July 21, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 21 Jul: Fairtrade International to increase minimum prices, but Fairtrade USA announces freeze & more stories


Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.

Mon, 17 Jul

  • Starbucks opens 400th store in Saudi Arabia. The new Jeddah Park Starbucks Reserve location is Alshaya Group’s 400th store in the country. The franchisee says its regional recruitment strategy is also focusing on hiring more women.
  • El Niño likely to develop and affect coffee production during coming months. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has updated its El Niño-Southern Oscillation Outlook to “alert” status, saying there is now a 70% chance that the weather phenomenon will develop during the coming season. Changing climatic conditions are likely to affect coffee production in several regions, including Vietnam and Indonesia.

Tue, 18 Jul

  • Fair Trade USA announces minimum price freeze until at least 2024. The organisation states this is largely because price increases in current economic conditions could significantly reduce consumer demand for coffee over the next couple of years – which would also impact producers. However, there has been significant criticism of this move – despite Fair Trade USA launching the Innovation for Impact initiative.

Wed, 19 Jul

  • Registration opens for 2023 Coffee Roasters Guild Retreat. This year’s CRG Retreat will take place from 28 September to 1 October at Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington in the US. The retreat will include lectures, workshops, cuppings, exclusive access to leading industry machines in the Roasting Tent, collaborative networking opportunities, a first-hand look at the new Coffee Value Assessment, and a US Coffee Roasting Championship workshop.

Thu, 20 Jul

  • US Coffee Championships announces locations for 2024 preliminary rounds. Six companies will host US Coffee Championships over the following months:
    • Talitha Coffees, San Diego – 25 to 27 Aug (Barista, Coffee in Good Spirits)
    • Blendin Coffee Club, Houston – 25 to 27 Aug (Roaster)
    • Luce Coffee Roasters, Houston – 1 to 3 Sep (Barista)
    • Origin Coffee Company, Tulsa – 8 to 10 Sep (Barista, Cup Tasters)
    • Redhouse Roasters, Newark – 15 to 17 Sep (Barista, Cup Tasters)
    • Messenger Coffee and The Roasterie, Kansas City – 29 Sep to 1 Oct (Brewers Cup, Roaster, Coffee in Good Spirits)
  • Athens Coffee Festival returns from 23 to 25 September 2023. The annual festival includes an exhibition, live demonstrations, and workshops, and will also host the 2024 Hellenic Coffee in Good Spirits, Coffee Roasting, Cezve/Ibrik, and Latte Art Championships. Entrance is free for industry professionals.

Fri, 21 Jul

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  • Thu, 6 Jul – Colombian farmers invest in bear protection programme. Producers in western Valle del Cauca are taking part in “Conservamos la vida”, which is a programme that provides support and resources to coffee farmers in exchange for creating and managing conservation areas for bears.

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