Community & Trends

Kissaten: Exploring the new age of Japanese coffee houses

Kissaten translates as “tea-drinking shop”. In fact, they are classic, old-fashioned Japanese coffee and tea houses that have a particular focus on the craft of coffee and creating an ambience... Read more

How a custom espresso machine can improve brand identity

Now that a small number of espresso machine manufacturers supply a vast amount of coffee shops, it is common to encounter the same models. Therefore, many businesses are opting for a custom espresso machine as a way to differentiate... Read more

Is the specialty coffee industry going backwards?

Specialty coffee is hallmarked by its unwavering commitment to innovation – rooted in a value system prioritising unique, high-quality products. However, it could be argued that this is changing, and specialty coffee may now be moving backwards... Read more

What you missed at World of Coffee 2023

The industry’s biggest competitions, best products, and most innovative brands all gathered in Athens at the end of last week for the World of Coffee 2023. Here's what you missed.. Read more

Have airports finally accepted specialty coffee?

As air travel fast returns to pre-pandemic levels, food and beverage operators in airports increasingly appear to have retained one crucial lesson from the lockdowns: support your locals. More people become familiar with a higher-quality cup of coffee and operators have noticed the role of specialty coffee in improving the airport experience for travellers... Read more

How decaf and RTD drove all-day coffee consumption

The rise of decaf coffee, cold brew, RTD drinks, and coffee cocktails are driving all-day consumption and competing with other beverages such as tea, alcohol, and sodas... Read more
The journey from barista to café owner

Charting the journey from barista to café owner

The dream of owning a coffee shop is one many baristas share, but the road to becoming a café owner is not easy... Read more
has the vegan milk craze peaked?

Has the vegan milk coffee craze peaked?

In spite of their presence in the coffee industry for over ten years, the vegan milk category is still often considered the new kid on the block. However, plant-based products have made a serious dent in the once-monopolised milk segment... Read more
coffee flavour wheels have become an icon

What do localised coffee flavour wheels mean for the industry?

Matt Haw speaks with Andrew Hetzel about region-specific coffee flavour wheels, and how developing localised language around flavour might not be as simple as it seems... Read more
will infused coffees get bigger in 2023?

Infused coffees: Will they get bigger in 2023?

As specialty coffee brands find new ways to set themselves apart, some in the industry believe that infused coffees have pushed things too far... Read more