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Weekly Coffee News: Roasters Guild Retreat, ‘Regenerative Coffee Lab,’ and More

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Daily Coffee News photo from the 2022 Roasters Guild Retreat in Wisconsin.

Coffee Roasters Guild Retreat Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2023 Coffee Roasters Guild Retreat, taking place at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington. The annual gathering put on by the Specialty Coffee Association guild will feature lectures, workshops, roasting competitions and social opportunities aplenty. The CRG and Idaho-based Diedrich Roasters are offering a scholarship to cover the registration of five guests. Early-bird pricing runs through Aug. 31. Here’s a look back at last year’s Retreat in Southern Wisconsin.

NYC Coffee Groups Hosting July 22 Fundraiser for DR Congo Relief

A group of coffee companies are banding together on July 22 in New York City to raise money for flood relief in DR Congo. The event at Counter Culture Coffee in SoHo will go toward the grassroots response Actions Kehele. The fundraiser will include a pop-up coffee shop, latte art and manual brewing lessons, a cup tasters competition and raffle prizes. Among the sponsors are Willa’s Oat Milk, Joe Coffee, Counter Culture, and Mighty Peace Coffee. See additional relief efforts from DR Congo’s early summer floods here.

One Stripe Chai Says Yes Plz to Chai Coffee

Portland, Oregon-based chai tea maker One Stripe Chai Co. has launched its first coffee product, Chai Coffee, inspired by the drink commonly referred to as “dirty chai” (masala chai with espresso). The blend incorporates the Homestar Espresso blend from Southern California’s Yes Plz Coffee. One Stripe Chai was founded by Farah Jesani in 2018.

JDE Peet’s Readying Recyclable Packaging for Instant Products

Global giant JDE Peet’s is preparing to roll out recyclable packaging for certain soluble (instant) coffee products. Designed to replace tin or glass options while reducing overall waste, the recyclable packaging is expected to reach the consumer market in 2024.

Ziggi’s Signs Nine-Store Franchise Deal in Washington State

Ziggi’s Coffee plans to have nine new locations in Washington state as part of a new franchise deal. The new deal follows a separate agreement made last month for 18 new Ziggi’s Coffee locations in the Midwest.

Immersive Experiences Launching at Starbucks Reserve Roasteries

Starbucks is launching new immersive experiences at the Starbucks Reserve Roasteries in Chicago, Seattle and New York. The experiences include “Art of the Espresso Martini,” “Oleato Tasting Experience” and “Coffee Lab: A Journey of the Senses.” The classes are designed to range from 30-60 minutes and cost between $45 and $95 per person.

Kenneth Davids Signing Books at Mr. Espresso Café in Oakland 

Coffee writer and editor Kenneth Davids will be signing copies of his latest book, 21st Century Coffee: A Guide at July 29 event at The Caffè by Mr. Espresso in Oakland.

Heirloom Coffee Launches Regenerative Coffee Research Lab

Oakland-based roasting company Heirloom Coffee Roasters is launching what it calls a “Regenerative Coffee Research Lab.” Heirloom was among a small handful of companies to bring the first Regenerative Organic-certified coffees to market. The company is soon to receive 16 electric Bellwether roasting machines through a California Energy Commission grant.

Chris King Launches $150 Espresso Tamper

Chris King Precision Components, a Portland, Oregon-maker of high-end bicycle components and related gear, has rolled out a line of espresso tampers. Available in numerous colors, the tampers sell for $150.

Klatch Coffee Updates Packaging

Southern California-based Klatch Coffee is celebrating 30 years in business with colorful new packaging: red for espresso; blue for blends; and green for single-origins. The 2-pound bags also now feature a resealable zipper. Klatch Coffee began in 1983 and has since grown to several cafe locations throughout Southern California. The company was Roast magazine’s 2009 micro roaster of the year.

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Vietnam Coffee Report: Production Up, Exports Expected to Drop 

After a year of off-cycle production, higher-than-average fertilizer costs and a dip in planted area, Vietnam is expected to see a 6% increase in total coffee production… Read more

Portland Coffee Legend Jim Roberts of Coffee People Dies 

Oregon coffee pioneer Jim Roberts, the co-founder of the iconic chain Coffee People who is often credited with opening coffee’s first drive-through, died Monday… Read more

Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian and Sherri Johns on Tour With Burundi Coffees

Two prominent global coffee experts are in the middle of a North American summer tour to show off green coffees sourced from Burundi… Read more

Coffee Groups Unite for the Hot Medicated Summer Raffle

A group of coffee-related organizations in the United States and Canada have teamed up to launch Hot Medicated Summer, a raffle benefiting two inspirational coffee people… Read more

El Salvador Coffee Report: Production Holds Amidst Labor and Climate Threats

While green coffees from El Salvador continue to fetch remarkably high prices through high-end specialty coffee auctions… Read more

Mark Inman Joins Mercon Specialty as Specialty Coffee Director

Seattle-based green coffee importer Mercon Specialty has named longtime coffee professional Mark Inman director of specialty coffee… Read more


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