November 25, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 25 Nov: European dieticians believe coffee consumption has clear health benefits, PRF confirms multi-year sponsorship deals with MTPak Coffee and Ally Coffee & 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, 21 Nov

Tue, 22 Nov

Wed, 23 Nov

  • High arabica prices could lead more price-sensitive roasters to buy robusta. Founder of Indian cold brew manufacturer Bonomi Vardhman Jain says that rising arabica prices are likely to encourage more roasters and coffee shops in price-sensitive markets to source more robusta, as well as to help fast track the development of fine robusta, backed by more “experimentation at farm level”.

Thu, 24 Nov

Fri, 25 Nov

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

  • Thu, 17 Nov – World Coffee Events to host Judge Certification in Dubai. To become a WCC Certified Judge, applicants must complete a two-day WCC Judge Certification test to demonstrate applicable skills and knowledge. Once received, WCC Judge Certification is valid for three years.
  • Thu, 17 Nov – Starbucks workers organise strikes at 113 stores in the US. The union representing Starbucks employees claims the coffee chain has yet to reach a collective bargaining agreement, which Starbucks denies. The strikes took place on Starbucks’ annual Red Cup Day when the company gives away reusable holiday-themed cups.
  • Fri, 18 Nov – Colombian brand Juan Valdez launches new coffee blockchain technology. The launch is part of the brand’s “Tracing the coffee route” campaign, which aims to improve traceability and transparency in the supply chain. By scanning a QR code on the packaging, consumers can trace specific coffees back to ten producers in the Mesetas, El Dorado, and Cubarral municipalities.
  • Fri, 18 Nov – AMT Coffee sold out of administration to SSP Group. The acquisition will save 25 of the British coffee chain’s outlets, but 18 kiosks will permanently close – resulting in a loss of up to 100 jobs. AMT Coffee previously reported an annual loss of US $3.8 million in 2021 as a result of difficulties related to the pandemic.

Sign up to our weekly coffee news recap to get a summary of all the biggest stories in the sector, delivered straight to your inbox every Monday.

Want to keep up with current affairs in the coffee industry? Check out last week’s stories and make sure to read the latest Coffee Intelligence news piece on the stock market and Brazilian producers.