This week is UK Coffee Week (16th-22nd April), a nationwide celebration of the bean-based beverage. You may think of Britain as a nation of tea drinkers but in fact new figures suggest that we are a nation of coffee addicts drinking 95 million cups of coffee a day. (http://metro.co.uk/2018/04/16/brits-drinking-around-95-million-cups-coffee-day-7471090/)

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The origin of coffee dates to around the 10th century, with several reports and legends surrounding its first use. Coffee was introduced to England in 1610 and the first coffee house opened in Oxford in 1650 before spreading to London two years later.

Coffeehouses became fashionable places to meet, conduct business, gossip and debate the news of the day. They multiplied and became such popular forums for discussion that they were dubbed “penny universities” (one penny was the price of a cup of coffee).

In the late 1700s, tea began to grow in popularity until it overtook coffee to become the Nation’s favourite drink. By the 19th Century the coffee house was in decline, many shed their open-door policy and turned into gentlemen’s clubs serving tea, coffee and alcohol.

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Around the 1900s instant coffee was invented, but it didn’t become widely drunk until the second world war where its longer shelf life and convenience helped its popularity grow.

Over the past 10 years, coffee consumption has boomed, there has been an explosion of coffee shops on high streets. “In the last decade we’ve gone from a country of tea sippers who enjoy the occasional instant coffee, to a nation of seasoned coffee connoisseurs exploring a large variety of roast and ground blends,” said Chris Stemman, Executive Director of the BCA.

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From cold brew coffee to the turmeric latte there have been plenty coffee trends to look out for. Here are a few of the interesting ones to come up in 2018:

Milk alternatives – With the growing vegan trend there are many new types of milk available such as oat, soya and even peanut! http://metro.co.uk/2018/03/26/peanut-milk-new-almond-milk-7416828/

Mushroom coffee – Mushroom coffee tends to be a blend of regular ground coffee mixed with a powdered fungus, which provides an earthy taste to the drink. To make it more palatable, it’s often sold with milk or a milk variant and a sweetener. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/features/farewell-turmeric-latte-mushroom-latest-coffee-trend/

From cold brew to cascara: Why 2018 is the year of coffee: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/coffee-trends-2018-flat-white-espresso-martini-milk-alternatives-nitro-filter-cascara-a8278586.html

Seven tea and coffee trends for restaurants to watch – https://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Article/2018/02/28/Seven-tea-and-coffee-trends-for-restaurants-to-watch

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