Demand for more independent coffee shops

first_imgDespite high street domination by the branded coffee chains, it is independent coffee shops that consumers want, according to new research.The research by The Caffè Culture Show, the annual event for the UK café industry, has revealed that more than three in five (62.5%) consumers prefer an independent coffee shop, rather than from a chain operator (25.5%). Half (50.9%) would like to see more independent coffee shops, while only 3.2% want to see the high street chains expand. Most interestingly for the bakery sector, 21.2% of people surveyed said that they visit coffee shops to eat meals and snacks. Forty-eight percent visit coffee shops several times a week, and 12.4% visit every day.The quality of coffee served is the biggest motivating factor in choosing which coffee shop to visit (81.3%), and 82.5% don’t return if it’s not up to scratch. Location (44.9%), staff (30.9%), and ambience & atmosphere (29.2%) are the next biggest reasons why customers return. Poor cleanliness and hygiene (48.5%), bad service (44.2%) and long waiting times (37.6%) are what would be most off-putting, according to the research.Trying to replicateEvent director Cheryl Carroll said: “It’s interesting to see how many are trying to replicate the unique experience and customer service that is synonymous with independent operators.“The findings clearly show who is winning in the popularity stakes, with large numbers wanting to see growth in that part of the market.”   This week, coffee shops were accused of making false recycling claims.last_img read more

SMC holds first year discussion

first_imgSaint Mary’s College’s Common Experience program concluded for the semester Tuesday night with a short film and a student-led panel discussion, both of which focused on diversity and the problem of stereotyping other cultures. The Common Experience, a component of the Cross Currents Program, is designed to educate and mentor first year students at the College, spotlighting issues crucial to the first-year experience. Susan Vanek, associate dean of advising, said the Cross Currents Program helps first years navigate the educational and social landscapes of the College. “The goal and purpose of Common Experience is to introduce students to the importance of their education,” Vanek said. “Liberal arts and diversity are the cornerstone of a first rate college education.” The second and final installment of Common Experience Tuesday focused on diversity, and how recognizing our differences can help answer the ‘Why am I here?’ question for first year students, Karen Johnson, vice president for student affairs, said. “The ‘Why am I here?’ question … is answered for first years through peer mentoring, faculty advising and various activities in the residence halls,” she said. Johnson said after Tuesday’s film and panel, students met with their advisors, discussed the night’s activities and then will prepare a reflection on the film. The film, titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” features Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie and struggles with overcoming the “single stories” people tell of African and Nigerian cultures. Adichie, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and earned Master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Yale University, speaks in the film about the dangers of partaking in single story telling. Adichie said a single story is when we hear only one story about a person and use that information to shape our views of other peoples and cultures. “Single stories rob people of their dignity,” she said in the film. “We are taught to emphasize how people are different, rather than how people are similar.” Adichie said people should recognize the positive effects of exploring other cultures and expanding their personal views. The film was followed by a panel discussion, led by junior Maeva Alexander and senior Alexandra Zellner. The discussion was a way for first year students to see how diversity can be lived out in everyday life, particularly at Saint Mary’s College. Alexander reflected on her time abroad in South Africa and how her single stories were drastically altered as a result of her experience. Zellner discussed the impact on stereotypes, focusing especially on labels Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame students can sometimes impose upon one another. Both Zellner and Alexander ended their discussions stressing the importance of working to push past single stories and celebrate similarities between peoples of different cultures, echoing the themes of Adichie’s talk in the film.last_img read more

Angry Carl Ikeme Accuses Norwich Forward of Diving

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers shot stopper Carl Ikeme has reacted to the incident that got him sent off in yesterday’s 1-3 loss to Norwich City.Ikeme was sent off in the 72nd minute after an altercation with Norwich City forward Wes Hoolahan, a situation which won the home side a penalty which they converted to put the game beyond the reach of Wolves.However the Super Eagles shot stopper believes his sending off was harsh and criticized the forward for play acting to get him sent off.The Super Eagles number one gave his reaction in a number of post on his official twitter handle.“Ok then… been mulling over whether to say anything or not….Some will say don’t react. I understand ur point. It’s hard not to be frustrated when someone blatantly dives to win a penalty. Then dives again when pushed on his chest. I supposed you live and learn but this one is hard to take. I Apologise if anyone feels let down,” Ikeme wrote on Twitter“A lot of Norwich fans not happy. I have nothing against your club or Wes. These things happen in football so we just move on”. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more