Consumption & Trends

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How Dunkin’ became a global coffee giant

As Americans became more health-conscious, Dunkin' pivoted to become a coffee-first brand. By 2021, it was selling more than 4bn cups per year.

How cold coffee made high-street cafés cool again

Coca-Cola is using Costa Coffee to dominate the RTD coffee market worldwide. But it has Nestlé to contend with.

US coffee consumption is low – do Americans need their own ‘hora del café’?

Despite being labelled as a "consuming country, the US has relatively low per capital coffee consumption at 4.4kg per year.
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Free coffee can cripple cafés – so why are they still offering it?

Offering free coffee can help attract new customers. As Luckin and Tostao discovered, it can also bring businesses to the brink of collapse.
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One year on: How the Russian coffee sector has changed since February 2022

The invasion of Ukraine has had an impact on Russia's coffee sector in more ways than one.
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Are fast food chains the future of specialty coffee?

Coffee sold through McCafé outlets reportedly generates more than $4 billion in annual sales in the US alone.
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How KFC can become China’s biggest coffee brand

KFC sold a reported 170m coffees in 2021 and opened its first dedicated coffee kiosk in Shanghai last October.
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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?
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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.