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Blue Bottle of Coffee Craft Instant Espresso

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Nestlé-owned Blue Bottle launches instant espresso product

Blue Bottle Coffee, a brand once synonymous with manual pourover brewing motion in the third coffee wave, has launched an instant espresso product in the United States. The single-serve “Craft Instant Espresso” is designed as a base for iced lattes prepared at home.

Starbucks opens a three-story Reserve Store in New York’s Empire State Building

Starbucks is preparing to open a three-story, 23,000-square-foot store in the Empire States Building in New York City. The store will fall under the Starbucks Reserve retail brand, but it’s not one of the company’s Reserve roasters, including its current New York flagship. The store is expected to open next month.

Jadakiss and Family launch the Kiss Café brand

Rapper Jason Phillips, best known by his stage name Jadakiss, has teamed up with his father Bob Phillips and son Jaewon Phillips to launch a roasted coffee brand called Kiss Café. According to a launch announcement, Bob Phillips is the owner of a New York green coffee company called Caturra Coffee Corp.

ABC News investigates child labor in the coffee sector

Impact x Nightline, a streaming news program from ABC News, has released a new video investigation documenting instances of child labor on ethically certified coffee farms in southern Mexico. The video series will be streamed on Hulu.

Bloomberg: Starbucks Head of Trading Leaves Company

Bloomberg reported this week that Starbucks chief retail executive Tim Scharrer has left the company. The departure would be one of three Starbucks executives in the past month.

World Coffee Research appoints Nick Muir as Breeding Manager

The non-profit World Coffee Research (WCR) has appointed Nick Muir as breeding director. According to WCR, Muir will be responsible for managing the development of enhanced coffee germplasm at the Innovea Global Coffee Breeding Network.

keurig dr Pepper names former Walmart exec Sudhanshu Priyadarshi CFO

keurig dr Pepper has announced his appointment Sudhanshu Priyadarshi as Chief Financial Officer. Priyadarshi has spent years in financial management for companies such as PepsiCo and Walmart.

Bad Ass Coffee Inks 20-unit franchise deal for Florida

Hawaiian coffee chain Bad Ass Coffee announced that it has signed a 20-unit franchise deal with Marquee Coffee LLC, a group of business partners led by Ardel McKenna, a Florida broker originally from Chicago. The new shops are planned in the Florida Gulf Coast region.

Amethyst Coffee in Denver is closing

Nearly seven years after opening its first permanent location in downtown Denver, the progressive Amethyst Coffee Company has announced its closure. In an Instagram post, the company wrote: “Well everyone, the time has come. our last working day is 10/31/22. There’s certainly more to say, but we’ll save that for another time.

Global coffee platform introduces the GCP equivalence mechanism

The non-profit Global Coffee Platform is hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 3rd to showcase its new Equivalence Mechanism, a tool to help coffee companies meet core sustainability standards.

In case you missed it

Here are some of DCN’s top stories from the past week…

The Fox Den No Waste Cafe Fort Collins Bar

In Fort Collins, The Fox Den offers a no-waste cafe model

Tucked away in the cozy confines of a northwestern neighborhood in Fort Collins, Colorado is a remarkably progressive coffee enclave called The Fox Den No Waste Cafe & Roastery… Read more

In Denver, Convivio Café offers a warm connection to Guatemalan coffees

Convivio’s coffee program focuses primarily on coffees roasted on or near locations where the coffees were grown and ground… Read more

The Macallan wants you to have coffee with your whisky

While specialty coffee has drawn its fair share of inspiration from the world of fine wines and spirits, renowned Scotch whiskey maker The Macallan is throwing all its marketing heft behind two new coffee-inspired whiskey releases… Read more

Starbucks sued by former lip balm maker over ties to Mehmet Oz

Representatives of a Los Angeles company called Balmuccino are suing Starbucks, alleging that the coffee giant stole confidential details about the product development of Frappuccino-themed lip balm… Read More

Be Bright Coffee lights up Los Angeles with the casual First Cafe

Adding to the plentiful sunshine this week in Los Angeles is Be Bright Coffee, a roastery that has opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Melrose… Read more

Bad Mother breathes life into great coffee in St. Petersburg

Some things are too good to pass up. One of these is home to Bad Mother (Instagram), a new multi-roastery specialty coffee bar in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla… Read More



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