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British Coffee Shop Sector continues to grow in 2012

/p> It’s good news for British Coffee shops according to a recent report from Allegra Strategies which revealed a 7.5% growth in 2012. This means the coffee shop sector is growing some 7 times faster than the rest of the UK economy. Although this figure may say more about the dire state of the UK economy as a whole, it does nonetheless highlight how coffee shops appear to be somewhat recession-proof.But not all are immune as the report points out. Mid-sized non-specialist chains are suffering ...
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Starbucks – The Wider Issues for the Coffee Shop Industry

Is this a watershed moment for big business in the UK? This is surely one of the questions that both Starbucks and its critics are asking themselves today. It would be an understatement to say that there is a war brewing. The war has been raging for some time, but never before has it erupted into politics and the mainstream media with such emotive force.So how exactly does this affect the coffee industry? More specifically how does this affect a comparatively tiny businesses like Office Beverages?Well ...
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Drinking Coffee Reduces Risk of Diabetes by a Quarter

More good news for us coffee drinkers out there. A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has uncovered evidence that drinking three to four cups of coffee per day can reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes later on in life by as much as a quarter.The research, which was published by the not-for-profit Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee, flies in the face of long held beliefs that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day can cause high blood pressure, ...
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A Very Novel Vending Machine

Now and then I try to bring you some amusing and intriguing stories about vending machines. We’ve had a vending machine you rugby tackle to get a beer from, a chicken vending machine as part of an campaign to raise awareness of animal cruelty and a surfboard vending machine.But the Biblio-Mat has to be my favourite so far. The brainchild of Craig SmallCanada this retro vending machine looks almost like a vast refrigerator from years gone past, metallic and imposing in mint green and white. There ...
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Starbucks Reviewing its UK Tax Arrangements

Well what a lot of headlines Starbucks are making at the moment. In case you’ve not seen the news in the last 48 hours here’s a low down on what’s been happening.On Sunday Starbucks agreed to review its tax arrangements after months of public criticism culminating in a damning report from the Public Accounting Committee. The revelation that Starbucks has paid just £8.5m in tax since 1998 is now attracting more and more condemnation from politicians on both sides of the House.The Chancellor, ...
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Superior Espresso Makers from Office Beverages

I spend a lot of time on these pages singing the praises of the Mars Flavia Creation Drinks Station and whilst I cannot say enough about this great little piece of kit, it isn’t the only thing we have on offer here at Office Beverages. So I thought it time to look at two of our high end coffee machines. These two really are the Porsche and Ferrari in our range. Ladies and gentlemen I’d like to introduce you to the M1 Cimbali and the Franke Flair.M1 CimbaliFirst to the M1 Cimbali, a compact ...
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Turkey to Appeal Turkish Coffee to UNESCO

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is readying an appeal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include the Turkish coffee on the organisation’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Along with mesir paste, a traditional spicy energizing supplement in the form of candy, Turkish coffee will be joining other Turkish cultural traditions to join the list since 2003, like the whirling dervish ceremony, Kırkpınar oil wrestling and shadow theatre. ...
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Four Vending Trade Events for your diary in 2012/13

I thought it time to do a little run through of any dates of interest in the vending / watercooler calendar in the coming months, starting off with the prestigious Foodbev awards. Awards Awards has always emphasised creativity and is a celebration of all that is innovative and instantly appealing to the ordinary consumer in the food and drink industry. Products must have been launched after January 2012 to be submissible. Entry is £80 and you can download an application ...
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Costa Pulls out of Totnes

Costa Coffee has pulled out of Totnes, announcing it won’t be opening a coffee shop in the fiercely independent Devon town. The move is sure to delight many Totnes residents who campaigned to keep Costa out of Totnes which has 41 independent coffee shops (at the time of writing). Readers of this blog will know that I previously discussed the Costa controversy on these pages.Planning approval had previously been granted by South Hams District Council for Costa to set up shop in Totnes, which prides ...
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Arabica Coffee Bean Facing Extinction by 2080

New researchers by climate scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London and the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia has uncovered evidence that the Arabica coffee bean which is responsible for 70% of the planet’s coffee, could be facing extinction by 2080. The new evidence is sure to send a chill down the spine of coffee lovers across the planet but is just one part of a larger and far more disturbing picture. It’s fair to say that climate change is now ...
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