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What is the future of the British coffee industry?

As founder of up and coming, London-based specialty coffee chain Workshop Coffee Co, James Dickson is well placed to reflect on the industry's direction of travel:

"Going back hundreds of years there were coffee houses, which I suppose you would now call pubs, places where people have alcohol.

"Before that there was coffee in places like Lloyd's of London, which was a coffee house and we were thrust into a second wave espresso movement, and that was anything from espresso with the addition of milk to espresso based products such as cappuccinos, flat whites, lattes, macchiatos, those types of things. 

Why does this matter?

With UK Coffee Week underway we sought out an innovative entrepreneur in the coffee shop sector to find out what the future might hold in an industry that has boomed in the past decade

"What's happened now is that it's just gone to the next level of the movement - or wave - which is specialty coffee: roasting on site, sourcing very high quality beans.

"Having very well thought through roast profiles and extracting it very well through either espresso extraction or filter extraction, which are two completely separate ways of extracting coffee.

"So, therefore, what's happening is there is so much more information about it and so much more choice. The products are different and it's a huge part of people's day.

It's a convenience product and people are used to it now, so it's part of their habitual routine. I think it's a combination of innovation, development and the skills that are present now in London and the UK."

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