May 20, 2022

Coffee News Recap, 20 May: Brazil’s coffee exports hit four-year low, PRF Colombia awards scholarships & 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, 16 May

  • Brazil’s coffee exports drop 24% in April. The number of 60kg bags exported last month fell to 2.8 million – the lowest levels in the country in the past four years. Reasons for the decline include the end of an off-year in the production cycle, increasing domestic use of robusta, and logistical issues related to the invasion of Ukraine and lockdowns in China.
  • Bellwether Coffee releases 2021 sustainability report. The roasting solutions company states total roasting carbon emissions reduced by around 2 million pounds (907,180 kg) during 2021, as well reducing carbon footprint per roast cycle by up to 87%. Last year, Bellwether Coffee also signed its first-ever living income coffee contract.

Tue, 17 May

  • PRF Colombia awards 500 scholarships. In partnership with Diamond Sponsor Mayorga Coffee, 500 coffee farmers have received scholarships to attend the event from 30 June to 1 July in Medellín.
  • McDonald’s to permanently end operations in Russia. In March, the fast food chain (which includes McCafé) closed 850 locations in Russia as a result of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. McDonald’s will sell all of its Russian locations to an unknown local buyer.
  • SCA UK announces 2022 Barista Championships and 2022 Brewers Cup winners. Sierra Yeo of Alpro Barista placed first in the Brewers Cup, while Claire Iona from Assembly Coffee is the first-ever female UK Barista Championships winner. The 2022 World Barista Championships and 2022 World Brewers Cup will take place at the Melbourne International Coffee Expo from 27 to 30 September.

Wed, 18 May

  • Indian coffee brand Tata hoping to acquire five more companies. Tata also has a joint venture with Starbucks in India, through which 50 stores opened in the last fiscal year. Tata Group reported 76% annual growth in 2021 for Starbucks stores in India. Tata Starbucks is aiming to open 1,000 locations over an undisclosed time period.
  • Arabica futures fall more than 4% after 3-1/2 week-high. July arabica futures dropped from US 229.35 cents/lb to US 217.60 cents/lb after the risk of frost subsided in major coffee-producing regions in Brazil. In most regions, overall temperatures did not drop to levels that could cause damage to coffee trees.
  • Record numbers attend 2022 Glasgow Coffee Festival. More than 2,400 people visited the festival, held from 7 to 8 May – almost double the number of attendees in 2019. More than £10,000 (US $12,413) was raised to support humanitarian projects in Ukraine.

Thu, 19 May

Fri, 20 May

  • The Barista League to host event in Budapest on 21 May. The barista competition will take place at Flow Specialty Coffee Bar & Bistro in Hungary’s capital city. Competitors will use Rancilio espresso machines. The next Barista League event will be held in Portland, Oregon in June.

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