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2020 Coffee Trends: What’s to Come?

2019 has been a super busy year for the TopBrewer team. We recruited new team members, installed a record number of TopBrewers throughout the UK and Ireland and welcomed lots of amazing new clients to the TopBrewer Experience. Whilst it’s great to look back at your accomplishments, it’s important to look ahead and assess what the future might hold.

We are passionate about great coffee, and the consistent growth for the UK, Irish and European coffee market shows that we’re not the only ones. But what’s to come in 2020? Read on to find out…

Milk Alternatives Grow in Popularity

Dairy-free milk alternatives have been increasing in popularity in recent years, and this trend is showing no signs of slowing. Recent research carried out by Mintel found that 1 in 4 Brits have switched to non-dairy milks, such as oat, almond or soy. Although cows milk still holds a much bigger market share in the UK & Ireland, we are buying less than before. Globally, the plant milk market is estimated to be worth a massive $16billion, and we think this will continue to grow!

Did you know, we recently launched a Dual-Milk Fridge for the TopBrewer? The innovative addition of a Dual-Milk fridge to the range of modular TopBrewer products means TopBrewer clients can now offer two different milks for beverages, including dairy free or low fat options. Find out more here.

Black coffee is back

In the UK and Ireland, we have become coffee connoisseurs. We more interested than ever in the coffee we drink, and we know what makes a great cup of coffee. Thanks to our increased interest in and knowledge of the coffee we drink, there has been a shift in what is available to consumers. Specialty coffee is now expected wherever we go, micro-roasting is becoming the norm and many roasters have moved towards a lighter roast. Because of this, many consumers are now choosing to forgo milk, sugar and flavourings and enjoy a black coffee. The purists amongst us would argue that this is the “proper” way to enjoy a great coffee, but we’ll leave it to you to decide!

Sustainability is Key

As consumers, we are becoming more aware of how our actions are affecting the planet and sustainability will continue to play a big part in our purchasing decisions throughout all areas of our lives. When it comes to the coffee we drink, consumers want to know that not only is it grown and transported in a sustainable way, they also want to know that the treatment of the coffee farmers is ethical and respectful. Sustainable and ethical trade will continue to make headlines into 2020 and beyond.

At Scanomat, we are extremely proud of the relationships we have built with our partner farms and cooperatives around the world to facilitate sustainable, ethical and respectful trade. That’s why Impact Trade is part of our ethos. Impact Trade goes a step further than Direct Trade and, as well as building relationships with partner farms, looks to impact the community at the source and make a real difference to the community. From 2020, all of our partner farms will follow the Impact Trade ethos and we will be working alongside them to find the projects that will be most effective and impactful for the local communities. Find out more here.

Nitro Coffee is in

Move over, Cold Brew, there’s a new coffee in town. Cold Brew has been one of the largest growing coffee segments throughout the last 5 years, and Nitro Coffee is an extension of the consumer’s love for cold brew coffee. Nitro coffee is cold brew coffee that has been infused with nitrogen, which results in a rich, creamy and smooth drink that is much sweeter than a standard cup of coffee.

The Importance of Customisation

As consumers have become more knowledgeable about the coffee they drink, they have a much better idea of exactly what they want, so customisation is becoming more popular. Our taste can change day by day, and even hour by hour, so the ability to enjoy a customised coffee is important for consumers. TopBrewer users can use the TopBrewer app to customise their drink, adjusting everything from the grams of coffee to the amount of milk in order to meet their exact taste. Find out more here.

Coffee Follows the Cashless Revolution

Cash is becoming irrelevant in today’s modern society and contactless payment, whether through smartphones, smart watches or contactless cards, is becoming the norm. This will extend to the coffee sector as providers seek to make the experience as convenient and simple as possible for customers.

The addition of ScanomatPAY for TopBrewer coffee machines allows mobile and contactless payment for TopBrewer beverages, and is ideal in fast-paced environments where customers want to grab and go. Find out more about TopBrewer here.

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