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Ratio Launches Crowdfunding Campaign, Readies New Brewer

Portland, Oregon-based home coffee equipment maker Ratio Coffee has launched a crowdfunding investment campaign through Wefunder, which allows unaccredited investors to invest with as little as $100. The company turned heads a decade ago with the Ratio Eight home brewer. More recently, Ratio, launched the Ratio Six home brewer, and earlier this it revealed a prototype single-serve brewer called the Ratio Four. As of this writing, the Wefunder campaign had raised just over $100,000 through 52 investors.

CoffeeCon Returns to Chicagoland

The decade-old consumer coffee festival CoffeeCon is returning to the Chicago suburb of Warenville, Illinois, at the St. James Farm on Oct. 14-15. The ticketed event will include samples from more than a dozen Chicago-area roasters and seminars with prominent industry figures such as Mike Ebert (Firedancer Coffee Consultants) and Kenneth Davids (Coffee Review). This year’s event will also focus on some historic figures in coffee, including coffee filter pioneer Melitta Bentz, specialty coffee legend Erna Knutsen and Chemex inventor Peter Schlumbohm.

Registration Open for NCA Convention in Nashville

The National Coffee Association of the United States (NCA) has launched early-bird registration for its annual convention in 2024. The event is taking place March 7-9 in Nashville.

Roasterworks Offers Low-Minimum Cold Brew Services

The founder and CEO of the Seattle-area roaster-share facility Roasterworks announced on LinkedIn that the business is now offering commercial cold brew canning and brewing, with a minimum order quantity of just 100 cans.

Lapera Launches the DS3 Manual Espresso Machine

Canadian boutique espresso machine maker Lapera this week launched pre-sales for the DS3, the third iteration of its core manual espresso machine. The new version of the DS machine includes changes to the group design for better flow, materials upgrades and some minor changes under the hood. The pre-shipping base price is US$9,717.

AeroPress Introduces Organizer Stand, New Packaging

Manual coffee brewer maker AeroPress this month launched a new organizer stand design to keep the various components of its multiple brewer types tidy. The company also launched new packaging that maintains the hexagonal box but includes new solid colors conveying the differences between models. AeroPress recently launched an XL version of its core brewer.

Oxo 12-Cup Machine Gets SCA Home Brewer Certification

The Specialty Coffee Association has certified the “12-Cup Coffee Maker with Podless Single-Serve Function” by home kitchen equipment maker Oxo through its SCA Certified Home Brewer program. There are currently 24 drip coffee brewers certified through the program.

James Hoffmann and Cometeer Team Up for Consumer Campaign

YouTube coffee celebrity James Hoffmann and frozen single-serve coffee maker Cometeer are marketing “The Great American Coffee Taste Test,” a program that will involve shipping thousands of sample kits to consumers and an online tasting event on Oct. 21. Users will be asked to submit a survey regarding their preferences. According to Cometeer the kits are already sold out, although larger product packages are available.

Dark Horse Comes to San Diego Airport

Concessions company Mission Yogurt, Inc. has opened a location of Dark Horse Coffee Roasters at the San Diego International Airport (SAN). The coffee kiosk is located in Terminal 1 East. It is the seventh Dark Horse retail location throughout San Diego.

Indian Coffee Chain Third Wave Coffee Lands $35 Million

India-based coffee chain Third Wave Coffee, based in Bengaluru, has closed a US$35 million funding round led by the private equity firm Creaegis. The Economic Times has more on the deal.

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