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The bountiful varieties of coffee-based beverages

Thursday March 7, 2019

Research conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has revealed that the UK’s coffee consumption soared to 95 million cups a day in 2018, up from 70 million in 2008, suggesting an increase of 25 million over the last 10 years.

Part of the CEBR research included a survey of 2,000 adults in the UK. Nearly a third of people surveyed indicated they don’t drink coffee at all, but at the other end of the scale, 6 per cent said they drank six or more cups a day, with the average person consuming around two cups a day.

On blog website Canstar Blue they say that one of the reasons coffee continues to be popular is because there are so many varieties of coffee-based drinks to choose from. Popular choices at coffee shops now:

  1. Caffè Americano – a mixture of hot water with a shot of espresso coffee.
  2. Caffé Latte (or Café au lait) – a mixture of steamed (or scolded) milk and a single shot of espresso coffee.
  3. Cappuccino – a shot of espresso, then a shot of steamed milk, and finally a layer of frothed, foamy milk. This final layer can also be topped with chocolate shavings or powder.
  4. Flat White – steamed milk from the bottom of the jug (which is usually not so frothy, but rather creamy) is poured over a shot of espresso.
  5. Macchiato – a shot of espresso which is then topped off with foamed milk dashed directly into the cup.
  6. Mocha – the same as a caffé latte, except with the addition of chocolate powder.

As well as different varieties of coffee-based drinks there are also multiple types of coffee beans used to provide different flavours. According to online coffee retailer homegrounds, the two most popular and commonly used coffee beans  are:

  • Coffee Robusta – a coffee made from the Coffea canephora plant, a sturdy species of coffee bean with low acidity and high bitterness.
  • Coffee Arabica – a flavourful coffee that is not as strong as Robusta, with hints of chocolate, nuts, fruit and berries.

Lesser known coffee bean species that are starting to be used in artisan coffee shops include: benghalensis, Bengal coffee; Coffea congensis, Congo coffee; Coffea liberica, Liberian coffee; Coffea stenophylla, Sierra Leonian coffee; Coffea excelsia, another Liberian coffee; Coffea bonnieri; Coffea gallienii; and Coffea mogeneti.

According to the Telegraph, out of the 95 million cups of coffee drunk every day, over 10 million are ordered from coffee shops for customers on-the-go. For consumers that want to enjoy their coffee on-the-go, a practical hot cup solution that’s both leakproof and provides good insulation is a must. In addition to these practicalities, consumers are thinking about how they might recycle their single-use cup after use or reduce their usage by switching to a reusable cup option.

At Bunzl Catering Supplies we have a wide range of cup options for on-the-go coffee – including single-use cups with reduced plastic and innovative reusable cups options. We also recommend customers to recycle their used paper and plastic cups through the Simply Cups scheme, a collection and recycling service dedicated to turning paper cups into second-life materials.

Our wide range of cup options for on-the-go coffee includes reCUP, a hot cup which uses 48 per cent less plastic than a standard PE lined paper cup. The reCUP is also fully recyclable when disposed of in a dedicated paper cup waste stream. For more information on reCUP view our blog.

Our reusable cup options include the rCUP, the world’s first reusable cup made entirely from used paper cups, designed and developed in the UK by recycling industry experts. Each rCUP is made from 6 used paper cups, is BPA free and 100 per cent recyclable.

To view our full range of reusable cup options – click here.

Take a look at our disposable e-brochure to see our full range of single-use cup options.

Alternatively, please feel free to give us a call today.

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