June 18, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Jun 18: Brazilian coffee production down by 20% in May, Nespresso joins Kamala Harris non-profit & other stories


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

  • Tuesday, 15 Jun – Bazzara Academy to reopen in July. The SCA-certified Italian coffee training centre is set to reopen its courses next month, including its Q grader programme.
  • Tuesday, 15 Jun – Fairtrade Foundation participates in #WaveofHope campaign. The 75 charities and organisations involved in the UK campaign are calling on country leaders attending the G7 summit and 2021 UN Climate Change Conference to increase funding for climate change mitigation and social justice.
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun – Quality Espresso launches QMILK warmer. The six-litre stainless steel milk warmer uses a bain-marie system to achieve the required temperature – aimed for use in catering services, hotels, offices, and restaurants.
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun – Dutch Bros Coffee applies for IPO. The number of shares and proposed price ranges are yet to be determined, but a May report by Bloomberg indicates the company could be worth US $3 billion.
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun – Leon permanently closes Scandinavian stores. The food and coffee-to-go chain has closed both Norway locations – first opened in June 2018 – because of the impacts of Covid-19. Leon states it will continue to focus more on its UK and European stores.
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun – JDE Peet’s acquires Australian Campos Coffee. Campos Coffee is available in more than 600 stores across the country. The coffee chain was acquired for an undisclosed amount and the full transaction will be completed by July this year.
  • Wednesday, 16 Jun – WCR releases two new guides on improving plant health and quality. The organisation created the Good Practice Guides for coffee nurseries with support from the USDA-funded Maximizing Opportunities in Coffee and Cacao in the Americas (MOCCA) programme. The aims of the guides are to improve plant health and genetic purity, with a third guide on improving profitability to be released soon.
  • Thursday, 17 Jun – Trabocca and Cropster partner on Roast Curve Library. The library contains 18 Cropster roast curves for a variety of origins and processing techniques, developed by 13 roasters. Visitors can download and log roast curves for free using Cropster accounts.
  • Thursday, 17 Jun – The Gentlemen Baristas to open two new London locations. The Piccadilly store will feature the company’s first ever “Brew Bar” – a private hosting area for cuppings and educational sessions. The Mayfair location will include an open kitchen, as well as baked goods provided by the local Chestnut Bakery.
  • Thursday, 17 Jun – Food 4 Farmers hires Alyson Welch as first Executive Director. Welch has more than 15 years’ experience in business development, mostly in Latin America. She will work on addressing key issues facing global rural communities (including those growing coffee), such as food insecurity and climate change.
  • Thursday, 17 Jun – BrewDog and Tony’s Chocolonely create IPA. The two certified B Corps collaborated on the limited edition Tony’s Hopolonely Raspberry Milkshake IPA. The beer was inspired by Tony’s white chocolate, raspberry, and popping candy chocolate bar.
  • Friday, 18 Jun – IWCA signs memorandum of understanding with ACE, CoE. The agreement will focus on creating more sustainable coffee-growing communities through the financial support of women. The first phase of the partnership involves increasing CoE auction premiums for IWCA chapter members.
  • Friday, 18 Jun – Starbucks announces three leadership promotions. John Culver – who first joined in 2002 – has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer. Michael Conway joined in 2013 and will lead as President of International and Channel Development. Michelle Burns joined in 1995 and will be Executive VP of Global Coffee, Tea, and Cocoa.
  • Friday, 18 Jun – First Café Show Paris scheduled for May 2022. The in-person event will take place at the Paris Expo-Porte de Versailles in Paris, France from May 19 to 22. Over 200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors are expected to attend the exhibition.
  • Friday, 18 Jun – MICE 2021 to host Australia’s Richest Barista. The knockout competition will take place over three days, with competitors taking part in 10-minute beverage preparation rounds. First place will receive AU $35,000, while second place and third place will receive AU $10,000 and AU $5,000 respectively.

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

  • Thursday, 10 Jun – Oatly sues Glebe Farm Foods over PureOaty brand. Oatly contacted the Cambridgeshire company in 2020, claiming the PureOaty branding was an infringement of Oatly’s trademark. Oatly filed a High Court injunction to prevent sales of PureOaty.

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