Category Archives: Middle East

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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Book Review: The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers

I have seen the Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers mentioned in various places recently, from Caffeine Magazine (and video) to a number of coffee blogs (such as DoubleSkinnyMacchiato). Initially I assumed this was a novel, but on reading the … Continue reading

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Coffee culture and specialty coffee in the Middle East: Coffee Planet and beyond

Recently, according to Trade Arabia it was announced that Coffee Planet, a coffee roaster and coffee shop chain in the Middle East signed a franchise agreement with HB Brands for 70 shops in Saudi Arabia. Coffee Planet, based in Dubai, … Continue reading

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