Author: Jennifer Ferreira

The United Kingdom: coffee, coronavirus and the uncertain future of high street cafe culture


Before coronavirus hit, the UK had a thriving coffee shop culture, with around 26,000 coffee shops across the country. But by the end of March 2020, many coffee shops were closed, or only open for takeaway. Up to 92% of coffee shops are estimated to have closed at some point during the lockdown, as it was not viable, or possible,

Turkish Coffee Culture: An Intangible Cultural Heritage

Turkish coffee culture

Turkey has a long-established coffee culture with a rich history that has become ingrained in many elements of Turkish culture. Deemed so important in 2013 UNESCO inscribed Turkish coffee culture and tradition into the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Consumption of coffee in Turkey for 2017 was still relatively low compared to many European countries but Turkey has experienced a growth in many coffee shop chains over recent years, including the global giant Starbucks and its competitors.

Coffee and Transport Hubs: Specialty Coffee Consumption Growths in Train Stations

Coffee and Transport Hubs_ Specialty Coffee Consumption Growth in Train Stations

Transport hubs have long been places where coffee shops have had a presence, and to some extent the trends in coffee consumption have been reflected here – in particular the spread of chain coffee shops. Some of the chains have recognised that transport hubs need to begin to shift their coffee offerings too – in  2017 Starbucks opened a 24 hour

Coffee Shops: Is Fair to Reduce the Use of Wifi?

Coffee Shops_ Is Fair to Reduce the Use of Wifi

People working on laptops, or sitting looking at their smartphones 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 if they do so it encourages customers to spend longer periods of time on the premises, but doesn’t necessarily encourage them

Coffee With A Conscience: Social Enterprises In The Coffee Shop Industry

Coffee with a conscience_ social enterprises in the coffee shop industry

One aspect of my research into the coffee shop industry is the extent to which the industry contributes to the development of ‘community’  – one element of this is exploring the activities of social enterprises in the industry, and how they contribute to different communities. The trend for social enterprises is an important feature of the coffee shop landscape, and

How The Coffee Industry Has Been Engaging With The Circular Economy

How The Coffee Industry Has Been Engaging With The Circular Economy

Last month, Jennifer Ferreira, a researcher in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University and Opinion Leader at CoffeeBI, gave a guest lecture at Leiden University in the Netherlands to talk about the coffee shop industry, recycling and the circular economy. The lecture focused on exploring the implications of the rapid growth of the coffee shop industry for