December 24, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 24 Dec: Global 2021/22 production to fall by over 8 million bags, CoE Indonesia 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, 20 Dec – Brazil’s food agency revises 2021/22 coffee production estimates. Conab now estimates some 47.7 million bags for the 2021/22 harvest – an increase of 840,000 bags on previous estimates from September. However, 2021/22 production still remains 24.4% lower than record production levels seen in 2020, at around 63.1 million bags. This drop in production is attributed to severe droughts experienced earlier in the year. Furthermore, July 2021 frosts are expected to affect the 2022/23 harvest more than 2021/22 production figures.
  • Mon, 20 Dec – CoE Indonesia 2021 winners announced. All 26 coffees scored over 87 points. The highest-scoring coffee was a honey processed blend of Ateng, Bourbon, and P88 varietals from Pantan Musara farm in the Aceh region. The CoE auction will be held on 27 January 2022.
  • Mon, 20 Dec – Uganda to improve household income through coffee-growing programmes. The partnership between Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and the Ankole Diocese of the Church of Uganda will assist 46,000 households in the country with coffee production. The UCDA donated over 22,000 robusta seedlings, which will be planted on church grounds.
  • Tue, 21 Dec – Winners of 2021 Brazil CoE auction announced. The highest bid/lb was US $66 for the top-scoring Dbarbosa Coffee from Fazenda Cachoeira, which received 90.5 in the CoE competition. Total bids at the auction amounted to over US $374,000.
  • Tue, 21 Dec – FNC launches “Gender Equity Policy for Women Coffee Growers”. The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation will work to close gender gaps in national coffee supply chains through six core principles, including autonomy and empowerment, and shared responsibility. The FNC claims it will achieve these principles through eight strategic policies, including cultural transformation and redefining gender norms.
  • Tue, 21 Dec – UCDA reappoints Managing Director. Dr. Emmanuel Iyamulemye was reappointed into the role after serving his position from 2016 to 2021. By 2025, the UCDA aims to increase production up to 20 million bags per year.
  • Wed, 22 Dec – Fairtrade America releases 2022 consumer trends report. The five key consumer trends include an increased demand for a focus on sustainability, continuous rise in online shopping for everyday items, and more demand for mission-focused brands with increased transparency.
  • Wed, 22 Dec – Bloomberg reports more coffee exporters using break-bulk shipping. For the first time in over two decades, continuous shortages of shipping containers have led traders to trial shipments using packaging materials such as bags, boxes, crates, or barrels. The Eagle break-bulk vessel recently transported robusta beans from Indonesia to the US in bags.
  • Thu, 23 Dec – New study published on coffee wilt disease. Researchers from Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, and the agricultural non-profit CABI studied the 70-year old cryogenically frozen samples of the Fusarium xylarioides fungus. Findings will be used to study how the disease spreads and to ultimately prevent further outbreaks.

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

  • Wed, 15 Dec – Lavazza to expand presence in Indian home market. The Italian roaster will launch a range of products on the Indian lifestyle platform Tata CLiQ Luxury – including roast and ground and instant coffee as well as coffee machines.

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