September 8, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 8 Sep: Thousands set to attend PRF Colombia next week, Saudi Coffee Company launches JAZEAN coffee brand & 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, 4 Sep

  • Thousands set to attend PRF Colombia next week. The coffee industry’s largest producer-focused event returns to the Plaza Mayor venue in Medellín on 14 & 15 September, featuring talks, panels, workshops, and cupping sessions hosted by international coffee professionals.
  • Registration opens for 2023 Manchester Coffee Festival. This year’s event will take place at the Bowler’s Exhibition Centre on 18 & 19 November. Alongside an exhibition and tasting sessions, the 2023 MCF will host the 2024 UK Cup Tasters Championship and the new Extracted Development competition.

Tue, 5 Sep

  • Death Wish Coffee sues Australian brand over trademark infringement. The American coffee brand cites trademark infringement and unfair competition on the part of Australia’s Death Before Decaf. It alleges that Death Before Decaf intends to market its products in the US and take advantage of Death Wish Coffee’s positive reputation.
  • Uganda Coffee Consortium accused of lack of accountability and direction. Founding member Jacklene Arinda of Jada Coffee says the consortium has lost direction and “members don’t know what’s going on”. She and other former members have raised concerns that the US $9.9 million consortium’s leader, Nelson Tugume, is not accountable and no longer holds regular update meetings.

Wed, 6 Sep

  • Nespresso launches limited edition Nº20 coffee capsules. The capsules contain coffee sourced from 59 Colombian coffee farmers, which the company says encapsulates its 20-year culmination of expertise. It claims that the coffee boasts more than 900 aromas and notes of Seville orange and dried jasmine.
  • China’s Hainan grows coffee business through free port and Belt and Road Initiative. The initiative links the southern province to Indonesia, helping to expand China’s coffee industry to new markets. Earlier this year, Hainan State Farms Tropical Products Industry Group Co., Ltd. and Indonesia’s Kapal Api Global signed a cooperation agreement, aiming to achieve “common development through cooperation and exchange”.

Thu, 7 Sep

  • JNP Coffee launches in Europe. The green coffee company has begun operating in Berlin, Germany, offering European customers direct access to its 2023/2024 East African coffee harvest. Customers can request samples and reserve lots now.
  • Coffee futures prices settle lower as US dollar weakens. The arabica and robusta contracts for December delivery closed 2.60% and 2% lower, respectively, on Thursday, following news of a weak dollar, concerns over excessive rain in Brazil’s coffee-growing areas, and low coffee inventories.

Fri, 8 Sep

  • MTPak Coffee announces rebrand. The specialist coffee packaging manufacturer has revamped its visual identity. It offers design services, digital printing, and industry expertise in sustainable packaging technology.
  • Robusta prices near record high in August 2023. The latest ICO Coffee Market Report showed that the value of robustas averaged US 124.62c/lb in August. The organisation anticipates a shortfall of 7.3 million 60kg bags of green coffee in 2022/2023.
  • The Barista League returns to Bristol, UK on 9 September. The multidisciplinary coffee competition features three rounds of team-based challenges. This year’s event takes place at Extract Coffee Roasters and guest judges include Casey Lalonde of Girls Who Grind Coffee and Josh Tarlo of Headstand.
A panel discussion at PRF Colombia.

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Coffee news photo credits: Producer & Roaster Forum

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