April 22, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 22 Apr: High levels of coffee leaf rust found in Vietnam, PRF Colombia announces new Host Sponsor & 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, 18 Apr

  • PRF Colombia announces new Host Sponsor. Forest Coffee will host up to 15 Origin Trip Experience visitors on one of its farm in Bogotá. Forest Coffee focuses on koji fermentation, among a number of other processing techniques. The PRF Colombia Origin Trip Experience will take place from 26 to 29 June, while the PRF Colombia Forum will be held from 30 June to 1 July in Medellín.
  • Second edition of Ethiopia Kombe la Dhahabu Fairtrade Coffee Quality Contest announces winners. As part of Fairtrade International’s Golden Cup competitions, the annual Kombe la Dhahabu event aims to support Ethiopian Fairtrade producers to improve coffee quality. The Kata Muduga Multipurpose Farmers’ Cooperative Union placed first and second, receiving 90.83 and 90 points for its natural and washed arabicas, respectively. The Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union placed third with a score of 89.67 points for its natural arabica.

Tue, 19 Apr

  • High levels of coffee leaf rust found in Vietnam. Researchers from the University of Tsukuba and Ibaraki University have found that the disease is widespread across many of the main coffee-growing regions in the country. There have also been reports of CLR outbreaks in areas growing rust-resistant varieties.

Wed, 20 Apr

Thu, 21 Apr

Fri, 22 Apr

  • Coffee Roasters Guild launches Sustainability Toolkit. The four-part toolkit was designed to assist roasters and other coffee professionals in assessing and improving sustainability in their systems and supply chains. Coffee Roasters Guild will host the Introducing the Sustainability Toolkit webinar at 14:00 CEST.

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

  • Mon, 11 Apr – Weber Workshops releases “naked” Unifilter portafilter. The 58mm basket is built into the portafilter, which Weber claims helps to minimise regular cleaning. The coffee equipment manufacturer is also launching the Espresso Paper Filter in collaboration with filter maker Cafec, which can be used in most portafilters.
  • Thu, 14 Apr – theCaféDAO to open pop-up pourover bar at Seattle NFT Museum. From 30 April to 1 May, the company organisers will serve coffee at the museum. The company is aiming to create the world’s first brick-and-mortar Decentralised Autonomous Organisation (DAO) coffee shop – a collective with no centralised leadership.
  • Sat, 16 Apr – Starbucks CEO claims unionised workers may not receive employee benefits. In a recent statement, Howard Schultz said company benefits “legally can’t go to the growing number of stores that have voted to unionise”. Schultz reiterated that this is because, according to US labour law, company benefits for unionised workers require separate negotiations.

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