La Marzocco named a Great Place to Work

La Marzocco named a Great Place to Work

La Marzocco in Scarperia, Florence has once again been named a “Great Place to Work” in Italy, achieving the 19th position on Great Place to Work’s 2020 list. Great Place to Work is an international brand dedicated to the examination of workplace culture and management support in creating an environment where employees define their workplace as empowering and remarkable. On 23 April, the organisation hosted a virtual event ceremony on Facebook to announce Italy’s top 60 companies.
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Venice coffee

Venice cracks down on unseemly coffee behaviour

A cup of coffee has set two German backpackers back $1500 (€950) after they were fined on the steps of the famous Rialto bridge in Venice, Italy. The backpackers from Berlin, aged 32 and 35, were sitting comfortably at the foot of the Italian landmark about to make themselves a coffee using some portable equipment when a passer-by reported the pair to local police.
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Starbucks sign language China

Starbucks opens first sign language store in China

Starbucks has opened its first signing store in Guangzhou, China, in order to offer more employment opportunities to the deaf and hard of hearing community. The coffee chain says the store will serve as a welcoming hub for those passionate about improving accessibility and experiences for all people and is located near the Guangdong Disabled Association and Guangdong Deaf People Association.
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Blue Bottle Coffee Korea

Blue Bottle Coffee opens first café in Korea

The United States-based, Japanese-influenced Blue Bottle Coffee will open its first café in Korea on 3 May, marking a new phase of growth for the company in Asia. Blue Bottle’s roughly 4300-square-metre headquarters in Seoul will also include a roastery and training lab, which will be open for public tours, classes, and tastings. Korea is the second international market for the company, which opened its first Tokyo cafe in 2015, inspired by the hospitality of traditional Japanese kissaten– Japanese coffee houses serving drip coffee – culture.
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Coffee Quality Institute

Coffee Quality Institute appoints new CEO

The United States-based Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) has announced it has appointed Dr Tina Yerkes as its new Chief Executive Officer. “I am honoured and excited to have been chosen to lead CQI into its next phase. There is a great deal of passion in the CQI staff and board, and I am convinced we will grow programs and partnerships significantly over the next several years as we strive for greater impact on coffee quality and the farming communities who depend on this industry for their livelihoods,” Yerkes said.
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World Coffee Producers Forum price

World Coffee Producers Forum declares need for action on coffee price

World Coffee Producers Forum organisers have released an official declaration calling for serious and immediate action to be taken on the historically low international coffee price. Thirteen coffee producers’ groups, including the Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (FNC), are listed on the declaration.
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Di Bella announces merger with four enterprises

Di Bella has announced it is consolidating its position in the Australian coffee industry with the merger of four national and international coffee brands to become Australia’s second largest roast and ground coffee enterprise in Australia. Di Bella is owned by Retail Food Group, Australia’s largest multi-food franchise operator. Four coffee companies merging to form Di Bella include Di Bella Coffee, Roasting Australia, Di Bella USA and Evolution Roasters.
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