May 7, 2021

Coffee News Recap, May 7: Protests in Colombia continue, Specialty Coffee Expo to take place in New Orleans & other stories

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

  • Monday, 3 May – Mahlkönig releases X54 Allround Home Grinder. The new model has 35 different grind settings and 54mm steel burrs. The LED display allows home users to select from 4 timer presets and a manual mode. Sales will begin this month in Germany.
  • Wednesday, 5 May – Anti-government protests continue across Colombia. Protests have been ongoing for eight days, originally opposing a new tax reform plan that has since been cancelled. There has been widespread criticism of the response to the process, which has led to dozens of deaths. Road blockades are affecting farmers in the Huila, Valle del Cauca, Cauca, and Nariño provinces who are mid-harvest.
  • Wednesday, 5 May – Nestlé opens new RTD innovation centre in China. The production facility will open in the Guhe Subdistrict of Laixi in Qingdao, Shandong. The new centre will focus on increasing production capacity and improving sustainability.
  • Wednesday, 5 May – Kerry Foods releases top 7 global taste trends in new report. The top flavour trends were identified using categories like “nostalgia”, “seasonality”, and “taste exploration”. The research found that across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, consumers enjoy flavours including coconut, lychee, and green mango.
  • Wednesday, 5 May – Krispy Kreme files for IPO in US. The coffee and doughnut chain was acquired by JAB Holding in 2016 for US $1.35 billion. The chain entered the stock market once before in 2000, but filed for bankruptcy not long after.
  • Thursday, 6 May – Global Coffee Platform revises Baseline Coffee Code. The association initially developed the Code in October 2020, but held public consultations throughout March and April this year to review the developing needs and demands of the coffee sector. The Code aims to serve as a framework for sustainability in coffee production.
  • Friday, 7 May – Brazil requests the US and China join ICO. The US left the organisation under the Trump administration, but there are hopes that it will rejoin under Biden. The ICO has requested that China joins in previous years to represent its growing coffee consumption and production sectors.

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

  • Thursday, 29 Apr – Specialty coffee training centre in DRC set to open in coming months. The project in the Lake Kivu region was started by the University of Buffalo and the Coffee Quality Institute. Construction began in May 2020, and will provide job opportunities in the coffee sector for conflict survivors, women, and people with disabilities.
  • Friday, 30 Apr – IWCA Virtual Convention 2021 to take place from June 14 to 18. The online event will allow attendees to connect with members of the non-profit’s 27 chapters, and learn more about the organisation’s work. IWCA recently welcomed Emily Bollinger – Green Coffee Manager for Peet’s Coffee – as its newest board member.