Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.
Mon, 26 Sep
- Nestlé Professional to host Nescafé Plan 2030 webinar on 5 October 2022. The online event will explore the challenges that farmers and their communities face, as well as OOH coffee operators, and expand on how Nescafé provides support to these supply chain actors. Speakers will include Head of Beverages at Nestlé Professional, Patrick Stern, and Relationship Manager at Perfect Daily Grind, Nicholas Yamada. Registration is now open.
- International Women’s Coffee Alliance aims to raise US $5,000 for International Coffee Day. The organisation launched a fundraiser ahead of International Coffee Day on 1 October 2022. Donations will be used to support the non-profit’s educational programmes for more than 14,640 global members.
- World Coffee Alliance to host final digital traceability webinar on 12 October 2022. The online event is part of the WCA’s TechnoCoffee Innovation Series, and will cover topics related to data interoperability and transparency in the coffee sector. Speakers will include CEO and founder of AgUnity, David Davies, and COO and co-founder of FarmersDirectCoffee, Ward de Groote.
- This year’s World Coffee and Tea Expo to take place in Lagos, Nigeria from 1 to 3 December 2022. The event allows global industry stakeholders to network, and will focus on Nigeria’s coffee sector.
- Robot barista manufacturer Artly secures US $8 million in early investment round. The company says it will use funds to further develop its artificial intelligence technology and expand its presence in new locations.
- Starbucks opens its 6,000th store in mainland China. The new location is also the company’s 1,000th location in Shanghai – making the city one of the first in the world to reach this landmark number.
- La Claque Café to host this year’s French AeroPress Championship finals on 15 October 2022. The winner will represent France at the 2022 World AeroPress Championship in Vancouver BC, Canada from 1 to 3 December 2022.
Tue, 27 Sep
- New study links daily coffee consumption with increased longevity. Research published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology claims drinking two to three cups of roast & ground, instant, or decaf coffee per day could lead to a longer lifespan, as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers believe that non-caffeinated compounds are responsible for these positive effects.
- Nestlé UK reports 13.2% revenue growth in 2021, bolstered by rising Nespresso sales. Total 2021 revenue for the UK branch of the multinational was £1.93 billion (US $2.86 billion). Nestlé states Nespresso was a significant contributor to overall sales growth.
- Neumann Kaffee Gruppe launches operations in South Korea. The green coffee trader’s new office is located in Seoul. Neumann Kaffee Gruppe plans to collaborate with local warehouse partners to establish a nationwide distribution network.
- Slow Coffee Festival 2022 to be held at the Senat Art Gallery in Bucharest, Romania. The theme for this year’s event, scheduled for 29 to 30 October 2022, is “Solidarity: In Beans and Beings We Trust”. The festival is organised by Artisan Coffee Community and will feature exhibitions and the 2022 Romanian AeroPress Championship.
- Dutch coffee subscription brand Wakuli opens first physical location in Amsterdam. The company plans to open more brick-and-mortar stores in the near future.
Wed, 28 Sep
- Oatly publishes open letter to Specialty Coffee Association over “outdated” unofficial World Barista Championship cow’s milk rule. The oat milk brand’s #OutdatedCoffeeRules campaign is encouraging social media users to pressure the SCA into allowing plant milks at the WBC.
- Nespresso UK and ROI appoints Anna Lundstrom as new CEO. Lundstrom first joined the company in 2010, and has been part of Nespresso’s executive team since 2020. She succeeds Guillaume Chesnau, who has held several senior roles at Nespresso for more than 14 years.
- Coffee Planet partners with The Waste Lab to implement sustainable waste solutions. The Dubai roaster says the partnership will reduce the environmental impact of its coffee shops, mainly through recycling used coffee grounds.
- Uganda anticipates record-breaking coffee harvest for 2022/23. The Uganda Coffee Development Authority estimates that around 5.4 million tonnes of coffee will be harvested in the 2022/23 season, largely thanks to optimal levels of rainfall and recent successful plantings of new trees. The previous record was 3.4 million tonnes in the 2020/21 harvest.
- Jura launches new E4 super automatic coffee machine. The E4 features Professional Aroma Grinder technology, as well as a large-capacity brewing unit. Users can also customise the coffee’s “intensity” level with three pre-set options.
- Switzerland approves 2022 International Coffee and Cocoa Agreements. Switzerland has been a member of the International Coffee Agreement since 1964 and of the International Cocoa Agreement since 1972. Switzerland currently accounts for a tenth of global coffee exports.
Thu, 29 Sep
- Research shows coffee shops use more energy per square foot than other commercial spaces. With rising energy costs for hospitality businesses, motion sensors for super automatic coffee machines could reduce energy consumption by up to a third.
- National Coffee Association publishes Fall 2022 National Coffee Data Trends Report. The NCA states a record number of US adults aged between 18 and 24 are drinking coffee, with 51% of them reporting coffee consumption the previous day. The report also found that 32% of respondents reported drinking flavoured coffee within the past week.
- Ozone Coffee and Hasbean (OCRI) achieve B Corp certification. The UK roasters completed a two-year certification process to score over 80 points on the 100-point B Corp scale. OCRI uses recyclable and compostable packaging and has reduced food waste in its coffee shops to less than 3%.
- Rancilio co-hosts Barista League Melbourne at Proud Mary Coffee Roasters. Participants used the Rancilio Specialty S1 espresso machine to prepare coffee for the barista-style competiton.
- Florida roaster Booming Brew to plant 5,000 trees by end of 2023. The company partnered with Eden Reforestation Projects to carry out the initiative. Booming Brew has pledged to plant two trees for every sales purchase.
Fri, 30 Sep
- SCA announces 2022 World Barista Championship and World Brewers Cup winners at Melbourne International Coffee Expo. Australian competitor Anthony Douglas placed first in the World Barista Championship, while Taiwan’s Shih Yuan Hsu won the World Brewers Cup. Both competitors received a ticket to attend the 2023 Ally Coffee Origin Trip.
- Nucleus Coffee Tools wins 2022 MICE Product Innovation Award. The company’s Compass temperature monitor – developed by ONA Coffee’s Angus Mackie – won in the Coffee Accessory category.
- World AeroPress Championship announces Oatly as official 2022 Sustainability Sponsor. The oat milk brand has supported the event for several years.
- UCC Coffee UK & Ireland partners with MOMA to celebrate UK Coffee Week. The partnership will offer 50,000 customers three bags of Lyons Coffee blends, as well as a carton of MOMA’s unsweetened barista oat milk. UK Coffee Week will take place from 10 to 16 October 2022.
- Royal Coffee to host US Coffee Championship preliminaries in Oakland, California. The preliminary rounds, which include the Roasting Championship and Cup Tasters, will take place from 1 to 2 October 2022.
- Second annual Coffeex Libya Expo to take place from 1 to 4 October 2022 in Tripoli. The event – which is the first of its kind in North Africa – attracted more than 10,000 visitors in 2021. Exhibitors at this year’s event will include roasters, coffee shop owners, and roasting equipment manufacturers.
- Singapore oat milk brand Oatside secures US $65.5 million in funding for Asia-Pacific expansion. The company, founded by former Heinz Indonesia CFO Benedict Lim, currently sells its products in several Asian countries, but plans to expand into new markets.
- Dalla Corte to host World Espresso Championship in Melbourne on 1 October 2022. The event will take place at Code Black Coffee Roasters and will include several World Barista Championship competitors. The winner will receive a cash prize of €5,000 (US $4,817).
Here are a few news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.
- Mon, 12 Sep – Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee merges with Vin Sur Vingt Wine Bars. The two New York companies have formed a new parent company, TenEleven Hospitality, which now operates a total of six coffee shops and eight wine bars. Ten Eleven Hospitality plans to open three new coffee shops in the near future.
- Mon, 19 Sep – New York City’s pension funds investors call for audit of Starbucks workers’ rights. The group of investors claim there is “an apparent misalignment between Starbucks’ public commitments and its reported conduct”, which includes allegations of illegal store closures and retaliatory anti-union firings. The investors are calling for Starbucks to launch an independent investigation into its compliance with commitments to workers’ rights.
- Mon, 19 Sep – Specialty Coffee Association releases results of 2022 Content Generation Survey. The SCA reported that the majority of respondents were baristas and roasters, and that “science”, “business”, and “sustainability” were the biggest topics of interest.
- Wed, 21 Sep – UK government outlines Energy Bill Relief Scheme for hospitality businesses. The new measures will set energy price caps for UK businesses, including coffee shops, and will be in effect between 1 October 2022 and 31 March 2023.
- Wed, 21 Sep – Indian Angel Network invests US $550,000 in Toffee Coffee Roasters. The investment company says funds will be used for product development, hiring more staff, and overcoming general challenges in the coffee sector. Founded in 2019, Toffee Coffee Roasters exclusively sells coffee which has been roasted within 48 hours.
- Fri, 23 Sep – Fully automatic espresso machine manufacturer Eversys outlines post-pandemic expansion plans. The Swiss company says it anticipates year-on-year growth of up to 50% in 2022. Eversys plans to launch its new Légacy machine range in 2023, as well as upgrading its production facility in the same year.
- Fri, 23 Sep – More than 1,300 women elected in latest National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia election. The FNC says female representation in municipal committees rose to 28%, while almost one-quarter of departmental committees now include women. Overall, 4,644 FNC representatives have been elected nationwide.
- Fri, 23 Sep – Coca-Cola HBC Hungary aims for rapid nationwide expansion of Caffè Vergnano. Coca-Cola HBC Hungary states the Italian coffee brand can capture a 0.5% share of the Hungarian coffee market by the end of 2023.
- Sun, 25 Sep – Typhoon Noru could affect robusta harvests in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Bloomberg reports that excessive rainfall could delay harvests by up to two weeks – which could cause robusta prices to increase even further.
- Sun, 25 Sep – Tim Hortons launches Orange Sprinkle Donuts campaign to donate to indigenous peoples’ charities. Half of all sales proceeds will be donated to the James Smith Cree Nation Community Fund, with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and the Orange Shirt Society receiving the remaining 50% of donations. The campaign will run from 30 September to 2 October 2022.
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