Global Coffee Buzz - Awards, Expansions & Innovation

Global Coffee Buzz - Awards, Expansions & Innovation

This week in coffee news, Ethiopian coffee exports face delays due to the Red Sea crisis, prompting a potential shift to Kenya's Mombasa port. Elmhurst introduces a new line of plant-based lattes, while Starbucks and its workers' union negotiate a collective agreement. Black Bag Roasters and Aldi Australia win the Golden Bean World Series award. Black Sheep Coffee opens in Dubai, and Farmer Brothers names Matthew Swenson as VP of Coffee Operations. Specialty Coffee Association revamps its membership model and Marks & Spencer upgrades its café coffee standards. UCC Coffee unveils the Thermoplan BLACK&WHITE4 CTS in the UK, and independent UK coffee shops report strong growth. The Starbucks Foundation pledges grants to empower women, Probat buys Royal Duyvis Wiener for cocoa and chocolate sector growth, and new grinders win the 2024 iF Design Awards. PRF Guatemala hosts numerous coffee events, while Starbucks Middle East franchisee AlShaya announces job cuts. Melbourne International Coffee Expo introduces Australia’s Favourite Coffee Award, and Bellwether Coffee launches an electric Shop Roaster. Lastly, the National Coffee Association appoints Jonathan White as its new Chair, SIGEP Asia prepares for coffee championships, and Julius Meinl joins the coffee&climate initiative.

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