The world of specialty coffee is ever-changing. With new technology and health trends emerging, some of these will more than likely carry over to the coffee industry. Whether you’re a café owner needing to stay ahead of the curve or are a coffee enthusiast ready to experiment at home, here are a few of the trends we’re looking forward to:
We have to say, we’re probably most excited about the return of café culture. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, coffee shops and other service-based businesses struggled to make adaptations amid the new health guidelines. Now that stores have been re-opened for a while, we’re seeing a significant comeback of coffee drinkers flocking to their favorite café for the experience. Working remotely is here to stay for many industries, so we’re expecting to see coffee bars continue to attract larger crowds that love the ambiance.
High-protein diets are definitely en vogue right now, so it’s no surprise that coffee lovers are intrigued by adding protein to their favorite caffeinated beverage. You may have seen influencers on Instagram or Tiktok blending chocolate or vanilla-flavored protein powder with their coffee for a tasty and simple supercharged breakfast.
Several brands are offering instant coffee enhanced with protein, and it’s also an easy DIY recipe. Be on the lookout for specialty shops to offer protein upgrades, like smoothie stores have been doing for years.
An Increasing Number of Milk Alternatives
First it was soy milk, and then almond and oat milks started gaining popularity. Milk alternatives just keep getting better, so we expect to see even more options in 2023 and beyond. Hemp and macadamia nut milks are two appealing options that both cafés and home coffee enthusiasts may add to the fridge.
Canned wines are mainstream now, and canned specialty coffee may soon follow. Snapchill coffee is already hitting the market, so keep an eye out for more brands to partner with Snapchill to create signature brews. Not familiar with Snapchill? This is a new, patented process that involves brewing hot coffee, instantly chilling it, and canning it to preserve the beans’ complex flavors.
Coffee tourism is on the rise, and this exciting trend is expected to be a lasting addition to the international and domestic coffee scene. Coffee tourism spans a wide range of possibilities, from globetrotting to South American countries to experience firsthand how beans are grown and harvested to seeking out the best cafés here in the U.S. and abroad.
Coffee and espresso are among the most widely enjoyed beverages in the world. With the introduction of high-tech machines and new brewing processes, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy this incredible drink.
Looking for the tools of the trade to make excellent coffee at home or at your retail store? We offer all the supplies you’ll need at Voltage Coffee Supply. If you have any questions about the products we carry, please contact our customer service team. We’re more than happy to talk you through the process of finding your perfect equipment, and our goal is your complete satisfaction.