March 5, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Mar 5: VAT stays at 5% for UK coffee shops, Melbourne café charges A$198 a cup


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

  • Monday, 1 Mar – Parigi Books publishes new book on Italian espresso. Wendy Pojmann’s Espresso: The Art and Soul of Italy explores the history and significance of espresso in Italian coffee culture. Pojmann is a Professor of History at Sienna College in New York.
  • Monday, 1 Mar – Starbucks US launches spring menu range. Plant-based options are the focus of the seasonal menu, including the “Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso” and the “Iced Chocolate Almondmilk Shaken Espresso”. Starbucks now stocks Oatly at most US locations.
  • Tuesday, 2 Mar – Second La Cosecha Guatemala event announced. The virtual event will promote the Guatemalan coffee harvest with the aim of driving sustainable tourism and consumption, as well as raising awareness about Guatemalan coffee production. Sponsors of the event include Anacafé, Guatemala’s national coffee association.
  • Tuesday, 2 Mar – Alto Cold Brew releases cupping kit. The Californian coffee company has launched a cupping guide, toolkit, and evaluation sheets for sensory properties. The cupping kit is designed to standardise cold brew quality control for cafés and roasters.
  • Tuesday, 2 Mar – Costa Coffee UK reveals spring menu items. This season’s range will include the “Toffee Spiced Cold Brew” alongside new limited-edition ruby chocolate drinks, including the “Ruby Frostino” and “Ruby Hot Chocolate”. The menu was launched on Thursday March 4.
  • Wednesday, 3 Mar – CARE receives US $5 million grant from US Department of Labour. The Georgian non-profit will use the funds for a project that seeks to eliminate child labour and improve gender equity in Ethiopian coffee-growing communities. Women and girls are reported to carry out 70% of coffee production which is much higher than other agricultural sectors in the country.

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

  • Thursday, 25 Feb – Intelligent Blends expands its R&D facilities. The single-serve and functional beverage company have increased their capacity to meet an increasing demand for at-home consumption and functional beverages.