Tag Archives: Cafe Culture

Book Review: Filtered: Coffee, the cafe and the 21st century city by Emma Felton

A book about cafés and cities is a great addition to my growing collection of coffee and café culture books. ‘Filtered: coffee, the café and the 21st century’ by Dr Emma Felton is a book which discusses so many of … Continue reading

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Summer sun, coffee shops and specialty coffee roasters in Porto

Portugal is a country with a long coffee history and rich coffee culture. Over the last few years I’ve been exploring the story of Portuguese coffee culture and the rise of specialty coffee in the country, particularly around the Porto … Continue reading

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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: Lonely Planet’s Global Coffee Tour

Are you interested in exploring different types of coffee shops across the globe? Have you ever wondered how to ask for coffee in different countries around the world? If the answer if yes to either of these questions then the … 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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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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Updated map of coffee shops and cafes in Coventry

Last year I wrote a blog post including a Google map of the coffee shops and cafes in Coventry around the time the bid for Coventry to be the 2021 City of Culture had been submitted to try and demonstrate … Continue reading

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Peak Coffee Shop? Peak Costa Coffee? Where next for the UK market leader?

Last year I wrote an article for the Conversation about if Britain had reached ‘peak coffee shop’, sparked by industry forecasts that suggested the number of coffee shops in the country was set to continue to grow at pace (to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Philosophy of Coffee

It’s always a good day when another coffee-related book arrives at the house, and Friday saw the arrival of the ‘Philosophy of Coffee’, written by the author of (the increasingly global) Brian’s Coffee Spot, Brian Williams. I first came across … Continue reading

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2017 on Cafe Spaces: A Year in Review

As the end of 2017 draws near I’ve been reflecting on how my work has developed over the year.  As more regular readers of the blog may have noted, I was off on maternity leave until the summer, so in … Continue reading

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