FOUNDER OF LONDON COFFEE FESTIVAL
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.” londoncoffeefestival.com