December 8, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 8 Dec: EU anti-deforestation regulations could cause 2025 coffee shortage, spraying beans with water could improve extraction & other stories


Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week.

Here are this week’s coffee news stories.

Mon, 4 Dec

  • Milan Coffee Festival 2023 concludes in Italy. The annual festival featured various coffee-related attractions, including the Roasters Village, Latte Art Live, the Mindful Coffee Tasting Experience, and this year’s Coffee Masters Milan.
  • MICE 2024 to host education sessions for café owners. Organisers say the sessions will help café owners run their businesses better, offering them insights into scaling, branding, design, upselling skills, and equipment sourcing. MICE 2024 will take place from 12 to 14 May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Tue, 5 Dec

  • Voting opens for SCA Romania and SCA Portugal Chapter Committee elections. Voting for both chapters runs from 5 to 13 December, with successful candidates set to be announced on 18 December. Positions include National Coordinator and Events Coordinator.
  • Cup of Excellence announces Origin immersion Program: El Salvador 2024. The course, taught by CoE Head Judge Luis Rodríguez, will take place at the Instituto Salvadoreño Del Café in San Salvador from 26 February to 1 March 2024. Attendees will learn about a range of topics, including cupping and scoring coffee and the history of the Salvadoran coffee industry.
  • SCA Green Coffee Summit held online. The two-day, free-to-attend virtual summit hosted several live lectures, market presentations, and panel discussions, focusing on providing “insights and well-founded, actionable knowledge for producers, traders, and green coffee buyers”.

Wed, 6 Dec

Thu, 7 Dec

  • McDonald’s announces new coffee chain CosMc’s. The company opened its first CosMc’s store in Bolingbrook, Illinois, USA, adding that it will open further locations in Illinois and Texas in 2024. Unlike McCafé, the chain will focus on a diverse drinks menu including churro frappes and turmeric spiced lattes.
  • Mercon Coffee Group files for bankruptcy protection in the US. The major green coffee trader says an “exceptionally challenging operating environment” has forced it to seek financial assistance, as several lenders have opted not to extend credit agreements. The company will will work with clients to “ensure a seamless process concerning open contracts”.

Fri, 8 Dec

  • Study finds possible carcinogenic contaminant in coffee from 20 brands. Japan’s Fujian Province Consumer Council says it tested various coffee products from companies like Starbucks, Luckin, Tim Hortons, KFC, McDonalds, and Costa Coffee, finding traces of acrylamide in all of them. The World Health Organisation lists the compound as a possible carcinogen for humans.
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  • Fri, 1 Dec – SCA and ICO partner to advance cooperation within the global coffee industry. The two organisations signed a memorandum of understanding, pledging to work together to “reach new heights” in specialty coffee sustainability and education. The MoU also “outlines a joint commitment to expanding market promotion and encouraging the consumption of high-quality coffee.”

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