June 23, 2023

Coffee News Recap, 23 Jun: World Barista Championship 2023 takes place at WoC Athens, robusta futures reach record highs & 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, 19 Jun

  • Simonelli opens new headquarters in Dubai. The new facility will act as a key support and sales hub in the UAE market. Simonelli also appointed former Eversys Regional Business Development Director Federico Ortile to oversee its operations in the Middle East.
  • Kenya signs duty-free EU trade deal to safeguard coffee exports. Reuters reports that the EU accounts for some 21% of Kenya’s exports, which include coffee and other agricultural commodities. It took seven months to negotiate the deal, and Kenya is currently negotiating another trade and investment deal with the US.

Tue, 20 Jun

Wed, 21 Jun

  • Pilot project successfully recultivates stenophylla in Sierra Leone. As part of the project, which was partially funded by Sucafina, over 1,400 stenophylla seedlings were planted – with another 6,000 seedlings to be grown in a nursery during the country’s rainy season. However, more grafting expertise and funding is needed to scale the project.

Thu, 22 Jun

  • Guatemalan Coffees opens World of Coffee Athens. The organisation, which represents around 125,000 coffee-producing families in the country, cut the ribbon to officially open the event. Guatemala is also this year’s Portrait Country. Anacafé also has two competitors taking part in the 2023 World Barista Championship and World Cup Tasters Championship.
  • Crown Digital secures more funding for its ELLA robot barista concept. RealTech Holdings was the lead investor in the latest funding round, with the total remaining undisclosed. The ELLA robot barista combines AI-technology and an app-based interface with Eversys’ Cameo superautomatic machine, which Crown Digital says can prepare up to 200 beverages per hour.

Fri, 23 Jun

Morgan Eckroth presents a beverage at the World Barista Championship 2022.

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  • Wed, 7 Jun – Oritain launches in Brazil. Operating in more than 20 countries, the company develops technologies which can trace the origins of several commodities, including coffee.

Photo credits: Specialty Coffee Association, World Coffee Events

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