October 8, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 8 Oct: EU coffee imports totalled 2.9 million tonnes in 2020, SCA 2021 winners announced & other stories


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

  • Mon, 4 Oct – TC Transcontinental opens new US R&D centre. The Art, Science, and Technology Research and Applications Centre will include an in-house team of more than 20 engineers. The new centre will enable TC Transcontinental to produce 100% of its packaging as recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025.
  • Mon, 4 Oct – Winners of 2021 Best New Product and Coffee Design Awards announced. Winners were revealed at the Specialty Expo held last week in New Orleans. Five winners were awarded the Best New Product, including Ecotact for its Troiseal bags in the Coffee Accessories category. Three winners were announced for the Coffee Design awards: Groundwork Coffee, Truesday Goods UG, and Pine Coffee Supply.
  • Mon, 4 Oct – La Cabra opens NY roasting facility. The East Village café is the Danish’s roaster first location in the US. La Cabra also operate outlets in Denmark, Thailand, and UAE.
  • Mon, 4 Oct – ICO announces new Chair for 2021/22. The 130th session held in September declared Iván Romero-Martínez as the new Chair of the organisation. Romero-Martínez is the current Ambassador for Honduras to the UK and Ireland and represents Honduras at the ICO.
  • Mon, 4 Oct – Sucafina concludes Roasting for Espresso series. On 27 September, Sucafina launched a two-part series with Sucafina NZ trader Joseph Oosten. The first episode explored bean selection and roast development, while the final episode discussed ratios, changes to roast profiles, and solubility.
  • Tue, 5 Oct – Hemro Group expands presence in US market. The company has established several new distribution channels for its sales of Mahlkönig, Anfim, and HeyCafé grinder brands. New partners are Visions Espresso Service, Congruent Services, Black Rabbit Service Co., and The Espresso Specialist who will all be responsible for sales and services.
  • Tue, 5 Oct – Tim Hortons to cut GHG emissions in half by 2030. Parent company Restaurant Brands International has set targets to reduce carbon emissions by over 25 million tonnes, including at its 5,000 Tim Hortons locations. The company aims to achieve carbon negativity by 2050.
  • Tue, 5 Oct – Sustainable Coffee Challenge releases 2021 Commitments Hub Report. Findings from the Commitments Hub platform include a 22% increase in the number of stakeholders pledging commitments over the past year. Over 29% of total commitments were introduced during the previous 12 months. Stakeholders include Starbucks, NCA, Mercon, and Olam Coffee.
  • Tue, 5 Oct – Todd Carmichael to step down as La Colombe CEO. Carmichael will remain at the Philadelphia coffee roaster, but will focus more attention on new venture Rebel Beverage Labs. Rebel is researching mouthfeel with sparkling water drinks, with an aim to innovate.
  • Wed, 6 Oct – BSCA launches new podcast series. Brazil: The Coffee Nation is an English podcast series focusing on the Brazilian coffee industry. The first episode will feature BSCA Executive Director Vanusia Nogueira speaking about the association.
  • Wed, 6 Oct – FNC and Colombian government approve policy for sustainable coffee production. The policy received final approval from the National Council for Economic and Social Policy (Conpes) and will support long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability for the Colombian coffee sector. The new roadmap assesses challenges and opportunities facing the industry, including low productivity and low levels of internal consumption.
  • Wed, 6 Oct – Cropster to host free training session. Two Utilising Cropster at Your Roastery sessions will be led by Head of Customer Success Devin Connolly on 12 and 13 October at 12:00 CEST and 11:00 PT, respectively.
  • Wed, 6 Oct – Robusta prices on CEPEA index close to 5-year high. Prices reached US 154.82 cents per bag at the beginning of the month – close to the high of US 164.65 cents per bag in 2016. Prices are believed to have increased due to export issues in Vietnam.
  • Wed, 6 Oct – Getchusomegear launches “Getchu a (gear) Grant” initiative. The non-profit organisation distributes new and used coffee equipment to marginalised individuals in the coffee industry. The new grant scheme in partnership with Brewista will support people with at most two year’s experience in operating a coffee business. The initiative is open to US applicants.
  • Thu, 7 Oct – Wilbur Curtis launches fully automatic machine in US. The single-serve Curtis Genesis machine can brew beverages ranging from 12 to 24oz (340 to 710ml). The machine includes two grinder hoppers, digital touchscreen, and remote technology using a mobile app.
  • Thu, 7 Oct – Flash Coffee expands into Hong Kong. The Indonesian coffee chain also has locations in Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan. At all locations, Flash Coffee includes localised items on the menu, such as the peanut butter condensed milk and black sesame latte in Hong Kong.
  • Fri, 8 Oct – Fair Trade UK launches Be Fair with Your Climate Promise campaign ahead of COP26. Leading food and beverage businesses, including Cafédirect, have signed an open letter pledging to improve social and economic sustainability in their supply chains. The letter also calls for governments to take action on climate issues in the run-up to COP26: a global UN summit on climate change and the Paris agreement.
  • Fri, 8 Oct – SCA opens US $205,000 donation fund for Louisiana coffee businesses. Through Go Fund Bean and the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, the SCA will support local coffee businesses and coffee workers affected by Hurricane Ida. The total will be equivalent to half of the attendance revenue from the Specialty Expo held in New Orleans in late September.

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  • Wed, 29 Sep – Costa Coffee trials BURT reusable cup scheme. The 6-month long “Borrow, Use, Reuse, Take Back” programme will run across 14 stores in Glasgow in the run-up to COP26. To participate, customers must create an account and pay £5 (US $6.78) to opt into the scheme.
  • Wed, 29 Sep – World Coffee Research CEO provides updates on organisational activities. The International Multi-location Variety Trial will continue for its 6th year, with a global breeding network established to grow more climate-resilient varieties from 2022. Robusta and arabica nurseries will also open in Uganda in partnership with the Uganda Coffee Development Authority.
  • Thu, 30 Sep – Starbucks to open first Greener Store in China. The Shanghai location is the coffee chain’s first Greener Store outside of North America. The café incorporates numerous recycled and upcycled features, including reclaimed wood and recycled barista aprons. More than half of the store menu will feature plant-based options.
  • Fri, 1 Oct – Dates announced for upcoming CoE auctions. CoE Nicaragua will take place on 23 November, CoE Peru will be held on 2 December, and CoE Brazil is set for 20 December. Over 120 samples scoring 87+ points have been selected for CoE Brazil, which will be held in partnership with Apex-Brasil and the BSCA. The first ever CoE Indonesia auction will also be held this year.
  • Fri, 1 Oct – Baratza launches two new Vario grinders. The new Vario+ and Vario W+ models are available in black and white. They include features such as a LCD interface and all-metal grind chamber. Shipping is expected in November.

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