But when did coffee become so chic?
The FT* reports that about 1.7 billion cups of coffee are sold each year in the UK from more than 18,000 outlets, a total set to grow to almost 21,000 by 2020, according to consultants Allegra Strategies.
Compared with the rest of Europe, even this is small beans. In the UK people consume an average 2.8kg of coffee each year, far less than 12.2kg per capita in Finland.
But there isn’t a week goes by without some coffee-related story making national headlines.
This week, for example, there was the cheeky barista who highlighted certain words on a customer’s cup to tell her he thought she was hot.
Whether that’s part of the barista’s code of conduct or not, we’re not sure. Disciplinary action could be pending.
But baristas are approaching superstar status as they serve record numbers of people at impressive speed, and somehow find time to perfect works of art in customers’ froth.
Even pubs are getting in on the act of serving ‘proper’ coffee.
As well as getting our fix on the move, more Brits are buying fancy coffee makers for their homes.
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It’s the pefect backdrop to your Miele, DeLonghi or Gaggia. We can almost hear the satisfying hiss and gurgle and sense the gorgeous aromas emanating from the kitchen now. We might even wake up and smell the coffee beans.
Here’s how they do it
Top 5 coffee facts
- The name cappuccino comes from the resemblance of the drink to the clothing of Capuchin monks.
- Espresso means ‘when something is forced out.’
- Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.
- 40 per cent of the world’s coffee is produced by Columbia and Brazil.
- Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee (up to £500 per pound) is made from coffee beans eaten and then excreted by a Sumatran wild cat