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As founder of Lon­don Cof­fee Fes­ti­val and pub­lisher of the in­flu­en­tial Lon­don Cof­fee Guide, Jef­frey Young knows the UK cof­fee scene. In the seven years since it started, Lon­don Cof­fee Fes­ti­val has grown four-fold thanks to an in­creas­ing in­ter­est in great cof­fee that Jef­frey says re­flects a wider cul­tural phe­nom­e­non.

“Cof­fee shops pro­vide a ‘third space’ for to­day’s ur­ban cus­tomers to ex­tend their lives into. Cof­fee shops are the liv­ing rooms, and of­ten work­places, for many in a world where we are more mo­bile and have smaller homes,” ex­plains Jef­frey.

In the late 1990s, he wrote re­search re­ports pre­dict­ing ex­pan­sion in the cof­fee-shop mar­ket, and this growth ac­cel­er­ated with the emer­gence of cool ar­ti­san in­de­pen­dents that form the scene to­day. It con­tin­ues to evolve. “We see an emerg­ing ‘fifth wave’ in Lon­don at places such as Car­a­van, Grind and Gail’s, where it’s about pro­vid­ing bou­tique qual­ity at scale.” lon­don­cof­feefes­ti­

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