Category Archives: community

From the Custard Factory: Birmingham Coffee Festival

The number of coffee shops in the UK has been on the rise for many years now, and with it there is growing consumer base who like to explore coffee – a good place to do this is one of … Continue reading

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Coffee shops and work: considering the ‘coffice economy’

Last week I gave a presentation at the Coventry University Faculty of Business and Law conference about cafés as important spaces of co-working (summarised in this blog post), and right on schedule a new piece of research has been produced … Continue reading

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Book Review: What I know about running coffee shops by Colin Harmon

I have no intention of ever opening a coffee shop. I am interested in the coffee shop industry, how it operates, and the impact it has on society; but for me I only ever intend to be on the customer … Continue reading

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Exploring Coffee and Cafe Culture in Portugal

When I first visited Portugal I was at a stage in my life when I drank a lot of vanilla lattes, the odd espresso and americano, but mostly vanilla lattes, and when I travelled to Portugal my partner had explained … Continue reading

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Spaces of Community: Dynamics in the cafe industry – Research Summary

The ‘Cafe Spaces’ blog was originally established to support the activities around the research project ‘Spaces of Community: exploring dynamics in the café industry‘, which sought to explore the growth and development of the café industry in the UK, and … Continue reading

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Neighborhood and Coffee: Starbucks in Japan

Starbucks, the global coffee chain company is starting to try and do things a little differently. Famous for introducing its stores with their similar style and operations across the globe, with increasing competition the company has had to think about … Continue reading

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UK Coffee Week 2017 and Project Waterfall

My initial idea about researching the cafe industry was to focus on the economic and social impact of cafes on their local communities. While the local impact they have is definitely important there are ways in which cafes and the … Continue reading

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Coffee and a furball: the rise of animal cafes

  It was reported this week that Bristol is the next city in the UK to get its first cat cafe, a cafe where visitors can spend time with cats roaming around while they have their coffee. Bristol is one … Continue reading

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Wi-fi in cafes: an expected service?

The BBC reported this week on the use of wi-fi in cafés. While for many people there is an expectation that a café is likely to provide free wi-fi, there are many cafés which are deliberately not providing the service. … Continue reading

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Cafe Innovations: Ziferblat

 “Ziferblat is the first place where everything you see if free except the time you spend there. You can work, make art, drink coffee, play the piano, attend events and get acquainted with good people”. Ziferblat website Last night the … Continue reading

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