February 19, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Feb 19: Nestlé Japan debut plant milk lattes, coffee crypto launched & other stories


Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.

  • Monday, 15 Feb – Brazilian agronomist named for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Alyyson Paolinelli is a former Minister of Agriculture, the director of the Tropical Biomes Project, and played a key role in forming the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa).
  • Monday, 15 Feb – Lykke Kaffegårdar partners with Wave Investments. Swedish sustainability organisation Lykke is partnering with Hamburg-based investment group Wave to scale its international operations. Wave has three specialty coffee brands in its portfolio.
  • Monday, 15 Feb Mahlkönig updates Guatemala shop grinder. The new design includes a larger hopper that can hold 45% more coffee than the previous model. It also has a more accessible interior for maintenance and cleaning, and a pictogram control panel for easier dial-ins.
  • Tuesday, 16 Feb The Partnership for Gender Equity announces Gender Equity Index. The organisation received US $105,000 in funding from coffee and cocoa partners (including Lavazza and Allegro Coffee Roasters) to develop the indexing tool. This resource will be used to overcome gender barriers throughout global supply chains.
  • Tuesday, 16 Feb Sibarist releases Fast Filter brewing papers. The Barcelona-based coffee equipment company has launched its cone-shaped paper filters. Sibarist claims that the product can increase flow rate by as much as 15 to 40% when compared to competitor products. The company claims the improved permeability of the filters allows for a more consistent flow rate.
  • Wednesday, 17 Feb San Cristobal Coffee Importers expands FincaLab into Ethiopia. The Seattle-based green coffee importer has created a transcontinental “internship” with members of the Asikana co-operative in Oromia, Ethiopia. The proprietary FincaLab system, which improves quality management and traceability, will be utilised across the co-op.
  • Friday, 19 Feb Hemro Group expands sales distribution in the US. The coffee grinder group (which includes the Mahlkönig, Ditting, Anfim, and HeyCafé brands) will be focusing on increasing regional sales in the US. In particular, it has set out the West Coast as a target area for sales, and has appointed Samuel Grant as Sales Manager.

Here are a few news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.

  • Monday, 8 Feb Oatly TV ad airs during Superbowl LV. The 30-second advert featured Oatly’s CEO, Toni Petersson. The ad was originally aired in Sweden in 2014, but Oatly were forced to drop it after Swedish dairy companies filed lawsuits. The cost of a 30-second ad spot at Superbowl LV was estimated to be more than US $5.5 million by several publications.
  • Wednesday, 10 Feb The Orb One raises over US $30,000 on Kickstarter. US studio Crucial Design developed the brewing device with a wider base for easier stovetop use. The Orb One can be used to brew both espresso and pour over-style coffee with a 250ml capacity.
  • Wednesday, 10 Feb Petition for continued UK VAT cut receives over 12,000 signatures. The UK government reduced VAT to 5% to support hospitality businesses (including coffee shops) during Covid-19, but are looking to return to 20% next month. Law dictates that once a petition receives more than 10,000 signatures, the UK government must formally respond to it.
  • Thursday, 11 Feb Cauz Coffee to launch around February 22. The UK-based roaster will donate 50% of its profits to cancer charities. Cauz’s core coffee range includes two blends and a single origin espresso roast.
  • Friday, 12 Feb Virtual Producer Roaster Forum 2021 tickets released. Prices start from £85 for the event on April 5 to 7. Three new speakers have also been confirmed: Karl Wienhold of Cedro Alto, Nicole Ferris of Climpson & Sons, and Ricardo Oteros of Supracafé.
  • Sunday, 14 Feb Global Coffee Platform adds four new sustainability schemes to its roster. The addition of ECOM’s SMS Verified, Neumann’s NKG BLOOM, and Olam’s AtSource Entry Verified and AtSource Plus increases the number of GCP’s sustainability schemes to 9. The upcoming second “GCP Snapshot” will measure transparency and sustainability across the coffee sector.