February 5, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Feb 5: UK joins ICO, Caparaó awarded GI seal & 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, 1 Feb – Beyond the Bean launches spring and summer virtual bootcamps. The Bristol-based drinks company announced four dates for their online interactive bootcamps. Attendees will have access to industry insights and learn about newly developed drink recipes. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Blood Bikes, a UK motorcycle response charity.
  • Tuesday, 2 Feb – Good Liquorworks produces vodka made from coffee fruit. The New York-based company has launched its “Good Vodka”, derived from sugars in the coffee cherry. Co-founder Mark Bryne describes it as a “vodka of rounder mouthfeel and more full-bodied flavour than those made from… from potatoes or grain”.
  • Tuesday, 2 Feb – The UK becomes part of the International Coffee Organisation. After Brexit became official on January 1, 2021, the UK is no longer grouped along with the 27 EU countries in the ICO. The UK is the tenth largest coffee importing country in the world with a coffee industry estimated to have £11 billion turnover.
  • Tuesday, 2 Feb – The American Cancer Society updates dietary guidelines regarding coffee. Since 2012, the ACS has published research showing that coffee consumption may be linked to decreased risk of some cancers. Acrylamide, a naturally-formed carcinogenic compound in roasted foods, is “found only in trace levels, [or] non-detectable” in coffee beans.
  • Tuesday, 2 Feb – Voila Labs launches specialty coffee capsules. The company has partnered with packaging business, Mo Coffee, who roast and grind coffee for Voila-branded compostable and biodegradable capsules. The Nespresso-compatible capsules will be available as an “Espresso Discovery” pack, with three single origin options.
  • Wednesday, 3 Feb – Keurig launches Remote Brew app for workplaces. Users can connect using their mobile phones to access these single-serve machines’ brewing functions. The release of this app follows the launch of Keurig’s Safe Brewing Toolkit, which is also targeted at workplaces.
  • Friday, 5 Feb – Lincoln & York invest in £2 million retail coffee packing line. The UK-based coffee roaster’s high-speed packing system will lead to coffee being “retail-ready” in less than an hour. The 10-metre line required a total 400 hours of construction, and has been constructed to support Lincoln & York’s long-term business growth.

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

  • Thursday, 28 Jan – Nike showcases coffee-themed trainers. The new version of the Nike Air Force 1 shoe has a coffee-themed colour scheme and design, including the words “Roasted by Nike Inc” and a lot number stitched on the inner label. No official release date has been confirmed.
  • Thursday, 28 Jan – Starbucks US reports 2020 revenue growth despite pandemic concerns. Although net revenues are down 5% on 2019, the US branch posted quarter-on-quarter revenue growth of US $500 million to US $6.2 billion. The coffee company opened 278 stores globally in the first quarter of 2020, showing promising growth despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Thursday, 28 Jan – UCC Coffee launches its first home compostable capsule. The Nespresso-compatible EkoPod is certified OK compost HOME by TÜV Austria. UCC’s new capsule ensures coffee freshness for up to nine months, and can be added to home composts and food waste bins.
  • Saturday, 30 Jan – First specialty-grade coffee released from Madagascar. Six UK-based roasters shared a 30kg lot from Zebu Estate, which was the country’s first ever specialty coffee. The washed Typica and Bourbon mix has flavours of “candy apple, toasted marshmallows, and buttered crumpets”.