2. The Great Nutrient Collapse
. Rising levels of CO2, theoretically, mean more sugar produced in plants. This reduces nutrient density, which is a bad thing. What does this mean for coffee? Will coffees get sweeter? It’s probably not good news, but I’d recommend reading this piece from Jamie Goode on sugar levels in grapes and how increased CO2 might influence alcohol levels (a good reminder of why coffee cherries are sweet in the first place…)
3. Is the UK reaching coffee shop saturation point?
The BBC looks at something you all know I’ve been going on about for a while. Lots of data, and a reminder that while independents have boomed in coffee - chains have had greater growth in the last 10 years.
4. Travelling in Indonesia a couple of weeks ago, I got to meet some fascinating people. One of them, Rodney Glick, shared an interesting idea: we’re going to see a whole new kind of speciality coffee culture coming from producing countries
. As speciality cultures grow and develop in those places then roasters and cafes have the budgets to start buying amazing coffee, and building relationships with producers that, in turn, allow better feedback loops than consuming countries can foster or leverage. Here’s his piece on the subject.
5. Nestle bought most of Blue Bottle for (apparently) $500 million. This interview in Grub Street
is a good explainer of why Blue Bottle didn’t want to IPO, and why they sold to Nestle. It doesn’t really address why Nestle thought Blue Bottle was worth the equivalent of $14 million per store. I have a few thoughts that will be making their way to my blog in the next week or two…