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Dr Emma Felton of the Queensland University of Technology says café culture is now a firm fixture in urban life globally, providing new social spaces for a diverse range of people. 

“The growth of the café since the late 20th century is extraordinary and very much linked to significant socio-cultural and technological change. For the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities and cafés serve an important role for connecting people.” said Dr Felton.

“The coffee bean is the world’s fourth most traded agricultural commodity and the global coffee industry is worth $US100 billion (about $140 billion), with more than 500 billion cups of coffee drunk worldwide each year.”

Emma, who specialises in researching and writing about cities from social and cultural perspectives, calls modern café culture “a connoisseur’s playground”.

Predicted cafe trends for 2020:

  • Plant-based meals are on-trend, making it essential to include in café menus.
  • Organic, sustainable, and ethical practices are looked at favourably by stakeholders.
  • The pressure is on to reduce all non-biodegradable packaging waste.
  • Mushrooms will feature more and more on menus as well.

SOURCE: BeanScene Magazine (2020), Urban growth fuels booming cafe culture (URL:

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Investigate and produce an in class essay on the influence of a particular Café Trend on the Perth Café culture.

Assignment Documents:

Diet trends

Diet Trends: Allergies and Intolerances.

Coeliac disease, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, diabetes, cardio vascular foods (heart Friendly)

Vegan, vegetarian, organic.

Environmental/ ethical trends

Ethical/environmental Trends

Minimal waste, locally sourced foods, food miles,

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