Consumption & Trends


Consumption & Trends

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Does specialty coffee put people on too much of a pedestal?

Coffee industry celebrities have become prevalent as barista competitions have flourished. But some feel representation is far off the mark.

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How Gen Z is changing China’s tea-drinking culture

For more than three millennia, tea has formed an integral part of Chinese society. Are young people about to change it for good?
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Egypt is about to become the next specialty coffee hub

By 2025, nearly 60% of Egypt’s population will be considered “middle class" – and they're showing a growing appetite for high-quality coffee.
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Why Chinese coffee chains fear oil companies more than Starbucks

The “crossover” coffee shop model has been a driving force in the industry over the past two years.
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The challenges of sparking a specialty coffee boom in El Salvador

The ICO estimates that just 8-10% of the coffee produced in El Salvador stays in the country.

Market monopolies: Are small coffee companies doomed to fail?

In 2019, ten companies roasted 35% of the world’s coffee – how can smaller brands compete?
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In the US, Latino brands are reclaiming the ‘specialty’ coffee narrative

Only 13% of coffee roasters in the US are Latino-owned – companies like Mayorga Coffee are carving out new opportunities.
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Farewell to Miami: Why specialty coffee has failed in the Magic City

Miami has a deeply ingrained coffee culture built on community and Cuban-style drinks – what some consider to be the antithesis of specialty coffee.
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How ‘100% Colombian coffee’ became a lesson in unsustainable marketing

Between the 1960s and 1990s, the FNC spent $1.3bn on marketing Colombian coffee – then the money ran dry.
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Juan Valdez Café: Does the chain have a future abroad?

The first Juan Valdez Café launched in Bogotá in 2002 amid low coffee prices. Today, it operates in 14 markets around the world.
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How Shanghai became China’s coffee capital

Shanghai is home to nearly 8,000 coffee shops – the most for a single city.
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Is Latin America falling out of love with US coffee chains?

Starbucks recently opened its 1,500th store in Latin America & the Caribbean – but is its appeal waning?
Kopi Kenangan

Kopi Kenangan: The celebrity-endorsed coffee chain transforming Indonesia’s coffee culture

Kopi Kenangan was launched in 2017 to plug the gap between high-end speciality coffee and street stalls selling instant.
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Bitter end: Why companies are ditching the “world’s strongest coffee” claim

Death Wish Coffee pioneered the use of the term “world’s strongest coffee” – but, recently, brands have started distancing themselves.
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How a 17th-century “coffee tax” is crippling Germany’s roasters

The German government charges Kaffeesteuer on all roasted coffee imported and sold domestically – but is it at risk of stifling growth?
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Tostao Café y Pan: The rise and fall of Colombia’s coffee unicorn

Tostao Café y Pan grew at breakneck speed, even overtaking Juan Valdez's coffee shops. Then, in 2020, it all came crashing down.
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Other sectors borrow from specialty coffee – but have they been as successful?

A number of other industries, including chocolate, have borrowed concepts from specialty coffee with varying degrees of success.
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Is bubble tea hampering the growth of China’s coffee industry?

Some fear bubble tea is hampering coffee's growth, while others suggest they are complementary markets.
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From shisha to specialty: How Jordan’s coffee culture went premium

The streets of Amman, Jordan’s capital city, brim with coffee shops open all night long, where shining Arabic coffee pots – known as dalahs – serve visitors by the dozen.
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Why the SCA is holding its coffee championships in Taipei

The 2023 World Latte Art, World Coffee In Good Spirits, and World Coffee Roasting Championships will be held in Taipei City.