September 9, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 9 Sep: US coffee shop sales to grow by 10.5% in 2022, August robusta prices increase by 9.2% & 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, 5 Sep

  • Specialty Coffee Association announces 2023 UK Latte Art and Coffee in Good Spirits champions. Alessandro Zengiaro placed first in the Latte Art Championship, while Rastislav Kasar won the Coffee in Good Spirits competition. Both competitors will represent the UK at the 2023 World Coffee Championships in Taipei in November 2023.
  • Colombian coffee production increases 4% in August 2022. The National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia (FNC) says the country produced an additional 34,000 60kg bags compared to August 2021. However, exports in August 2022 fell by 23% to 872,000 60kg bags, compared to more than 1.1 million bags exported in August 2021.

Tue, 6 Sep

  • Robusta prices increase by 9.2% during August 2022. The International Coffee Organisation’s August report states that falling global arabica stocks have pushed robusta prices to increase. The report also claims global green coffee exports have dropped 8.8% on August 2021.
  • Caravela Coffee releases 2021 Impact Report. The report outlines the green coffee trader’s social, economic, and environmental initiatives throughout last year. Caravela will host a Q&A session on 21 September 2022 at 17:00 BST to discuss the report.

Wed, 7 Sep

  • Swiss brand CoffeeB launches packaging-free coffee “capsule”. The Coffee Ball includes seaweed-based packaging that remains on the used coffee grounds after extraction. The “capsules” are only compatible with CoffeeB’s proprietary Globe machine. CoffeeB says its products are compostable and will break down within four weeks.

Thu, 8 Sep

  • Probat plans to become carbon neutral by 2030. The roaster manufacturer says among several sustainability initiatives, it will use solar technology, LED lighting, and energy-efficient air conditioning to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • UKHospitality survey finds businesses’ energy costs have risen by average of 238%. Findings from the survey also indicate that one in five businesses (including coffee shops) cannot afford to pay their energy bills. Around 300 UK hospitality leaders have signed an open letter asking for more support from the government. Newly elected Prime Minister Liz Truss announced a £150 billion (US $172.5 billion) energy price support package, but is only providing businesses with six months’ cover.

Fri, 9 Sep

  • Voting begins for the European Coffee Awards 2022. The award scheme recognises key figures and leaders in the European coffee sector. The winners will be announced at the 2022 European Coffee Symposium on 18 October 2022. Voting closes on 23 September 2022.

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

  • Tue, 30 Aug – Brazilian researchers develop green coffee sorting technology using multispectral imaging and AI. Brazilian scientists at the University of São Paulo’s Centre for Nuclear Energy in Agriculture, along with other educational institutions in the country, used the technology to sort green beans according to commercial and specialty standards. However, the scientists say the technology cannot distinguish between cupping scores, therefore further research is needed.

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