Artisan Coffee Stores Satisfying Customers – Horizons Find

IMG_4010Independent artisan outlets specialising in freshly roasted coffee with a strong food offering are continuing to emerge and expand, satisfying the demands of coffee drinkers, according to the latest Horizons Ones to Watch survey.

The survey tracks the growth of new and emerging brands with between five and 25 outlets, and which have shown over 20% growth over the past three years.

Horizons’ analyst Nicola Knight, said: “We have adopted the coffee purchasing habit, but this third generation of artisan coffee shops is now bringing a higher quality product to the high street often with a health-conscious, home-produced food offer that is appealing to today’s consumer.

“There is an element of coffee drinkers who are no longer satisfied with standard coffee, but want something higher quality which is why we are seeing these chains growing fairly rapidly.”

Horizons notes brands such as Beany Green, Grind and Filmore & Union in its biannual survey for raising the bar in the takeaway coffee market. The survey also highlights interesting concepts such as Ziferblat, which charges customers for the time they spend in the shop, with free coffee available.

For the second year running Pret was named as the foodservice operator most admired by respondents. The high street giant was praised for its consistency, high standards and quality.

Top 10 Ones to Watch trends

1.Coffee shop (122 outlets*)

2.Mexican burrito fast casual (113)

3.Italian casual dining (102)

4.Sandwich bar quick service (70)

5.Healthy quick service (68)

6.Juice bar (63)

7.World buffet casual dining (56)

8.Cosmopolitan casual dining (54)

9.Gourmet burger casual dining (54)

10.Thai casual dining (52)

* Number of outlets in 2015 by offer type (all brands combined)

Written by Andrew McClean