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January 30, 2023

What is the most popular signature coffee drink in China?

Around the world, many coffee shops lean on unique or signature drinks, which vary from region to region. These specially-crafted beverages can help a coffee business to stand out and drive its brand identity, and often make use of local or seasonal ingredients. As with many other markets, drinks like these are becoming more common in the Chinese coffee sector. And with China’s coffee market experiencing considerable growth in recent… read more

Around the world, many coffee shops lean on unique or signature drinks, which vary from region to region. These specially-crafted beverages can help a coffee business to stand out and drive its brand identity, and often make use of local… read more

July 13, 2020

What Is An Affogato?

The affogato is a hot and cold delicacy available on many specialty coffee shop menus, as well as in restaurants. It is a rich, creamy...

May 8, 2020

Brazilian Roastery Releases Coffee Flower Kombucha

Coffee flowers are a necessary byproduct of the coffee production process that are usually discarded once the coffee cherries are harvested. However, these flowers can...

April 29, 2020

Coffee Trends in Latin America: Analysing PDG Español Data

From Colombia’s thriving coffee farms to Uruguay’s micro-roasters, Latin America has a diverse and constantly evolving specialty coffee scene. Yet it is surprisingly hard to...

April 8, 2020

Exploring The Dalgona Coffee Craze

Spend any amount of time on social media and you’ll notice that the platforms encourage people to try out viral food and drink trends and...

March 12, 2020

Serving Food in Specialty Coffee Shops

Introducing new customers to specialty coffee or converting coffee enthusiasts to new origins and exotic varieties is one of the great things about operating a...

March 10, 2020

What Is Kombucha?

If you’ve visited a coffee shop recently or browsed the drinks aisle of your local supermarket, there’s a good chance you’ll have seen bottles of...

November 25, 2019

Chocolate & Wine: How to Plan a Perfect Match

Most people would agree that wine and chocolate make a great combination. However, some wines will go better with certain chocolates than others, and vice...

November 1, 2019

A Coffee Shop Owner’s Guide to Handling Food & Dairy Allergies

Everything from almond milk to nut brownies can trigger severe reactions in allergy sufferers. If your coffee shop isn’t prepared for this, it could lead...

June 1, 2018

Why Taiwan’s High Mountain Oolong Tea Is Brewing Up a Storm

Walk down a Taiwanese street, and it won’t take you long to notice the tea shops. You’ll see teenagers slurping boba or bubble tea –...

January 30, 2018

Pu’er: The Fermented Tea That Everyone Wants to Try

Deep within the forests of Yunnan, China, a special type of tea is made, one that is unlike any other: Pu’er. Pu’er tea has been...

December 21, 2017

Specialty Coffee & Artisanal Maple: More Similar Than You Realize

A carefully harvested, small-batch product full of complex flavor notes – many of which are the result of terroir and processing. I could be writing...

November 14, 2017

Tea Brew Guide: How Water Quality Affects Flavors & Clarity

Your tea is only as good as your water. Perhaps you’re a consumer wanting to enjoy the subtle flavors of Japanese matcha or Yunnan Pu’erh....

September 7, 2017

Specialty Tea: An Introduction to Tea Cupping

Drinking specialty tea is an adventure in flavors, origins, aromas, and more. And there’s no better way to appreciate the complexities of a high-quality tea...

July 5, 2017

Do You Know The 6 Different Kinds of Specialty Tea?

There are over 20,000 different teas in the world, according to Mary Lou and Robert J. Heiss in The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook: A Guide to...

April 26, 2017

How to Cup Cascara & Evaluate Quality

Welcome to the first day of cascara class. Interest in cascara and cascara-based drinks is booming across the specialty world. People are experimenting with processing...

April 14, 2017

Craft Beer & Specialty Coffee: More Similar Than You Realise

Whether it’s a Belgian pale ale, Irish stout, or Brock, there’s nothing better than a cool beer on a warm day. Unless, of course, it’s...