October 28, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 28 Oct: Flat whites could hit £4 in the UK, former Luckin Coffee CEO launches new Cotti Coffee chain in China & 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, 24 Oct

  • Blue Bottle Coffee launches new Craft Instant Espresso. The new soluble coffee product is made with the same beans used in the specialty coffee chain’s house espresso blend. Blue Bottle’s Craft Instant Espresso will be available in jars and single-serve sachets from 7 November 2022 in the US.
  • Pret A Manger opens first location in Kuwait. The coffee and food-to-go chain partnered with One PM Franchising to open the first Kuwaiti store. Pret A Manger plans to double its global store footprint over the next five years.
  • The Roses Co. launches Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar. The Czech specialty coffee company’s holiday advent calendar includes 24 tins, each containing 20g of coffee from different European roasters. The Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar is available to purchase until 5 November 2022.

Tue, 25 Oct

  • UK’s Cup Neutral launches new 100% recyclable single-wall paper cups. The collaborative venture between local businesses in Brighton and Hove says its new cup is cheaper to produce than conventional takeaway cups as it doesn’t contain plastic lining. In partnership with Paper Round, each Cup Neutral single-use cup can be fully recycled using the CupCycling scheme.

Wed, 26 Oct

  • Scottish roaster says UK consumers could soon pay up to £4 (US $4.63) for a flat white. Cairngorm Coffee says it is “very concerned about the impact of inflation”, including record-high milk prices, as well as higher coffee prices. The roaster added that if price increases continue, consumers may start to change their purchasing behaviour and see takeaway coffee as more of a “luxury lifestyle decision”, rather than a more regular purchase.
  • Four-time Russian Barista Champion opens WAGMI Coffee in Limassol, Cyprus. Olga Melik-Karakozova, who is one of the pioneers of the Russian specialty coffee sector, left the country after the invasion of Ukraine earlier this year. WAGMI Coffee includes a La Marzocco KB90 espresso machine, two Mahlkönig E65 and one EK43 grinders, and a Hard Beans Hard Tank machine.

Thu, 27 Oct

Fri, 28 Oct

  • Three national 2022 AeroPress Championships take place on 28 October, including Venezuela, Hong Kong, and Oman. This will be the first time that the competition has taken place in Oman. All three winners will represent their respective countries in the 2022 World AeroPress Championship later this year.
  • Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti AeroPress Championships to take place on 29 October. The sixth edition of the Saudi national competition will be hosted by Sulalat Coffee in the country’s capital, Riyadh, while the Kuwaiti competition will be held at Brewever Academy in Kuwait City.

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  • Fri, 14 Oct – German Barista Championship competitor uses oat milk in routine. In his routine, Mikolaj Pociecha said “not only is the [mandatory] cow’s milk rule forcing unethical practices [on competitors], it’s also against the [German] General Equal treatment law”, calling on WBC judges to allow the use of plant milks. Pociecha was ultimately disqualified from the competition.

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Image credits: World AeroPress Championship