March 19, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Mar 19: FNC launches online store, SCA announces 2021 awards finalists & 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 Mar – SCA announces 2021 awards finalists. The Best New Product, Coffee Design Awards, and Sustainability Awards finalists were announced on the SCA website, celebrating product design, innovation, and sustainability.
  • Monday, 15 Mar – Weird Beverages launches new RTD tea range. Flavours include White Peach Oolong, Passion Fruit Black Tea, Moroccan Mint Green Tea, and Chamomile Hemp Hibiscus Tea. The RTD beverages have between 10g and 23g sugar in each 16 oz (473ml) can.
  • Tuesday, 16 Mar – Bahizi coffee shop opens in Bujumbura, Burundi. Two-time Burundi Barista Champion, Abdullah Uwamahoro, opened the business with his sister, Anais. The coffee shop is the first in the country to offer specialty coffee as a V60 pour over.
  • Tuesday, 16 Mar – Online B2B directory Coffee Fest 365 set to launch on April 9. The virtual platform allows independent coffee businesses to network, access suppliers and online learning, and qualify for discounts. Both free and paid memberships are available, with full access open to coffee business owners from April 23.
  • Tuesday, 16 Mar – Táche pistachio milk launches in the US. The brand is the first pistachio milk on the US market. Their range includes an Original Blend and an Unsweetened Original Blend, which are both free from added oils.
  • Tuesday, 16 Mar – Digital carbon calculator The Cool Farm Tool launches in Central and South America. Cooperative Coffees, Root Capital, Sustainable Food Lab, The Chain Collaborative, and six organic coffee co-operatives in Honduras, Guatemala, and Peru have worked together to design the project. It will enable coffee farmers to track the environmental impact of their crops, and improve their understanding of sustainable farming practices.

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

  • Friday, 26 Feb – Tim Hortons China plans to open more than 200 stores in 2021. The Chinese branch of the Canadian company closed its funding rounds, and will use the money to open new stores and invest in digital marketing. The coffee chain also plans to enter the Chinese retail coffee market, potentially opening an online store on Alibaba’s Tmall marketplace.
  • Tuesday, 2 Mar – Companies begin including carbon footprint of products on packaging. Cosmetic brand Cocokind have started printing sustainability statistics on their packaging, including carbon emissions and how recyclable their packaging is. It has been suggested that similar practices could soon be used for coffee beans and other coffee products.
  • Saturday, 13 Mar – Winners of 2020 Condesa Co Lab Australian Coffee Championships announced. The competition took place from March 11 to 13, livestreamed for the first time. Ona Coffee staff won several awards, including Hugh Kelly (Vitasoy Barista Champion), Victor Vu (Australian Pauls Professional Latte Art Champion), and Kyoungha “Charlie” Chu (TCX Cup Tasters Champion).