Like most other industries, the coffee industry is constantly evolving. New ideas for exploring coffee drinks (as well as non-coffee) emerge regularly and change frequently in popularity. Finding ways to keep up with trends and products is imperative when running a business of any kind in the coffee industry. Below are some of the most recent trends in the coffee market for 2021.
Dalgona or Whipped Coffee
Perhaps not a roaster’s paradise, this new method of drinking coffee uses instant coffee whipped into a fluffy cloud and usually contains sugar. Social media is responsible for the viral 2020 instructional videos on how to make this drink. Creating a light whipped substance is served over milk as a cold beverage. Most baristas will accompany this with a sprinkle of cocoa or coffee powder as finishing and offer it over ice.
The process of cold brew is a bit different than the typical hot brewing method in more ways than just a temperature change. Using equal amounts of coffee to water is the first step in making this drink. Cold brew is known for its mellow taste and strong caffeination. Because the beans were not brewed with scalding water, there is no bitter after taste and it does not cause heartburn in most drinkers. Cold brew has been popular for a couple of years now but we expect it to continue rising in popularity over the coming months.
Plant-based, Non-dairy Milks
There are so many options for non-dairy drinkers nowadays, it is hard to keep up. Most coffee shops now offer “alternative” milk options for an added cost and can vary from cashew (which is actually a fruit) to most nut milks. There is a growing trend for vegan options due to lactose intolerance and cruelty-free lifestyles driving this trend.
Covid changed the way restaurants and coffee shops used to operate in a big way. While we are in this pandemic it is rare to see a full coffee house or dining room as it used to be. But shop owners have realized the importance of “grab & go” options as a lucrative alternative. The increasingly trendy cold coffee drink industry is going to see a big boost in their market as a result of this pandemic. Consumers can quickly choose what flavor and style of brew they would like to have then simply pay and go.