April 14, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 14 Apr: Speaker applications open for PRF Colombia, coffee sets new record for geographical indication in Brazil & 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, 10 Apr

  • AeroPress launches Flow Control Filter Cap. The new brewing accessory includes a pressure-actuated valve which allows users to have more control over extraction. The Flow Control Filter Cap is compatible with any AeroPress model and can be used with both paper and metal filters.
  • Equator Coffees launches new Super Bloom seasonal blend for Earth Month. The blend includes coffees from Nicaragua, Thailand, and Java, with flavour notes of “confetti cake, cherry blossom, and starfruit”. The packaging was designed by queer illustrator RYMIE, and 5% of total sales will help fund new coffee quality control equipment for Equator’s partner company Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Sacaclí in Nicaragua.

Tue, 11 Apr

  • Close to 300 people attend The Barista League Hamburg event. Ordna Event Agency, which organises the competition, says this represents a 60% increase on the previous year’s event. Attendees represented 46 different companies in the coffee industry, with 70 baristas taking part in the competition.
  • Brazil’s coffee exports dropped by 23% in the first quarter of 2023. The Brazilian Coffee Exporters Council (Cecafé) says green coffee exports dropped by 19% in March, reaching the lowest levels for this month since 2018. Cecafé adds that stockpiles of the record 2020 harvest have nearly been depleted, so 2021 and 2022 crop losses are now being reflected in lower supply levels.
  • Algrano launches first impact report. In its first report, Algrano found that in 2022, 77% of all green coffee traded via its direct trade platform was through ongoing roaster-producer relationships – a 50% increase on 2019.

Wed, 12 Apr

  • Coffee now has the highest number of geographical indications in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, there are now 14 Geographical Indicators and Denominations of Origin for coffee in the country – including in the regions of Cerrado Mineiro, Campo das Vertentes, Caparaó, Montanhas do Espírito Santo, and Matas de Rondônia.
  • Reborn Coffee reports 42.1% increase in 2022 revenue. The Californian specialty coffee chain recorded US $3.2 million in revenue last year, largely driven by increased sales at new locations and a continued focus on marketing campaigns. The company seeks to raise additional capital to support its future growth plans.
  • Speaker applications open for PRF Colombia. On 14 & 15 September 2023, PRF will return to the Plaza Mayor venue in Medellín, Colombia. English and Spanish-speaking coffee professionals are eligible to apply, and applicants must have at least five years of experience in their respective fields, as well as some degree of experience in public speaking. To apply, please fill out the speaker application form in English here and in Spanish here. Applications close on 31 July 2023.

Thu, 13 Apr

Fri, 14 Apr

  • MONIN publishes 2022/23 UK Summer Drinks Trends report. The syrup manufacturer’s latest report found that one in ten of under-35s drink iced coffee every day, even during winter months. Caramel is also the UK’s preferred syrup flavour, followed by vanilla, salted caramel, and hazelnut.

What not to miss at the 2023 Specialty Coffee Expo

Next week, this year’s Specialty Coffee Expo will take place at the Oregon Convention Centre in Portland, Oregon from 21 to 23 April.

The event will host six US Coffee Championships: Barista, Brewers Cup, Coffee in Good Spirits, Cup Tasters, Roaster, and Latte Art Championships. Alongside these competitions, this year’s Specialty Coffee Expo will also include the Best New Product Competition, Coffee Design Awards, Green Coffee Buyers & Sellers Programme, Roaster Village, Coffee Science Foundation Scientific Poster Session, and Cupping Exchange, as well as lectures and workshops.

More than 400 exhibitors are expected to attend the event, including:

These companies will be joined by many other prominent brands in the industry, including roasters, green coffee traders, and coffee equipment manufacturers. For more information and to register, visit the Specialty Coffee Expo website.

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

Photo credits: Specialty Coffee Association, Producer Roaster Forum

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