Category Archives: research

Innovations in recycling coffee cups: Coffee Notes

As part of my research project into the coffee shop industry and the circular economy I have been looking for examples of products that have been made from coffee shop waste. I recently came across Coffee Notes which are notebooks … Continue reading

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Spaces of community: Chatty Cafes and Costa Coffee

It was announced this week that Costa Coffee would be rolling out the concept of ‘Chatter and Natter’ tables to 300 stores across the UK. As part of the ‘Chatty Café scheme’ it involves cafes having a designated table with … Continue reading

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New publication: Challenges and opportunities of new retail horizons in emerging markets: The case of a rising coffee culture in China

If you follow news about developments in the coffee and coffee shop industry then you may have seen recent articles about the growth of coffee shop culture in China, in particular about the rapid growth of Luckin Coffee, (a Beijing … Continue reading

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New publication: Fostering sustainable behaviour in retail – looking beyond the coffee cup

The environmental issues associated with disposable coffee cups has become the focus of attention for many businesses, government, the media and the public. I have written about the issue on the cafespaces blog a number of times too, but more … 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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‘Cafe Nation’ revisited

As a researcher in a university, part of my job is to write. One outlet for the pieces I write is the academic journal, although I do try to write for different audiences via various outlets. When academics write articles, … 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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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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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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Innovate Magazine: Café Society

Landing on my desk at work this week was the most recent issue of Coventry University’s Research and Enterprise magazine, Innovate. Some of my work around the importance of cafés and coffee shops for many people in modern society is … Continue reading

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