The Specialty Coffee Association has confirmed that 2020 Re:Co and the Specialty Coffee Expo have both been cancelled because they could not be postponed. People who have registered should have received an email from the organisers. It’s not clear if they will be receiving an option of a refund, or whether their tickets will be held for the event in 2021.
With coffee shops closed across the world, in the US there is an initiative to tip baristas. Go Fund Bean has been set up by barista Adam JacksonBey, who puts it like this on the site’s homepage ” What would you normally spend on coffee this week? Consider donating that amount to your local baristas.”.
Blue Bottle Coffee closes all 71 of its stores temporarily in response to the Coronavirus. They are the largest coffee chain in the US to take this step. While Starbucks has closed some stores, many others have moved to a takeaway model and remained open, although this is not something that pleases everyone