Category Archives: Specialty Coffee

Book Review: Craft Coffee A Manual

Through my research into the coffee and coffee shop industries I have learnt lots about coffee and the different ways to prepare it – I even went on a SCA Barista Skills course at Prufrock in an attempt to understand … Continue reading

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Coffee and communities: Well Grounded – The Specialty Coffee Training Academy

As I’ve explained before on the ‘cafespaces’ blog, the coffee and coffee shop industries have the potential to impact various communities; an important route for doing so is through the activities of social enterprises. A great example is Well Grounded, … Continue reading

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A return to Portugal and specialty coffee: Coffee shops, roasters and coffee

Portugal has always had a vibrant coffee culture, with cafes playing a central role in many people’s lives, but as in many places, coffee culture is changing. When I first started to visit Portugal, you would struggle to find places … Continue reading

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Future gazing for coffee shops: changing trends

Much of my work explores the past and present of the coffee and coffee shop industries, investigating changing trends in the industry and how this impacts consumers and communities. I’m often asked to consider what the future of the coffee … Continue reading

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Coffee with a conscience: social enterprises in the coffee shop industry

One aspect of my research into the coffee shop industry is the extent to which the industry contributes to the development of ‘community’  – one element of this is exploring the activities of social enterprises in the industry and how … Continue reading

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Exploring Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies and Coffee

Discussions of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum have been in the news quite a lot over the last year, in response to rapidly changing values and a proliferation of uses in different industries. The coffee industry is beginning … Continue reading

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Why coffee festivals are good for cities, consumers and the coffee industry

It’s that time of year again when thousands of coffee professionals and coffee lovers are drawn to London for the annual London Coffee Festival, which is once again held in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. The festival first … 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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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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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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