Study after study has found that coffee has a host of potential health benefits. Yet there’s still a lot of confusion among consumers and in the media.
Surprisingly, 69% of Americans report that they have not even heard of any studies related to coffee and disease prevention, according to recent NCA market research.
And despite the fact that people already have less than the 3-5 cups daily recommended for optimal physical benefit, limiting caffeine intake was cited as the leading reason to cut coffee consumption.
Here’s a quick glance at some of the most common misconceptions on coffee and health – and what the science really says.
To learn more about coffee, caffeine, and health, join the NCA Science Leadership Council for the Coffee Science Fair at the NCA Convention in Atlanta, March 7-9.
From functional ingredients to sustainable practices, new consumer values are transforming market trends.
The following post originally appeared in Tea & Coffee Trade Journal
The coffee industry is again going through a transformation, driven by shifting consumer values in an increasingly connected global landscape.
Today, people are using their purchasing decisions to support companies that reflect their values and introduce new innovations.
“The theme of this year’s NCA Convention [March 7-9, 2019 in Atlanta] is ‘coffee at a crossroads.’ In this time of unprecedented change, the decisions we make today as an industry will determine our direction in the years to come,” says Bill Murray, NCA President & CEO.
Here’s what to watch (and watch out for) in the year ahead:
Exploring TRUE coffee descriptions: Trustworthy, Realistic, Understandable, Enticing
A Shared Industry Vocabulary to Keep Us On the Same Page
Learn more about coffee quality: Join Blue Donkey Coffee for a specialty coffee cupping at the 2019 NCA Convention in Atlanta, March 7-9
The following article was originally published as the first installment of a 2-part special series in Tea and Coffee Trade Journal in the July/August 2018 and September 2018 issues
By Spencer Turer, Coffee Enterprises – via LinkedIn
Aroma and taste descriptors are most easily understood when primary flavors are referenced for the perceived attribute.
When attributes are categorized into groups it becomes difficult to understand their meaning without additional training or explanations. Confusion is created when conclusions are used for flavor descriptions, or when adjectives or verbs are used in place of nouns when presenting descriptions.
Drawing on over 60 years of industry research, a new series of NCA Market Snapshots take a closer look at the factors shaping the US coffee market in 2018 – and beyond.
Here are 10 stats from the latest NCA research on coffee industry trends:
By Karly Nevils, Dig Insights (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This July, it’s going to be a brew-tiful month!
The NCA has released eight new breakout market research reports based on the 2018 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) study data.
The reports look at the following topics:
New NCA Market Research Reports
- Coffee Brewing
- Health and Coffee
- Coffee Claims
- Coffee at Work
- Gourmet Coffee
- Coffee Preparation In-Home
- Coffee Preparation Out-of-Home
- Tea – available free for a limited time only!
What Upsiide Tells Us About Beverage Rankings
Upsiide is a new idea screening app that is inspired by Tinder. Designed by Dig Insights (the experts behind the NCA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends Report and new Generational Report), the mobile platform connects companies to real-time consumer feedback and powerful analytics.
The concept sounds complicated, but it’s simple to use. Here’s how it works:
Consumers using the app will be shown an idea (a new beverage idea, a potential claim, a packaging idea, a branding idea a positioning idea, etc.). The idea can be expressed with any combination of text / images / video. The consumer can either like or dislike the idea (by swiping), or request more information. Once two ideas are liked, they are paired head-to-head and the consumer tells us which is best. The winner moves on to the next round.
So what does Upsiide tell us about beverages?
[Editor’s note: If you have no idea what this title means, check out this infographic explaining third wave coffee.]
The following post originally appeared on Perfect Daily Grind
Written by E. Squires and edited by T. Newton
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent countless hours reading, researching, tasting, traveling, and diving deeper into our favorite drink. You love reading about farmers and their best practices. You spend hours perfecting your brew methods and your espresso shots.
But many, if not most, of your customers won’t be as interested in the minutiae of TDS and coffee processing methods. They simply want a shot of caffeine (plus or minus sugar). Sure, some customers will come for a quality coffee experience. A select few will even want to know everything. But these will be in the minority.
The thing about us in the Third Wave is that we’re desperate to share specialty coffee with everybody – but we can’t. Great customer service means understanding your customers and meeting them where they are, whether it’s simply a morning caffeine fix or a matter of helping them along their coffee journey in small steps.
Yet while you can’t force your customers to appreciate coffee like you do, you can open the door and allow them to walk through it. Getting the balance is hard, so we’ve come up with four practical ways to teach people about Third Wave coffee without preaching or being intimidating.
By Kyra Auffermann, NCA
Today’s “typical” cup of coffee is anything but – it may not even be a cup.
Innovation is fueling growth across the gourmet coffee segment (aka specialty coffee), according to the new NCA National Coffee Drinking Trends Report 2017, released at the NCA 2017 Annual Convention in Austin on March 25, presented by Michael Edwards, Dig Insights.
The latest data shows a market shift toward high-quality, premium beverages, with younger demographics driving this change.
So what does this mean for the coffee industry? Here are the top consumption trends, based on the latest market data.
Younger coffee drinkers want to recreate the customized coffeehouse experience at home, according to new research from Packaged Facts.
The U.S. market for packaged and ready-to-drink coffee sold at retail was estimated at $13.5 billion in 2015, up almost 10% from the year before. By 2020, sales of packaged and ready-to-drink coffee in the U.S. are expected to close in on $18 billion.
Retail dollar sales continue to grow largely because of continued reinvention across the coffee industry, from k-cups to cold brew.
According to Packaged Facts, growth in the coffee industry can largely be attributed to three segments: Continue reading
By David Sprinkle, Research Director, Packaged Facts (@packaged_facts)
If you haven’t paid attention to the sales success of coffee creamers, you are missing a sign of the times in the coffee market.
Packaged Facts estimates that U.S. retail sales of coffee creamer products will grow by $400 million between 2011 and 2016, to exceed $2.5 billion. This sales spurt in a niche product segment is not wholly surprising, given the current landscape of consumer food priorities and concerns.