Monthly Archives: February 2017

Baristas: Top tips for getting ahead in the coffee shop industry

While my current research project focuses on the impact of coffee shops in urban spaces, through my fieldwork I’ve been collecting interesting findings about working in the coffee shop industry too*. Coffee shops are known for having quite high turn … Continue reading

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The McCafé view of specialty coffee

“The coffee market has got a bit over-complicated, hasn’t it? But with McCafé, none of the frills or fuss. Only freshly ground beans, making great tasting coffee. It’s simple.” McDonalds UK This is the message of a new advert from … Continue reading

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Calling for cups: coffee cup recycling activities

I have written before about the problem of takeaway coffee cups, which continues to feature in the mainstream media. Back in November 2016 Costa Coffee started a trial scheme for recyling coffee cups in around 45 stores based in Manchester … Continue reading

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Drawing people to the city: coffee festivals

While my current research project explores the impact of cafes on different urban communities, I’m also interested in other activities related to the café industry, and the impact these have on different cities. There are a growing number of coffee … Continue reading

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New competition: Coffee #1

While the coffee shop chains Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffe Nero dominate the market in the UK, increasingly there is growing competition from regional chains that have adopted strategies of substantial geographic expansion. One such chain is Coffee #1 which … Continue reading

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Coffee and the circular economy

With the growing number of coffee shops in the UK (and globally) there has also been a rise in associated waste products too: it is estimated that over 500,000 tonnes of coffee waste is produced in the UK every year,which … Continue reading

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Cofix, the low cost coffee shop

While you may be familiar with the global coffee shop chains Costa Coffee and Starbucks you may not be so familiar with a rapidly growing chain which was first established in Israel, Cofix. The coffee chain operates on a low … Continue reading

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Coffee shops become the new ‘Local’ and other trends in the UK coffee shop market

“The UK has become a nation of coffee drinkers, with coffee shop visitors purchasing an estimated 2.3 billion cups of coffee per year in stores. Consumers are more knowledgeable and empowered with choice than ever before, and the rise of … Continue reading

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Exploring coffee shop culture in Russia

Russia is a country more frequently associated with a tea drinking culture which dates back hundreds of years. While the hot drinks market in Russia is still dominated by tea (Euromonitor, 2016), the consumption of coffee is one the rise, … Continue reading

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