New EU regulations for domestic coffee machines

Coffee Pot

Under new guidelines put forward by the European Union filter coffee machines will have to automatically power down in order to conserve energy.

This new regulation is  it must be noted, part of a wider initiative organised by EU nations which aims to improve standards and safety when it comes to domestic energy consumption. It also could potentially see a reduction in bills.

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Volcafe’s predictions spike coffee prices upwards

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Coffee prices hit a two year high after Volcafe slashed their predictions for the Brazilian harvest this season and increased their estimated deficit figure for the world’s production as a whole.

Another shortfall in 2015-16 was also projected by the global coffee merchants, part of the ED&F Man commodities group, which sent further alarm bells around the industry.

The crop of Brazilian arabica was downgraded by over 6m bags, slashing their internal forecast to a number in the region of 28.4m whilst stating that the drought that has afflicted Brazilian farmers had “negatively affected the bean formation stage of crop development.”

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The Coffee Club extend their deal with Brisbane Roar

Brisbane Roar extend deal with The Coffee Club

Australian A-League outfit Brisbane Roar has officially extended their main sponsorship deal with The Coffee Club, maintaining one of the longest commercial partnerships in the division.

The deal will see The Coffee Shop’s logo be front and centre on all of Brisbane Roar’s playing and training jerseys. No economic figure has been released, but estimates put the last contract between the two – a three year tie-up signed in 2011 – to be in the region of A$2m.

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Tata Starbucks, taking on the Indian coffee market

Tata Starbucks

India is a highly attractive battleground for the major players in the coffee industry. Over the past couple of months we have looked into how chains are doing amidst increased competition. Some historic names are doing well, others are not.

The attractiveness of the country for retailers is plain to see: With an emerging and expanding economy and a vast population, money is to be made. However the coffee business in India offers different challenges to those that are traditionally found in the West.

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Nescafe’s Malaysian dominance, will it wane?

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We are in the midst of a veritable cannonade of coffee. But that phenomena is not just occurring on our shores, many countries the world over are enjoying all the merits that coffee, and the culture associated with it, has to offer.

It might seem strange on reflection that many nations have their roots in the tea industry and have been turned. One such example is Britain, but another one is Malaysia.

Malaysia has been a traditional tea-drinking nation but the coffee culture over in south-east Asia is currently booming as the beverage is gaining traction amongst professionals and the younger sections of society.

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Starbucks to move their European HQ to London

Starbucks

It was announced earlier on that Starbucks will be moving their European headquarters to the United Kingdom.

The global coffee giant currently has its European base in the Netherlands, but they will make the transition over to London in the coming months, claiming that they want to be closer to the UK.

Great Britain is Starbucks largest market in Europe, though the decision will invariably cast glances back to the recent scandal that engulfed the company when it transpired that they were utilising complicated arrangements in order to drastically reduce its tax bill.

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Transportation crackdown in Vietnam could see coffee prices drop

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Coffee prices in Vietnam, the second largest producer after Brazil, rose over the weekend to their highest levels in nearly a month as fears surrounding inclement weather systems that are affecting the South American nation.

Prices are moving upwards due to the continuous concerns that a prolonged dry spell will severely reduce the amount of coffee that the world’s largest coffee producer will be able to export.

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It’s best to gulp coffee, scientists claim

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How do you drink your coffee?

Do you savour each sip or do you just, as my mum would say, ‘wolf it down’ in milliseconds?

Well, according to Italian scientists, coffee lovers should gulp the drink in order to extract the best flavour from espresso, cappuccinos and the trendy flat whites.

Though we advise you to check the temperature first, you don’t want to burn your mouth now do you?

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Worcester’s DCU Center signs coffee deal with Honey Dew

DCU Center

The DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, has struck a multiyear beverage deal with Honey Dew Donuts.

Owners of the DCU Center, SMG, signed the deal at the beginning of the month in a move that will bring Honey Dew’s range of coffee to the concession stands that serve the thousands of people who turn up to sporting events, music concerts and expositions.

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Clovis residents up in arms over bikini coffee shop

Clovis, California

There have been numerous stories about towns and villages opposing the introduction of ‘corporate coffee’ stores that, it is claimed, turn every high street and shopping precinct into a generic paint-by-numbers construction.

Well, in Clovis, California, some residents are stating that a coffee business should leave town.

The business in question is called Bottom’s Up and is the latest java hut where scantily clad baristas serve up coffee to the general public.

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