The nation’s taste for top quality coffee shows no signs of waning, with ever more discerning palates seeking out the best of the beans.
And as a result, Scotland’s café culture is booming, with speciality coffee roasters springing up right across the country.
Be among the first to enjoy the latest emerging taste experiences from the world of coffee at the Glasgow Coffee Festival – Scotland’s largest coffee party.
Returning to The Briggait next month, the festival will bring together artisan roasters, top class cafés and brilliant baristas for two caffeine-fuelled days of unmissable masterclasses, workshops and tasting sessions.
Glasgow Coffee Festival founder, Lisa Lawson, says; "It’s an exciting time to part of the coffee industry, we’re seeing innovative new products emerging all the time.
"The Glasgow Coffee Festival will celebrate how far the industry has evolved and give coffee lovers an exclusive taste of what to look out for in the near future’.
With that in mind, Lisa highlights five key coffee trends she predicts will hit Scotland’s café scene soon:
"From cold brewed coffee, to sparkling, carbonated and nitro coffee – cold coffees offer a completely different taste experience.
"This year, for example, we’ll be welcoming Two Birds Cold Blend Coffee to the Glasgow Coffee Festival to unveil their new grab-and-go product.
"Using ethically-sourced Brazilian Fazenda Pantano beans, the drink is blended with enriched with Two Birds’ unique blend of antioxidants, vitamin C, echinacea, ginger, turmeric and agave. Festival-goers can have their say on the blend by dropping a coffee bean into a ‘YES’ or a ‘NO’ pint glass. We think it’ll be a hit!
"We’ve also found there’s an increased demand for coffee cocktails of every nature; from the classic Espresso Martini, which is currently enjoying a resurgence, to the cocktail of the moment– the Espresso and Tonic which is taking over Instagram feeds everywhere.
"It’s comprised of a cool mix of an espresso shot, tonic water and lime syrup, in case you’re wondering."
"The coffee consumer is becoming more discerning – not only are they brewing fresh coffee at home, seeking out fresh beans to grind rather than buying instant, but interest in home roasting is also gathering momentum."
‘Transparency in ethical sourcing is becoming increasingly important to the consumer. Small roasting businesses are forming more direct trade links to coffee farms.’
‘We’re seeing more and more consumers shun plastic and disposable cups in favour of more environmentally-friendly reusable cups, and we’re supporting this increased environmental awareness 100% by teaming up with KeepCup once again at the Glasgow Coffee Festival.’
"Once the drink of choice for those looking for a caffeine hit, we’re now seeing a marked uptake in decaffeinated coffee beverages, for those who enjoy the taste experience of coffee but who don’t necessarily want the kick."