Recycling Programmes: How Coffee Shops Engage in the Circular Economy

The phenomenal growth of coffee shops (in the UK, but also globally) has consequently meant a rise in energy consumption and the production of waste. It’s estimated that 500,000 tonnes of coffee waste is produced in the UK each year, and 7 million disposable coffee cups each day. It is estimated that less than 1% of these coffee cups are recycled. After the issue reached the mainstream media last year as part of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s ‘war on waste’ there have been many developments.

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Coffee Pods are Gaining Popularity in Southeast Asia

Besides the sachets of instant coffee – a section of coffee industry that is highly popular in Asia, another coffee segment seems to be gaining popularity in Southeast Asia: the coffee pods. The market for coffee pods in Asia is on the rise according to en.netralnews.com and channelnewsasia.com.

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Considering the ‘Coffice Economy’

This is a new piece of research which highlights another important function of café spaces – as places not only of co-working for independent workers, but as places where business and work takes place more generally.

The discount voucher website MyVoucherCodes has recently released some data which suggests that:

4/5 people in the UK have spent at least 3 ½ hours working from a coffee shop each week;
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Coffee Price Rise in Serbia and in the World

According to novosti.rs, Brazil and Vietnam are facing the decrease of coffee growth which will affect coffee prices in Serbia, as well as in the whole world. The market demand is in constant increase, Robusta deficit is compensated with the more expensive sort, which results in higher prices.

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Coffee Culture and Specialty Coffee in the Middle East

Last month, Trade Arabia 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, embarked on the franchise concept in order to expand its global presence, adding to its existing franchise agreements in UAE, Qatar, Pakistan and Malaysia.

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Russian Coffee Market has Grown Back

According to rbc.ru, in 2016 the sales volume in Russian coffee market increased by 1.2% while the year before the volume reduced by 0.5%. Among the main reasons of this change specialists name the promotions and the fact that Russians are turning away from tea. The tea sales are decreasing the second year in a row.

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Exploring Coffee and Cafe Culture in Portugal

Coffee culture is ingrained in the everyday life, culture and history of Portugal. The Portuguese were crucial actors in expanding the coffee industry into what it is today with Portuguese colonists introducing the coffee plant to Brazil. There isn’t space here to explore the rich history of Portuguese coffee culture, but I will write about this more at some point soon.

Drinking coffee in Portugal is an everyday part of life, with cafés found almost on every street, and espresso being the most common drink.  Coffee is significantly cheaper to drink out of the home, than it is in the UK. An espresso wouldn’t usually cost you more than € 1 and in most cases is closer to € 0.50. If you ask for a coffee (um café) an espresso is what you’d be served, although there are regional variations for different coffees too. If you were in Porto and wanted an espresso you’d order um bica, while in Lisbon you’d order um cimbalino (named after the La Cimbali espresso machines). [Sign in to continue]

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Coffee Import to Ukraine Increased in 2016

According to interfax.com.ua, in 2016 the country imported 29.74 thousand tons of coffee, coffee hulls and coffee substitutes. In terms of money the export grew by 9.7% – up to $94.63 million (in comparison with $86.29 million in 2015).

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How New Technologies Impact Coffee Equipments? (Part 3)

Refractometers and the “Perfect Cup”
For the last episode of this small review of new techs related to coffee, I will try to consider the use of refractometers for the “Perfect Cup” preparation. Barista’s refractometers such as the VST and Atago are the most popular on the market. I will propose in a future post a scientific and statistical comparison between VST, Atago and the RE40D from Mettler-Toledo (professional laboratory refractometer).

Why “Total Dissolved Solids” concept is so important today ?
Initiated by the National Coffee Association and affiliated with the Pan American Coffee Bureau, the CBI was formed around 1952, and marked a new focus on industry research and customer preferences for coffee in the United States. Dr. Earl E. Lockhart was the institute’s first director. Dr. Lockhart has been credited for his leadership role in conducting some of the most advanced coffee research at the time, including the measurement of “soluble solids” in coffee as an index of quality. Much of the work conducted by the CBI was towards determining the optimal methodology to brew good coffee, which led to the distribution of many recommendations, such as the brewing essentials. This focus on the consumer led the Institute to realize that the majority of complaints around coffee were the direct result of improper brewing methods. [Sign in to continue]

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Coffee Shop Culture in Australia

‘In Australia, coffee isn’t fuel for work – it’s a way of life’.  Milkman (2016).

While coffee may be a global commodity, and coffee shop cultures have emerged across the world, each country tends to have its own flavour of coffee shop culture, each with their own histories, influenced by the movement of people and commodities around the globe. A particularly interesting case is Australia, described as the world’s ‘coffee capital’ by Perfect Daily Grind, which has a well-established coffee shop culture where the independent coffee shop dominates the landscape.  It has been argued that Australian coffee culture has now achieved an important status representing “time out” warmth, intimacy and sophistication, with baristas representing cultural icons [Sign in to continue]

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