In other coffee business news… 30 June-7 July 2022

Starbucks’ first Latin American Greener Store opens in Chile, Dallas Cowboys partnership with Black Rifle Coffee raises eyebrows and UK-based Stokes Tea & Coffee plans celebrations to mark 120th anniversary

Chile's Paseo Los Dominicos store incorporates Starbucks' Greener Store Framework commitments | Photo credit: Starbucks


 


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Starbucks opens first Greener Store in Latin America 
 

The Seattle-based coffee chain has opened its first Greener Store in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Paseo Los Dominicos store in Santiago, Chile, incorporates the Seattle-based coffee chain’s Greener Store Framework commitments to reduce carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste by 50% by 2030. Starbucks has pledged for all new stores in Latin America and the Caribbean to be built under the Greener Stores framework by the end of 2023.  
 

NFL team Dallas Cowboys agrees partnership with Black Rifle Coffee Co 


The Dallas Cowboys has signed a brand partnership with pro-gun, pro-veteran US coffee roaster Black Rifle Coffee Company. The Salt Lake City-based coffee chain, which joined the US stock exchange in January in an IPO valuing the company at around $1.7bn, said that the Dallas Cowboys are ‘strongly committed to our mission of supporting veterans, first responders, and America’s men and women in uniform’. The partnership has drawn criticism given the timing of the announcement, a day after seven people were shot and killed at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois.  
 

UK-based Stokes Tea & Coffee celebrates 120th anniversary 
 

Lincolnshire’s Stokes Tea & Coffee is celebrating 120 years in business this year. Founded in 1902, the coffee roaster and retailer now operates two cafés in Lincoln, a new takeaway service called Stokes To Go, and a barista training academy. Stokes will be marking the milestone will a ‘Help for Hospitality’ day on 14 July 2022, with roastery tours, demonstrations and tasters scheduled. 
 

Congo Coffee targets new retail locations following CA$7m investment 
 

Toronto-based coffeehouse Congo Coffee has received CA$7m ($5.4m) investment from a New York-based investment group. Nia Bangala, CEO and Founder of Congo Coffee & Toronto Beignets, said that the funding would enable the company to open new retail locations next year and scale up the Congo Coffee brand. Congo Coffee currently operates two cafés in Toronto, Canada. The company promotes itself as being the only coffee shop serving Toronto beignets, a deep-fried pastry popular in French-American cuisine, as well as the only coffee shop specialising in direct trade of Congolese coffee.  
 

Canadian CULT Food Science invests in Californian synthetic coffee company
 

CULT Food Science has made an undisclosed investment in synthetic coffee maker Compound Foods. Founded in San Francisco in 2020, compound Foods uses synthetic biology to make coffee without beans through molecular extraction, echoing similar aspirations to so-called molecular coffee company, Atomo, which in June 2022 attained a further $40m investment to develop its product. CULT’s new investment follows $4.5m seed funding attained by Compound Foods in September 2021.  


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