A tangled web we weaved

Businesses and consumers are making international money transfers more frequently, but systems have a reputation for being cumbersome, costly and prone to error, writes Rod Newing

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

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

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?

Just add water

Much denigrated by coffee buffs, instant is still the kind of coffee drunk by most people. But now the industry is taking steps to make a claim for quality too, as Josh Sims discovers

Brand on the run

Thanks in large part to IKEA and the desire to modernise our homes, Scandinavian design has become so well known as to have effectively become a brand in its own right. But, asks Hanna Nova Beatrice, editor of the Swedish magazine Plaza Interior, is it a brand past its sell-by date?

Easy pieces

London, Paris, Milan... Stockholm and Helsinki? Scandinavia has no international reputation for its fashion. But as its high quality and simple - yet contemporary - style finds new fans during the recession, all that looks set to change, as Josh Sims discovers