, where it was farmed, roasted & ground.
  • A “roasted on” date, try and consume within a month of this date.
  • Check the Ethics, a large % now carry Fair Trade & Rain Forest Alliance – but just because it doesn’t have a badge, it does not mean it is unethical. Small coffee farmers maybe part of a co-operative which have set standards for fair pay etc.

Be careful Caffeine levels vary by coffee. Coffee usually has anywhere between 65 to 100 milligrams of caffeine per cup. Stronger coffee would be on the higher end of this spectrum, while weaker coffee would be on the lower end.

  • No Decaf coffee is 100% caffeine free so if you’re sensitive to caffeine always check the content…our decaf is delicious 

Hope this helps! …………I’m exhausted and in need of a brew.. you can shop for Crazy Cat Coffee here via Amazon.co.uk

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How to buy a fresh ground coffee

Why I dislike Coffee Snobbery

Coffee snobbery

Don’t get me started on dissing the Decaf.

I love a good cup of freshly ground coffee, sitting amongst the hipster set in our local cafe and let’s face it other than sitting with Doris in the local charity shop there isn’t anywhere else left to sit.

I am about to upset the coffee aficionados again but really what’s it all about?

Well according to coffeekind.com making a Coffee (or Brew as they say over the pond) is a science.

Approaching it scientifically it makes sense that you weight your coffee before you pour your water over it (weighed of course but in milliliters)

You’ll need equipment, of course, you can’t be weighing it on your mums kitchen scales.

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That way you get the perfect brew – so what is the ration I hear you begging me for the information?

The industry says it’s 60g to 1 litre of water

Then they go onto to say that’s a starting point because if you like a stronger brew then add more coffee…not an exact science then?

“The reason we weigh coffee instead of measuring it by the scoop is because the same amount of coffee by weight takes up different amounts of volume depending on the grind. A teaspoon of coffee beans will not produce a teaspoon of ground coffee, but 15g of coffee beans will produce 15g of ground coffee, no matter how finely you grind it. In other words, when you weigh out 15g of coffee, it will always be the same amount of coffee. That’s important for the sake of getting consistent results.”

So hope it’s all clear now.

Drink whatever coffee you like.

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