Category Archives: Cafe Culture

Book Review: The Devils Cup by Stewart Lee Allen

If you’re interested in the history of coffee and you like reading travelogues, then this book may interest you. I’ve recently been trying to read more around the history of coffee more generally, and a reference from another book led … Continue reading

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Appearance on Keys to the Shop podcast Episode 90

Some time ago I was made aware of the Keys to the Shop podcast when listening to the guys from Orange Cactus Coffee. It’s an excellent podcast for those interested in the coffee shop industry. Produced by Chris Deferio this … Continue reading

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Considering the Coffee Free House

Recently I’ve had some time to catch up on various coffee related reading and videos. European Coffee Trip published an interview with Jeremy Challender, who is well known for his role in Prufrock Coffee in London (and now Barista Hustle). … Continue reading

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Future gazing for coffee shops: changing trends

Much of my work explores the past and present of the coffee and coffee shop industries, investigating changing trends in the industry and how this impacts consumers and communities. I’m often asked to consider what the future of the coffee … Continue reading

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Coffee with a conscience: social enterprises in the coffee shop industry

One aspect of my research into the coffee shop industry is the extent to which the industry contributes to the development of ‘community’  – one element of this is exploring the activities of social enterprises in the industry and how … Continue reading

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Coffee shops, consumers and technology: reducing the sea of laptops

People working on laptops, or sitting looking at their smart phones in a cafe is a common scene. A recurring conversation takes place in the coffee shop industry about whether coffee shops should provide wifi, power outlets etc with some arguing that … Continue reading

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Exploring Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies and Coffee

Discussions of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum have been in the news quite a lot over the last year, in response to rapidly changing values and a proliferation of uses in different industries. The coffee industry is beginning … Continue reading

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The London Coffee Festival 2018: Highlights

From 12th-15th April, the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch hosts the London Coffee Festival. I had originally expected not to attend this year due to our new arrival, but in a last minute change of plans decided to go with … Continue reading

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Why coffee festivals are good for cities, consumers and the coffee industry

It’s that time of year again when thousands of coffee professionals and coffee lovers are drawn to London for the annual London Coffee Festival, which is once again held in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. The festival first … Continue reading

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‘Cafe Nation’ revisited

As a researcher in a university, part of my job is to write. One outlet for the pieces I write is the academic journal, although I do try to write for different audiences via various outlets. When academics write articles, … Continue reading

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