May 12, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 12 May: World AeroPress Championship 2023 will take place in Melbourne, Oatly appoints new CEO & 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, 8 May

Tue, 9 May

  • AeroPress launches new Clear brewer. The AeroPress Clear is a fully transparent plastic brewer, which the company says allows users to more accurately observe and adjust extraction. The new brewer is currently available in the US for US $49.95, and will be available from international distributors soon.
  • Starbucks launches limited-edition Green Apron Blend. The company says the new blend was co-created by its “store partners” (or employees). For a limited time, US 10 cents from each cup sold in stores will go to the Starbucks Caring Unites Partners Fund, which supports employees with emergency funding.

Wed, 10 May

  • Oatly appoints new CEO following significant financial losses. Christophe Flatin will replace Toni Petersson as new CEO, following an earlier announcement that the company has secured new funding in an effort to achieve “financial self-sufficiency”. Flatin has 30 years’ experience working at Mars, including CEO and president of the Royal Canin cat and dog food brand and president of the company’s chocolate division.

Thu, 11 May

  • Glasgow Coffee Festival 2023 to be held on 13 & 14 May at the Briggait. The event will include a series of talks from UK-based coffee professionals, as well as cuppings and tasting sessions. This year’s Glasgow Coffee Festival will also launch Scotland’s first coffee scholarship, which will provide barista training and work experience opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

Fri, 12 May

  • Cxffeeblack launches crowdfunding page for its Barista Exchange programme. As part of a collaboration with SoGiv Shoes, Cxffeeblack is selling its Pan-African Cxffeeblack Runner shoes. Proceeds of sales will go towards its Barista Exchange initiative, which allows young coffee professionals from Africa to train in the US, as well as funding origin trips for black American baristas.
  • Breville to launch new Barista Touch Impress on 16 May. The new home espresso machine includes a number of features, such as the intelligent dosing Impress Puck System, hands-free Auto MilQ technology for steaming a range of milks (including plant-based options), and the ThermoJet heating system.

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