April 23, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Apr 23: Nestlé develops low-carbon robusta varieties, Juan Valdez Café becomes certified B Corp & 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, 19 Apr – Rwacof set to launch environmentally-friendly organic fertiliser. Parent organisation Sucafina has partnered with The Bug Picture and COPED to develop the product. Rwacof will donate one bag of fertiliser to farms in Rwanda for every 60kg sack of green coffee purchased. The sustainably-produced fertiliser is supposedly “better suited” to Rwandan soils and more affordable for producers.
  • Monday, 19 Apr – Juan Valdez Café becomes certified B Corp. The Colombian coffee chain, managed by the FNC, has become one of the first coffee chains in the world to achieve this certification. It started its B Corp application in 2019.
  • Tuesday, 20 Apr – Starbucks launches virtual tours of Costa Rican farm. As part of its 50th anniversary, Starbucks has launched an immersive online experience of its Hacienda Alsacia farm. The coffee chain purchased the farm in 2013; it has been open to visitors since 2018.
  • Tuesday, 20 Apr – Allegra 2021 UK Coffee Leader Summit to take place online from 8 to 10 June. The three-day virtual B2B event will be open to all UK coffee and hospitality industry professionals, with two days of networking opportunities and one day of lectures and panel discussions. The main focus of the event will be “reinvigorating the UK hospitality industry post-pandemic”.
  • Tuesday, 20 Apr – HumaniTea releases two RTD plant-based tea lattes. To coincide with the UK’s National Tea Day on April 21, the company launched the country’s first RTD vegan tea lattes. Flavours include Earl Grey Oat Milk Classic Tea Latte and Matcha Oat Milk Green Tea Latte.
  • Wednesday, 21 Apr – Nescafé launches Nativ Cascara in Australia. The RTD beverage is made using upcycled coffee cherry husks, and contains native Australian ingredients. Flavours include Classic, Kakadu Plum, and Lemon Myrtle and Pepperberry.
  • Wednesday, 21 Apr – US sales of Coca Cola with Coffee down thanks to Covid-19. The US was the 50th global market to launch the product; however, sales fell by 6% in the last quarter of 2020. This drop has been blamed on stock hesitancy, caused largely by Covid-19 shipping issues. Coca Cola have since announced an increase in sales similar to pre-pandemic periods.
  • Wednesday, 21 Apr – Adda Coffee & Tea partners with CarbonCroc to become carbon neutral. The company’s three cafés in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have partnered with the start-up, which helps companies calculate and minimise their carbon emissions. Adda now calculates its operational carbon emissions using a Shopify App, and purchase offsets through CarbonCroc, who invest in carbon-offsetting projects.
  • Thursday, 22 Apr – Guinness releases Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer in US markets. The alcoholic beverage is brewed with cold brew extract and coffee flavouring; it has tasting notes of espresso, chocolate, and caramel. Guinness’ new product will be rolled out to other markets over the next 12 to 18 months.
  • Friday, 23 Apr – Dalla Corte Zero wins 2021 iF Design Award. The iF Design Awards are held annually, and celebrate excellence and quality in design. The coffee equipment manufacturer received the award for its latest espresso machine model thanks to its sustainable and energy-efficient design.

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

  • Thursday, 15 Apr – Mobile app “Farm-Trace” is launched. The agritech start-up uses satellite data and AI technology to map landscapes and produce sustainability reports on deforestation and carbon capture. The app is being used in several agricultural sectors, including coffee production.
  • Friday, 16 Apr – Fiorenzato launches new “Home” coffee equipment range. The first product in the range is the AllGround grinder, with titanium-coated 64mm professional burrs capable of grinding up to 1,400 kg of coffee. The grind setting collar is divided across espresso, filter, and moka for ease of use.
  • Friday, 16 Apr – Eversys releases updated Shotmaster espresso machine range. The new machines are capable of producing 8 espresso shots at a time, meaning a maximum capacity of approximately 700 espressos per hour. The steam wands are in the middle of the machine, which allows two baristas to use it at once.