May 27, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 27 May: Starbucks to leave Russia, Brazil’s 2022/23 production estimated to fall by 2.3 million bags & 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, 23 May

  • Starbucks to leave Russia. After the invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, Starbucks halted its operations in Russia. The coffee chain will now suspend all store operations in agreement with its licensing partner in Russia.

Tue, 24 May

Wed, 25 May

  • Best of Yemen 2022 auction set to be held on 9 August. The theme of the second annual auction is “Catalysing Peace and Prosperity”. Alliance for Coffee Excellence will donate 10% of auction proceeds to the Qima Foundation, which supports development projects in Yemen.
  • New US barista-owned oat milk company closes first investment round. Ghost Town Oats is co-founded by Michelle Johnson, the first black woman to ever qualify for the US Barista Championships. The brand completed its first production run and will begin distributing to southern California and Arizona. Ghost Town Oats also plans to run a subscription service and launch in international markets over the next four years.
  • Kenya hosts first-ever G-25 Africa Coffee Summit. The focus of the event is to secure a more sustainable future for African coffee farmers and build more resilient agricultural systems. More than 300 visitors are expected to attend, including producers, government officials, and representatives of the private sector.

Thu, 26 May

  • Ally Coffee to host 2022 Brazil Champ Trip after three-year hiatus. The green coffee importer will travel to Brazil with current and past World Coffee Championship winners, including 2021 World Barista Champion Diego Campos. Attendees will visit several of Ally’s producer partners, including Fazenda Bela Epoca, Fazenda Minamihara, and Fazenda Primavera.

Fri, 27 May

  • Coffee capsule recycling scheme expands in UK. More than 200,000 people in Cheltenham Borough Council and South Derbyshire District Council can now sign up for curbside pickup of their used coffee capsules. The Podback scheme includes Nespresso, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Tassimo, L’OR, and Starbucks at Home coffee pods.

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  • Fri, 20 May – SCA New Zealand elects four new board members. New members include President Roz Cattell from Bon Accord, Vice President Megan Wyper from Acme Cupco, Second Vice President Scott Pepler from UCC Coffee, and Treasurer Nic McClean from Extra Shot Consultants.

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