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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.

Some of the well-resourced, high street food brands have started to re-open some of their stores, or have announced plans to, in takeaway and delivery formats, whereas lockdown ‘exit day’ for smaller, independent operators in the café and coffee shop sector is uncertain. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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If you’re seeking to enhance the sustainability of your café or coffee shop, then this issue contains plenty of advice and suggestions from some of the sector’s suppliers. We also indulge in cakes and take a look at some coffee machines

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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.

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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.

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In this issue, we look at some café cocktail culture ideas, the influence of the street food scene and the cold brew trend. In the run-up to the festive season, we also offer some ‘maximising margins’ advice.

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In this issue, we indulge in what for many is the main reason they visit a café or coffee shop in the first place – namely, its ice cream, sweet treats and desserts menu. We also consider the changing nature of snacks.

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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).

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In this issue, we preview this month’s very popular London Coffee Festival and our features showcase some espresso machines, as well as what coffee pods and capsules can offer. We also highlight how creative the tea sector is becoming.

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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.

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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!

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Summer is upon us, with cold drinks such as healthy juices and smoothies in demand, and also the focus of one of our features. Entries are coming in thick and fast for this year’s Café Life Awards – turn to page 16 to find out.

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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.

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In this issue, we preview some of the events taking place at the London Coffee Festival, as well as highlight some of the companies in attendance. With the year already picking up speed, we encourage you to consider entering the Café Life Awards.

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A number of stand-out cafés and coffee shop concepts are profiled in this issue as we turn our attention to design. We also look at milk, showcase some impressive automatic coffee machines, and provide a snapshot of some new launches.

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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.

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The desire to indulge in café culture is broadening, as is café culture’s ability to embrace products traditionally associated with other hospitality sectors if our profiles of a leisure park and the potential of craft beer are anything to go by!

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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.

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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.

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In this issue, we report on the recent Caffè Culture show and the very popular London Coffee Festival, and our features cover water, espresso machines and useful bits of kit for baristas and coffee shops.

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