September 15, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 15 Sep: Thousands attend PRF Colombia in Medellín, SCA launches four Skills Diplomas & 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, 11 Sep

  • Vietnamese coffee exports fall by 5.4%. According to Reuters, during the first eight months of 2023, the country’s coffee exports totalled 1.2 million tonnes – representing a 5.4% decrease on last year.

Tue, 12 Sep

  • Specialty Coffee Association launches four practical SCA Skills Diplomas. The SCA says its new Café, Coffee Trade, Roastery, and Sustainable Coffee Diplomas provide participants with in-depth knowledge and practical experience in their respective fields that can be applied to different industry job roles. Diplomas require a combination of advanced level learning and foundational coursework from all three of the SCA Certificate Programs.

Wed, 13 Sep

  • SCA’s fourth Coffee Retail Summit to take place online on 26 October. Following events held in Chicago, Copenhagen, and Busan, the 2023 virtual Coffee Retail Summit will include recordings of presentations delivered at the three in-person sessions – discussing topics such as marketing, business development, emerging technologies, and human resources & personnel management.

Thu, 14 Sep

  • Over 5,000 people attend PRF Colombia 2023 in Medellín. The event included an exhibition, an extensive line-up of speakers and panellists – including the No Filter Panel series – workshops, and cuppings. It also hosted four competitions: the Toddy Cold Brew Championship, Global Coffee Roasting Contest, Olla Championship, and Fibtex Championship. PRF Guatemala will take place on 7 & 8 March 2024, with more details to be announced soon.
  • This year’s Istanbul Coffee Festival begins. The annual coffee event will take place until 17 September at the Istanbul Shipyard. The festival will feature coffee tastings, workshops, seminars, live concerts, and numerous exhibitions.

Fri, 15 Sep

  • The Barista League returns to Melbourne on 22 September. The multi-disciplinary coffee competition will also include the Mystery Mocktail Challenge, with coffee provided by Proud Mary. Guest judges will include Fran Lee of Café Imports and 2022 World Barista Champion Anthony Douglas.
Coffee producers pose with green coffee at PRF Colombia.

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

  • Mon, 30 Aug – World Coffee Portal releases its 2023 UK Automation Report. Research from this year’s report found the UK premium self-serve coffee segment grew 11% year-on-year to reach 20,771 units, with 46% of UK branded coffee chains now using super-automatic espresso machines in-store.

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