Coffee News Recap, April 1: Research Reveals Coffee Can Increase Lifespan, ICO Backs Grower Living Wage Program and More Stories
Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind summarizes the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.
Mon 28 March
- Costa Coffee co-founder dies. Sergio Costa, co-founder of the channel with his brother Bruno, died in Monaco. The Costa brothers set up their first coffee roastery in London in 1971.
- Beginning of a coffee leaf rust (CLR) research project in Hawaii. The partnership – led by the Synergistic Hawaii Agriculture Council – receives funding from the Food and Agriculture Research Foundation’s (FFAR) Rapid Results in Agricultural Research program. FFAR research has identified the strain of CLR affecting Hawaiian coffee plants. Under the FFAR grant, the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture is creating and distributing management materials to help coffee growers identify CLR.
Tue, March 29
- Opening of the Accademia del Caffè Espresso in Florence, Italy. The coffee research and cultural center opened in the city’s former La Marzocco factory. The Accademia del Caffè Espresso aims to educate visitors about the history of espresso, as well as the coffee supply chain more broadly.
Wed 30 March
- Starbucks EMEA reports 41% increase in revenue over 2020. Total revenue for the fiscal year ending October 2021 reached US$237 million. Starbucks EMEA says drive-thru sales helped improve financial performance, including reversing a sales decline of US$74 million from 2020.
Thu 31 March
- KeepCup launches a reusable bottle. The KeepCup bottle unscrews in the middle and can be used for a range of beverages including coffee. The new reusable bottle is available in ten different colors.
- Scottish roaster Cairngorm Coffee appoints new COO. Harris Grant, founder of vegan fashion brand Treen, is now also co-owner of Cairngorm Coffee. The company suffered significant financial losses during the pandemic, but has since seen 1,100% growth in online sales. Cairngorm recently rebranded its packaging and launched a subscription service.
Fri, April 1
- Planetary Design joins Conservation Alliance. The coffee-brewing equipment maker, which includes brands such as BruTrek and Airscape, has joined the alliance, which supports local conservation groups across North America.
- Pret A Manger joins the coffee capsule recycling program. The Podback scheme was created by Nestlé and Jacob Douwe Egberts as the first national coffee capsule recycling initiative in the UK. Pret customers can order Podback recycling bags, which can be dropped off at over 6,500 collection points across the UK.
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- Wed March 23 – Keurig Dr Pepper joins the Water Resilience Coalition. The company, which makes Keurig coffee capsules, hopes to achieve a net positive impact on water by 2050. By 2025, Keurig aims to improve the operational efficiency of its water use by 20% .
- Wed March 23 – Nestlé provides an update on its operations in Russia. The company said it would continue to supply only essential food and drink to the country as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues. Production of brands such as Nespresso has been suspended in Russia.
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