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Editor’s blog

Specialty Tea & Coffee Reign at Tea & Coffee World Cup 2018

Tea remains the preferred cup in the United Kingdom – at least that was evident at this year’s Tea & Coffee World Cup, which was held in Birmingham, England, 3-5 September – but the interest in and growth of specialty coffee is strong.

Posted 14 September 2018

RTD Coffee’s Global Appeal Continues, But Some Markets Resist

In many parts of the world, it’s summer, and for a lot of us, it’s been a particularly hot and humid one, which has been quite beneficial for ready-to-drink coffee (RTD) — be it cold brew or iced coffee (including iced cappuccinos and espressos).

Posted 19 July 2018

Coffee, Tea, Travel & Trade Shows

June was my busiest “trade show month” of the year. I began in Las Vegas, Nevada for World Tea Expo, then headed to Amsterdam, Netherlands for World of Coffee and ended the month in New York, New York (my hometown) for the Fancy Food Show.

Posted 6 July 2018

Finding a Voice for Specialty Tea

In my previous blog I mentioned I was heading to the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, and as it was my first show in two years, I was eager to see how it evolved.

Posted 21 June 2018

Keeping Pace with the Changing US Tea Market

The tea market in the United States is a perplexing one. Tea consumers are developing more sophisticated palates and desiring single origin teas and premium teas, and teas with exotic flavours or infusions.

Posted 8 June 2018

Cold Brew, Technology and the Human Touch

I just returned from my first National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show, which took place in Chicago, Illinois, 19-22 May, and I had quite the feeling of déjà vu as it was also my first time returning to McCormick Place in about a decade.

Posted 24 May 2018

Fad or Legitimate Coffee Category?

While in Seattle, Washington for the Re:co Symposium and Specialty Coffee Association Expo last month, I toured two coffee shops — two radically different coffee shops: Starbucks’ new Reserve store and Bulletproof’s newest café.

Posted 11 May 2018

Bad Reporting = Wrong Coffee Consumption Message

I planned to write about the Re:co Symposium and SCA Expo, both of which I attended last week in Seattle, Washington, until I came across this headline in a local newspaper: “Kids and coffee: The true price of caffeine.”

Posted 26 April 2018

Prop 65 Ruling Causes Confusion and Fear

On 29 March, a judge in California issued a proposed ruling against the coffee industry in a long-standing case involving the state’s Proposition 65, potentially leading to coffee carrying “cancer warning” labels.

Posted 12 April 2018

Growing Desire for Functional Coffee

As spring rolls in (although almost unnoticed given the number of snowstorms in the US on the actual first day of spring), consumers start thinking about “form and function.”

Posted 29 March 2018