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.

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.

 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).

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:

Upcoming events:

🇬🇧 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:


🇩🇪 Germany: German Barista Finals postponed

🇦🇺 Australia: Melbourne International Coffee Expo / World Barista Championship scheduled as planned May 4 – 7

🇦🇪 UAE: Coffee People Dubai postponed.


🇮🇹 Italy: Ditta Artigianle announces closures in Florence. Country orders all shops close.


🇬🇹 Guatemala: EU travelers banned as of March 11, 2020

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