Category Archives: Commentaries

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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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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Data insight: Specialty coffee shops in London

London is home to a wealth of specialty coffee shops, and it’s a place where the specialty coffee industry is always developing. In order for coffee shops to remain successful in such a market (or any market) and continue to … Continue reading

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Researching the Coffee and Coffee Shop Industries: A Guide for A Level Geography Students and Teachers

The coffee shop industry in has experienced significant growth over the last decade with recent estimates suggesting the industry in the UK alone is worth £9 billion, with over 24,000 outlets. Coffee shops are present in places across many countries … Continue reading

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On the need to continue discussions of waste: Government responds to ‘latte levy’ proposal

In January the Environmental Audit Committee published a report as a result of an inquiry into disposable coffee cup waste. The report made a number of suggestions to address the issue of growing disposable coffee cup waste in the UK. … Continue reading

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Coffee and the transport hub: the rise of specialty coffee in train stations and airports

In a recent blog post on reaching peak Costa Coffee in the UK I mentioned how a Guardian article had hinted at a shift taking place where more specialty coffee was becoming available in transport hubs, particularly train stations. Given … Continue reading

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Peak Coffee Shop? Peak Costa Coffee? Where next for the UK market leader?

Last year I wrote an article for the Conversation about if Britain had reached ‘peak coffee shop’, sparked by industry forecasts that suggested the number of coffee shops in the country was set to continue to grow at pace (to … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop Industry, Recycling and the Circular Economy

Last week I had a great opportunity to give a guest lecture at Leiden University in the Netherlands to talk about the coffee shop industry, recycling and the circular economy. The lecture focused not only on exploring the implications of … Continue reading

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Thinking about the ‘waves’ of coffee

A couple of weeks ago I was giving a lecture about the economics of the coffee industry as part of an international business module. At one point I ended up discussing the so-called ‘waves of coffee’ and how they relate … Continue reading

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