The typical cup of coffee that has been served for at least four centuries in London has changed and, not exactly for the better, according to some experts. The coffee that, years ago was considered thick, smoky and strong, has now become sweeter, because milk, sweets have been added and it is even soaked for hours.
According to experts from the Kew Royal Botanic Garden, the wild coffee variety is in danger due to climate change, specifically, the Arabica type reserve. It is about 60 percent of species that are in danger of extinction.
According to the Financial Times , the demand for coffee continues to increase and, although the number of bars still proliferates in the big city, these have been gradually disappearing. The number of coffee shops in the United Kingdom doubled in just a decade to reach almost 26,000, according to figures from the Allegra World Coffee portal, in its records from 2009 to 2019.
The English newspaper reports that in 1739 there were more than 550 coffee shops in London, this was equivalent to one for every 1,000 inhabitants. Currently, it is estimated that there are more than 3,000 of these establishments, that is, one for every 2,000 residents.
It is worth mentioning that, unlike other countries and even several establishments in the city of London, not all cafes are the same. Some of them do offer the ancestral drink, in addition to sandwiches, free internet service and various amenities; although others only offer take-out service or complement their line of business with the sale of coffee on a smaller scale, such as some bakeries in the downtown area.
Currently, the US is the world’s largest coffee market. It is also the home of the largest drinks in the world, because while in London a two-ounce drink is sold, the equivalent of almost 60 milliliters; at a Starbucks coffee shop, the largest venti-sized brew holds 24 ounces, or 710 milliliters.