November 12, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 12 Nov: Coffee prices hit 9-year high, SCA publishes new cupping handbook & more


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

  • Mon, 8 Nov – Cape Town roaster Clay Pigeon Trading travels across southern Africa. The roaster closed its physical premises because of pandemic-related struggles. The company is travelling through the Kingdom of Eswatini, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Namibia to meet local coffee farmers. Directors and co-founders Ernest Andrews and Nicette Dos Santos will document their travels on YouTube and Instagram.
  • Mon, 8 Nov – New food sustainability programme to launch from COP26 agreement. The Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Programme (FOLUR) will be a seven-year project, funded by the Global Environment Facility. FOLUR will aim to improve agricultural ecosystems and policies in 27 countries for eight major supply chains, including coffee. The project will seek to work with producer organisations, governments, researchers, businesses, and funders.
  • Mon, 8 Nov – Nestlé Professional to hold 3-part coffee webinar series. The Drink or even eat the perfect cup of coffee! episode will explore coffee extraction, flavour and aroma, and experimenting with coffee in cooking and baking. The episode will be held on 16 November at 10:00 CET. Participants of all three webinars will receive a Certified Coffee Passionate digital badge and certificate from Nestlé Professional and World Chefs.
  • Mon, 8 Nov – Coffee prices rose throughout October. The monthly average ICO indicator price increased from US 170.02 cents/lb in September to US 181.57 cents/lb in October. On 26 October, the price reached a monthly high of US 186.46 cents/lb – the highest recorded since February 2012. New York arabica prices are also up 59% on October 2020 – reaching US 245.30 cents/lb.
  • Tue, 9 Nov – Expo Café Peru 2021 to be held in Lima. Around 5,000 visitors are expected to attend from 11 to 14 November. The expo will include live latte art and barista demonstrations, as well as an extensive producer-focused talks programme.
  • Tue, 9 Nov – Carimali releases new Heylo boiler-less espresso machine line. The Heylo range includes an espresso machine and separate milk steamer – designed operate both standalone and as part of a set. Both machines use induction heating and the milk steamer uses a hot air valve, rather than hot steam.
  • Tue, 9 Nov – Six Starbucks Buffalo stores to vote in union elections. One day before ballots were scheduled to be delivered to Starbucks employees at three locations in the city, workers from three other stores also petitioned to vote. Starbucks employees will vote over the next four weeks on whether the chain’s first-ever union will be established.
  • Tue, 9 Nov – Panera Brands files for IPO. Panera Brands – which includes Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee, and Einstein Bros. Bagels – has secured investment from restaurateur Danny Meyer’s company. Meyer stated he plans to invest in Panera Brands once it goes public.
  • Wed, 10 Nov – ACE and CoE form separate non-profits. CoE was formerly owned and operated by ACE, but will now operate as its own non-profit organisation. ACE will continue to be the primary marketplace for CoE auctions and the two organisations will share an advisory panel, but will both have separate boards of directors. Voting for ACE board members is currently in progress.
  • Wed, 10 Nov – Hawaii County Council tightens regulations on Kona branding. Companies which sell Kona-branded blends must now include at least 51% Kona beans – as opposed to a previous level of 10%. Earlier this year, several companies paid a total of US $13 million in a class-action lawsuit over allegations of mislabelling the Kona brand.
  • Thu, 11 Nov – Dutch Bros surpasses 500 locations in US. The drive-thru coffee chain opened 33 new stores during the third quarter of 2021. Revenue from company-operated locations increased by almost 63% on the same period in 2020. Dutch Bros says it aims to open at least 4,000 stores across the US.
  • Thu, 11 Nov – Fairtrade International pens open letter to COP26 attendees on behalf of Fairtrade farmers. The letter – co-written by three Fairtrade Producer Representatives – represents 1.8 million Fairtrade farmers who are demanding more action against the climate crisis. The letter highlights how extreme weather has been detrimental to global crop supplies – including coffee. Ugandan Fairtrade coffee farmer Jenipher Sambazi spoke at a COP26 event on how unpredictable weather impacts Uganda and how agroforestry projects help to mitigate climate change.
  • Fri, 12 Nov – IWCA Mexico to host 4th annual Women in Coffee Forum. The forum will take place at the Latin America Coffee Summit in Veracruz, Mexico from 12 to 14 November. IWCA Executive Director Dr. Sarada Krishnan will present on the The World Perspective of Women in Coffee panel.
  • Fri, 12 Nov – Costa Coffee UK launches TV campaign on Channel 4. The first instalments of the 30-second “Overheard at Costa” advertisements aired during reality TV show the Great British Bake Off. The campaign includes well-known UK TV personalities.

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

  • Wed, 3 Nov – UC Davis Coffee Centre publishes new white paper on acids in coffee. Acids in coffee: A review of sensory measurements and meta-analysis of chemical composition analyses how different acids affect cup profiles and how much of each acid is present in coffee beans. The paper was published in the Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition journal.
  • Thu, 4 Nov – WCR partners with 1% for the Planet. WCR is now a non-profit partner of the sustainable alliance, which includes over 5,000 businesses and individual partners. WCR can now receive donations from 1% for the Planet members.
  • Fri, 5 Nov – ITC and farmer connect pilot digital coffee supply chains in Rwanda. farmer connect’s blockchain technology is being trialled in partnership with Nova Coffee, a women-owned coffee processing facility. The facility supports over 2,000 local coffee farmers. The results of the pilot programme will be announced at the ITC’s SheTrades Global event in February 2022.

Sign up to our weekly coffee news recap to get a summary of all the biggest stories in the sector, delivered straight to your inbox every Monday.

Want to keep up with current affairs in the coffee industry? Check out last week’s stories.

Photo credits: @cafenakua