Are people working more this year?

We’ve noticed something unusual in our sales pattern. Sales in our Notting Hill shop are up at the weekends but down on weekdays. This pattern is typical of the autumn runup to Christmas when economic activity is at its peak. People are working extra hours in November to pay for what can be an expensive festive season (even without…

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Compostible? Biodegradeable? – Don’t believe it

Here is a shocker. Did you know that claims that plastic bags or coffee cups are compostible or biodegradeable are often false? The truth is that it all depends on what happens when your waste is collected. If it goes to an industrial compost process at 70 degrees centigrade, yes it will probably compost. But in our area (Kensington…

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Organic sector

Great news! The organic sector is booming. The 2019 Market Report from the Soil Association shows the market is now in to its 8th year of steady growth and on target to reach £2.5B by 2020. The main worry is Brexit. It does not have to be bad but Brexit run by the Tories will be. They want to…

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Two old favorites return: PNG and Rwanda

They did not buy huge volumes, but the supporters of both Rwandan and Papua New Guinea have been begging us to restock these deleted coffees and we have listened. We have ordered and have just received a delivery of the green beans and will have tasting comments in the next few days.They should be on sale by the end…

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A No Deal Brexit – Coffee Supplies Safe

Even a no deal Brexit should leave coffee supplies safe. A lot of our coffee comes through Antwerp on its journey to the UK. Should you be worrying that we will run out or pay more in the event of a no deal Brexit? We don’t think so. Here’s why… Green coffee (ie before its roasted in our roastery)…

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Fairtrade Fortnight

A recent report found that there are farmers living on around 74p a day in the cocoa industry, with women in particular carrying the greatest burden. The new petition from the Fairtrade Foundation new petition calls on the Prime Minister to take action to make fair incomes a priority, as they decide on future global trade, aid, human rights…

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Organic sales booming

As long time supporters of  organic produce we welcome the good news from the Soil Assocation. The UK organic market is now worth £2.33 billion with a 5.3% growth in 2018. This is the seventh year of consecutive growth. Almost £45 million is spent on organic each week in the UK. The Soil Association believes that the trend is…

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Organic CAN feed the world

At Coffee Plant we do all we can to use organic sources. Critics say organic methods cannot feed the whole planet but they are wrong. All that is required is that people should stop eating more and more meat. Now a major report from global food experts on the EAT-Lancet Commission has shattered the myth. Agro-ecological farming can feed…

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Good News from Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee and in addition we offer support to an NGO, TReeS which fights to protect the forests and their indigenous people of Peru. The enemy is corruption and gold mining interests whose greed leads to deforestation and ruin for the local people and the planet. The good news is that…

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