June 4, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Jun 4: Registration open for Specialty Coffee Expo, The Barn & Daterra to plant 40,000 trees in Brazil and 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, 1 Jun – Sucafina to host 5k Fun Run for Girls Gotta Run foundation. The green coffee traders are hoping to raise US $8,000, and will match each donation to raise a total of US $16,000. Funds will be used to sponsor 16 girls in Ethiopia in attending school and life skills training. Participants can donate, download the Strava app, and walk or run 5k on June 24.
  • Wednesday, 2 Jun – The Barn Forest to plant 40,000 native trees in Brazil. In partnership with carbon-neutral coffee farm Daterra, the Berlin roasters will plant 25ha of trees over the next five years. With every online order, customers can donate €1.50 to the project, and The Barn will match each donation.
  • Thursday, 3 Jun – Virtual World Coffee Producers Forum 2021 to be held on July 15. The third forum will be hosted in Rwanda, with an in-person event set to take place in 2022. The focus of this year’s event will be improving farmer incomes, and setting guidelines for the 2022 National Coffee Sustainability Plans. The forum will take place at 8:00AM EDT.
  • Thursday, 3 Jun – Quality Espresso launches Q10 EVO Grinder. The new model is an upgrade on the Q10 model, including a Dose Consistency System that improves accuracy. The touchscreen interface and Espresso Link app allow users to easily set the preferred grinding parameters.
  • Thursday, 3 Jun – European Speciality Tea Association appoints two new directors. Ajit Madan helped to establish Camellia’s Tea House in the UK, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and South Korea. Joyce Maina founded the Cambridge Tea Consultancy in 2019, specialising in advisory services, education programmes, communications, and strategy building.
  • Thursday, 3 Jun – UK Coffee Leader Summit 2021 announces speakers. The line-up includes Jeffrey Young (CEO of World Coffee Portal), Paul Ettinger (Development Director of Caffè Nero), and Abigail Forsyth (co-founder and CEO of KeepCup). The virtual event will take place June 9 & 10, with 1:1 networking sessions available.
  • Friday, 4 Jun – Fairtrade announces findings of Climate Academy Project in East Africa. The project mainly focused on reducing the carbon footprint of coffee production and helping farmers adapt to the impact of climate change. Farmers in Kenya are now growing 20% more shade-grown coffee, which helps to protect the plants from increasing temperatures.
  • Friday, 4 Jun – Savorworksroasters launches bean-to-bar chocolate. The roasters are the first Indian coffee company to sell own-brand bean-to-bar chocolate. Flavours in the range include Banoffee, Piña Colada, Odyssey, Honey, I’m Nuts, and Gin & Tonic.
  • Friday, 4 Jun – First CAFÉ Virtual Business Roundtable to be held on June 22. The event is organised by Sierra y Selva Exportadora, Rikolto, and Peru’s Ministry of Agricultural Development and Irrigation. The panel will discuss how the Peruvian coffee supply chain can recover after Covid-19. Attendance is free, but bidders must register before June 7.

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

  • Tuesday, 25 May – Muuse reusable cup scheme launches in Toronto. The initiative started in Bali and Singapore, before expanding into Hong Kong and Jakarta. The reusable cups include QR codes that allows users to return them to participating cafés or designated return stations.
  • Wednesday, 26 May – DRWakefield announces schedule and speakers for Full Circle 2021. On June 9 & 10, the green coffee trader will host the virtual event – exploring topics including coffee’s carbon footprint, B Corp status, and gender equity in the coffee supply chain. Speakers will include Henry Clifford, Senior Trader at DRWakefield, and Dr. Aaron Davis, Senior Research Leader at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wednesday, 26 May – EU votes against plant-based censorship legislation Amendment 171. Despite initial support for the amendment – which would not allow plant-based companies to use language associated with dairy on packaging and labelling – the European Parliament voted against the proposal. Petitions to reject the bill amassed 456,000 signatures between them.
  • Friday, 28 May – Barista Guild releases results of Livelihoods in Coffee: Exploratory Survey. The survey was used to assess the living wage standards of coffee workers paid by the hour. Around 40% of the 103 respondents considered their salaries to be “a living wage”, but 76.5% of people surveyed said a living wage requires more than a fair salary – including benefits like time off and family leave.

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