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Coffee News Recap, 17 Feb: SCA calls on coffee community to support earthquake victims, MTPak Coffee launches Circular Economy Grant & other stories

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Coffee News Recap, 17 Feb: SCA calls on coffee community to support earthquake victims, MTPak Coffee launches Circular Economy Grant & other stories

Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.

Mon, 13 Feb

  • Industry experts say we need to stop comparing arabica and robusta. Gio Hidalgo, founder of Latitud 0° Green Coffee and co-founder of Giovanna Kaffee Roastery, and Will Frith, founder of Building Coffee, say we need to acknowledge and account for the differences between arabica and robusta in order to diversify the specialty coffee market.
  • Nestlé Professional launches Choose Hospitality Pledge in UK. The company launched the initiative to encourage more young people to work in hospitality – including in coffee shops. As part of the programme, hospitality ambassadors will visit secondary schools nationwide to discuss options for those looking to enter the workforce.
  • Brazil’s instant coffee exports reached record highs in 2022. The Brazilian Soluble Coffee Industry Association (ABICS) reports that export revenue for instant coffee increased by 24.5% in 2022, despite a decrease in export volumes. The US was the single largest importer of Brazil’s instant coffee products last year.

Tue, 14 Feb

Wed, 15 Feb

Thu, 16 Feb

  • Krispy Kreme reports 9% revenue growth in 2022. CEO Mike Tattersfield said the coffee and doughnut chain sold a record 1.63 billion doughnuts last year, and plans to sell higher-priced specialty doughnuts and close more unprofitable locations in 2023.

Fri, 17 Feb

  • Royal Coffee relaunches podcast series. Sourced: The Coffee Podcast focuses on coffee production and green coffee trading. The second episode, Colombia’s New Wave of Coffee Culture and Experimental Processing, explores emerging trends in experimental processing techniques, and features Royal’s Junior Trader and Colombia Buying Team member, Amanda Amato, and The Crown’s Director of Education, Chris Kornman.
A farmer holds ripe coffee cherries in his hands.

Here are a few coffee news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look.

  • Thu, 9 Feb – Sanremo announces Martin Shabaya as new brand ambassador. Shabaya is a three-time Kenyan Barista Champion and placed fifth at the 2021 World Barista Championship. The company says his “commitment, team spirit, enthusiasm, and passion for specialty coffee make him the ideal brand ambassador”.

Want to keep up with current affairs in the coffee industry? Check out last week’s stories and make sure to read the latest Coffee Intelligence news & opinion piece on how rising avocado exports are affecting Colombian coffee farmers.

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