Category Archives: Coffee

Exploring Chinese Specialty Coffee: Yunnan highlights

China has a developing coffee culture both in terms of its coffee shop industry, but also its coffee farming. Back in 2016 Perfect Daily Grind reported how China was increasing its coffee production (particularly in the Yunnan, Fujian, and Hainan … Continue reading

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Spaces of community: Chatty Cafes and Costa Coffee

It was announced this week that Costa Coffee would be rolling out the concept of ‘Chatter and Natter’ tables to 300 stores across the UK. As part of the ‘Chatty Café scheme’ it involves cafes having a designated table with … Continue reading

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Coffee Shop Chains and ‘New Retail’ in China: Starbucks, Luckin Coffee, apps and delivery

China continues to be one of the largest growing markets for the coffee shop industry, with estimates of market growth ranging between 5-9% year according to different consultancy reports. Such growth is an attractive prospect for large international coffee shop … Continue reading

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Learning about coffee: Inside the factory

These days I don’t have a lot of time to watch TV, but after a few friends got in touch to tell me about a recent episode of the BBC series Inside the Factory which was all about Coffee. Presented … Continue reading

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How to make your coffee shop more sustainable – an infographic

One of the areas of the coffee and coffee shop industries I am interested in is sustainability and how different businesses approach it. Espresso Works, a coffee equipment business based on Australia has recently produced an infographic exploring some of … Continue reading

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New publication: Challenges and opportunities of new retail horizons in emerging markets: The case of a rising coffee culture in China

If you follow news about developments in the coffee and coffee shop industry then you may have seen recent articles about the growth of coffee shop culture in China, in particular about the rapid growth of Luckin Coffee, (a Beijing … Continue reading

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New publication: Fostering sustainable behaviour in retail – looking beyond the coffee cup

The environmental issues associated with disposable coffee cups has become the focus of attention for many businesses, government, the media and the public. I have written about the issue on the cafespaces blog a number of times too, but more … 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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