March 25, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 25 Mar: World of Coffee 2022 moves to Milan, Nespresso files lawsuit against Peet’s & 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, 21 Mar

  • Nespresso files lawsuit against Peet’s Coffee. Nespresso claims Peet’s capsules infringe trademark rights for its own capsule design, further claiming that Peet’s capsules cause confusion for consumers when distinguishing between Nespresso’s. Nespresso has applied for federal trademark designation in the US. Peet’s Coffee has declined to comment.
  • South Korea’s coffee imports increase 24% in 2021. According to data from the Korean Customs Service, the country’s coffee imports were valued at over US $916 million last year – an all-time high. By volume, Brazil is the biggest exporter of coffee products to South Korea, at over 39,800 tonnes.

Tue, 22 Mar

  • Green coffee platform Algrano launches Coffee Requests. The new feature allows roasters to contact multiple suppliers at once. Coffee requests are shared automatically with all matching verified sellers, with both parties having full transaction transparency before sending samples.
  • Brazil’s domestic coffee prices dropped in February. After reaching record highs in early February 2022, domestic coffee prices in Brazil dropped by R$172.36 per bag (US $34.97) throughout late February and mid-March. Prices closed at R$1,262.07 (US $244.87) on 15 March. The price decreases are attributed to economic sanctions imposed on Russia, as the country is the sixth largest importer of Brazilian coffee.

Wed, 23 Mar

  • Cup of Excellence hosts exclusive Women’s History Month cupping event. The special cupping session will include five CoE winning lots grown by women coffee producers. The event will take place on 26 March at Either/Or in Portland, Oregon. Proceeds of ticket sales will be donated to non-profit Grounds For Health, which establishes cervical cancer prevention programmes in coffee-growing communities.

Thu, 24 Mar

  • VEA Ventures acquires Bellezza Espresso. The brand will join VEA alongside Carimali, Elektra, and Heylo. Under VEA, Bellezza will look to become a leading brand in the prosumer espresso machine market. Following on from success in Europe, North America, and Australia, Bellezza plans to enter more international markets by the end of 2022.
  • SCA announces World of Coffee 2022 will now take place in Milan. The trade show and several World Coffee Championships were originally scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Poland, but will now be held in Italy. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has forced thousands of refugees to flee to Poland, including the PTAK convention centre where WOC was set to be held. The SCA will donate 100% of the revenue from WOC ticket sales to Ukrainian coffee businesses and professionals.

Fri, 25 Mar

  • PRF Colombia announces event schedule. The conference agenda has been confirmed, including more than 15 lectures and panel sessions. New speakers include founder of Sterna Café Deiverson Migliatti and President of Metropolis Coffee Company Tony Dreyfuss. PRF Colombia will be held in Medellín from 30 June to 1 July.
  • Equal Origins to host two webinar sessions on Gender Equity Index. The two-part virtual series will provide insights into the newly launched Gender Equity Index, including the five main domains of the tool. The first webinar will be held on 29 March at 19:00 GMT and the second edition will take place on 5 April at 15:00 GMT.
  • German Coffee Association to host Sensory Science Update conference. The online conference will cover a number of findings and studies in the field of coffee sensory science, such predicting coffee quality using AI technology. Speakers will include Dr. Samo Smrke of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and CEO of Demetria Felipe Ayerbe. The conference will be held on 31 March at 10:30 CET and will be conducted in English.

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  • Tue, 15 Mar – Nespresso launches The Things We Hold social initiative project. The artistic project was created in collaboration with the LGBTQ+ homeless youth non-profit Ali Forney Centre (AFC) and New York artist Justin Teodoro. The artist designed a limited-edition range of mugs and saucers for the project. For every mug designed, Nespresso donated US $24 to the AFC, totalling around US $500,000.
  • Thu, 17 Mar – Starbucks to operate 55,000 stores by 2030. The coffee chain currently operates more than 34,000 locations in 80 countries. Starbucks hopes to open a further 21,000 locations in more than 100 international markets.

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