March 24, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 24 Mar: Winners of first-ever Global Coffee Awards announced at PRF El Salvador, Starbucks welcomes new CEO as workers strike at over 100 US locations & 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 Mar

Tue, 21 Mar

  • New greensquare trading tool launches online. The new ecommerce platform connects international roasters with hundreds of Australian green coffee traders. Users will also have access to digital documents and online delivery schedules.

Wed, 22 Mar

Thu, 23 Mar

Fri, 24 Mar

  • Gruppo Cimbali to move US headquarters to Seattle, Washington. As of 1 June 2023, the Italian coffee equipment manufacturer will move all US offices and operations to Renton, Seattle – including a larger manufacturing plant for Slayer machines. Cimbali says the move will allow it to operate more efficiently and effectively in the US.
The winners of the inaugural Global Coffee Awards at PRF El Salvador.

Winners of the first-ever Global Coffee Awards announced at PRF El Salvador

On 16 and 17 March, Producer Roaster Forum (PRF) – the world’s largest producer-focused event – returned to El Salvador for the first time since 2016. Alongside a series of engaging lectures, panel discussions, workshops and competitions, PRF El Salvador was also the stage for the first-ever edition of the Global Coffee Awards.

These are innovative new producer-led industry awards, which recognise innovators and leaders from across the sector. The aim is by centring the Global Coffee Awards in Latin America, they can be far more inclusive and accessible.

Four judges evaluated entries over a number of categories and selected a winner for each. Judges included María Pacas, Commercial Director of Café Pacas, Dale Harris, former World Barista Champion and COO of Hasbean and Ozone Coffee, Nicole Battefeld-Montgomery, Head of Education at Rancilio Group DE, and Tony Dreyfuss, co-founder of Metropolis Coffee Company.

The winners of the PRF El Salvador Global Coffee Awards 2023 are:

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