Bean and gone: view from Scotland
The Scotsman asks whether the coffee culture has peaked. In the United Kingdom the number of branded coffee shops grew from 778 in 1997 to 2428 in 2005. Once a country of tea drinkers, 80% of adults in Britain now drink coffee at least once a week. But there are signs of change. Starbucks has closed many outlets in the USA and in Australia. In Scotland the chain Beanscene has gone into receivership as a result of a cash flow crisis. For more, see here.