Tag Archives: Sustainability

Rise of the reusables: steps towards sustainability in coffee cup use

It is estimated that around 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK, or around 5,000 every minute. In 2017 the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee launched an inquiry to explore the scale of the issue … Continue reading

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The London Coffee Festival 2018: Highlights

From 12th-15th April, the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch hosts the London Coffee Festival. I had originally expected not to attend this year due to our new arrival, but in a last minute change of plans decided to go with … 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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Thinking about the ‘waves’ of coffee

A couple of weeks ago I was giving a lecture about the economics of the coffee industry as part of an international business module. At one point I ended up discussing the so-called ‘waves of coffee’ and how they relate … Continue reading

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Considering standards and certifications in the coffee industry

Recently I’ve been exploring more of the coffee industry focusing on the production side of the industry, and in particular thinking about the role of standards and certifications (and alternatives) for fostering a more sustainable approach to coffee growing. Growing … Continue reading

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Tackling the coffee cup mountain: Will a ‘latte’ levy make a difference?

While the rapid growth of the coffee shop industry in the UK has been important for the retail economy it has had significant environmental consequences, most notably the huge amount of disposable coffee cups. It is estimated that 2.5 billion … Continue reading

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Inspired by Standart: ‘Why the Social Sciences Matter’

I have mentioned Standart magazine before in a post about magazines I read to learn about coffee and the coffee industry – now on Issue 10 it’s becoming a growing store of coffee knowledge. In the most recent issue which … 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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New research project – From the Grounds Up: The Coffee Shop Industry and the Circular Economy

There have been a number of posts over the last year on the ‘cafespaces’ blog which have discussed topics related to sustainability and the coffee shop industry. I’m delighted to have received funding from Coventry University to be able to … Continue reading

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