As Gen Y’s and Millennials seek out-of-home coffee experiences that deliver on quality and personalization, gourmet coffee has grown to represent the lion’s share of daily consumption in 2018. For the first time in the National Coffee Association’s 67 year reporting history, standard non-specialty brews have dipped to below half, accounting for just 41% of United States total volume. This means today’s core demographic consumers are overlooking mass produced, vacuum packed formats in favour of traceable, high quality beans prepared in adventurous and alternative ways.
As a reflection, commercial brewing equipment and professional coffee machine sales can be seen going skyward as Foodservice owners invest in the coffee experience as a prime footfall generator for the future. GulfHost coffee equipment and ingredient suppliers have recently hiked by 30% (and counting), so here we take a look at some recent showcase highlights.