November 19, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 19 Nov: Arabica futures highest since January 2012, record exports for Ethiopian coffee & 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, 15 Nov – Hemro Group opens new facility in Milan. Hemro, the parent company of grinder brands Mahlkönig, Ditting, Anfim, and HeyCafé, will open a new location in the Italian city exclusively for Anfim production. Hemro Group has also expanded its manufacturing capacity in Changzhou, China for its HeyCafé brand.
  • Mon, 15 Nov – Sucafina Rwanda (RWACOF) announces updates on biofertiliser programme. Through partnerships with The Bug Picture and COPE, the project treats organic waste (including coffee pulp) with black soldier fly larvae to produce nutrient-dense natural fertiliser. Sucafina expects to produce 11 tonnes of fertiliser per month for local farming communities.
  • Mon, 15 Nov – Oatly supply chain issues cause Q3 2021 revenue loss. The brand said production issues at its Utah facility resulted in a loss of US $3 million, while Covid-19 lockdowns in Asia cost the company a further US $3 million. The UK’s shortage of transport workers also led to a loss of US $1 million. Oatly has revised its full-year revenue estimates down from US $690 million to US $635 million.
  • Mon, 15 Nov – Arabica coffee futures at near 10-year high. ICE arabica contracts for December hit US $232.60 cents/lb – the highest monthly recorded levels since January 2012. Robusta prices continue to remain at a 10-year high of US $2,313/tonne. Price increases are attributed to global freight issues and July’s severe frost in Brazil.
  • Mon, 15 Nov – UN COP26 ends as global leaders announce Glasgow climate pact. The convention took place from 31 October to 12 November:
    • Over 100 countries committed to implementing reforestation projects by 2030.
    • The EU outlined laws banning imports of any products linked to deforestation, including coffee.
    • The agreement includes other actions to limit the rise of average global temperatures to 1.5°C (2.7°F) – deemed essential to avoid the climate-induced displacement of millions of people in the global south (including coffee farmers)
  • Tue, 16 Nov – Research finds coffee consumption increases levels of physical activity. The University of California found that when participants consumed more coffee, their average daily step count increased by 1,000. Each extra cup of coffee supposedly increased step count by 600. However, when participants consumed coffee, their average night’s sleep also fell by 36 minutes.
  • Wed, 17 Nov – Kofra Coffee to host first-ever Oatly Café Cup. The café task competition will be held at the Upper St. Giles location in Norwich on 26 November from 18:00 GMT. The winning team will receive a Sage Barista Pro espresso machine.
  • Wed, 17 Nov – SCA hosts specialty coffee living wage webinar. Thrive While Paying a Living Wage – Specialty Coffee Industry was held in partnership with the Living Wage For US programme. The webinar discussed how implementing a living wage can reduce staff turnover and improve customer service.
  • Wed, 17 Nov – WCR co-publishes new white paper on arabica production in South Sudan. Validating South Sudan as a Centre of Origin for Coffea arabica: Implications for Conservation and Coffee Crop Improvement is based on a 2012 study led by IWCA Executive Director Sarada Krishnan, WCR founder Tim Schilling, and Royal Botanic Gardens researcher Aaron Davis. The group found wild arabica plants growing in the Boma Plateau, which is in eastern South Sudan. Researchers said there is potential for breeding programmes to improve production.
  • Fri, 19 Nov – MTPak Coffee invests in new green printing technology. The company claims the new HP Indigo 25K Digital Press machine is 80% more environmentally friendly than traditional printing methods. The new machine’s technology uses water-based inks to print on a range of sustainable packaging materials, including kraft paper and LDPE.
  • Fri, 19 Nov – New documentary to focus on women coffee farmers in Costa Rica. Stronger than Coffee (Más que un Café in Spanish) was co-produced by Costa Rican women-focused non-profit Bean Voyage. The documentary focuses on gender inequity in the Costa Rica coffee supply chain and features five female farmers. Stronger than Coffee is set to be released in early 2022.

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

  • Mon, 8 Nov – Blue Bottle closes original headquarters. The former roasting facility in Oakland, California shut down after 11 years of operation. Blue Bottle ended its lease in 2019, but was allowed to continue operating on a monthly basis.

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