After a tough couple of years, many coffee shops put their creativity to the test to lure back customers. The good news is that means there are plenty of exciting new options to look out for to keep things spicy! We’ve put together a list of coffee trends we’re expecting to take over the industry throughout 2022.
Environmentally Friendly Options
Like most businesses, coffee shops feel pressure to reduce their carbon footprints from the government and their loyal customers. As a result, sustainability will remain a highlight for cafés looking to make the environment a top priority.
In the UK alone, more than 7 million to-go coffee cups are used each day. That’s a lot of single-use. To combat this negative environmental impact, coffee shops will be looking to source products from local farmers and Fair Trade Certified farms. They’ll also move to use environmentally friendly coffee bags and implement practices that allow them to save water and energy. A win-win for the environment and the eco-conscious coffee lover!
More Nitro Cold Brews
Do you love a whatever the weather? Or do you keep it relegated to the summer months? Whatever your preference happens to be, this popular drink choice – cold brew infused with nitrogen to give it that rich, creamy head similar to nitro draft beer - has climbed the coffee shop ladder over the past few years and will continue doing so throughout 2022, so expect to see more of these on the menu.
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Healthier, Non-Dairy Options
From soya to oat to almond, non-dairy milk has taken over the coffee world – and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. New options will be hitting the menu, such as collagen creamer, hazelnut milk, and even potato milk! And as we’ve seen during Veganuary this year, more people are incorporating plant-based milk into their diet and will be looking for substitutes in their coffee too. If you’re looking for ways to create your own alternative try the NutraMilk Nut Processor for freshly made-at-home nut butter and milk in less than 12 minutes. Gone are the days of straining, soaking, and general faff – NutraMilk gives you what you want, now, stress-free!
Healthier coffee alternatives such as mushroom coffee, matcha lattés, and turmeric lattés are also set to trend, offering benefits for gut health and your immune system.
Unique Coffee Flavours
As with every year, 2022 will bring about new flavours of coffee. Coffee shops will be adding flavoured oils to their beans, taking on the aroma of popular nuts, spices, and fruits. Think maple bacon, banana split, and even lavender. Expect your local shop to start using their imagination when it comes to flavoured options!
New to this type of brew? Never fear. Here’s a brief rundown - snap chilling involves taking coffee from hot to ice cold in just a few minutes. Unlike iced coffee and cold brewing, we’re expecting this new form of chilled coffee to become more prevalent in 2022 due to its ability to preserve the full flavour of hot coffee.
It also dramatically reduces the waste of unused cold-brewed coffee and if you love an ice-cold brew, but hate the watery lacklustre coffee left when the ice melts – this option is great because it isn’t diluted by adding ice cubes. Look out for this new trend in your local coffee shop this year when summer hits – we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Coffee tourism is trending, with millennials being the first to buy their tickets.
You can expect coffee enthusiasts to seek out different options and become more adventurous, even if simply trying a new shop that offers coffee from other countries. It’s all about providing a unique experience in today’s social-media-driven world – and this one ticks those boxes time and time again.
CBD has exploded in popularity over the years, so expect to see it on the menu of your local coffee shop this coming year. Many coffee lovers turn to CBD coffee for the flavour they appreciate, without the added jitters!
TikTok has inspired multiple coffee trends (remember the Dalgona Coffee trend?) and will continue to do so. You can anticipate many of the top food and drink trends to come from this platform, too, so - love it or hate it - if you’re hoping to stay up-to-date on all things ‘coffee trend’, think about following a handful of coffee nerds on TikTok!
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Cheers to drinking even better brews in 2022!