Italy coffee giants try to fend off Starbucks invasion in Milan

illycaffe by Illy, Milan

Starbucks set up shop in the Italian fashion capital just last year.  A backlash is being formed in the shape of two new flagship cafes from Italian giants Illy and Lavazza. Illycaffe, the flagship from Illy was opened in May of this year and the follow-up from Lavazza opens 19 September. Both have apparently denied […]

Nestlé X Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle

The powerhouse that is Nestlé has made a bee line for speciality coffee roastery Blue bottle this week with announcements confirming a majority stake holder deal of up to $500 million. Founded in 2002 Blue Bottle has been a go to coffee brand for many Americans with hipster cafes scattered from the west to east […]

The SCA awarded coffee events to Dubai, in spite of human rights breaches

A stand at the Dubai International Tea and Coffee Festival

On 11 September — an ominous date in its own right — the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) awarded Dubai a series of championships at the Dubai World Trade Centre in 2018.  These were awarded even though the United Arab Emirates has been condemned by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International for the use of modern […]