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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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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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Revisiting ‘Cafe Nation: Exploring the growth of the UK cafe industry’ – journal article made free to read until 2020

Back in March 2018 I found out that one of my articles ‘Cafe Nation: Exploring the growth of the UK cafe industry‘ in the journal Area had been identified as one of the most downloaded, and so was made free … Continue reading

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From pub to coffee shop: changing habits?

The number of pubs in the UK is in decline. The BBC reported that in the second half of 2017, around 18 pubs were closing every week, according to data from The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). There are a … 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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Appearance on Keys to the Shop podcast Episode 90

Some time ago I was made aware of the Keys to the Shop podcast when listening to the guys from Orange Cactus Coffee. It’s an excellent podcast for those interested in the coffee shop industry. Produced by Chris Deferio this … Continue reading

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Coffee shops, consumers and technology: reducing the sea of laptops

People working on laptops, or sitting looking at their smart phones in a cafe is a common scene. A recurring conversation takes place in the coffee shop industry about whether coffee shops should provide wifi, power outlets etc with some arguing that … 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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Book Review: Where to Drink Coffee by Avidan Ross and Liz Clayton

I had some time to kill before a meeting in London recently and ended up at one of my favourite coffee shops in central London, Kaffeine (I happened to be in the Great Tichfield street branch but I like the … 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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