April 16, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Apr 16: World’s largest coffee co-op reports 32% drop, CoE Colombia winners announced & 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, 12 Apr – 7-Eleven opens Evolution Stores in Texas. The US convenience chain opened four new concept stores last year across the country. Features include self-serve espresso-based and cold brew machines, and customers can utilise contactless mobile checkout systems.
  • Monday, 12 Apr – Starbucks China includes Beyond Meat on menu. As well as partnering with Oatly for more plant-based options, the coffee chain will start to feature pasta dishes using the meat substitute. Beyond Meat is also set to launch a Chinese-language website.
  • Monday, 12 Apr – Café Unido to open headquarters in Washington DC. The roaster has locations in the US and Panama, and exclusively sells Panamanian coffee. The new roastery and café will include a 12-seat cupping table and a cascara-based ketchup on the food menu.
  • Monday, 12 Apr – Passenger Coffee & Tea trials reusable packaging for online orders. The Pennsylvania company partnered with California startup Boox, who specialise in constructing reusable boxes for retail delivery. During online purchasing, customers can opt for Boox shipping, with a QR inside the box that gives them instructions for returning the packaging.
  • Tuesday, 13 Apr – Owners of Café Coffee Day face legal action after defaulting on loans. Coffee Day Enterprises Limited owns India’s largest coffee chain, but with outstanding debts amounting to US $37.2 million, they could face bankruptcy. Café Coffee Day’s founder, V.G. Siddhartha, died in June 2019; shortly afterwards, US $360 million of the company’s money was found to be missing.
  • Wednesday, 14 Apr – “JoGo” brewing straw launches on Kickstarter. The product is designed after the “bombilla”– a traditional straw with a built-in filter for drinking Yerba Mate tea. The base is removable. JoGo was awarded the “Project We Love” badge by Kickstarter in March for its “sustainable impact”.
  • Wednesday, 14 Apr – De’Longhi launches PrimaDonna Soul bean-to-cup machine. The integrated “Bean Adapt Technology” lets users change grind, dose, and temperature settings based on the coffee they’re using. Through the app or integrated touch screen, consumers can select from a range of beverages.
  • Wednesday, 14 Apr – Demetria welcomes Oswaldo Aranha Neto as new board member. Aranha Neto is the former President of the Brazilian Coffee Exporters Federation (FEBEC) and Executive Director of Cecafé. He joins the AI agritech startup as International Business Development and Commercial Advisor.
  • Wednesday, 14 Apr – illycaffè becomes certified B Corp. illycaffè is the first Italian coffee company with this status, which requires them to meet social sustainability and environmental protection standards. For the past nine consecutive years, the company has been named as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere.
  • Thursday, 15 Apr – Prana Chai releases Decaf Blend. The Melbourne company uses CO2 to remove the caffeine from black tea. Otherwise, the Decaf Blend contains the same ingredients as the Original Blend.

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

  • Thursday, 8 Apr – Smart Packaging Hub platform goes live. The online initiative has been developed by seven different companies, and will work towards technological innovation in automated packaging, including for the coffee industry. The platform provides users with information on how to adapt their machines to meet rising demand as well as better energy efficiency.