October 29, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 29 Oct: Colombian barista Diego Campos wins WBC, robusta prices hit 10-year high & other stories


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

  • Mon, 25 Oct – HOTELEX Chengdu Exhibition to take place in July 2022. The 8th annual HoReCa Expo is expected to attract over 60,000 visitors. The 2022 China Barista, Latte Art, Brewers Cup, and Roasting Championships will be held at the event. The expo will take place from 7 to 9 July 2022.
  • Mon, 25 Oct – Rave Coffee releases Christmas blend. The dark roast blend includes coffees from Mexico, Ethiopia, and Costa Rica, and are a mixture of washed, natural, and honey processed beans. Rave will donate 1% of all sales to the 1% For The Planet initiative.
  • Mon, 25 Oct – Grind City Coffee Xpo to be held on 6 November. The second annual event will be held in Memphis and will include over 11 local and national coffee and tea businesses. Proceeds from the expo will be donated to Protect Our Aquifer, a local water protection non-profit.
  • Mon, 25 Oct – Sucafina works on biodigester project in Kenya. The reusable waste and organic fertiliser programme helps to reduce the carbon footprint of local coffee-growing communities. Families can dispense of household waste and organic matter in hermetic hybrid reactors to produce biogas that can be used for household energy.
  • Mon, 25 Oct – Rancilio launches several new machine and grinder models. The Classe 5 and Classe 7 espresso machines come equipped with Steady Brew water temperature regulation technology. The fully automatic Egro MoDe and Egro QuBe are available in Pure Coffee, Quick, and Pro Milk models and are designed for HoReca businesses. The on-demand 64mm burr Kryo Evo and 58mm burr Stile grinders are available in a range of colours.
  • Mon, 25 Oct – Fairtrade International study finds farmers are at increasing risk of climate change. Ahead of COP26, the EU-funded study includes research from The Vrije University Amsterdam and Bern University of Applied Sciences. Researchers found increases in temperature and droughts in Brazil, Central America, and India could negatively affect coffee production and leave farmers vulnerable. The report calls for more urgent action against climate change.
  • Tue, 26 Oct – Royal Coffee to host sensory class. Spice Specificity & Coffee will explore various spices found in coffee tasting notes and participants will receive sensory kits. Registration is open until 1 November and the class will be held on 18 November at 11:00 PST.
  • Tue, 26 Oct – La Colombe expands partnership with Whole Foods Market. The Philadelphia roaster will be a key coffee supplier to Whole Foods Markets in several US regions and will also provide training for Whole Foods cafés. La Colombe will open its first Friends of Whole Foods Market café in Austin, Texas this year.
  • Tue, 26 Oct – Peter Rowland Group acquires Sensory Lab. The Sensory Lab was founded by ST. ALi owner Salvatore Malatesta. ST. ALi will remain as the roaster, while PRG will acquire the retail side of the company.
  • Tue, 26 Oct – Athens Coffee Festival releases post-event report. The festival was held from 25 to 27 September and attracted over 16,500 visitors. The 2021 Greece Roasting Championship was held at the event, with Nerantzis Alexandros in first place. The 2022 Athens Coffee Festival will be held from 24 to 26 September.
  • Tue, 26 Oct – BIEPI launches two new espresso machines at HostMilano. The “Origin” includes independent groupheads, independent pressure profiling, and customised milk steaming. The more traditionally-designed “Uptown” machine includes programmable pre-infusion times and boiler temperature settings.
  • Tue, 26 Oct – Lavazza opens first training centre in Canada. The Toronto centre will provide training and education for coffee and hospitality professionals. Lavazza operates some 50 training centres across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. More training centres are planned for Miami and Chicago.
  • Wed, 27 Oct – Juan Valdez announces global expansion strategy. The Colombian chain will sell retail bags through partnerships with Whole Foods Markets and CVS pharmacies. In both Australia and New Zealand, Juan Valdez will focus on retail and ecommerce sales of soluble, flavoured, and single origin coffees.
  • Wed, 27 Oct – Fairtrade International hosts global strategy webinar. Panelists for The Future is Fair: Launching Fairtrade’s Global Strategy 2021-2025 included Fairtrade’s Global CEO Dr. Nyagoy Nyong’o, Board Chair Lynette Thorstensen, and President of CLAC and Fairtrade International Board Member Miguel Munguía. The event covered insights into Fairtrade’s new sustainable global strategy.
  • Wed, 27 Oct – Progeny Coffee releases exclusive pineapple-processed coffee. Piñita was developed in partnership with Colombian coffee farmer Juan Felipe and is the first coffee in the Farmers Reserve Collection. The pineapple natural process uses sustainable farming practices and helps to increase coffee quality.
  • Wed, 27 Oct – ofi launches partnership to restore Brazilian rainforest. The food and drink ingredients supplier will work to restore rainforests in Pará alongside Mondelēz International, Partnerships for Forests, and The Nature Conservancy. Up to 48,000ha will be restored by 2023, benefiting local coffee-growing communities.
  • Thu, 28 Oct – Research finds coffee quality is sensitive to effects of climate change. Climate Change and Coffee Quality: Systematic Review on the Effects of Environmental and Management Variation on Secondary Metabolites and Sensory Attributes of Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora was conducted by the SCA, Montana State University, and Tufts University. Researchers concluded coffee quality is significantly influenced by water stress, temperature, levels of CO2, and nutrient management.
  • Fri, 29 Oct – Forty samples received for 2021 CoE Brazil. All samples scored over 88 points and will be analysed by an international jury until 14 November. Thirty percent of the samples were from Matas de Minas, and had a geographical indication to that effect.

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

  • Wed, 20 Oct – Data resource platform State of the Smallholder Coffee Farmer holds webinar. State of the Coffee Smallholder: An Initiative Towards a More Equitable and Democratic Information Landscape included speakers from Statistics for Sustainable Development, University of Vermont, and Heifer International. The webinar discussed holistic approaches to gathering and reporting information on coffee-growing communities.

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