Coffee News Recap, Oct 7: Severe weather forecast in several of Brazil’s coffee-producing regions, Nestlé commits US$1 billion to sustainable coffee production, and other stories

Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind brings together the top coffee industry news from the previous week. Here are this week’s stories.

Mon, Oct 3

Tue, Oct 4

  • Nestlé commits US$1 billion to support sustainable coffee farming. The company says the funds will be used to provide Nescafe suppliers with more training on climate-resilient farming techniques, as well as to provide cash incentives to producers who adopt these practices. Nestlé aims to source 100% of its coffee sustainably by 2025.

Wed, Oct 5

Thu, Oct 6

  • Colombian coffee production falls 31% in September 2022. The Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) reports that 834,000 60kg bags were produced last month, compared to 1.2 million bags in September 2021. The federation also states that the total 2022 production so far has been reduced by 10% to around 8.2 million 60-kg bags. .
  • Marco Beverage Systems will host the SP9 Brew Master Challenge in Australia. Applicants must have experience brewing coffee, ideally with Marco’s SP9 automatic coffee maker. Applications are open until October 18, 2022, and 12 qualified contestants will compete on November 26, 2022 in Melbourne for the chance to win AU$2,000 (US$1,284) and an SP9 Twin for their chosen coffee shop or roaster.

Fri, Oct 7

  • New York Coffee Festival returns after 2021 postponement. This year’s event includes more than 110 exhibitors in attendance, along with thousands of visitors. Running through October 9, 2022, the festival features several competitions, including Roast Masters, Latte Art Live, and New York’s Best Barista.
  • Baratza co-founder Kyra Kennedy retires after 23 years. Kennedy co-founded the coffee grinder maker with Kyle Anderson in 1999 and became an influential leader in the coffee industry at a time when women rarely held executive positions. “I am confident that the strong and talented team at Baratza is poised to lead the company into an exciting new future,” she says. “I look forward to my next chapter and will always be a supporter and friend of Baratza and the specialty coffee market.”
  • Joe’s Garage Coffee completes merger with Pod Pack International. Joe’s is a coffee purveyor, roaster and packer based in Seattle, WA, while Pod Pack specializes in the manufacture of individual coffee and tea solutions. The merger between the roaster and the pod coffee solutions company will allow Joe’s Garage Coffee to expand its manufacturing capacity.
  • This year’s UK Coffee Week will take place from 10-16 October 2022. As part of UK Coffee Week, over 400 independent UK coffee shops will raise funds for Project Waterfall, a charity dedicated to giving coffee-growing communities access to clean drinking water. Events taking place across the UK will include latte art takedowns and pop-up shops.

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