Category Archives: coffee culture

Considering the future of coffee – ICO launches ‘Coffee Development Report 2019’

Much of the recent discussion in the mainstream media related to coffee has been about the ‘coffee crisis’, the historic low of coffee prices, and the impact this is having on the livelihoods of coffee farmers around the world (Alameida, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Filtered: Coffee, the cafe and the 21st century city by Emma Felton

A book about cafés and cities is a great addition to my growing collection of coffee and café culture books. ‘Filtered: coffee, the café and the 21st century’ by Dr Emma Felton is a book which discusses so many of … Continue reading

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International Coffee Day 2019: Celebrating coffee and considering global coffee challenges

1st October is International Coffee Day. This event is designed to both celebrate coffee and recognise the millions of people from across the globe that are involved in maintaining and developing the coffee industry from the farmers to baristas and … Continue reading

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Coffee, Berlin and cheesecake

Berlin has always been one of my favourite cities. I spent quite a bit of time here over the years for different research purposes. This time I was here to explore coffee in Berlin, and in particular the coffee shop … Continue reading

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From coffee grounds to grand designs – talking about coffee shops and the circular economy at the RGS conference

In London this week the Royal Geographical Society hosted its Annual Conference with an overarching theme of Geographies of trouble / geographies of hope. This year I presented some of my research in a session on Sustainablity, re-use and waste. … Continue reading

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Centre for Business in Society White Paper: Seeking Sustainability in the Coffee Shop Industry: Innovations in the Circular Economy

Across many sectors and industries, efforts are being made to be more sustainable, reduce consumption of materials and energy, and in many cases engage in more circular economy practices – reusing materials to create new ones, in turn reducing the … Continue reading

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Summer sun, coffee shops and specialty coffee roasters in Porto

Portugal is a country with a long coffee history and rich coffee culture. Over the last few years I’ve been exploring the story of Portuguese coffee culture and the rise of specialty coffee in the country, particularly around the Porto … Continue reading

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Costa Coffee, Coca-cola and the quest for global expansion – India and the Middle East

In 2018 it was announced that the global soft drinks company Coca-cola was going to buy the UK based coffee shop chain Costa Coffee, owned at the time by Whitbread, for nearly £4 billion. This was not the first big … Continue reading

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The Cup Fund has launched – seeking new ideas for coffee cup recycling

Disposable coffee cups have recently been in the news again. This time it’s because of a new effort to try and increase coffee cup recycling – The Cup Fund –  a £1 million funding scheme to kick start some ideas … Continue reading

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Book Review – Coffee: A Global History by Jonathan Morris

Coffee: A Global History written by Professor Jonathan Morris is part of Reaktion books ‘Edible Series’. As a geographer I have always been interested in how things shape the world, and these books provide a great insight into how particular … Continue reading

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