December 3, 2021

Coffee News Recap, 3 Dec: Robusta futures continue to rise, first-ever CoE Ecuador winners announced & other stories


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

  • Mon, 29 Nov – Robusta futures continue to increase. January deliveries closed at US $2,296/tonne on 26 November. Heavy rainfall and shipping delays in Vietnam are leading to significant price increases.
  • Mon, 29 Nov – La Marzocco 2021 sales jump by 60%. The Italian espresso machine manufacturer expects to close 2021 sales at over €210 million (US $237 million). La Marzocco exports machines to over 100 countries.
  • Mon, 29 Nov – Sucafina provides updates on Ugandan regenerative soil programme. Thirty demo plots were installed by Ugacof (Sucafina’s sister company in Uganda) to assess the effects of different fertilisers on soil health. Over the next 12 months, Ugacof will study the effects of fertilisers on coffee quality and yields.
  • Tue, 30 Nov – Lavazza opens Goal Zero Area at Trento Science Museum. The installation is intended to spread awareness of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The 3D artwork, designed by the Truly Design art collective, was inspired by Lavazza’s Blend for Better logo.
  • Tue, 30 Nov – CoE Ecuador 2021 auction results announced. The highest bid was US $97.10/lb for the washed Typica Mejorado from the Arashi farm – totalling over US $19,200 for 198lbs. Total bids at the auction reached over US $250,000.
  • Tue, 30 Nov – Nespresso joins new US reforestation project. The Swiss coffee machine manufacturer has partnered with American Forests to fund three projects in California, Texas, and Hawaii. Some 100,000 seedlings will be planted to restore over 320 acres of forests.
  • Wed, 1 Dec – Food4Farmers launches 2021 Giving Tuesday donation campaign. The organisation is hoping to raise US $50,000 for coffee-producing communities in Latin America. Food4Farmers partners will match all donations up to US $10,000 through 31 December. One-time donations over US $50 will receive a bag of women-grown coffee roasted by Brio Coffeeworks.
  • Thu, 2 Dec – Breville and Onyx Coffee Lab host seasonal drinks webinar. The Holiday Cheer and Charcoal: Coal Cappuccino and Cheer & Whip live demonstration showcased two seasonal drinks developed by the US roaster. The Coal Cappuccino includes charcoal, while the Cheer and Whip is a mocha topped with strawberry cream.
  • Thu, 2 Dec – IWCA to host free webinar for chapter members. The non-profit will host a virtual seminar on improving occupational health and safety in the global coffee supply chain. The webinar is in partnership with the International Labour Organisation and will take place on 7 December.
  • Thu, 2 Dec – FNC launches women-grown coffee line. The new coffee line will be sold in the US, Europe, China, and Japan. Sales of the coffee will benefit the estimated 31% of Colombian producers who are women.
  • Thu, 2 Dec – Ally Coffee opens new office in Hamburg. The office is set to open in early 2022 and will include a quality control lab. Ally also operates other European offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as locations in North and Latin America and Africa.
  • Fri, 3 Dec – Nigeria joins the International Coffee Organization (ICO). The West African country finalised its membership with the ICO, making it one of the 43 coffee-producing countries represented by the organisation. Its membership will seek to improve quality and farming practices in Nigeria’s majority-robusta coffee sector.
  • Fri, 3 Dec – Rancilio launches new home espresso machine. The Rancilio Silvia Pro X will replace the Silvia Pro model in the home machine range. The dual-boiler machine, which is available in a range of colours, includes customisable pre-infusion settings.

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

  • Mon, 22 Nov – Starbucks US announces festive menu items. The Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, and Toasted White Chocolate Mocha are available, as well as the Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte. This year’s Starbucks Christmas Blend 2021 includes a dark roast Sumatran coffee.
  • Fri, 26 Nov – Counterfeit Nescafé products seized in Germany. Nestlé Deutschland claims the instant coffee products were packaged in Nescafé Gold jars that are no longer commercially available. Reports state more Nescafé counterfeited products may be in circulation in the Netherlands.
  • Fri, 26 Nov – Peets Coffee releases new seasonal menu items. New drinks include the Holiday Spice Cold Brew Oat Latte, the Holiday Spice Latte, and the Peppermint Mocha. The Mint Matcha Latte is available exclusively to Peetnik Rewards members. Seasonal drinks are available until 4 January 2022.

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