Cocoa causing environmental disaster in West Africa

A new report from Mighty Earth Campaign claims that cocoa growers are causing environmental disaster in West Africa. They found National Parks invaded by cocoa growers who are selling their cocoa to big international companies who try to tell us they care about the environment.  Due to forest destruction Ivory Coast is now down to a few hundreds elephants…

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Don't fall for Greenwashes

A customer asks whether our coffee is shade grown. The answer may surprise you: we don’t ask and don’t know. Here’s why… Recent research indicates that shade grown might not have the benefits claimed. More importantly, we are not able to verify whether coffee is really shade grown. Rather than take claims like this on trust we prefer to…

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UK Coffee Week – raise money for charity Project Waterfall

It’s UK Coffee Week again. Here’s what the organisers say… UK Coffee Week is a nationwide celebration of coffee that unites the industry and their customers to raise funds for the communities that grow our coffee. 100% of donations received from UK Coffee Week will go to Project Waterfall, bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities. We believe…

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Coffee part of Meditteranean diet

Liver experts have been conferring and coffee is on the agenda. Not just to drink, but as a way of reducing the risk of liver disease. In this world of fake news and industry sponsored fake research one has to be cautious, but it really does seem that coffee drinking is linked to a massive drop in cancer and…

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“Fake” cocoa co-ops busted in Peru

We are often asked: how do you know your coffee is Fairtrade. We explain the global Fairtrade organisation Flocert has rigorous inspection systems which are designed to detect frauds like fake co-ops which are really controlled from outside and not by the co-op members. One such setup producing cocoa in Peru has recently had it’s certification suspended, reports Coffee…

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COFFEE PLANT EASTER SPECIAL OFFER

Treat yourself for Easter and get your free pack of confectionery of your choice with your next order. Choose your favourite sweet from our confectionery list and leave us a message while you place the order. Hurry, while stocks last! Happy Easter, Coffee Plant Team

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Make your own delicious Hot Chocolate

Are you big fan of Hot Chocolate? Then you probably know that the most important ingredient is – not sugar, not dried milk powder – but cocoa. We have two very tempting options for you. Come in and try our Organic and Fairtrade Hot Chocolate made with our very own cocoa powder in our Shop on Portobello Road. If…

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Coffee good for you say researchers

It has long been established that coffee drinking leads to a better memory and cognition, but why? ISIC, a  Swedish based research organisation has organised a team to carry out cellular studies. As reported in Nature  the results indicate that coffee stimulates the links between the brain’s neurons, but more research will be needed to confirm the picture.

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Is carob the new Marmite?

Like Marmite, people seem to love or hate carob, a natural alternative to cocoa. If you hate the milk chocolate type of carob we would still ask you to try our dark carob which tastes quite different. Currently we have it on Brasils and raisins.

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New Confectionery Lines

We are delighted with our new confectionery lines – and the signs are that you are as well. Look out for cranberry and peanuts dipped (unusually) in dark chocolate. The milk chocolate orange peel are delicious and the carob Brasils are as good as ever. If you are fan of white chocolate, we now offer white buttons too. The…

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