Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.
- Monday, 17 May – Sucafina Kenya launches sustainable soil sampling programme. Sucafina’s sister companies, Kenyacof and Kahawa Bora, have collaborated with smallholder coffee farmers to improve knowledge of soil composition and fertiliser use. The initiative has led to higher yields and reduced spending on farming practices.
- Tuesday, 18 May – MILKLAB introduces lactose-free milk to its dairy range. The Australian company adds lactase to produce a 100% naturally lactose-free milk. The milk is sourced from farmers in Victoria and New South Wales, and has a longer shelf-life than most competitor brands.
- Tuesday, 18 May – Rainforest Alliance announces Santiago Gowland as new CEO. Gowland has previously served as Executive Vice President for Latin America at the Nature Conservancy, and has spearheaded a number of sustainability projects for Unilever and Nike. His focus will be bridging supply chain innovation and environmental protection.
- Tuesday, 18 May – Entries for 2021 Nicaragua CoE winners announced. There were 23 CoE winning lots, with 4 farms scoring over 90 points. The highest-scoring lot was a washed Pacamara from Jesus Mountain Coffee in Nueva Segovia, which scored 90.96 points. The CoE Nicaragua auction will take place on June 29th.
- Tuesday, 18 May – Think Coffee announces Coffee-Break-At-Home campaign. The New York roaster is aiming the new programme at remote workers. It will offer two bags of whole bean, ground coffee, or shelf-stable cold brew to customers, with prices set at US $35.
- Wednesday, 19 May – Cropster launches Between Batch Protocol feature. The new setting allows roasters to reset thermal energy in roasters between batches to maintain consistency. The feature also records data to improve validity and reliability.
- Wednesday, 19 May – Peet’s Coffee launches Carbon Neutral Series subscription service. For every 2lbs (0.9kg) of coffee delivered, the company will sponsor the planting of three mangrove trees through a partnership with Enveritas. Consumers will then receive the exact coordinates of the trees, which they will be able to view via Google Maps.
- Wednesday, 19 May – Solidaridad releases annual 2020 report. The company assisted more than 7,500 East African coffee farmers by establishing some 300 “Village Savings and Loan Associations”. It also supported South American cocoa producers to adopt a number of low-carbon farming technique, which subsequently saw them increase yields by 35% and income by 51%.
- Wednesday, 19 May – NCA and SCA’s 2021 NCDT Specialty Coffee Breakout Report released. The first joint study by the two organisations explores how specialty coffee consumption has changed in the US during the pandemic. The report also found specialty consumers will play a key role in recovering the OOH coffee sector once Covid-19 restrictions loosen – 40% of them are less satisfied with the coffee they prepare at home.
- Friday, 21 May – teapigs launches new kombucha range. The UK tea company uses Mao Feng green tea and Rwandan black tea for its new fermented beverages. Flavours available are “original”, “ginger + lemongrass”, and “peach + mango”.
Here are a few news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.
- Thursday, 22 Apr – Nespresso USA sued by K-fee System over alleged patent infringement. K-fee System is owned by German instant beverage company Kruger GmbH. They claimed the inclusion of barcodes on Nespresso’s Vertuo capsules is a misuse of three of their patents. Nespresso responded with a statement describing the claims as “completely unfounded.”
- Monday, 10 May – Café Virtuoso partners with Clear Blue Sea for reusable cup initiative. The San Diego roaster and non-profit collaborated on the project, creating a glass container with a metal lid and recycled insulating sleeve. The sleeve is produced from 100% recycled plastic bottles found on coastlines. Customers pay a one-time fee of US $1.25 to take part in the scheme.
- Saturday, 15 May – ST. ALi to sell “Iced Coffee” products across Australia. The leading Melbourne specialty coffee roaster will begin stocking its Iced Coffee from May 25, including in 410 Woolworths stores. The RTD beverage will use ST. ALi’s Orthodox blend of Brazilian and Colombian coffees.