April 28, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 28 Apr: 2024 World Barista Championship to take place at first-ever World of Coffee Asia event, robusta futures hit 12-year high & 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, 24 Apr

  • SCA announces winners of 2023 Best New Product Awards and Coffee Design Awards. This year’s winners were announced at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Portland, Oregon, which attracted more than 12,000 visitors:
    • Best New Product Awards:
      • Coffee Accessories: Ion Beam by Acaia
      • Commercial Coffee Preparation and Serving Equipment: Latte Art Factory Bar Pro by Frank Buna, which has won three Best New Product Awards in less than a year – making it the first-ever product to do so
      • Consumer Coffee Preparation and Serving Equipment: The Barista Touch Impress by Breville
      • Open Class: Redefined by Rarebird, Inc.
      • Specialty Coffee Beverage Additive: Puremade Toasted Black Sesame Syrup by Torani
      • Specialty Non-Coffee Beverage Standalone: Ginger Spice Chai Concentrate by Art of Tea
    • Coffee Design Awards:
      • Branding: Dear Francis
      • Packaging: Stereoscope

Tue, 25 Apr

  • SCA announces 2023 US Coffee Championship winners. This year’s winners, who will go on to represent the US at their respective competitions, include:
    • Isaiah Sheese – Barista Champion
    • Wenbo Yang – Brewers Cup Champion
    • Jake Donaghy – Cup Tasters Champion
    • Sam Schroeder – Coffee in Good Spirits Champion
    • Piyapat Lapteerawup – Latte Art Champion
    • Andrew Coe – Roasting Champion
  • Rave Coffee opens new roastery in Cirencester, UK. The company says following a 22% turnover increase in 2022, it was able to invest £1 million (US $1.25 million) in a new roasting facility. The new roastery includes two Loring roasters, as well as a cupping room and coffee laboratory.

Wed, 26 Apr

  • Pret A Manger raises price of coffee subscription service. The food and coffee to-go chain raised the price of its monthly subscription to £30 (US $37.34) – an increase of 20%. However, the service has now been expanded to include a 10% discount on all products sold in its shops.

Thu, 27 Apr

  • This year’s London Coffee Festival attracts some 30,000 visitors. The four-day event was held at Truman Brewery in Spitalfields, London, and included prominent UK and European roasters, such as Five Elephant and Manhattan Coffee Roasters. The festival also showcased some of the latest coffee innovations, including Heylo’s modular espresso machine.

Fri, 28 Apr

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

  • Wed, 19 Apr – Starbucks launches Oleato beverages in Japan. Following launches in Italy and the US, the olive oil-infused coffee beverages are now available at more than 60 Starbucks stores across the country, including the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Tokyo.

Photo credits: Specialty Coffee Association

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