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Medellín: Colombia’s new coffee culture

In a radical move to modernise his family’s coffee farm, Pedro Miguel Echavarria now grows, roasts and exports beans to a global network of distributors. And through the opening of his own cafe in Medellín, he’s also helped create a vibrant cafe culture in Colombia’s second city. Coffee runs through Pedro Miguel Echavarria’s veins. His father, Pedro Senior, first started …

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Deliveroo/The making of an on-demand giant

In just three years, former banker William Shu has come from nowhere to make Deliveroo London’s most talked-about startup. His bikes have become ubiquitous in the city, he’s landed £137m from major investors and now sees Uber — among others — in his wing mirrors as he furthers his plan to dominate how food is delivered in cities around the world. There was standing …


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Cold pressed juice is taking on cafe culture

Is cold pressed juice about to become a major new sector at the heart of the health boom, or will it go the way of frozen yoghurt? ‘As big as coffee.’ This four word response to the question of the potential of the cold pressed juice market is the universal assertion by the current band of ambitious founders who have set up juice companies in London over the last 18 months. They are betting that …

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Why everyone is going mad for ‘placemaking’

One was organic and unmanaged, the other carefully constructed by a developer. The remarkable stories of Shoreditch and Kings Cross have come to define urban regeneration and define the modern business of placemaking. Turning urban wastelands into areas of social, cultural and economic value has been one of the great achievements of British enterprise in recent years. And one where …

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Athens: The Apocalypse?

The devastation of the Greek economy has been an absorbing saga over the last year. Beyond the brinkmanship and bailouts, many Greeks have had their lives and livelihoods torn apart. Courier went to see the impact on a workspace for creative startups in Athens. Am I confident about the future? No, no, no. We have no idea what’s coming next,’says …


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Street art and its transformation from subculture to the mass market

Street art is starting to crash through the established art market, and a crop of one-time vandals are becoming ‘rock-star artists’, with buyers willing to pay big money for their work. Not that long ago Conor Harrington was dodging police as he sprayed graffiti across Dublin, irritating property owners and the council who had to jet wash his paint off their walls. He’s …