Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.
- Monday, 24 May – SCA announces second 2021 Coffee Retail Summit. The SCA will deliver lectures and discussions on how coffee businesses can rebuild following the challenges of Covid-19. The online event is free to attend, and will be held June 22 to 23.
- Monday, 24 May – Entries for 2021 Ethiopian CoE winners announced. There were 30 CoE winning lots, with 5 farms scoring over 90 points. The highest-scoring lot was an anaerobic 74165 variety from the Tamiru Tadesse Tesema farm in Sidamo, scoring 90.60 points. The CoE auction will take place on July 7.
- Monday, 24 May – TNI King Coffee opens first store in the US. The popular Vietnamese coffee chain opened its first store in Anaheim, California. The chain operates more than 50 stores in Vietnam and South Korea, but plans to open 100 US stores by 2022.
- Tuesday, 25 May – Allegra World Coffee Portal releases UK Automated Coffee Report 2021. The UK’s self-serve coffee sector is estimated to comprise over 14,600 units. The sector has experienced more than 100% growth over the last five years, with Costa Express currently the leading brand. The report also claims that as much as one-third of surveyed UK consumers are open to a fully-automatic coffee shop experience.
- Tuesday, 25 May – International Coffee Partners celebrates 20th anniversary. Lavazza, Löfbergs, Neumann Gruppe, Paulig, and Tchibo founded the organisation in 2001 to support smallholder coffee farmers in 13 countries. The ICP will hold the Focus on People! How the coffee sector can ensure smallholder families’ livelihoods webinar on June 15 at 10am CEST.
- Wednesday, 26 May – Coffee Planet launches line of biodegradable capsules. The Nespresso-compatible pods are made from plant-based materials, meaning they are 100% biodegradable and compostable. The range includes Italian Dark Roast, French Medium Roast, and single origin offerings from Brazil and Peru.
- Thursday, 27 May – IWCA announces Dr. Sarada Krishnan as new Executive Director. Krishnan has an extensive background in coffee and horticultural research, with her doctorate research focused on coffee conservation in Madagascar. Krishnan will oversee programming, fundraising, and events, as well as strategic plans for organisational growth.
Here are a few news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.