January 20, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 20 Jan: Last chance to apply for PRF El Salvador Mayorga Scholarship and volunteer positions, World of Coffee Dubai attracts more than 12,000 visitors & 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, 16 Jan

  • World of Coffee Dubai 2023 attracts more than 12,000 visitors from 48 countries. The event, which was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, also included over 180 exhibitors and 36 volunteers. WoC Dubai also hosted the 2023 UAE Barista Championship, with Mariam Erin Pinza of Cosmic Garden Coffee Roastery announced as the winner. Pinza will represent the UAE at the 2023 World Barista Championship in Athens from 22 to 24 June.
  • UAE company Q-Lab launches 3D-printed Q-Dripper. The brewer, which Q-Lab claims is the first-ever pour over brewer designed and manufactured in Dubai, was debuted at 2023 WoC Dubai. The Q-Dripper is manufactured using 3D printing technology, and is designed to resemble a traditional Arabic coffee cup. Ceramic versions of the brewer will be manufactured in partnership with local ceramic studios.

Tue, 17 Jan

  • Tims China unveils new expanded branding. Upon opening its 600th store in Zhongshan, Guangdong province, the Chinese division of the Canadian coffee chain launched new branding as “Tian Hao Coffee”.
  • US chain Peet’s Coffee launches in UAE. The flagship Dubai coffee shop was opened in partnership with Middle Eastern restaurant operator Americana Restaurants. The new store includes a Discovery Bar which offers coffee tasting flights.
  • Registration opens for 2023 Specialty Coffee Expo and Re:co Symposium. This year’s Specialty Coffee Expo (which will host six 2023 US Coffee Championships) will be held from 21 to 23 April in Portland, Oregon, with Re:co Symposium taking place just before the event on 19 and 20 April. Registration is also now open for the 2023 Coffee Design and Best New Product Awards.

Wed, 18 Jan

  • Last chance to apply for PRF El Salvador Mayorga Scholarship and volunteer positions. PRF Diamond Sponsor Mayorga Coffee will cover ticket expenses for 500 Salvadoran farmers to attend the event. Scholarship applications close on 1 February and candidates can apply here. PRF El Salvador volunteers need to be at least 18 years of age and have some level of coffee experience. Volunteer applications close on 6 February and candidates can apply here. PRF El Salvador will be held on 16 and 17 March 2023 at the Salamanca Exhibition Centre in San Salvador.

Thu, 19 Jan

  • Lyon Trade Fair to showcase Wega, Barista Attitude, and Astoria espresso machines. The 21st edition of the French event, which runs until 23 January 2023, will include Wega’s Polaris espresso machine – which features a four-dose programme function – and Astoria’s sixties-inspired Sabrina espresso machines. The event will also feature Barista Attitude’s two-group Storm and Tempesta GARA three-group machines – the latter of which is the official World Barista Championship machine until 2025.
  • UK’s coffee consumption rose in 2022 but is yet to reach pre-pandemic levels. Data from Project Café UK 2023 shows that the UK’s branded coffee shop market sales increased by 11.9% over the past 12 months, but sales still remain below pre-pandemic levels – mostly because of rising inflation and energy costs. The price of a latte in the UK also increased to £3.25 ($4) over the last 12 months.

Fri, 20 Jan

  • Sigep 2023 takes place in Rimini, Italy from 21 to 25 January. This year, Sigep will host more than 1,000 exhibitors, as well as the 2023 Italian Coffee Championships – including the Barista Championship. Competitors will use the Rancilio Specialty RS1 for the Latte Art and Coffee in Good Spirits Championships.

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

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