September worked out to be a month filled with news that sent waves throughout the entire coffee industry.
World Coffee Events announced the locations
of next year’s world championships, citing Dubai, Belo Horizonte, and Amsterdam as host cities.
The choice to host the Cezve/Ibrik Championship, World’s Brewer’s Cup, World Cup Tasters, and World Roasting Championship in Dubai was a controversial one. Sprudge reported
on Dubai’s problematic system of slave labor and human rights violations of LBGTQI+ individuals.
At Barista Hustle we believe strongly in equality for everyone, and we don’t condone actions like this. It’s disappointing the Association didn’t take any of this into account, and we stand with our people who are affected by such a decision. You can join the discussion
about this in our FB group, and consider signing this petition
created by Boss Barista to pull those competitions from Dubai.
We can’t help the world make better coffee if people don’t have a fair shot at getting there too!
Another shockwave was news that Swiss food giant, Nestle, bought a majority stake
in Oakland-based Blue Bottle Coffee. Nestle has a history of unethical practices in their production, most notably at the farm level, and also with sourcing water.
Buy-outs and acquisitions in coffee aren’t new, and we’re probably going to see more of them happen as we go along. But this is a pretty big deal, and we’re not surprised many folks expressed grave disappointment and even went as far as to boycott Blue Bottle.
Whew, spicy month indeed. 🌶