With ongoing staffing and supply chain challenges, the close of the year is proving to be a difficult time for many in the hospitality sector, and against a background of changing requirements from the government too.
With the café and coffee shop sector presented with a number of busy shows and events in September (lunch!, Casual Dining, Caffè Culture and the London Coffee Festival), it still remains to be seen how much the habits of customers themselves - more used to working from home than travelling to the offi ce these days - have changed for good.
This issue looks ahead to three much-awaited events taking place next month – Cafè Culture, the lunch! show (co-located with Casual Dining and Commercial Kitchen) and the London Coffee Festival.
Our features consider autumn eating, the drive to be more aware of the packaging food and beverage operators use and its recyclability, and biscuits. Opinions are shared on coffee supply and roasting, as well as the increasing appeal of outdoor seating.
This month should see the total relaxation of many of the limitations and restrictions affecting hospitality businesses, and with summer looming, and the UK population likely to still be holidaying at home, operators in the café and coffee shop sector will be keen to make up for lost time. In this issue, we highlight some pieces of catering equipment of particular interest to operators and consider two other café essentials - cold drinks and cakes.
Many cafés and coffee shops will be re-opening in a limited fashion this month with a focus on their outside seating areas, and in this issue, we focus on the importance of coffee machines and having a good breakfast and tea offering. In addition, Lincoln and York’s CEO, James Sweeting, shares his views on the past year, the company having also commissioned a new packaging line.
As the café and coffee shop sector, and hospitality in general, awaits to hear from the government about plans for re-opening, the focus is on how operators can best prepare to resume trading in a profitable manner, with the emphasis likely to remain on to go and delivered options. In this issue, we consider the likely trends and developments and canvas some advice and ideas.
As local, and national, lockdowns get deployed, the festive season looks set to be a very challenging time indeed if operators are to play ‘catch up’ with trade lost earlier in the year. As café and coffee shops businesses seek to adapt to and make the most of, the new business landscape, there is now an established move towards online ordering, as well as a desire on the part of consumers to the recreate their traditionally out of home coffee break experience at home.
The sector’s restart remains tentative for many independent operators, whereas the chains have made significant progress, although financial streamlining in the form of reduced hours, job cuts and closures is also inevitably taking place. In this issue, we report on some food to go treats and drinks trends, as well as some store design pointers which take into account the effects of Covid.
Early July saw the welcome permission to ‘restart’ the hospitality sector in the wake of Covid-19, including sit-in as long as there’s ‘Covid-secure’ provision. However, great uncertainty hangs over the economy as well as consumer behaviour; home having become the new, and potentially permanent, office for many. How all this combines to affect the role of the UK’s much-loved café and coffee shop sector remains to be seen.
This month sees the Ice Cream and Artisan Food Show taking place in Harrogate, with the London Coffee Festival – celebrating 10 years - soon to follow in early April.
Our food-focused features confirm just how important a café or coffee shop’s food offering has become these days - not least when it comes to the demand for vegan and vegetarian options.
As we approach the end end of 2019, guest editor Simon Ambrose looks at training with Starbucks; profiles Edinburgh's growing bakery and coffee shop brand Twelve Triangles as well as focusing on Lincoln & York's mission to revolutionise the coffee industry in the UK.
A busy time is coming up with the popular lunch! show, Caffè Culture and Food Matters Life all set to offer café and coffee shop sector visitors plenty of ideas for their food and beverage menus.
Our features cover soft drinks and the burgeoning grab and go sector, and Adrian Kilby, founder and creative director of the Formation Creative Consultants, shares with us some of his design and branding thinking.
With breakfast increasingly becoming an all-day affair, we take an indulgent look at what cafés and coffee shops can offer their customers. Our features also include tea and ‘free-from’ café fayre, and there’s some advice from Paddy & Scott’s Scott Russell on boosting coffee sales.
Looking ahead to September, we preview this year’s Speciality and Fine Food Show – a source of ideas for many in the café and coffee shop sector – and our advisory articles cover staff management over the summer months, as well as allergen labelling.
In this issue, we preview the second edition of the European Coffee Tea & Soft Drinks Expo (21-22 May 2019, Olympia, London), which as its new name suggests, has broadened out to showcase more beverages.
Our features include some coffee talk, ice cream and milk alternatives, and with Caffè Nero’s recent acquisition of Coffee#1, ongoing developments at Patisserie Valerie, and Grind furthering its future expansion plans via crowdfunding, the café and coffee shop sector is certainly at the centre of plenty of business activity right now.
If you didn’t already know it by now, plant-based eating is set to be a major trend for this year, with kombucha tea also making its presence felt. Our features also cover the important aspect of water treatment.
Looking ahead, we preview IFE and the London Coffee Festival, and after a recent producer showcase and cupping event, highlight the Central American coffee-growing country of El Salvador.
There’s a free from and ‘alternative’ theme to this issue, with our features covering the importance of offering food that increasingly reflects the changing dietary requirements of consumers (namely, the demand for milk alternatives and other ‘free from’ foods such as vegan and gluten-free options).
The implications of a proposed ‘latte levy’, as well as what’s already being done by various innovative packaging companies is discussed in this issue. GDPR and the ‘sugar tax’ are also covered.
With Fairtrade Fortnight coming up in March, our features include a look at the importance of fair trade. We also highlight the ever-increasing sophistication of bean to cup machines, and profile several distinctive businesses.
With the festive season drawing close, we take our customary look at some special food and beverages to enable outlets to capitalise on this lucrative time of year. Cakes and bakes, and the all-year popularity of ice cream also feature.
We would also like to offer our congratulations to all those who triumphed in this year’s Café Life Awards. Our thanks go to all the judges and sponsors too, who in turn helped to make the awards night dinner held at the Grange City Hotel in London a great success. We look forward to hearing your news and views, and reporting on events in 2018!
Café Culture has now been renamed Café Life magazine to complement the Café Society’s Café Life Awards and further reflect the fact that the growing coffee and coffee shop sector, and all that it embraces, can increasingly be found across all types of foodservice operation.
September’s eagerly anticipated lunch! show (21-22 September 2016, Business Design Centre, London), will be when the Café Society announce the winners of its Café Life Awards 2016 at a celebratory evening dinner to be held at the Lancaster London Hotel in Hyde Park.
This month sees the annual Caffè Culture Show taking place at Olympia in London (10 and 11 May 2016), and we look forward to meeting up with many of you at the Café Culture magazine stand (A93). It’s also time to give some serious thought to this year’s Café Life Awards.
In this issue, we take a closer look at some coffee shop essentials - training, water quality and packaging. As this month sees the hosting of the London Coffee Festival at the Old Truman Brewery, we also preview this event which will mark the launch of some new coffee machines.