February 24, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 24 Feb: PepsiCo recalls thousands of RTD Starbucks frappuccinos, World AeroPress Championship publishes 2023 rules and regulations & 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, 20 Feb

Tue, 21 Feb

Wed, 22 Feb

  • Dutch Bros reports 44.1% revenue increase in 2022. The US drive-thru coffee chain says growth was primarily driven by the opening of 133 new stores. Dutch Bros aims to open a further 150 new locations in 2023, which would bring its total to 800.

Thu, 23 Feb

  • Baratza launches Encore ESP grinder. The new version of the company’s classic grinder includes high-carbon steel burrs which are better designed to prepare espresso as well as filter coffee. The grinder also includes a 54mm anti-static dosing cup, and is compatible with Baratza’s single-dose hopper.
  • World of Coffee Athens opens applications for lecture and workshop proposals. Applications for lecture proposals close on 20 March, while applications for workshop proposals are open until 8 March. World of Coffee Athens will take place from 22 to 24 June 2023.
  • Sucafina opens its largest-ever wet mill in Pu’er, China. The company’s new wet mill can process more than 15 tonnes of cherry per hour, and includes a number of features to reduce its environmental impact, such as a zero-discharge closed-circuit wastewater treatment system and a solar water heater.
  • SCA welcomes four new licensed competition bodies. New members include the Egypt Coffee Community, the Qatar Coffee Community, the Bolivian Coffee Alliance, and Caracas Quiere Café in Venezuela. National Coffee Championship winners from these countries can now take part in the 2023 World Coffee Championships.

Fri, 24 Feb

  • Beyond the Beans launches Curated Robusta Experience Box. Food and coffee writer Bhavi Patel and Indian coffee farm Anai Kadu partnered on the box, which includes robusta cascara tea, spread, and sweetened syrup, as well as sundried robusta blossoms. The box also comes with accompanying recipe cards.
  • The Barista League La Rumba takes place in Bogotá. The one-of-a-kind event, which will be hosted by Varietale, forms part of the Barista League’s 2022 Mystery Coffee Vacation prize. As part of the unique competition format, each team is matched with two international baristas from the Mystery Coffee Vacation.
Alternative method of making coffee including pour over and AeroPress.

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  • Thu, 16 Feb – “Starbucks is winning the fight against unions” Bloomberg reports. The publication reports the pace of unionisation “has slowed down in recent months”, which reflects the company’s perceived “push” to “stop any organising”. Workers United says Starbucks refuses “to work in good faith with their partners to improve working conditions”.

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