March 26, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Mar 26: Kona coffee lawsuit settlements, De’Longhi purchase Eversys & 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, 22 Mar Rancilio Group launches Digital Training Centre. The virtual platform lets the company assist partners and technicians in using their equipment. The Digital Library provides Rancilio users with video tutorials on best practices for installation and maintenance.
  • Monday, 22 Mar – De’Longhi purchases Eversys for CHF 110 million. De’Longhi agreed to take full control of the coffee machine manufacturer, purchasing the remaining 60% stake. Eversys has been valued at around CHF 150 million (over US $160 million).
  • Monday, 22 Mar – De’Longhi UK launches online Coffee Lounge. The virtual platform allows specialty coffee roasters to connect with other retailers and consumers, as well as selling their coffees and a limited range of De’Longhi machines online.
  • Tuesday, 23 Mar – Campos Coffee showcases newly designed packaging. The Australian roaster has updated the packaging of their Superior Blend to match the colour of their takeaway cups. The packaging design for their range of blends and single origins now includes descriptions highlighting the sweetness of each coffee.
  • Tuesday, 23 Mar – US coffee stockpiles hit six-year low. Droughts and other unpredictable weather patterns have negatively affected coffee production in South America, with Bloomberg predicting that the “world balance” is expecting a deficit.
  • Wednesday, 24 Mar – Simonelli Group launches The Coffee Knowledge Hub. In collaboration with global coffee experts, Simonelli Group is rolling out the online platform with over 30 courses. By the end of 2021, they hope to expand to 60 courses, with a specific focus on sustainability.
  • Thursday, 25 Mar – Caravela Coffee joins the UN’s Business Call to Action. The initiative is part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Caravela has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2025; by 2023, the company will pay minimum living wages to all employees, and has committed to launching an education programme for 3,000 coffee farmers.
  • Thursday, 25 Mar – Cropster launches Harvest Report dashboard. The new software allows Cropster Origin users to track coffee production volumes and quality levels for cherry, parchment, and green coffee. Users can also set production targets and use the platform to highlight areas of improvement for future harvests.
  • Friday, 26 Mar – Mystery Bean challenge launched in Australia. Registrants are sent coffee samples and must submit their response guessing the coffee’s origin and other attributes. Prizes for correct answers include a monthly prize valued at A$300, and the title of 2021 Mystery Bean Master.

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

  • Friday, 19 Mar – Flair Espresso launches new model entitled “Flair 58”. The name is inspired by the 58-millilmetre portafilter included with the machine. The Flair 58 is the only model in Flair’s range to include a heated grouphead that maintains a consistent brewing temperature.
  • Friday, 19 Mar – Continued reports of cargo shipping congestion and delays. Shipping carriers have been described as “being more selective this year about who they sign with and at what terms”, potentially negatively affecting green importers and roasters. The UK has been one of the worst affected, with many issues attributed to Brexit.
  • Saturday, 20 Mar – Woman accidentally charged US $5,705.70 for latte. Lisa Angello of Colorado paid for her US $5.70 coffee at the the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Centre, but the price was mistakenly entered twice. Angello received credit from her bank after months of requesting a refund.