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Weekly Coffee News: Port of Baltimore Challenges + A ‘Zero Waste’ Roastery Plan

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Report: Baltimore Bridge Collapse Affecting Coffee Supply

A report from the Washington Post this week explored how the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore has affected operations at one regional coffee company, Washington D.C.-area-based Compass Coffee. The story delves into coffee shipping and transportation logistics tied to the Port of Baltimore, highlighting the “domino effect” created through supply chain disruptions. “The roaster’s next order of raw materials for their bulk coffee bags is expected to take 12 weeks — twice the usual time — and other shipments are also running behind schedule,” the report states.

Coffee Breath Episode 4 Checks on Chicago Coffee Pros

The coffee documentary interview series Coffee Breath is back with Episode 4, called “The One in Chicago.” Hosted by Black Rabbit Service Company Co-Owner Double J of Portland, the new episode checks in with numerous coffee pros from coffee outfits such as Dark Matter, Steamvolt, Fetco, Metric, Soloway, Everybody’s Busy and Hexe.

Fairtrade Advisor Addresses ‘Living Income Reference Price’ Misconceptions

Fairtrade International Senior Advisor for Sustainable Livelihoods Carla Veldhuyzen van Zanten penned a piece this week on misunderstandings of the Living Income Reference Price concept. “Paying farmers more — not just in short spikes but consistently — matters,” Veldhuyzen van Zanten wrote. “A living income supporting price is a critical aspect of responsible purchasing practices, alongside long-term sourcing relationships.”

Canadian Coffee Roaster Zavida Launches ‘Zero Waste’ Plan

Concord, Ontario-based Zavida Coffee Roasters has launched a “zero waste” initiative, involving the creative reuse of materials, the reuse of organic matter such as coffee chaff and other waste reduction strategies. The company says it has received a Zero Waste Facility designation from Ontario-based U-Pak Disposals.

Verve Coffee and GaeaStar Pilot Cup Program

GaeaStar, a San Francisco and Berlin-based startup that makes clay cups, is piloting a cup program with California’s Verve Coffee Roasters. Users can purchase the 100% plastic-free cups for a $2 fee then receive discounts on reuses.

Coffee-Like Drink Maker Atomo Opens Seattle Production Plant

Continuing to borrow terminology from the coffee industry, “beanless coffee” product maker Atomo opened its new Seattle “roastery,” a production plant designed to transform raw ingredients such as date pits, sunflower seeds and millet into a beverage that looks and acts like coffee. Atomo recently secured a supply deal with New York-based coffee chain Bluestone Lane.

Blue Marble Strikes USAID Deal for Coffee Farmer Insurance Launch

London, England-based insurance provider Blue Marble announced a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through USAID’s Climate Finance for Development Accelerator (CFDA). The deal will involve the launch of a financial product in Kenya designed to strengthen the climate adaptation for coffee farmers.

NBA Star Kyle Kuzma Opens Washington D.C. Coffee Shop

Kyle Kuzma of the NBA’s Washington Wizards has expanded his Childhood Dreams lifestyle brand with the opening of the Childhood Cafe in Washington D.C. Off U Street, the shop is in the space formerly occupied by ThreeFifty Bakery and Coffee Bar.

Vermont Coffee Shop Owners Turn to Crowdfunding to Save Business

The founders of a Middlebury, Vermont, coffee shop Royal Oak Coffee, which is approaching its fifth anniversary, have raised more than $35,000 (as of this writing) through a GoFundMe campaign. The campaign says that the owners are seeking pay down debt and recover from a “devastating financial hit” due to equipment malfunctions and other issues.

Pret A Manger Announces Board Shakeup as Founder Returns

The board of JAB-owned sandwich and coffee chain Pret A Manger has named Konrad Meyer its chair, succeeding past chair Olivier Goudet. Pret founder Sinclair Beecham and previous Pret Chairman Larry Billett have also retuned to the business as part of the board shakeup, which was designed to advance international growth, according to the company.

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