I love coffee. Black Americano for choice. Whether I’m visiting a branch of my favourite chain (not telling!) or a small independent cafe, I always make the same order; “A large black Americano, please”. More often than not, I’m asked ‘Would you like milk with that?”
The contract catering world has been mildly surprised by the latest bit of coffee industry research, in which United Coffee reveals that there is still ‘a coffee challenge to caterers’ in supplying the workplace market. This research suggests that ‘contract caterers are losing up to a staggering 31 per cent of total sales to the high street… over half of consumers leaving the workplace to buy coffee stated ‘quality’ as the primary reason for their decision’.
Under-state and over-prove… One of the greatest and most fraught issues in the current business of coffee is water. It is the biggest single headache facing both equipment and coffee suppliers.
The issue of kopi luwak, the coffee brewed from beans which have passed through the insides of the Indonesian civet cat, has taken two more turns… one concerns the question of taste, an aspect which might be considered well overdue, and the other suggests the bizarre possibility of a product which might be criticised on animal-welfare grounds yet could qualify for one of the industry’s biggest ethical-sourcing marks.