March 4, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 4 Mar: US firms continue to settle in Kona lawsuit, SCA announces measures to support Ukraine & 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, 28 Feb

  • More major US companies settle in Kona lawsuit. Kroger, Safeway, and Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co. all reached preliminary settlements in the Kona class action suit. Kroger Inc. agreed to pay US $1.35 million, Safeway agreed to certify future Kona-related claims from its vendors, and Hawaiian Isles Kona Coffee Co. will remove any mention of Kona from its company name. The lawsuit filed on behalf of Kona coffee farmers in 2019 has now accumulated around US $15.25 million in settlements.

Tue, 1 Mar

  • Café Granja La Esperanza announced as host sponsor for PRF Colombia. As a host sponsor for the Origin Trip Experience, Café Granja La Esperanza will host up to 15 visitors on its farms in Valle del Cauca. The Origin Trip Experience will take place from 26 to 29 June, before the PRF Colombia event is held from 30 June to 1 July in Medellín.
  • Nespresso UAE launches new DRC coffee line. The Reviving Origins KAHAWA ya CONGO coffee is sourced from producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is the first organic blend in Nespresso’s Reviving Origins range.
  • Ka’u Coffee Festival 2022 to be held virtually. The 13th annual Hawaiian coffee festival will take place digitally from 1 to 30 April. Events held at the festival will include Ka‘u Coffee College webinars and virtual tours of Ka’u coffee farms.
  • Specialty Coffee Association to support Ukrainian coffee community. The SCA says it stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian coffee community after Russian military invaded the country on 24 February. The SCA will donate 100% of World of Coffee Warsaw ticket sales revenue to relief efforts supporting Ukrainian coffee businesses and professionals. The SCA has also suspended Russian participation in the 2022 World Coffee Championships.

Wed, 2 Mar

  • World AeroPress Championship 2021 to be held on 5 March 2022. The competition will be held virtually from Bureaux Coffee in Melbourne, Australia, featuring 45 international competitors. Live coverage will begin at 10:00 AEDT (6:30 GMT) through the World AeroPress Championship website and Instagram stories.
  • Major coffee brands form independent organisation Global Coffee Institute. Costa Coffee, Eversys, Alpro, Matthew Algie, Gruppo Cimbali, BRITA, and Jacob Douwe Egberts have formed the organisation to share best practices, debate policy, and generate new business opportunities for the global coffee industry. The GCI claims its mission is to tackle the most pressing issues in the industry, such as long-term effects of Covid-19 and climate change.
  • ICO to provide standardised data on costs of coffee production in new project. In partnership with the Committee on Sustainability Assessment, two projects will take place in Mexico and Rwanda to gather farmer-focused data, including farmgate prices. The aim of the projects is to design universal indicators that can be used in any coffee-producing country to provide consistent and reliable data.

Thu, 3 Mar

  • The Mokha Institute holds first Yemen Coffee Festival. In partnership with the Organisation for the Unity of Coffee, Yemeni Coffee Exporters Association, and the Union of Coffee Farmers, the 3-day event will take place in Al Sabeen Park, Sana’a. Alongside an exhibition and coffee tastings, the festival will include the National Day for Planting Coffee in Yemen, which will aim to plant 200,000 coffee trees in the country.

Fri, 4 Mar

  • Interest in coffee health benefits increased over 650% in 2021. The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee stated internet searches for “health benefits of drinking coffee” increased 650% over the past 12 months, while searches for “benefits of black coffee” increased by 1,450% during the same period.

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

  • Fri, 25 Feb – Third US Starbucks store votes to unionise. Employees at the Mesa, Arizona location voted in favour of unionising in a 25 to 3 majority. Over 100 Starbucks locations are now petitioning to unionise. Ballots for three more stores in New York are waiting to be counted.

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