The Art of Blending

Both are popular beverages enjoyed by millions of people across the world. But when it comes to the growing, blending and tasting, coffee and wine are even more similar than you might expect. ECS sponsor, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland, has teamed up with Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn to explore the similarities and bring a new approach to the development of coffee blends in its Grand Crü range.

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The Hungarian Coffee Market: An Overview

As the European Coffee Symposium travels to Budapest, we put a spotlight on the Hungarian and neighbouring coffee shop markets. European Market Size and Growth The European branded coffee shop market (24 countries) was estimated at 19,472 outlets in October 2015. The market grew by 9% per annum in 2015 adding 1,615 outlets The European […]

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European Coffee Awards 2015 — Winners Revealed

And the winners are…

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Members’ Only? An interview with Timberyard

  Since 2012, Timberyard has been challenging the status quo of the coffee industry. Rather than attempting to turn over high numbers of covers, the London-based brand goes against the grain and actively encourages its customers to occupy its seats for as long as possible. Now it is taking things one step further, and introducing […]

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Joe & the Juice, Denmark

Nordic Coffee Culture – Up and Up

The total Nordic coffee shop market (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) is forecast to reach 1,023 outlets in 2015 and is worth €436m. Recent M&A activity is a positive sign for the future growth of the Nordics coffee shop market. The purchase of the leading Nordics chain Espresso House and Danish chain Baresso by JAB Holdings […]

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Insomnia Coffee, Cork

Irish branded coffee shop market continues to grow

The total Irish coffee shop market is estimated at 502 outlets and continues to outperform the Irish retail sector with significant sales growth of 14%, to reach total turnover of €284m. According to Allegra World Coffee Portal’s definitive report, Project Café2015 Ireland, the coffee-focused market has driven overall growth in the last 12 months. Physical […]

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Slow growth for Germany’s highly competitive branded coffee shop market

Germany’s branded coffee shop market shows flat growth in outlet numbers and a 2.2% increase in turnover as operators concentrate on improving product offers and store profitability, according to a definitive report from Allegra Strategies World Coffee Portal, Project Kaffee2015 Deutschland The German branded coffee shop market, which includes coffee-focused American-style chains, large bakery chains, […]

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Scandinavian Embassy, Amsterdam

The rise of coffee in the hospitality industry

For restaurants, pubs and hotels that take pride in the standard of their food, beverage and service offering, choosing not to take coffee seriously seems strange, especially as a morning and after-dinner coffee is a common ritual for many people.

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How important is the coffee shop to the high street?

While it may seem as though our high streets and town centres are struggling for survival, across Europe certain outlets – like coffee shops – are thriving. But just how important is the coffee shop to the high street?

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Strong Growth for Nordic Coffee Industry

Strong growth is expected in the coffee industry for the Nordic countries according to the new Project Café2015 Nordics report released by Allegra Strategies World Coffee Portal.

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The Success of Espresso House

Espresso House is Sweden’s largest & fastest growing coffee shop chain, with almost 200 outlets in Scandinavia. Jeffrey Young, CEO of Allegra explains why he thinks they’ve been so successful.

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