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Coffee News Recap, 29 Sep: Sixteen AeroPress Championships to take place in October, first-ever Nordics Best Roaster competition announced for Feb 2024 & other stories

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, 25 Sep

  • FNC CEO “defends” Colombian producers at Swiss Coffee Trade Association. “We don’t want charity, we want profitability,” said Germán Bahamón at the event, adding that Colombia’s smallholder farmers care for trees that “capture the pollution generated by someone else in developed countries”. He continued to say that more investment is needed to encourage younger people to work in coffee production.
  • Latte Art Factory wins Smart Label HOST Innovation award. The awards scheme celebrates innovation excellence in the global HoReCa industry, and is based on criteria such as functionality, performance, usability, innovation, and user benefits. Latte Art Factory will also exhibit at the 2023 HostMilano event, which will take place from 13 to 17 October.
  • Starbucks begins its first-ever Global Coffee Week. The company says the week-long event celebrates the people and communities behind its coffee. Celebrations include coffee tastings at select stores, festivals at regional support centres, and a feature documentary which aired on CBS.

Tue, 26 Sep

Wed, 27 Sep

  • Nominations open for SCA Germany committee election. Nominations close on 4 October and voting will begin on 18 October. Open positions are National Coordinator, Community Coordinator, Education Coordinator, Judges Coordinator, Events Coordinator, and Marketing and Communications Coordinator.
  • Headstand launches the UK’s first coffee leaf infusions. The three new infusions are made using coffee leaves from Sonsonate, El Salvador, and are brewed similarly to loose leaf tea. Headstand founder and UK Barista Champion Josh Tarlo says the infusions are high in antioxidants and allow producers to double their income from every coffee plant.
  • SCAJ 2023 begins in Tokyo, Japan. Touted as the biggest specialty coffee event in Asia, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Specialty Coffee Association of Japan. The event includes an exhibition and is hosting the 2023/24 Japanese Coffee Championships – with Taka Ishitani crowned the 2024 Japanese Barista Champion.

Thu, 28 Sep

  • ICO to focus on curbing child labour on coffee farms. Speaking at the World Coffee Conference in Bangalore, ICO Executive Director Vanusia Nogueira said that while some coffee farms are family businesses, the ICO aims to ensure children are not exploited in the supply chain, and will ensure they have access to education.
  • Ally Coffee launches Rooted in Coffee podcast series. As part of the Ally Open platform, the new podcast addresses challenges and poses solutions for a number of topics in the coffee industry – with guests including 2021 World Barista Champion Diego Campos, Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters’ Trish Rothgeb, and SCA CEO Yannis Apostolopoulos. The podcast is available on YouTube and Spotify.
  • Competitors announced for inaugural Nordics Best Roaster competition to be held in Feb 2024. The peer-assessed competition is designed to focus on roasters’ real-world skills and expertise. The 12 competitors this year are:
    • Tim Wendelboe (Norway)
    • Prolog Coffee (Denmark)
    • Morgon Coffee Roasters (Sweden)
    • Coffee Collective (Denmark)
    • Good Life Coffee (Finland)
    • Kaffibrugghusid (Iceland)
    • Kaffa Oslo (Norway)
    • Drop Coffee (Sweden)
    • Solberg & Hansen (Norway)
    • Kafferäven (Sweden)
    • Standout Coffee (Sweden)
    • Gringo Nordic (Sweden)

Fri, 29 Sep

  • New Coffeely coffee review app launches. The app aims to become the world’s largest coffee community. Users can upload photos of labels on coffee packaging to view a range of information, including ratings, reviews, origin, and processing methods.

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  • Wed, 20 Sep – Change Please unveils new branding and launches Ten Days for Change campaign. The organisation has refreshed its branding and website – and now includes a “secret homeless language”, featuring symbols used by people who are homeless for “a good place for a job” and “hard work pays off”. The Ten Days for Change campaign will take place between International Coffee Day and World Homeless Day.
  • Wed, 20 Sep – SSP Group aims to be net-zero by 2040. The company, which owns hundreds of brands and franchises such as Starbucks and LEON, says its net-zero goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

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