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Recent Articles

June 9, 2021

What is fika? Exploring a Swedish coffee tradition

May 19, 2021

How is Malaysia's coffee culture evolving?

May 11, 2021

The evolution of the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

May 6, 2021

CBD and coffee: Exploring a new market

April 26, 2021

“I want to help inform people”: What does it take to be a coffee influencer?

June 14, 2021

Experiments with localised coffee flavour wheels in Taiwan & Indonesia

Most coffee professionals are familiar with the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel. It is an iconic resource in the coffee industry, and a visual guide that helps coffee lovers and professionals alike understand and explain flavour. However, as mentioned in an article in May 2021, criticisms of the SCA wheel do exist. Chief among these is a perceived lack of inclusivity. This is because many of the… read more

Most coffee professionals are familiar with the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel. It is an iconic resource in the coffee industry, and a visual guide that helps coffee lovers and professionals alike understand and explain flavour. However,… read more

June 14, 2021

Experiments with localised coffee flavour wheels in Taiwan & Indonesia

Most coffee professionals are familiar with the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel. It is an iconic resource in the coffee industry, and...

June 9, 2021

What is fika? Exploring a Swedish coffee tradition

Coffee is incredibly popular in Sweden. Statista estimates have the country as the third-largest coffee consumer per capita, behind Finland and the Netherlands. A huge...

May 19, 2021

How is Malaysia’s coffee culture evolving?

In Kuala Lumpur today, specialty coffee shops are not an uncommon sight. Despite the historic popularity of the traditional kopitiam, things are starting to change....

May 11, 2021

The evolution of the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)’s Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel is arguably one of the most iconic resources in the coffee industry. The poster adorns the...

May 6, 2021

CBD and coffee: Exploring a new market

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, has slowly but surely slipped into the global market, a range of products, and our social media feeds. Experts now...

April 26, 2021

“I want to help inform people”: What does it take to be a coffee influencer?

While the Cambridge Dictionary defines an influencer as “someone who affects or changes the way that other people behave”, the term has taken on new...

April 21, 2021

“A drive for better quality”: How is supermarket coffee changing?

Millions of people around the world buy coffee in supermarkets every single day, whether it’s instant, pre ground, whole bean, or capsule. Despite this, among...

March 30, 2021

Specialty instant coffee in China: A different path of evolution & innovation

Instant coffee consumption has been on the rise in China since Nestlé entered the market in the 1980s. And while overall consumption has historically been...

March 10, 2021

“From hot coffee to cold”: Exploring RTD milk-based coffee

Ready-to-drink (RTD) milk-based coffee drinks entered the market not long after the creation of Starbucks’ Frappuccino in 1995. However, in the past few years, thanks...

March 9, 2021

The science behind adding salt to coffee

Salt can be used for a lot of things – as many as 14,000, according to some estimates. We rely on it to season and...

February 25, 2021

“The beauty is that we produce the coffee”: Exploring manual brewing’s popularity in Indonesia

Although Indonesia has long since been one of the world’s leading coffee producers, its coffee shop culture is comparatively young. Domestic consumption has quadrupled in...

February 12, 2021

A brief history of marketing in the coffee sector

Coffee consumption has come a long way since the 15th century. Today, approximately 90% of North American adults drink a coffee-based beverage every day. Espresso...

December 17, 2020

How has Covid-19 changed office coffee consumption?

The Covid-19 pandemic has made 2020 challenging for businesses all around the world. To curb the spread of the virus, governments around the world have...

December 11, 2020

Introducing children to coffee

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. The ICO estimated that in the 2019/2020 period, we consumed almost 170 million 60kg bags of...

November 20, 2020

Do We Need To Redefine “Specialty Coffee”?

The term “specialty” was first used to refer to coffee in 1974 by Erna Knutsen in an issue of the Tea & Coffee Journal. She...

November 11, 2020

How Covid-19 Changed Home Coffee Consumption

In late March 2020, some 20% of the world’s population were ordered to stay at home to slow the spread of Covid-19. However, some months...