Coffee

Compass creates Barista Academy of coffee experts

Compass Group UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest food and support services firm, is to launch its first Barista Academy, signalling its continued investment in a range of quality coffee offers.

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In Other News...

In Other News... this week: RCoffee seeks £23k via crowd-funding... Wetherspoon chief hits back at food price scare stories... Compass Group launches two new coffee concepts...Nuova Simonelli creates Youth Academy.

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End of ‘latte levy’ sparks calls for action

A huge sigh of relief was heard among operators last week as the Government said “no” to the Environmental Audit Committee’s request for a 25p ‘latte levy’ on disposable coffee cups. However, what is coming through loud and clear is a growing and strong movement to reduce waste and fuel reusables.

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UKHospitality opens awards to café sector

For the first time, UKHospitality is welcoming entries to its prestigious 2018 Operations Managers Awards from multi-site area and operations managers working in the coffee shop/café sector.

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MONIN’s Bar Barista Challenge

Baristas and bartenders joined forces to create an innovative and new coffee-based cocktail at the Monin Bar Barista Challenge on Monday, March 12.

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Expansion plans takes Esquires Coffee into casual dining sector

Esquires Coffee is opening its first ‘Coffee & Kitchen’ concept, signifying its move into the casual dining market with a hot food offer and later opening, along with a regional expansion plan that will see it entering new territories.

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PRICE WATCH: McDonald’s launches flat white + prices rise on the high street

UCC-Coffee has launched its February Price Watch, reporting a fairly turbulent month that has seen price increases at two of the high street’s biggest names: Pret A Manger and Caffe Nero.

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Coffee Works Project opens in Battersea

The Coffee Works Project has opened a new café and roastery space in the new Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station, bringing its total number of sites in London to four: Angel, Leadenhall and Blackfriars Road - plus a roastery in Hackney.

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Coffee shop within gastro pub opens

A new gastro pub with a 25-seater coffee shop has opened in the centre of Fleet, Hants, this week, the first such concept from the owners, an independent pub company called Aspley Pubs.

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Viewpoint: Cyril Lavenant of NPD evaluates the coffee shop market

Viewpoint: Market research and consumer trends expert Cyril Lavenant, NPD Group’s director of foodservice UK and France, examines the threat of coffee shop saturation and evaluates what methods operators can use to survive.

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In Other News...

In Other News... this week, Eataly to open first UK site in Bishopsgate in 2020... BaxterStorey launches 5* in-house Service Academy... Hospitality workers happier than most.

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Laptop ban in cafes sparks fresh debate

With a news story in Brighton’s Argus last week reporting a growing number of cafes banning computers to “encourage good old-fashioned conversation – and to drive business”, Coffee Business World asks operators their view.

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