Category Archives: research

New research: Exploring coffee consumption and the impact of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

Until recently the UK had a thriving coffee shop culture, with most high streets offering a range of different independent and chain coffee shop outlets. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold, fewer people were leaving home until … Continue reading

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Examining sustainability risks in Indonesia-UK coffee supply chains

The global coffee industry faces a number of sustainability risks from price volatility, and supply of labour to climate change and changing prevalence of pests and disease. The challenges it faces are complex, with adjustments to supply chains shaped by … Continue reading

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Working together towards a circular economy: life beyond the cup of coffee

There are many different definitions of the circular economy, which at their core they have the same thing in common: the reduction of waste, and the movement away from a linear economy which operates on a take-make-consume-throwaway model (Ellen Macarthur … Continue reading

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New research summary published: The coffee shop industry and the circular economy

There are many different definitions of the circular economy, which at their core have the same thing in common: the reduction of waste, and the movement away from the linear economy which operates on a take-make-consume-throwaway model. Many have recognised … Continue reading

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Considering the future of coffee – ICO launches ‘Coffee Development Report 2019’

Much of the recent discussion in the mainstream media related to coffee has been about the ‘coffee crisis’, the historic low of coffee prices, and the impact this is having on the livelihoods of coffee farmers around the world (Alameida, … Continue reading

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Centre for Business in Society White Paper: Seeking Sustainability in the Coffee Shop Industry: Innovations in the Circular Economy

Across many sectors and industries, efforts are being made to be more sustainable, reduce consumption of materials and energy, and in many cases engage in more circular economy practices – reusing materials to create new ones, in turn reducing the … Continue reading

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New publication: From bean to cup and beyond: exploring ethical consumption and coffee shops

To finish off the year on the café spaces blog, a new article drawing on our research around the coffee shop industry and ethical consumption has been published in the Journal of Consumer Ethics. As part of a special issue … Continue reading

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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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