October 6, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 6 Oct: Submissions open for 2024-27 World Coffee Roasting Championship sponsorship, 2023 World Coffee Innovation Award winners announced at Caffè Culture & 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, 2 Oct

Tue, 3 Oct

Wed, 4 Oct

  • The 2023-24 Singapore Coffee Championships held at this year’s Specialty Coffee & Tea Asia expo. Alistair Seetho won the 2024 Brewers Cup, Terence Tan placed first at the 2024 Cup Tasters Championship, Jervis Tan won the 2023 Latte Art Championship, and Courtney Kheng is the 2024 Singaporean Barista Champion. The Specialty Coffee & Tea Asia event formed part of the 2023 Speciality Food & Drinks Asia expo, which attracted over 7,000 attendees from 49 countries. Next year’s event will return from 1 to 3 October at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

Thu, 5 Oct

  • Arabica futures fall to lowest price levels since January. The ICE arabica contract for December delivery fell by 0.3% to US $1.46/lb on Thursday, despite a weaker Brazilian currency. Meanwhile, the December ICE robusta contract rose by 0.3% after falling to a 5½-month low on Wednesday.
  • Atomo launches beanless “coffee” in the US. The company uses “superfoods” and upcycled ingredients to produce what it calls “the most sustainable coffee on the planet”. Its first release is an espresso-style blend, which is also available in a decaf option.
  • Blue Bottle launches limited-edition Nespresso capsules. The exclusive Blend No. 1 capsules include natural processed coffee sourced from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia and Rwenzori, Uganda. Blue Bottle and Nespresso are set to release future collaborations in the coming months. Select Nespresso boutiques will also host tasting sessions for customers to try the new capsules.

Fri, 6 Oct

  • This year’s US, Brazilian & Mexican AeroPress Championships confirmed for October and November. The Brazilian competition will be hosted by Mixology at Guanabara Station in São Paulo on 28 & 29 October. The Mexican event will be hosted by Quentin Café at Casa Versalles in Mexico City on 4 November, while Onyx Coffee will host the US contest on 2 & 3 November.
  • Cimbali Group acquires major Swiss distributor. The coffee equipment manufacturer has fully acquired Vassalli Service AG, which Cimbali has worked with for more than 60 years. As part of a seamless transition and continuation of operations, current CEO Marc Schneider will retain his role and also become a Board of Directors member alongside Enrico Bracesco, who is the current General Manager of Cimbali Group. Bracesco will now also assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vassalli Service AG.
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  • Wed, 20 Sep – EU to ban sweeping environmental claims by 2026 as it cracks down on greenwashing. According to Financial Times, new rules agreed in September will ban sweeping environmental claims like “climate neutral” and “eco”, as well as any statements related to carbon offsetting unless independently validated. The rules will also ban “green” labels from non-approved sustainability schemes.

Coffee news photo credits: Specialty Coffee Association, World Coffee Events

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