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The rise of plant-based milk for coffee drinkers

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The rise of plant-based milk for coffee drinkers

When you order a coffee, it isn’t as straightforward as merely asking for a cappuccino or a flat white. The barista will typically ask “which milk would you like”, which used to be as simple as requesting semi-skimmed over full fat. The rise in veganism in recent years has encouraged a range of alternatives to dairy in coffee shops. Vegan options go beyond that of soya; now there is a never-ending list of new milks such as oat, rice, coconut and almond influencing the market. There is increasing transparency in the dairy industry. Cow’s milk is now less desirable to...

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Global Coffee Festival to connect 12 cities over 12 hour live stream

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Global Coffee Festival to connect 12 cities over 12 hour live stream

Coffee goes international this October at the Global Coffee Festival hosted in twelve different cities to help reignite the hospitality economy during Covid-19. The virtual event will broadcast more than 30 events non-stop over twelve hours hosting talks, debates and training to coffee enthusiasts watching at home. The inaugural online festival has been curated by event company Allegra in response to the pandemic, as their face-t0-face coffee festivals were postponed around the world. It takes place on Friday 30 October from noon until midnight, with the GCF Fringe from 31 October to 1 November, providing trade attendees the chance to...

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Crisis for Small Italian Coffee Roasters

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Crisis for Small Italian Coffee Roasters

The economic outlook for small Italian coffee roasters has not been so bleak since the Second World War. Piano Coffee has made a lot of friends in the Italian coffee community over the past twenty years and it’s heart-breaking to hear that many of them will not recover from lockdown, meaning their heritage blends will be lost to us forever. Historically in Italy, the big name blends such as Lavazza, Illy and Kimbo were drunk in home, whilst the caffe taken on the hoof on the way to or from work, (or after a restaurant meal), tended to be from...

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Capsule Time

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Capsule Time

How will the growing popularity of in-home capsule systems affect our relationship with high street coffee shops? Sales of in-home coffee systems boomed during lockdown, as millions of people were furloughed or worked from home. This article looks briefly at the development of the coffee capsule (or pod) and examines some of the issues that arise out of using these systems before speculating on the long-term effects of this trend on our industry. A Half Century of Development Lavazza introduced the capsule concept in 1989 with the launch of Espresso Point, a home and small office system that still enjoys...

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The Olive Trees of Puglia

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The Olive Trees of Puglia

There are 60 million olive trees in Puglia. That equates to 15 trees per head of population in the region. Olive oil is central to the Cucina Povera of Southern Italy, where family growers consider care of the trees to be part of their cultural heritage. Unfortunately, the olive trees of Puglia are under threat from a bacterial infection called Xylella Fastidiosa, which is carried from tree to tree by small insects. One sixth of Puglia’s olive trees are infected with the bacterium, which causes the olive tree to dry up and stop producing olives. Trees are being culled and...

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