Tag Archives: Specialty Coffee

Thank you Orange Cactus Coffee

In April I wrote a blog post about some of the podcasts that I listen to, in order to learn about coffee. One of these was the Orange Cactus Coffee Podcast, which I started to listen to after some interaction … 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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Book Review: What I know about running coffee shops by Colin Harmon

I have no intention of ever opening a coffee shop. I am interested in the coffee shop industry, how it operates, and the impact it has on society; but for me I only ever intend to be on the customer … Continue reading

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Coffee and cafe culture in Portugal: revisited

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’ve recently been to Portugal and had the opportunity to explore a bit more of its coffee culture. In Portugal, unlike the UK, drinks bought in the café tend to stay in the … Continue reading

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Specialty coffee culture in Portugal: Luso Coffee Roasters

Portugal is famous for its coffee culture; drinking coffee is an important part of every day life across the country. Cafes are present everywhere you can think of, right down to the most remote villages.  However, the specialty coffee industry … Continue reading

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Urban development and coffee shops: the end of the road for a coffee shop in Birmingham

I learned recently from an article in the Birmingham Mail that one of the first specialty coffee shops in Birmingham, 6/8 Kafe on Temple Row, is to close down after the building it inhabits is to be transformed into a … Continue reading

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Exploring Coffee and Cafe Culture in Portugal

When I first visited Portugal I was at a stage in my life when I drank a lot of vanilla lattes, the odd espresso and americano, but mostly vanilla lattes, and when I travelled to Portugal my partner had explained … Continue reading

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The McCafé view of specialty coffee

“The coffee market has got a bit over-complicated, hasn’t it? But with McCafé, none of the frills or fuss. Only freshly ground beans, making great tasting coffee. It’s simple.” McDonalds UK This is the message of a new advert from … 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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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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