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Forgotten Forest Offering Two-Day Trip to Puerto Rico in ‘Diaspora Stories’ Campaign

Vertically integrated coffee company Forgotten Forest is holding a contest that will result in a two-day expenses-paid trip to Puerto Rico to visit the Forgotten-Forest-owned coffee farm Centro Tanama. The campaign is called Diaspora Stories.

Brazil May Increase Production for Rare Third Year Straight

A report this week from Reuters suggested Brazil may post its third annual increase in total arabica and robusta coffee production, a feat that has only occurred a handful of times over the past century due to the country’s historically biennial production cycle.

Operation Hope Grants $25K to The Black Coffee Company in Atlanta

Community development agency Operation Hope has donated $25,000 to The Black Coffee Company (TBCC), a Black-owned Atlanta coffee shop in Lakewood Heights. The investment is part of the One Million Black Businesses (1MBB) initiative, involving scalable Black-owned businesses.

Metal Guitarist Opens New Jersey Coffee Shop

Ben Weinman, the co-founder and guitarist of the alt metal band The Dillinger Escape Plan, recently founded a coffee shop business in his hometown of Flemington, New Jersey, called Alkemy Coffee Co. (Instagram)

Grit Coffee Opens in Williamsburg, Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia-based Grit Coffee has opened its ninth coffee shop overall and its first in Williamsburg. The 2,000-square-foot shop sits near the William & Mary campus, offering a range of beverages alongside breakfast sandwiches and pastries from local bakery Aromas.

Starbucks Changes Global Leadership Structure, Adds North America CEO

Starbucks this week announced a change in its global leadership structure with a more clear geographic focus. A key component of the change is the appointment of Michael Conway in the new role of CEO, North America.

WCR Adds Verônica Belchior as Quality Evaluation Scientist

The nonprofit World Coffee Research (WCR) appointed of Verônica Belchior to the position of research scientist for coffee quality evaluation. Belchior will provide scientific expertise and technical leadership for coffee quality evaluation within WCR’s research and development programs.

New Study Proposes AI for Coffee Soil Monitoring

New research outlines the prospect of using artificial intelligence (AI) for soil monitoring in coffee farming applications through the use of IoT devices connected to the soil.

Methodical Coffee Acquires a Bakery in Greenville, SC

Greenville, South Carolina-based roasting and retail company Methodical Coffee announced its acquisition of local bakery Bake Room, which had temporarily closed.

Groundwork Coffee Partners with WithMe in LA

Chicago-based community printer and drink station supplier WithMe announced the entry of its SipWithMe coffee station into the Los Angeles market through a partnership with beloved Southern California roaster Groundwork Coffee.

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SCA Mines the Coffee Industry’s Mindset On Value Distribution

The Specialty Coffee Association has released the results of a pioneering survey on the topic of equitable value distribution in the coffee industry… read more

Nice Coffee is All Smiles with New Roasting Operation in LA

A new brand called Nice Coffee Roasters is cheering up coffee drinkers throughout Los Angeles and farther afield through quality-focused sourcing and roasting… read more

With RI5, Cropster Updates Signature Roast Profiling System

Coffee business solutions provider Cropster ushered in 2024 with the launch of Roasting Intelligence 5 (shortened as RI5), the fifth iteration of its signature profiling system for coffee roasters… read more

BLK & Bold Founders Launch Nonprofit to Expand Youth Impact

The founders of Des Moines, Iowa-based coffee company BLK & Bold have launched a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, making way for direct donations while outlining a 20-year plan for social impact… read more

JNP Coffee Adds Gerra Harrigan as Sales Director

Burundi-focused green coffee trading company JNP Coffee has added longtime coffee professional Gerra Harrigan as director of sales and strategy… read more

Look Alive Coffee Springs to Life in St. Petersburg, Florida

Heads up, coffee drinkers in St. Petersburg, Florida: A new roasting company called Look Alive Coffee is kicking out fresh roasts with a dash of surf and punk attitude… read more

Broad Porch Coffee Swings Into Flagship Bakery and Cafe in VA

Featuring a full commercial kitchen and bakery, plus seating for as many as 100 guests, the new Broad Porch location follows two years of renovation of a space that previously had dark walls and little natural light… read more