October 14, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 14 Oct: Early bird tickets now on sale for PRF El Salvador, 13-year-old wins 2022 Colombian AeroPress Championship & 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, 10 Oct

  • Costa Coffee continues with US expansion plans. The coffee chain will launch ready-to-drink (RTD) products in the country later this year, with plans for nationwide distribution in 2023. Costa will also roll out its automated Smart Café kiosks in the US, as well as opening new retail locations.
  • European Coffee Awards 2022 announces finalists. From more than 800 entries, three finalists were selected for each of the 12 categories, which include Best Coffee Chain, Best Specialty Coffee Roaster, and Best Coffee Equipment Supplier. The 2022 European Coffee Awards will take place on 18 October 2022 as part of this year’s European Coffee Symposium.

Tue, 11 Oct

  • Early bird tickets now on sale for PRF El Salvador. PRF will return to El Salvador from 16 to 17 March 2023, connecting local producers with roasters and other coffee professionals from around the world. The event aims to champion Latin America as a coffee industry knowledge centre. Tickets are available at reduced prices until 15 December 2022.

Wed, 12 Oct

  • Specialty Coffee Association opens nominations for Czech Republic and French chapter elections. Nominations for both elections will be accepted until 19 October 2022, with voting taking place between 2 and 16 November 2022. Open positions at both elections include National Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and Community Coordinator.

Thu, 13 Oct

Fri, 14 Oct

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

  • Thu, 6 Oct – Uganda to create credit fund to boost exports, including coffee. Bloomberg reported that the credit fund could increase the country’s export revenue by up to US $6 billion in the next five to seven years. Uganda’s coffee industry, as well as its other major export commodities, will be one of the first sectors to have access to the credit fund.
  • Fri, 7 Oct – Oatly fails to trademark the word “barista” in New Zealand. The oat milk company submitted a trademark application to the country’s Intellectual Property Office, but the request was rejected after a successful objection from Bidfood. The food distributor argued that the term barista is “purely descriptive” and cannot be used to distinguish Oatly’s products from its competitors’.
  • Fri, 7 Oct – Longest-serving Starbucks board member resigns. Former Vice Chairman of Colgate Palmolive Co., Javier Teruel, stepped down from his position after overseeing the appointment of new CEO Laxman Narasimhan. Teruel first joined Starbucks in 2005.

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