February 3, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 3 Feb: “Huge differences” in caffeine content across major UK coffee chains, combining milk and coffee may have anti-inflammatory effects & other stories


Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.

Mon, 30 Jan

Tue, 31 Jan

  • Coffee Ventures Europe announces dates for 2023 Paris Café Festival and 2023 Amsterdam Coffee Festival. The Paris event will take place at Le Carreau du Temple from 13 to 15 May, while the Amsterdam event will be held at Westergas from 30 March to 1 April.

Wed, 1 Feb

  • New study finds “huge differences” in caffeine content across major UK coffee chains. New research from Which? found that a medium cappuccino from Costa Coffee contains 325mg of caffeine, compared to 197mg, 180mg, and 66mg in the same size beverage at Greggs, Pret A Manger, and Starbucks, respectively. The variations in caffeine content are a result of the number of espresso shots the drink contains, as well as the amount of robusta included in the coffee.

Thu, 2 Feb

  • Chemex launches new eight-cup ChemAer. The new brewer was developed in collaboration with Trendglas and four-time Hungarian Barista Champion Attila Molnár. The ChemAer includes built-in aerator paddles, which the user activates by swirling coffee against the sides of the brewer. Chemex says that the aeration helps to create new sensory profiles.

Fri, 3 Feb

  • Starbucks China sales drop by 29% in first quarter of 2023. The steep decline in sales is attributed to the country’s Zero Covid policy. Starbucks expects sales in China to decline further, despite rapid growth in the country’s coffee market. Following the release of its 2023 Q1 report, Starbucks’ share prices fell by 2.2%.

Here are a few news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.

  • Fri, 27 Jan – New study suggests caffeine consumption may temporarily alter brain structure. Researchers at the University of Basel say that while caffeine intake does reduce the brain’s grey matter volume, this is not associated with disruptions to sleep. Furthermore, results also suggest that while caffeine consumption has measurable neuroprotective effects in animals, more human-based research is needed.

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