November 26, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 26 Nov: CEPEA Index hits all-time high, arabica futures continue to rise & other stories


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

  • Mon, 22 Nov – Nestlé Professional hosts final episode of coffee webinar series. “Building your coffee menu” will focus on topics such as developing core espresso drinks, using plant-based milks, and coffee sustainability. The final webinar will be held on 7 December at 10:00 CET. Participants who attend all three Nestlé Professional webinars will receive a Certified Coffee Passionate digital badge and certificate.
  • Mon, 22 Nov – Mazzer releases two new grinders and automatic tamper. The updated Mazzer ZM+ now includes a portafilter holder for grinding for espresso. The Super Jolly V Up has both a touchscreen and an in-built static and clump reducer. The new T-Tamper can apply between 10kg and 35kg of force for espresso tamping.
  • Mon, 22 Nov – Coffee production down in Colombia, Indonesia, and India, according to USDA report. Colombia’s 2021/22 production is down to 13.8 million bags due to heavy rain; Indonesia’s production is down to 10.58 million bags, also as a result of bad weather. Lower arabica yields in India are predicted to be off-set by increases in robusta production, totalling 5.53 million bags. Meanwhile, Vietnam’s production is set to rise to 31.1 million bags, largely thanks to favourable weather conditions.
  • Mon, 22 Nov – CoE Brazil 2021 results released. Vitor Marcelo De Queiroz Barbosa received 90.5 points for his natural Catuai Amarelo from Fazenda Cachoeira, Cerrado Mineiro. All coffees scored over 87 points, with two receiving more than 90 points. The CoE auction will be held on 20 December.
  • Mon, 22 Nov – Brazil’s domestic coffee prices hit all-time high. Since 29 October, arabica prices have increased by 5.24%, reaching R$ 1,322.11 cents/lb (US 240.73 cents) on 16 November. This is the highest increase since the CEPEA Index was established in 1996.
  • Mon, 22 Nov – ofi appoints three new board members. The global food, spice, and coffee trader appointed Belinda Richards, Brian May, and Penny Hughes to serve as the chairs of several committees.
  • Tue, 23 Nov – Pret A Manger to refurbish US locations. The coffee and food-to-go chain unveiled its new in-store branding at a location in New York. The company plans to roll-out further refurbishments across selected stores in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania.
  • Tue, 23 Nov – Ally Coffee releases latest online learning course. The self-paced Comprehensive Coffee Sample Roasting Course is led by roasting consultant and 2017 US Roaster Champion Mark Michaelson. The course also includes a companion workbook that covers the purpose and process of sample roasting.
  • Wed, 24 Nov – Global Coffee Platform holds second “Sustainable Coffee Dialogue” webinar. “Low Carbon Coffee Production: Reducing Emissions and Enhancing Carbon Storage on Coffee Farms through Regenerative Practices” was hosted in partnership with USAID Green Invest Asia. The webinar focused on regenerative practices in the coffee industry, such as carbon sequestration, and included speakers from CIRAD, ofi, and Louis Dreyfus Company.
  • Wed, 24 Nov – NYC restauranteur Tommy Tardie launches whiskey barrel-aged coffee. The Morning Dram brand is co-created by the owner of Fine & Rare + Flatiron Room. Products include Apera Sherry, Rye, and Bourbon barrel-aged coffees. The Morning Dram Starter Kit is also available, including three bags of coffee, a metal brewer, a camp mug, and a hand grinder.
  • Wed, 24 Nov – Juan Valdez enters Dutch market. The Colombian coffee brand will now be available in over 400 locations of the Jumbo supermarket chain throughout the Netherlands.
  • Thu, 25 Nov – Sri Lanka forms first national coffee association. The “Lanka Coffee Association” will work to develop and promote Sri Lankan coffee on the global market, focusing on specialty production and the “Ceylon Coffee” brand. The association will also work to strengthen supply chain connections within the country.
  • Thu, 25 Nov – Dunkin’ drives sales growth for J.M. Smucker. The company revealed 2021 Q2 net sales of the Dunkin’ and Café Bustelo brands increased by US $50.4 million to US $645.1 million. Financial results were exclusive to sales of coffee products in supermarkets, as opposed to café locations.
  • Fri, 26 Nov – Research company studies formation of coffee mug rings to increase display panel resolution. The POSTECH team from South Korea studied the liquid suspension of spilled coffee to develop new methods for arranging quantum dots (nano-sized crystals used in digital displays). When studying coffee ring formation patterns, researchers were able to increase the uniformity and brightness of quantum dots in panel displays by using a similar formation pattern.

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  • Thu, 11 Nov – Italian Supreme Court rules coffee breaks are not a workplace right. The ruling stems from a 2009 case where the defendant attempted to claim work-related sick pay related to an injury on a coffee break, but was refused by her insurance company. The court ruled that a coffee break “is not a necessity linked to work, but a free choice”, leading to the defendant paying €5,300 (US $5,960) in legal costs.
  • Thu, 18 Nov – Winner of 2021 Coffee of the Year Awards announced at Brazil International Coffee Week. The expo took place from 10 to 12 November.
    • Elmiro Alves do Nascimento from Fazenda Santiago, Minas Gerais scored 90.83 points in the Arabica category.
    • Sandra Lelis da Silva from Sítio Caminho da Serra, Matas de Minas scored 89.1 points in the Fermented Arabica category.
    • Three-time champion Luiz Cláudio de Souza from Sítio Grãos de Ouro, Espírito Santo scored 86.06 points in the Canephora category.
    • Poliana Perrut de Lima from Chácara Paraná, Matas de Rondônia scored 84.63 points in the Fermented Canephora category.
  • Fri, 19 Nov – Rising Ethiopian coffee exports boost country’s revenue by 94%. The Ethiopian Coffee and Tea Authority stated Germany imports the most Ethiopian coffee – resulting in US $90.85 million alone during the last four months. Coffee exports are still running as normal in the country, despite the continuing civil war.

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