Consumption & Trends

juan valdez café

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?
tostao café y pan

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.
specialty industry

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.
bubble tea

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.
india vs china coffee consumption

Coffee consumption: Will India catch up with China?

On paper, China and India share a number of similarities – so why is Chinese coffee consumption so far ahead?
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Is the coffee industry expecting too much of B Corp?

B Corp was launched in 2006 as a tool for monitoring the social and environmental responsibilities of businesses. But can it solve the coffee industry's problems?
pergamino Colombia specialty coffee culture

Pasilla, price crises, and the growth of Colombia’s specialty coffee shops

Colombia’s Pasilla y Ripio law limited the domestic consumption of high-quality coffee until 2003. Since then, a specialty coffee shop culture has emerged.
single origin coffees

How single origin coffees lost their edge

Single origin coffees once dominated the specialty coffee market. Now, more and more businesses are tapping into the potential of blends.
coffee sustainability reports

Who reads coffee sustainability reports?

Some call them greenwashing; others as vessels of transparency & accountability – but who are sustainability reports really for?
chinese coffee consumers

Made in China: Why young Chinese consumers have turned their backs on Western coffee brands

As China looks to reinvent its image at home, young consumers are increasingly drawn to local coffee brands.
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Running on empty? The science behind coffee for athletes

Evidence suggests a link between athletic performance & caffeine consumption – but margin gains are small.
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‘Vetrepreneurship’: The staggering rise of America’s veteran-owned coffee businesses

US veteran-owned businesses bring in an annual revenue of $1.14 trillion – and coffee has a big role to play.
what next for luckin coffee

What next for Luckin Coffee?

In 2019, Luckin Coffee Inc was valued at around $13bn, but a financial scandal almost led to bankruptcy. Can new leadership help steady the ship?