Tag Archive 'uk_coffee'

Brits are being sold guff about coffee

Posted by TheShot on 30 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Today’s bit of European coffee controversy actually has nothing to do with the undropped espresso machine name from French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who recently demanded a decent espresso machine of his choice while visiting Columbia University: French President Nicolas Sarkozy demands special espresson machine during Columbia University visit – NYPOST.com. (Meanwhile, the French press made […]

Costa Coffee’s taster has tongue insured for £10 million … and the 2009 USBC winner

Posted by TheShot on 09 Mar 2009 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Foreign Brew, Quality Issues

Oh, sure, it’s a rather frivolous promotional piece. Today’s Telegraph (UK) gives us a glimpse into how quality coffee is marketed in the UK versus here: Costa Coffee’s taster has tongue insured for £10 million – Telegraph. Whereas American coffee pros seem to go ga-ga at the altar of Q grader certification, the UK opts […]

All Starbucks UK coffee to be Fairtrade, or: when you can’t beat ’em, guilt ’em

Posted by TheShot on 26 Nov 2008 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade, Starbucks

As Starbucks‘ future looks ever bleaker and bleaker, CEO Howard Schultz continues his maniacal lever-pulling atop Starbucks’ runaway corporate bulldozer. After shedding themselves of music, movies, and books, they’ve tried everything from an online suggestion box and free coffee promotions to membership cards to less expensive (“daily”) roasts and smoothies. Mr. Schultz’s latest lever pull […]

Which? Magazine survey: UK coffee chains

Posted by TheShot on 24 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Coffee Health, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Today Which? Magazine (U.K.) published a comparative review of three major coffee chains in Britain: Starbucks, Caffé Nero, and Costa Coffee: Coffee shops | Overview. Their survey examined coffee prices, beverage quality, and how much their drinks are calorie bombs. For their taste test, they sent in an “undercover expert” — Whittard coffee buyer and […]

Briton is crowned world espresso ‘barista’ champion at Tokyo contest

Posted by TheShot on 02 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Barista

The votes have been tallied and a huge round of congratulations are in order. Props to James Hoffman, of La Spaziale UK Ltd. and jimseven fame (jimseven.com has linked over here often), for winning the 2007 World Barista Championship (WBC) today in Tokyo: Briton is crowned world espresso ‘barista’ champion at Tokyo contest (International Herald […]

McDonald’s brews up £1m fair trade deal – and wields it as a marketing weapon

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Fair Trade, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

Yesterday’s Sunday Times (London) ran a story concerning McDonald’s UK’s announcement of a coffee supply partnership with the Rainforest Alliance: McDonald’s brews up £1m fair trade deal – Sunday Times – Times Online. At first read, I opted not to add a blog entry on how the Rainforest Alliance served as another alternative example to […]

Billionaire Buys Back Caffè Nero

Posted by TheShot on 07 Dec 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

As reported today on Forbes.com, the recently reviewed Caffè Nero chain (one of the fastest growing in Europe right now) was subject to a private buy-back by its previous owner: Billionaire Buys Back U.K. Coffee Chain – Forbes.com. Apparently, espresso chains are multiplying like cancer in London. The attractive growth rates are enough to lure […]

Trip Report: Caffè Nero – Heathrow, London

Posted by TheShot on 16 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Back in August we reported on Caffè Nero’s expansion plans beyond the U.K. to the rest of Europe. For my recent travels to Portugal, I passed through London Heathrow Airport and had the chance to finally review a Caffè Nero for myself. (OK, you always have to wonder about airport espresso, but I’ll get to […]

Airlines need to wake up and smell the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 18 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today the London Times published an interview with Brian Chapman, who founded Percol Coffee in the U.K. some 15 years ago: Airlines need to wake up and smell the coffee – Business Travel – Times Online. One of Mr. Chapman’s most memorable (and accurate) quotes?: “You can judge a restaurant by its house wine and […]

U.K. Business: Waking up to smell the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 27 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

Ten years ago in London, Starbucks was a complete no-name. Today London has more Starbucks than Manhattan Island, according to an article in today’s Scotland on Sunday: Scotland on Sunday – Business – Waking up to smell the coffee. Not too shabby for a traditional tea town. Point is that the rampant growth of the […]

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