Tag Archives: Costa Coffee

The battle of the coffee shops continues

This week coffee shops have been back in the UK media. A  short piece on ITV news which highlighted how the national chains continue battle with independents for their share of the £9 billion coffee shop market. It was also … Continue reading

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Coffee culture and specialty coffee in the Middle East: Coffee Planet and beyond

Recently, according to Trade Arabia it was announced that Coffee Planet, a coffee roaster and coffee shop chain in the Middle East signed a franchise agreement with HB Brands for 70 shops in Saudi Arabia. Coffee Planet, based in Dubai, … Continue reading

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Café culture in Coventry

Coventry is a welcoming city, a changing city, and a city full of culture –  it has submitted a bid to be the UK City of Culture 2021. When you think of café culture, Coventry probably isn’t the first city … Continue reading

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Calling for cups: coffee cup recycling activities

I have written before about the problem of takeaway coffee cups, which continues to feature in the mainstream media. Back in November 2016 Costa Coffee started a trial scheme for recyling coffee cups in around 45 stores based in Manchester … Continue reading

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Coffee shops become the new ‘Local’ and other trends in the UK coffee shop market

“The UK has become a nation of coffee drinkers, with coffee shop visitors purchasing an estimated 2.3 billion cups of coffee per year in stores. Consumers are more knowledgeable and empowered with choice than ever before, and the rise of … Continue reading

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Exploring coffee shop culture in Russia

Russia is a country more frequently associated with a tea drinking culture which dates back hundreds of years. While the hot drinks market in Russia is still dominated by tea (Euromonitor, 2016), the consumption of coffee is one the rise, … Continue reading

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Learning about coffee: Costa for Schools

As part of my interests around the cafe industry I am of course interested in learning about coffee more generally, thinking about how we get from bean to cup, and about coffee and its involvement in global commodity chains. Back … Continue reading

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Expansion of cafe culture in China

“Coffee is elbowing its way into tea culture in China, with the potential to transform one of the world’s smallest markets into its largest.” BBC, 2016 While China is most commonly thought of as a tea drinking nation more recently … Continue reading

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Battling the coffee cup mountain

Earlier this year it was revealed that there are an estimated 5,000 takeaway coffee cups  thrown away every minute in the UK, with less than 1% being recycled, even if placed in recycling bins. The ‘War on Waste’ campaign led … Continue reading

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Cafe Nation? New publication on the UK cafe industry 

So while the ‘Spaces of Community‘ project has now been going for a bit now academic publishing time scales means that it’s only now that some of the publications are coming into fruition. The first article published this month which … Continue reading

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