Coffee News Recap, 5 Jul: Four WCC winners announced at WoC Copenhagen, Jollibee acquires South Korea’s Compose Coffee & other stories

Coffee News Recap, 5 Jul: Four WCC winners announced at WoC Copenhagen, Jollibee acquires South Korea’s Compose Coffee & other stories

Every Friday, Perfect Daily Grind rounds up the top coffee industry news from the previous week. 

Here are this week’s stories – the word of the week is championships.

Mon, 1 Jul

  • Four WCC winners announced at WoC Copenhagen. The top three competitors for each championship are:
    • World Latte Art Championship: Yi-Chen Xie (Taiwan), Manuela Fensore (Italy), and Guoqiang Liu (China)
    • World Cezve/Ibrik Championship: Jordan Tachnakian (France), Kevser Atmaca (Turkey), and Ivan Bilousov (Ukraine)
    • World Coffee in Good Spirits Championship: Seung Chan Wi (South Korea), Sandro Roth (Switzerland), and Andrea Villa (Italy)
    • World Coffe Roasting Championship: TaiYang Liu (China), Mateusz Derkacz (Poland), and Andrea Trevisan (Austria)
  • nunc espresso machine and grinder launches at WoC Copenhagen. The new smart home espresso machine and grinder’s MagicGrind and MagicShot technology automatically detect and adjust brewing parameters according to the coffee used. The MagicMilk feature can also foam a variety of milks, including plant-based options. (Konstanz, Germany)
  • Brazil coffee crop disappoints as beans affected by drought. The world’s leading coffee produce faces a disappointing harvest with smaller beans due to heat and drought stress on plants. This setback is likely to lead to downward revisions in arabica production, impacting global markets already under strain.
  • SCA accepting nominations for 2025-27 Board of Directors. The SCA Board of Directors, which consists of 15 volunteer members, is transitioning to a new staggered election process as per the Amended and Restated Bylaws approved by the membership. In the upcoming 2024 election, seven seats will be contested to align with the new governance structure. Nominations close 15 July. (Irvine, California, US)

Tue, 2 Jul

  • Colombia’s Juan Valdez targets Brazil and China for expansion. Juan Valdez CEO Camila Escobar Corredor told Bloomberg the brand plans to enter the Brazilian and Chinese retail packaged coffee markets before opening physical stores, which has been a successful strategy in Turkey and Kuwait. Juan Valdez expects to open 100 new stores this year, with at least 75 in international markets. (Bogotá, Colombia)
  • G7 Education Summit opens with focus on coffee sector training. Organised by illycaffè and the Fondazione Ernesto Illy, the event kicked off the G7 Ministerial Meeting on Education in Trieste, led by Minister Giuseppe Valditara. The discussion emphasised the importance of coffee training to address climate change and poverty. (Trieste, Italy)

Wed, 3 Jul

  • First-ever SIGEP Asia crowns four Singaporean Coffee Champions. Hosted by the Singapore Coffee Association, 70 participants competed across four events:
    • Wong Ruoqi (Chris) from Santino is the 2025 Barista Champion
    • Elysia Tan from Homeground Coffee Roasters won the Brewers Cup Championship
    • Tan Jia Min from the Populus Coffee & Food Co. is the 2025 Latte Art Champion
    • Tan Yi Xin from Starbucks Coffee Singapore won the Cup Tasters Championship

Thu, 4 Jul

  • Singapore’s Morning to open first retail outlet. The brand will showcase its premium Nespresso-compatible capsule Morning machine at a new retail outlet in Singapore’s New Bahru district. The company operates an online marketplace and mobile app for specialty coffee capsules, and partners with roasters.
  • Ratio Coffee launches Six Series 2 brewer. The upgraded version of Ratio’s home brewer aims to enhance the coffee brewing experience. Alongside the launch, the company published a white paper which outlines extensive tests and comparisons with other popular home drip coffee makers. (Portland, Oregon, US)

Fri, 5 Jul

  • One-third of Sweden’s young consumers prefer iced coffee. A survey by Kantar for Löfbergs found that while hot coffee is still dominant, cold coffee drinks are gaining popularity, especially among young people. In the 18-29 age group, 36% have consumed iced coffee in the past month, making it more popular than the cappuccino and the latte. (Karlstad, Sweden)
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Here are a few coffee news stories from previous weeks that you might find interesting. Take a look:

Photo credits: Specialty Coffee Association

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