Coffee lovers aren’t set in their ways; in fact, far from it. The surge of baristas, independent coffee retailers and the new products that are constantly being introduced are a true testament to how much coffee drinkers are always expanding their horizons. Every year, new coffee innovations in coffee are introduced, and those innovations are consistently increasing in quality.

It’s certainly an exciting time for coffee drinkers, thanks to the newest trends that have been introduced this year alone. If you are a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, you are undoubtedly yearning to discover the latest trends.

Here’s a look at the top 5 trends in coffee that have seriously taken the UK by storm!

Ready-Made Coffee is Soaring in Popularity

We are constantly being told to cut down on carbonated beverages and other drinks that have a high sugar content by health agencies, the government and our doctors. Because of this, more and more people are looking for healthier beverage options, but they also want to enjoy the same convenience and immediate gratification that a bottle of soda offers, and ready-made coffee is the perfect solution.

The soaring popularity of ready-made coffee drinks isn’t only being seen in the UK, either: In the United States, sales for the ready-made coffee industry reached $2.5 billion in 2015. In 2017, Coca Cola is set to launch their first ever ready-made coffee products, so we can certainly expect to see a huge selection of interesting products very soon.

Nitro Coffee is Here!

Coffee drinkers throughout the UK are gasping at the introduction of Nitro Coffee, and you will, too! This coffee is interjected with nitrogen, which adds a nice creamy, sweet finish and makes it very similar in appearance and texture to Guinness. Plus, Nitro Coffee is poured from a tap, which totally adds to the similarity of a pint of Guinness.

Specialty Coffees are Booming

It used to be that there were very few options when it came to coffee and consumers basically had to settle. Well, that’s a thing of the past, thanks to specialty coffees. These gourmet-style coffees are available in a variety of roasts and flavors, and they are made with the highest quality coffee beans. Yes, specialty coffees may cost a bit more than a standard coffee, but if you are truly a lover of this beverage, you will be willing to shell out a just a little extra cash in order to experience and enjoy great tasting coffee.

Coffee is More Popular than Beer

If you haven’t noticed, more and more pubs are closing around the UK, and what’s taking their place? – Coffee shops! In fact, if you take a glance down High Street, you will see that there are way more coffee shops than pubs. Why? – Because coffee has taken the place of beer. People are more health-conscious and are opting to socialize and catch up with their friends over a cup of coffee instead of over a pint of beer. A café latte is preferred over a bitter. People really are losing interest in pubs, and coffee houses are taking their place. This trend is considered to grow for years to come.

Cold Brews are Continue to Gain Popularity

Cold brews are all the rage in the coffee industry. In fact, sales for these products have soared not just in the UK, but across the globe! What is a cold brew coffee? People are really impressed with the convenience that they offer and the quick pick-me-up that they offer. Plus, cold brews are a much healthier alternative to carbonated sodas and other beverages that have a high sugar content. The popularity of cold brew coffee is expected to grow steadily, especially given the fact that Coca Cola, one of the biggest names in the beverage industry, is set to launch their own line of cold brews in 2017!

If you are a coffee drinker who is looking to keep your coffee drinking experience new, fun and exciting, than these five trends will certainly be of interest to you. It’s really is an exciting time to drink coffee, and by the looks of these trends, the excitement will continue to grow!

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