Coffee Shop Trends in 2019

Coffee isn't going to go out of style anytime soon. As researchers continue to demonstrate proof that drinking a daily cup of coffee is good for health, more people are expected to make dripping coffee a daily habit. In fact, research done by the National Coffee Association shows that the number of people who drink coffee every day rose from 57% in 2017 to 62% last year, with 13 to 18-year-olds making up the fastest-growing portion of the market. Perhaps the rise of gourmet coffee made with intriguing flavors has also contributed to the growth of the industry. As 2019 rolls around, coffee shops can stay ahead of the competition by keeping up with the trends that are likely going to dominate the market in the coming year.

  1. Ready-to-Drink

Millennials and busy professionals appreciate anything that can make their hectic lives easier. That includes ready-to-drink canned or boxed coffee that they can quickly pay for at the gas station or convenience store counter and take with them wherever they go. These are also often sweet, creamy, and more appealing to the palate than the bitter, acidic notes of regular black coffee, which goes to show that today’s coffee drinkers pay attention to the taste of their drink aside from the caffeine kick it gives.  

  1. Buttered Coffee

Paleo and keto dieters have created a new way to add more fat into their coffee, but the trend has reached the mainstream and is now about to get even bigger in 2019. Proponents claim that buttered coffee, which is blended with grass-fed butter and a spoonful of medium-chain triglyceride oil or coconut oil, gives its drinker a powerful energy boost minus the caffeine crash after. You’re also supposed to feel mentally calm and alert without getting anxious. Buttered coffee is starting to show up in coffee pop-up stores and quick-serve menus and will be even more ubiquitous next year.

  1. Cold Brew

Cold brew coffee is better than regular iced coffee for a variety of reasons. This is made by steeping freshly ground coffee beans in cold water for up to 24 hours. This length of time gives the coffee beans enough time to release the oils, sugars, and caffeine into the water. It also creates greater oxidation, making a sweet coffee that is less bitter and acidic than regular brewed coffee. It is also stronger than standard coffee, which is good news for those who dislike it when iced coffee turns watery after several minutes. Cold brew coffee also creates room for creating different coffee flavors since you can add different ingredients to the coffee beans to create a base.  

  1. Cascara

Everyone knows that coffee is made from coffee beans, but not everybody is aware that the coffee beans are harvested from the coffee fruit. Called cascara, the red, sweet cherries that contain the beans used to be thrown into the compost pit after harvest, but coffee farmers have found a new way to make use of them by turning them into tisanes and flour alternatives for the health-conscious. Cascara, in fact, is considered a superfood jam-packed with nutrients, including protein, fiber, and iron.

  1. Nitro Coffee

Gyms and health centers sometimes serve a rich, creamy coffee that’s considered healthier than frappuccinos. The infusion of nitrogen into the coffee creates a foamy texture and a slightly sweet flavor that allows you to do away with the sugars and syrups that make regular blended iced coffee not the best drink for those watching their calorie intake. Nitro coffee is often stored in a pressurized keg and poured through a tap before serving.

  1. Chemex

Chemex first became huge in the 1940s and is making a quiet comeback in 2019. The method involves pouring water gently over coffee grounds using a curved glass coffee maker fitted with a special paper filter. The filter is used to provide clarity to the coffee and create fruity, citrus tones. Chemex is more like steeping tea than brewing standard black coffee. It creates a low-caffeine coffee that is more diluted than the regular pour-over.

  1. Non-Dairy Milk

Awareness of health issues that may arise from consuming dairy products has led to coffee shops offering non-dairy alternatives such as soy milk, almond milk, and lactose-free milk. However, the coffee industry isn't going to stop there soon and is considering other alternatives that you might not normally see. In 2019, some non-dairy kinds of milk you will find at coffee houses may include coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, and nut kinds of milk like macadamia milk, hazelnut milk, and pecan milk.  

  1. Gourmet Coffee

Millennials and Gen Y-ers, which comprise the biggest portion of the coffee-drinking market, are serious about high-quality coffee made sustainably and ethically. In 2019, the push for organically grown, fair trade coffee beans harvested from different parts of the world will encourage coffee shops to be more responsible about their sourcing.