August 18, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 18 Aug: MICE hosts first-ever Australia’s Richest Barista competition in Melbourne, Blue Bottle & The Weeknd launch instant coffee & more


Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week.

Here are this week’s coffee news stories:

Mon, 14 Aug

  • El Niño to impact Indonesian coffee production and raise prices. Reuters reports the weather phenomenon is likely to cause dry conditions in Indonesia between late 2023 and early 2024, which could exacerbate harvest issues caused by excessive rainfall earlier this year. As a result, the country’s coffee production will likely decrease by 18%.

Tue, 15 Aug

  • Neumann Gruppe USA announces partnership with GrainPro. The new initiative will allow green coffee buyers to recycle more GrainPro hermetic bags and other packaging liners. NGUS and GrainPro will work with New Jersey warehousing company Continental Terminals to create more accessible collection points.

Wed, 16 Aug

  • Cotti Coffee opens first international store in Seoul, South Korea. The Chinese coffee chain, launched by former Luckin Coffee executives, plans to expand into other markets – adding to its 5,000 locations in China alone. The Seoul store is located in the Gangnam district, with more company-operated and franchise coffee shops to open across South Korea.
  • Coffee Roasters Guild Retreat announces this year’s team challenge. The “Chrononautics” challenge will test roasters’ ability to work with past crop coffee. Competitors will work in teams, using both past crop and fresh green coffee provided by Atlas Coffee Importers, to produce a sample containing at least 75% past crop. Final submissions will be blindly cupped and scored by all attendees using Cropster’s Cup App.

Thu, 17 Aug

Fri, 18 Aug

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  • Fri, 11 Aug – Conservative Starbucks investor loses lawsuit against company over its diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. Reuters reports that the lawsuit, which claimed that Starbucks’ racial equity policies violate civil rights laws, was deemed “frivolous” by the judge. The case was made by non-profit Starbucks investor the National Center for Public Policy Research, which originally sued in August 2022 following Starbucks setting hiring goals for people of colour, awarding contracts to “diverse” suppliers and advertisers, and tying executive pay to diversity.

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