February 26, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Feb 26: Nespresso sales up 7% in 2020, over 1,800 samples sent to COE Ethiopia & other stories

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

  • Monday, 22 Feb – Specialty Coffee Association launches Coffee Directory. In response to the lack of in-person trade shows, the new digital platform will serve as a B2B network for coffee companies and professionals. Buyers can search company listings and sellers are able to advertise products and services.
  • Monday, 22 Feb – Ikawa releases Pro100 with doubled roasting capacity. The UK roaster manufacturer’s new model has similar dimensions to the previous ProV3, but with an increased batch capacity of 120g. The Pro100 has the same carbon footprint as earlier models.
  • Tuesday, 23 Feb – Costa Coffee opens its first “fully digital” drive-thru in the UK. Digital menu boards are located both behind the bar and at drive-thru entrances, meaning menu items can be updated automatically. To coincide with the drive-thru’s opening in Nottingham, Costa have also launched their “Intensely Rich Half-Caffeine” blend, a first for the UK coffee market.
  • Tuesday, 23 Feb – Steeped Coffee wins at 2021 KeHE Summer Show. The Certified B Corp, which offers a “single-serve coffee solution”, was awarded the “On Trend Best of Show” at the annual trade show. Steeped Coffee’s products are fully compostable and made using renewable materials.
  • Tuesday, 23 Feb – Cimbali Group selected for Sodalitas Call for Future 2021 project. The project recognises companies’ corporate social responsibility efforts that are in line with UN 2030 goals. Cimbali Group has been nominated in the “Business and culture for a sustainable future” category, because of its involvement with the Mumac Museum, Mumac Library, Mumac Academy, and Hangar 100 projects.
  • Tuesday, 23 Feb – Intelligentsia launches three RTD coffee beverages. The Chicago-based roasters have launched their Cold Coffee, Oat Latte and Spiced Oat Latte RTD products. All three are made with a blend of Ethiopian, Guatemalan, and Peruvian coffees. The two oat milk beverages have been made in partnership with Oatly.
  • Wednesday, 24 Feb – Precise Brew reusable coffee filters launched. Cypriot company Coffee Lovers Editors & Trainers launched the range, which are made from recyclable polymer fibres that can be cleaned and reused more than 1,000 times. They can be adapted to a number of brewing methods and provide a range of filtration levels based on preferred sensory profiles.
  • Wednesday, 24 Feb – Krakow uses coffee grounds to grit roads during heavy snow. More than 50 local coffee shops donated coffee waste, which will be spread on walkways in two parks in the Polish capital. Krakow’s city council states that coffee grounds will be more financially and environmentally viable than sand.
  • Thursday, 25 Feb – Insent launches robot that can mimic human sensory perception of coffee flavours. The robot, designed by Japanese firm Intelligent Sensor Technology (Insent), uses sensors pretreated with potassium chloride which mimic human saliva. Each sensor is constructed to assess sourness, saltiness, umami, bitterness, astringency, and sweetness, before converting the results to numerical data. Roaster manufacturer Probat are assessing the accuracy and consistency of the machine, and say results are promising.

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

  • Tuesday, 16 Feb – Woodpecker creates building material from coffee chaff. The Bogota-based company combined recycled plastics with coffee chaff to produce lightweight, durable, and easily transportable building boards. Using this composite, houses can be constructed within a week with material costs estimated to be around US $4,500.
  • Friday, 19 Feb – Nestlé US launches seasonal spring Starbucks at-home range. The Starbucks Honey & Madagascar Vanilla Flavoured Coffee and Starbucks Spring Day Blend include 100% arabica coffee from Africa and Latin America. Both products are available as pre-ground coffee and Keurig K-Cup pods.