Starbucks to move their European HQ to London

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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

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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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Colombian coffee up, but not everything is positive

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The weather has caused a number of problems for coffee growing countries as extended dry spells and the presence of drought has seen widely fluctuating coffee futures as production levels appear to rise and fall on a daily basis.

But amidst the uncertainty, coffee levels in Colombia appear to be booming at a time when most other nations are struggling due to the inclement climate.

Earlier on the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (CFC) published a report that showcased a 28% increase on production levels during the first quarter of the year when compared to the same period in 2013. This translates as an additional 600,000 bags of coffee that have been available for export.

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Second Waitrose customer falls ill from contaminated coffee

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After the first, publicised, instance of a customer falling ill after drinking a free Waitrose coffee, reports have surfaced of a second case.

If you remember an elderly Lewes woman was taken to hospital after her complimentary cup became contaminated with cleaning fluid and it appears that exactly that same thing happened in another part of the United Kingdom.

The circumstances appear to be very similar.

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Caffe Nero to create jobs, but fail to pay corporation tax

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Caffe Nero, the third largest coffee shop chain in Great Britain, is currently experiencing just how quickly the winds of fortunes can change.

On Saturday the broadsheets were reporting that the Italian style outlet would be creating 1,700 jobs as plans to significantly expand their homeland operations were laid out.

Then, earlier today, it has come to light that they were the latest entity to be pilloried for not paying any corporation tax.

It’s been a “good news, bad news” weekend – with a fair bit of ‘missed news’ thrown in for good measure.

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Takeover of Barista Lavazza breaks down

Barista Lavazza Coffee

A potential takeover that would have seen the merger of Barista Lavazza and India Hospitality Corp (IHC), has, in the past couple of days, seemingly fallen apart, dealing a huge blow to Lavazza who are looking to offload their retail arm in India.

Barista Lavazza was initially founded at the turn of the millennium, simply as Barista. After establishing a small foothold, long before the current growth that the sector is now seeing, the chain was taken over by the Italian manufacturer Lavazza in 2007 – but that honeymoon period now seems to be over.

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Truro coffee shop in battle with Cornwall Council over a neon sign

Neon Coffee Sign

Truro, the Cornish city, is currently the centre of a dispute over a neon coffee shop sign which has left the owner feeling exasperated as he potentially faces a financial penalty and legal sanctions.

You could be forgiven that the proprietor of Café Traders, Andrew Ellery, has brazenly decided to erect the gaudy illuminative display on a whim without consulting his neighbours or the relevant local authorities. But the sign has hung inside his shop for more than a decade, and now action is being taken against it after a complaint was made to Cornwall Council.

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