Luckin Coffee: the Chinese chain taking on Starbucks

Employee behind Luckin Coffee paper bags

A startup is on a mission to overtake the biggest coffee chain in the world through its stripped-back, streamlined approach

Inside the NASA of coffee

Colombia’s national coffee research centre houses a team of scientists, devoted to preserving the country’s status as world-leading coffee cultivator

Costa lotta?

Inflation and commodity prices may push up the cost of a cup of coffee. But is there a foam ceiling above which it just becomes too much? Simon Brooke reports

Bean counters

Coffee used to be a utilitarian drink. Now, increasingly, it is a connoisseur product, assessed with all the attention to flavour paid to fine wines and whiskies, writes Sarah Jane Evans

Coffee à la carte

For chefs, coffee used to mean merely the multiple shots downed to keep them going through long shifts. Now it is increasingly likely to be used in their dishes, savoury as well as sweet, as Bill Knott discovers

Rise of the machines

More people are buying coffee machines for the home, creating a market dividing along lines of style and performance, convenience and connoisseurship, writes Josh Sims

Taking the strain

In the West a cup of coffee is largely taken for granted. But environmental change poses a real threat to the crop and to the farmers who manage it. Simon Brooke looks at scientific and social moves to protect beans and livelihoods alike

Speaka da caffe?

The sheer breadth of variation in cups of coffee now available has brought with it a sometimes bewildering new lingo. Nicholas Barber asks whether it reflects customer choice, sales hype or a certain romance?