June 11, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Jun 11: Global cold brew market to be worth US $1bn more in 3 years, CoE Colombia auction breaks records & 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, 7 Jun – Geiger Coffee launches on Indiegogo. The sensor was designed by Thin Air Energy and is used to measure ground coffee freshness. Upon contact with coffee grinds, the sensor will indicate the level of freshness using a green or red light.
  • Monday, 7 Jun – Entries for Cup of Excellence Mexico winners announced. There were 30 CoE winning lots, with 4 farms scoring over 90 points. The highest-scoring lot was a natural Geisha from Finca Santa Cruz, which scored 91.58 points. The CoE Mexico auction will take place on July 15.
  • Monday, 7 Jun – Commonplace Coffee organises Be The Bridge fundraiser. The Pennsylvania roasters have invited eight local roasters to participate in the scheme. Each roaster will create their own roast profile for a Colombian coffee to be sold under the Be The Bridge label. US $5 of every bag will be donated to Feeding Pennsylvania food banks.
  • Monday, 7 Jun – Goldleaf releases interactive Coffee Journal. The log book includes some facts about the history of coffee, information on varieties and processing techniques, and blank pages for tasting notes. Prices start at US $24.99.
  • Monday, 7 Jun – Sucafina announces study results on best practices for storing green coffee. The brand’s Asia Pacific team conducted a nine-month study into maintaining green coffee quality in storage while reducing environmental impact. The study found no difference in cup quality between air conditioned and non-air conditioned warehouses. Cutting AC usage also helped to reduce the warehouse’s environmental footprint.
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun – MILKLAB releases oat milk for coffee. The Australian company will launch MILKAB Oat in June this year. The oat beverage will join several other plant-based products, such as coconut and macadamia.
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun – HostMilano 2021 to organise online Host 4 Future seminars. While the in-person event will be held in October, four webinars will take place every Monday throughout June. Topics will include sustainability, design, digitalisation, and change in the hospitality sector.
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun – Barry Callebaut launches WholeFruit chocolate. The cacao product company collaborated with 30 pastry chefs and chocolatiers to create chocolate bars using cacao fruit, which is typically disposed of as waste. The new chocolate range is available in two flavours: WholeFruit Bold and WholeFruit Velvety.
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun – Caravela Coffee features on Boss Barista podcast takeover series. As part of Caravela’s Relationship Building Team, Ana Sofia Narvaez spoke with Sara Corrales, the owner of Finca Los Pinos and La in Nicaragua. The pair discussed coffee production, local coffee consumption, coffee’s use as a food product, and much more.
  • Tuesday, 8 Jun – Typhoon Roasters launches in US market. The Prague roaster manufacturers use drum roasting and fluid bed mechanisms in their Hybrid machines. The Hybrid series ranges from 9kg to 30kg capacity, and can be powered by gas or electricity.
  • Wednesday, 9 Jun – SCA begins testing for World Coffee Championships qualified equipment. The programme reviews commercial machines and grinders to assess the level of precision and performance for use in competitions, also allowing cafés to certify their equipment with SCA standards. WCC-certified equipment brands will also be eligible to apply for category sponsorship for events in 2022, 2023, and 2024.
  • Wednesday, 9 Jun – Registration for the 6th annual IWCA Convention opens. From June 14 to 18, IWCA Global Chapter Network members and industry experts will present on a variety of topics, including sustainability and coffee auctions. The convention will take place from 14:00 to 16:00 UTC.
  • Thursday, 10 Jun – I’M NOT A BARISTA launches Brewing Guide project on Indiegogo. The project was initially released on Kickstarter, but due to increasing interest, the foundation expanded their new initiative. I’M NOT A BARISTA is inviting roasters to sell coffees alongside the Brewing Guide, with every US $2 of coffee sold donated to barista support schemes.
  • Thursday, 10 Jun – Starbucks US faces stock shortage. Due to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, footfall has increased for the chain, leaving many stores with “temporary supply shortages”. Items such as oat milk, hazelnut syrup, and chai tea bags mean customers may be left unable to order certain beverages.
  • Friday, 11 Jun – Colombian coffee exports fell by 52% in May. While exports throughout the year have increased by 7%, only 427,000 60kg bags were exported in May 2021 – compared to 894,000 bags in May 2020. This drop has been attributed to protests and export blockades taking place across the country.
  • Friday, 11 Jun – BLK & Bold coffee roaster signs deal with National Basketball Association. The Black-owned coffee business is selling NBA-themed coffees with the two Eastern & Western Conference The Warm Up blends. For every bag of coffee sold BLK & Bold will donate 5% of sales to the For Our Youth initiative in mitigating homelessness and food insecurity, with the NBA matching their donations.
  • Friday, 11 Jun – Minor Figures launches Roaster Roster programme. The oat milk company will showcase coffees from different roasters every month, with a focus on Colombia in June. This month features Hard Lines (UK), Middle State Coffee (US), and Bredda Coffee (AU). Minor Figures will donate 100% of profits to Nutrir Foundation, which supports displaced children in Colombia.

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

  • Wednesday, 2 Jun – Winner of Belco’s Made By Project announced. Coffee producer Arnaud Causse from La Terrazas Del Pisque was awarded first place with his 100% abaca-based filter paper submission. The filters are produced in Ecuador and are 100% renewable.
  • Sunday, 6 Jun – Eagle One selected for the ADI Design Index 2020. The index is chosen by the Permanent Observatory of Design in Milan based on innovations in research and development. The Eagle One was chosen for its sustainable technology and user-friendly interface.
  • Sunday, 6 Jun – Kaua‘i Coffee Company achieves triple certification. The Hawaiian company is now Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, and Non-GMO Project Verified. The certification symbols will be displayed on packaging to spread consumer awareness.

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