With trends projected to continue in the coming years, it's likely signaling that the popular vote has shifted in revolt of coffee for the purpose of caffeine, and in favor of coffee as a culturally significant experience.
Recent studies by researchers at UCLA, BIDMC, Harvard School of Public Health, and other research facilities have gathered significant quantities of data that support the idea of caffeine benefits in everything from heart health to basic nutrition.
After this year's exceptionally positive reports, specialty and gourmet coffee makers can likely look forward to increasing demand and growth in the coming years.
This pattern of barista popularization was showcased in the ABS 2016 Census with a result of a 23% increase in bar attendants and baristas. This was among the largest growths in industries, and this pattern was continued in reports across the world.