May 14, 2021

Coffee News Recap, May 14: One-third of US consumers drunk more coffee during Covid, HostMilano returns in October & 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, 10 May – Higher Grounds provides updates on Volunteer Time Off programme. Since becoming a certified B Corp in 2016, the coffee company launched the programme to pay full-time staff up to 20 volunteer hours per year for helping local non-profits. During the winter of 2016, for instance, Higher Grounds staff collectively volunteered 73 hours to Safe Harbour – a local homeless advocacy organisation.
  • Monday, 10 May – Will & Co releases new line of aluminium coffee capsules. The Nespresso-compatible capsules from the Australian roaster are available in four blend flavours: Natural and Sweet Ride (Central and South American), Goofy (light roast), and Organic (medium-dark roast).
  • Tuesday, 11 May – Brazil to carry out study on coffee nutrition. Over 1,200 interviews will take place in Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Espírito Santo, Paraná, Rondônia, and Bahia, to gain producer insights into fertiliser use and soil nutrition products.
  • Tuesday, 11 May – GoodSam Foods launches its first two coffee products. “Orlando’s Single Farm Origin” is sourced from the Central Andes in Colombia, and is a blend of the Castillo, Caturra, and Typica varieties. “GoodSam Everyday Coffee” is sourced from an indigenous tribe in northern Colombia, and will help fund local education projects.
  • Tuesday, 11 May – Julius Meinl announces “Say Hello” campaign across Europe, to launch June 1. The Viennese roaster conducted several surveys in London, Vienna, Milan, and Bucharest on how the pandemic has affected social interactions. Between March 2020 and March 2021, the cities’ populations reported missing out on a quarter of conversations with strangers. From June 1, the roaster will encourage its customers to interact more with fellow coffee drinkers.
  • Tuesday, 11 May – Nespresso launches “Made With Care” advertising campaign. The face of the campaign is US actor George Clooney, who has been a long-time brand ambassador for the company. In the launch video, Clooney and Nespresso partners discuss the sustainability of the coffee supply chain.
  • Tuesday, 11 May – Dutch Bros holds 15th annual “Drink One for Dane” ALS fundraiser. After co-founder Dane Boersma passed away in 2009 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the US drive-thru chain launched their annual giveback campaign. On May 14, portions of the proceeds from over 400 stores will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • Tuesday, 11 May – TC Transcontinental Packaging receives FTA Sustainability Excellence Award. The company’s Integritite post-consumer recycled collation shrink film includes 33% of post-consumer recycled plastic – using fewer fossil fuels, less water, and emitting fewer GHGs. The plastic film performs similarly to virgin plastic, and is compatible with the “How2Recycle” system.
  • Tuesday, 11 May – Oatly’s US IPO values the company at US $10 billion. The company began its initial public offering with around 84 million American depositary shares, each estimated to be worth between US $15 and 17. Oatly is seeking to raise US $1.43 billion through the IPO, which it will use to clear debts and fund expansion projects.
  • Wednesday, 12 May – Xbar launches Kickstarter for home 9 bar Espresso Maker. The professional-grade manual espresso machine allows users to control pressure up to 12 bars. The machine is available for preorder, and includes pressure profiling features for increased control over brewing variables.
  • Wednesday, 12 May – Dutch Master Roasters releases 15kg drum roaster, DMR 15-A. The DMR 15-A is engineered to recycle heat from the roasting process for better energy efficiency and sustainability. An optional scale can be built into the cooling tray to record the final weight of roasted coffee. Models with alternative capacities are expected to be released throughout 2021 and 2022.
  • Thursday, 13 May – Starbucks partners with Generate on community solar power projects. The sustainable infrastructure manufacturers have already delivered six of their proposed 23 projects. Once complete, the projects will provide solar power to local Starbucks stores and up to 24,000 households, small businesses, non-profits, and religious and educational organisations – including communities that have been identified as underserved.
  • Thursday, 13 May Singapore Coffee Auction announces sponsors and partners. Bank Indonesia will be the main sponsor of the hybrid auction, while Olam and the Colombian embassy in Singapore are the strategic partners. ProfilePrint was announced as the technology partner for the event.

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

  • Friday, 7 May – Cheap Coffee: A Look Behind the Curtain of the Global Coffee Trade released. Author Karl Wienhold provides a wider explanation of the economics, mechanics, and power structures that define the modern coffee industry. The book calls for a restructuring of the coffee supply chain to maintain a sustainable industry into the future. The book is priced at US $14.95.
  • Friday, 7 May – Coffee Island opens first café in Yverdon, Switzerland. The Greek coffee shop chain uses automated and AI technology in its newest store to help consumers customise their orders. Over the past year, the coffee chain has opened 24 new stores across the US, Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Saturday, 8 May – Sovda releases new model of the Destoner Lift. The customisable mounting plate means the new destoner can be integrated into almost any roaster. The Destoner Lift can remove stones from beans at a rate of 4 to 5kg per minute.