Camber Coffee Pairs Limited Coffees with Original Art
Celebrated Bellingham, Washington, roasting company Camber Coffee has launched the Artist Series, a new product line that pairs limited-edition coffees with packaging and merchandise featuring works of art. The first drop in the series includes a box set of two coffees from the same lot called Ecuador La Papaya, augmented by the colorful artwork from Canadian illustrator and muralist Paige Bowman. “Their illustrations are visceral and animated, drawing inspiration from folklore, mythology, the occult, and the natural world,” Camber Co-Founder David Yake said of Bowman’s work.
ICO and ILO Join Forces for International Coffee Day Campaign
The International Coffee Association and International Labor Organization — which both broadly strive for improved conditions for laborers and agricultural producers — are teaming up for a campaign this International Coffee Day (Oct. 1) under the banner #CoffeePeople. The awareness campaign is designed to promote “the right to a safe and healthy working environment in the coffee supply chain.”
Kansas City Coffee Shop Employees Quit En Masse
All but one of the employees of Second Best Coffee in the Waldo neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri, quit last week, leaving behind a note citing “an escalation of toxic behavior,” as reported by KCUR. The employee exodus caused the shop to temporarily close, according to a Kansas City Star report. An Instagram account believed to be led by former baristas at the shop is promoting a fundraising campaign for the staff that has pulled in more than $8,000, as of this writing.
Unite Here Seeking to Unionize Boston Coffee
A union group called Unite Here has created a contract template that it hopes can be used to drive unionization efforts throughout the Boston-area coffee industry, according to a report from Restaurant Dive. A Unite Here representative told the outlet, “People think that being a barista is not sustainable and not something that you would do as a career. And we’re trying to change that piece-by-piece.”
Unionized Philly Coffee Shop Workers Granted Re-Vote
Workers at two Philadelphia coffee shops who began organizing two years ago with the union group Workers United have been given the go-ahead by the National Labor Relations Board to hold a de-certification vote. The group of employees at two Good Karma Cafe locations is seeking to cut ties with the union organization, according to a report from Restaurant Business.
Kribi Coffee Buys Buzz Café Location in Chicagoland
Kribi Coffee has acquired Oak Park-based Buzz Café from founder Laura Maychruk, who launched the single-location business more than two decades ago, as first reported by the Wednesday Journal. With direct coffee ties to Cameroon, Kribi coffee has expanded to multiple locations throughout Chicago’s western suburbs.
Study: Paper Cups Just as Toxic to Aquatic Larvae as Plastic
New research shows that the two most popular types of single-use cups for coffee — PLA-lined paper cups and all-plastic cups — are essentially equally toxic to aquatic midge larvae. The authors use the results to discount the notion that some cups are “safer” or “more sustainable” in specific littering environments.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Highlights Veracruz (Mexico) Cloud Forest Project
A team from Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has summed up the first phase of an ambitious multi-stakeholder project design to protect shade-grown coffee cultivation in the cloud forests of Mexico while mitigating the effects of climate change and ensuring farmer prosperity.
Cotti Coffee Reaches 500 Stores, International Expansion Underway
China-based Cotti Coffee, the quick-service coffee chain led by former Luckin Coffee executives Charles Lu and Jenny Qian, has reached 500 outlets while international expansion is underway in South Korea, Indonesia, Japan and Canada. Lu and Qian were both ousted from Luckin after the Securities and Exchange Commission found $310 million in fabricated sales. Lu, who co-founded Luckin, announced plans to open the competing chain last September.
Pret Bringing Monthly Subscription Service to US
Coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger is introducing its subscription service to the United States and France following success in its home market, the UK. The U.S. version is expected to launch next month, according to a Reuters report. The UK version allows for up to five drinks per day plus 20% discounts on other purchases with a flat monthly fee. Pret was acquired by JAB Holding Company in 2018.
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