May 10, 2021: Anti-government protests halt Colombia coffee exports & other news

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April 26 – Average roaster offers 12 types of coffee, study reveals (My Friends Coffee)

The average US roaster offers 12 types of coffee across three different coffee shops, according to research by MyFriendsCoffee. Studying 481 coffee roasters in the US, the coffee-centric publication was able to collate a number of data points to create a general overview of the market. Among its findings are the average price of a bag of roasted coffee, the prevalence of blogs among roasters, and the average cost of drinking coffee at home.

April 27 – Guinness launches Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer (The Drinks Business)

Guinness has added a Nitro Cold Brew Coffee drink to its line of products. The new drink uses cold brew coffee extract and coffee flavours to create espresso, chocolate, and caramel hints combined with the traditional taste of Guinness. The Dublin-based beer company joins a long list of brewers who have started offering beers mixed with coffee, including Black Sheep, Mikkeller, and Flying Dog.

April 30 – Coffee chain steps up plans to digitalise sector $15m funding (Drinks Insight Network)

Flash Coffee, a Singapore-based coffee chain, has furthered its expansion plans after raising $15 million in its Series A funding round. The tech-backed chain allows consumers to order and pay via its own app. Consumers can pick up their orders from the stores or have them delivered to their homes or offices through food delivery partners. Using its technology, Flash Coffee aims to shake up the café industry, which is currently dominated by offline players.

May 3 – Fears of coffee leaf rust rise after new variant discovered (Sprudge)

Nine new variants of a devastating fungus with the potential to destroy up to 80% of coffee harvests have been discovered in parts of Colombia. The fungus, commonly known as coffee leaf rust, affects the leaves of coffee plants and inhibits its ability to produce fruit. Since being discovered in Colombia in 1983, the National Center for Investigations of Coffee (Cenicafe) has uncovered 22 variants of the fungus. The latest discoveries have been described by Cenicafe as “aggressive”.

May 3 – Survey reveals UK coffee consumption rise over last year (Retail Times)

Twenty-two percent of UK coffee drinkers increased their caffeine intake during the last 12 months, according to a new survey by The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Of those who increased their intake, the majority admitted to drinking between four and five cups a day, with americano the favourite type of drink. The figures were based on a survey of 2,000 coffee drinkers across the UK.

May 3 – Lavazza to open first US packing and roasting plant (World Coffee Portal)

Italian coffee company Lavazza has stepped up its operations in the US coffee market after announcing the construction of a new roasting and packing plant in Pennsylvania. The plans will extend their existing facility by up 1,000sq ft and is set to open in October of this year. The company hopes the new facility will help it reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 by reducing the carbon emissions involved in the transportation of coffee to its US customer base.

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May 4 – Climate change could enable coffee growing in Florida (Independent)

A new study reveals that a combination of global warming and targeted plant breeding could allow farmers in the US state of Florida to grow coffee. According to the study published in the journal AoB Plants, a warming climate may provide the perfect conditions for growing coffee when coupled with resilient crop varieties. The studies were based on the results of two coffee harvests in Costa Rica after precipitation received by five cultivars was reduced.

May 4 – Nestlé PHL makes new commitments to net zero (BusinessWorld)

Nestlé Philippines Inc. has announced its commitment to become carbon neutral by 2050. Added to this are plans to reduce virgin plastic consumption by a third and to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% no later than 2025. The announcement was made by Nestlé Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki during the firm’s virtual 2021 Net Zero Fair.

May 5 – Copper Cow targets ‘new generation of coffee drinkers’ with funding (Food Navigator)

Vietnamese coffee company Copper Cow will expand its range of products and improve the sustainability of its supply chain after raising $8.5 million in its Series A funding round. Known for its single-serve drip coffee bags and natural creamers, Copper Cow is targeting a ‘new generation of coffee drinkers’ with its line of traditional Vietnamese products. Since 2017 the company has tripled its revenue each year.

May 5 – Anti-government protests in Colombia halt coffee exports (Reuters)

Anti-government protesters have set up roadblocks across Colombia, causing major disruptions to coffee shipments leaving the country. The protests, which began two weeks ago over a now-cancelled government tax reform plan, have brought much of the country’s commerce to a standstill as clashes with police intensify. Although coffee growers have not yet joined the national strike efforts, barricades have affected the transport of coffee from Colombia’s main growing regions.

May 5 – 2021 Specialty Coffee Expo to take place in September (Daily Coffee News)

The Specialty Coffee Expo is set to make its return this September after last year’s event was cancelled due to Covid-19. The four-day exhibition, which will be hosted in New Orleans, will bring together coffee professionals and enthusiasts for a range of educational opportunities, cupping sessions, and networking events. The last in-person edition was held in Boston in 2019, and saw more than 14,000 attendees and exhibitors.

May 7 – South Africa coffee chain had 500% increase in deliveries during pandemic (World Coffee Portal)

South Africa’s largest coffee chain, Vide e Caffè, experienced a 500% surge in delivery orders during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to company CEO Darren Levy. Speaking in an interview with BizNews, he said that despite continuing to operate under “very challenging conditions”, the 300-store chain had adapted well to the pandemic and been able to avoid significant closures. By expanding existing partnerships with food delivery companies, such as Uber, Vide e Caffè were able to continue serving customers throughout national lockdowns.

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