Category Archives: environment

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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Switching cups: Coffee festivals tackling disposable coffee cups

Coffee festivals have become important events in the coffee calendar for both professionals and coffee consumers alike. Growing numbers of visitors to these festivals across the country has inevitably led to large volumes of disposable coffee cups being used in … 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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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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Book Review: Coffeeography by Stephen Leighton

I mentioned a previous post about how Stephen Leighton founder of Has Bean Coffee has demonstrated how important building relationships with specialty coffee producers can be. Has Bean Coffee is well known for its specialty coffees which showcase a range … Continue reading

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Considering standards and certifications in the coffee industry

Recently I’ve been exploring more of the coffee industry focusing on the production side of the industry, and in particular thinking about the role of standards and certifications (and alternatives) for fostering a more sustainable approach to coffee growing. Growing … Continue reading

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Inspired by Standart: ‘Why the Social Sciences Matter’

I have mentioned Standart magazine before in a post about magazines I read to learn about coffee and the coffee industry – now on Issue 10 it’s becoming a growing store of coffee knowledge. In the most recent issue which … Continue reading

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Thoughts on ‘Everything but the Coffee’

There are a lot of books out there about coffee, coffee culture and cafes. I’ve spent years working through them but there’s always so much more to read. I was recently recommended ‘Everything but the coffee’ by Bryant Simon. It’s … Continue reading

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Consumers, reusable cups and convenience

At the end of the November Coventry University published a press release which included some of my research based around the issue of disposable coffee cups and plastic waste. The release came out just after the Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced … Continue reading

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More than just four options

Earlier this month an article on BBC News appeared which outlined ‘four solutions to the disposable coffee cup problem’. It re-highlights the scale of the disposable coffee cup problem in the UK – 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups thrown away … Continue reading

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