3 Coffee Shops Opening Each Day!
New research has revealed that three coffee shops open up each day in the UK and soon, come the year 2030, the number of these fine establishments will overtake the number of pubs!
With 21 new coffee shops opening a week, it’s interesting to note that between 21 and 25 pubs are actually closing every seven days, with many of these turned into convenience stores and homes, the Daily Mail reports.
The study, carried out on behalf of the London Coffee Festival (taking place between April 12th and 15th), also found that the number of coffee shops in the UK has risen from 10,000 in 2007 to 24,000 today. But pub numbers are dwindling, falling from 75,000 in the 70s to approximately 47,000 now.
Coffee shops, employing an impressive 160,000 baristas who serve up 2.4 billion cups of coffee each year, contribute almost £10 billion annually to our economy. And four out of ten Brits have seen their coffee consumption increase in the last 12 months… so these numbers could well be on the rise once again.
A London Coffee Festival spokesman commented on the findings, saying that there are about 24,000 shops in the UK, combining major chains like Costa and Starbucks, independent stores and non-specialists as well. Some 1,215 shops opened up in 2017 alone.
“With Brits drinking 2.4 billion cups of coffee per year in coffee shops – up four per cent from 2.3 billion in 2017 – it is clear to see why coffee continues to be a major player in the UK food and drink world.
“The data also shows 39 per cent of Brits stated their coffee consumption has increased over the past 12 months, with 18 per cent of people visiting at least once a day, keeping the UK’s 160,000 baristas busier than ever,” the representative went on to say.
The Festival itself may well be one to pop in your diary if you’re interested in private label coffee. And since it’s only a few short days away, why not see if you could put in an appearance?
On the 13th, there’s an Espresso Martini Party, with coffee cocktails and live DJ sets, as well as one man band Youngr taking centre stage. You’ll also be able to taste test a new Flat White Martini, which could be quite fun.
And then there’s an interactive zone dedicated to the incredibly popular skill of latte art, with UK Latte Art Champion Dhan Tamang showing you how it’s done, as well as other accomplished artists in this particular field.
Make sure you pay a visit to the House of Coffee as well, so you can undertake the coffee journey all the way from bean to cup. You can find out about raw green coffee beans, see how they can be roasted and brewed in a variety of ways, enjoy tasting sessions and discover the art of the blend. You can also sample Curators Coffee custom blend, which supports female farmers working in Colombia.