| 30 mins

Episode 17: The cold coffee revolution


This week we put cold coffee under the spotlight to illuminate the latest trends in this fast-growing category. We’ll explore how the cold coffee revolution has taken off in North America, and the opportunities for growth in markets worldwide. 

In this episode we’re joined by a brewing equipment supplier and coffee expert from Asia Pacific, and two senior figures from leading cold coffee brands in the US. They’ll discuss the popularity of game-changing products, such as cold brew and RTDs, and provide their take on America’s epic love affair with cold coffee.

Danny Pang, Asia Pacific Manager for Marco Beverage Systems, guides us through the different types of cold coffee on the market and shares what the opportunity is for cold brew in Asia.

James McLaughlin, President and CEO of Intelligentsia Coffee discusses the continued growth of cold coffee in the US and the potential for new products and formats to match in-store coffee quality at home.

We also hear from Matthew Swenson, Director of Coffee at Nestlé and former Chief Product Officer for Chameleon Coffee, who shares how America’s grab-and-go culture and highly developed distribution network has allowed the US cold coffee market to thrive.

Watch Danny Pang’s guide on making Japanese-style iced coffee here.

For more on World Coffee Portal’s research on the iced beverage market in the US, read highlights from our Project Iced USA report here.

Credits music: “No More Rain” by Coffee Music Project artist Ania Diamond.

Guests

Danny Pang

Danny Pang

Asia Pacific Manager, Marco Beverage Systems

Danny Pang’s coffee journey began in 2005 working in business development for Douwe Egberts in Asia. Pang has since become an international coffee expert, managing his own café chain, running barista training courses and judging at global coffee competitions. Pang joined Marco in 2019, managing the APAC region.
James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin

CEO & President, Intelligentsia Coffee

James McLaughlin has been with Intelligentsia Coffee since 2012, serving as Chief Commercial Office and Director of Green Coffee, before becoming the CEO in 2014. Prior to joining Intelligentsia, McLaughlin worked as an attorney in Chicago and spent three years in Brazil turning a family farm into a thriving coffee business. 
Matthew Swenson

Matthew Swenson

Director of Coffee, Nestlé

Matthew Swenson’s started his coffee career as a barista in 2000 and his passion for the art and science of coffee has led in through several different roles in the industry since. A Q Grader and licenced Q Arabica instructor, Swenson is the former Chief Product Officer for Chameleon Cold-Brew, which was acquired by Nestle in 2017.
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