Here you’ll find news on event cancellations, cafe closures, and what the industry is doing to do its part in these unprecedented times. Stay safe y’all, and wipe down your phone.
6:30 PM PST March 11, 2020
🇦🇺 Melbourne International Coffee Expo (MICE) postponed until November 3-6, 2020. SCA is waiting for an update from the Oregon Convention Center and Travel Portland re: SCA Expo in Portland, Oregon.
SCA CEO Yannis Apostolopoulos writes:
3:55 PM PST March 11, 2020
🍴Starbucks Coffee among many coffee chains temporarily banning personal cups and many self-serve coffee stations are shutting down. California’s Caffe Luxe announces updated sick pay and ordering policies.
🧵A wee thread:
I know we’re all tired of hearing/talking about it, but one thing I HAVEN’T really seen going around is advice for what happens if you DO get coronavirus (many of us will), only advice for how to try to AVOID it. So as your friendly neighborhood RN, a wee thread:
— smashingteacups (@smasheroteacups) March 11, 2020
🐦 “Portland is currently open for business,” – Oregon Convention Center / March 11, 2020
Coffee folks are upset that SCA hasn’t canceled the big #CoffeeExpo in April. Yet.
— Nick Cho • 조근형 (@NickCho) March 11, 2020
3:00 PM PST March 11, 2020
🇫🇷 The Paris Cafe Festival has announced a postponement. Originally set to take place March 20-22, it will now take place June 5-7.
🗣️ Sprudge contributor and multi-year Sprudgie Award nominee Jenn Chen is asking big questions today on Twitter about the 2020 SCA Expo, still *currently* scheduled for April.
I would love to know what *we* can do- either as attendees or exhibitors- to encourage a move to cancel or postpone. Do you need more voices? Cancelations? If anyone at SCA wants to backchannel me, my DMs are open. https://t.co/JpC8rcQTQV
— Jenn Chen (@thejennchen) March 11, 2020
🗣️ You should watch this video from Manhattan restaurateur Danny Meyer, author of Setting The Table and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (whose properties include Joe Coffee Company).
There’s no existing playbook for how a restaurant should respond to COVID-19, and so any time there’s even a trace of doubt about the safety of a team member or guest, you can always rely upon us to act with utmost caution. My message to our staff here: https://t.co/h6syv2XUCA
— Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) March 11, 2020
2:30 PM PST March 11, 2020
🚨 World Health Organization declares a global pandemic.
😷 From the CDC: “Keeping Workplaces, Homes, Schools, or Commercial Establishments Safe” [pdf]
New safety protocols:
We’re adding to our safety protocols so we can stay healthy while providing you your coffee. pic.twitter.com/lD6XgGLpPG
— Wrecking Ball Coffee (@Wrecking_Ball) March 11, 2020
🇬🇧 UK: London Coffee Festival postponed until July 23-26.
🇺🇸 USA: SCA Expo in Portland, OR scheduled as planned April 21 – 26
The Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Portland, Oregon expects up to ~14,000 attendees including ~3,600 international attendees next month.
IKAWA announces it will no longer participate at SCA Expo:
With a heavy heart we have reached the decision to postpone our participation at Expo Portland in April. In this case, sharing is not caring – full statement here. https://t.co/U75GzbCqfr
— IKAWA Coffee (@IKAWAcoffee) March 11, 2020
🇩🇪 Germany: German Barista Finals postponed
🇦🇪 UAE: Coffee People Dubai postponed.
🇬🇹 Guatemala: EU travelers banned as of March 11, 2020
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