July 30, 2021

Coffee News Recap, Jul 30: SCA announces 2022 WCC, coffee prices start to drop as Brazil frost damage continues to be assessed & other stories

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

  • Monday, 26 Jul – International Trade Centre Alliances for Action hosts UN-affiliated webinar. The webinar, entitled A living income for coffee and cocoa farmers: A collective responsibility was held as part of the pre-summit for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. The panel included experts from Enveritas, PRODECOOP, and Brazil SCA, who spoke about ways of providing sustainable income for producers.
  • Monday, 26 Jul – Pomerantz LLP investigates claims on behalf of Oatly investors. The US-French law firm will investigate claims made against Oatly by Spruce Point Capital Management on 14 July. Spruce Point accused Oatly of overstating its revenue and providing misleading information about its sustainability practices.
  • Monday, 26 Jul – Sucafina Kenya pilots biofertiliser project. Similar to the Rwacof programme in Rwanda, the Kenyacof/Kahawa Bora project will collaborate with local agencies in Kenya to produce sustainable fertilisers that are more beneficial for local soils. By 2023, Sucafina aims to develop carbon calculators for its operations in eight origin countries.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul – Vitasoy Australia to hire one-month Chief Coffee Taster. The plant-based milk company will pay one person AU $10,000 to visit the R&D lab for a month. The winner will have the opportunity to taste a range of alternative milks and test out Vitasoy’s newly formulated almond milk.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul – SCA announces 2022 Melbourne and Warsaw World Coffee Championships. The 2022 World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup will be held at Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) from 27 to 30 September. The 2022 World Latte Art Championship, World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship, World Cup Tasters Championship, and World Coffee Roasting Championship will be held at the SCA’s World Of Coffee trade show in Warsaw between 6 and 18 June.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul – SPINN receives US $20 million in funding round. The SPINN brewer uses centrifugal force to brew hot and cold coffee beverages. The single-serve coffee brewer manufacturers will use funds to fulfil pre-orders for machines.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul – Nespresso releases Kahawa ya Congo coffee. The coffee is sourced from the Reviving Origins initiative, which aims to increase coffee production in areas with political, social, or climate-induced instability. The coffee is sourced from the Lake Kivu region and is available in capsule form.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul – illycaffè partners with The National Gallery in London. illy will provide coffee for the Gallery’s pop-up catering services, including an outdoor café and an illy Espresso Bar. illy will also support the National Gallery’s Contemporary Art Programme.
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul – Keurig launches BrewID technology platform. BrewID can recognise the brand and roast profile of K-Cup pods to customise brew settings. The K-Supreme Plus SMART brewer is Keurig’s first machine to implement this new technology.
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul – Drop Coffee mobile bar opens in Turin, Italy. New Zealand owner Damian Burgess opened the mobile coffee shop after working as the head of coffee for Caffè Vergnano. Drop Coffee sources its house espresso blend from Caffè Cognetti and includes guest roasters for single origin coffees.
  • Thursday, 29 Jul – Coffee Planet opens first café in Dubai. The new 1,500 sq ft location will open in the Circle Mall in Jumeirah Village. Coffee Planet sources specialty coffee from over 23 origin countries.
  • Friday, 30 Jul – Registration opens for 2021 Lamastus Family Estates auction. The auction will feature 26 lots from its three award-winning El Burro, Elida, and Luito farms in Panama. The online auction will take place on 18 August at 18:00 EST, with auction software provided by Sensible Development.

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

  • Monday, 19 Jul – SCA Canada elects new leadership. Sam Le is National Coordinator, Michelle Ocfemia is Education Coordinator, Jordan Cayer is Community Coordinator, Alison Ensworth is Marketing Coordinator, and Alex Lee is Competitions Coordinator.
  • Friday, 23 Jul – Redemption Roasters to open training academy in women’s prison. The world’s first prison-based coffee company will open a one-year training programme at HMP Send in Surrey. The training centre will be designed to resemble a coffee shop, with staff, visitors, and inmates all able to purchase beans. Redemption Roasters will also open its first south London retail location in Dulwich.
  • Sunday, 25 Jul – Barista who lost job during pandemic opens own coffee shop. John Rey O. Plaza lost his job of two years at a specialty coffee shop in Davao City, Philippines during lockdown. Plaza opened the first Kapeweñoz Specialty Coffee Davao location on 8 July, and also operates pop-up stores.

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