Another gift from that nice Mr Sunak

For those who like us were allowed to stay open, Covid has not necessarily been the financial disaster it has been for others. It seems almost unfair that we have received so much in rants and reduced VAT. Of course it’s not over yet, business wise the worst may be soon to come as competitors reopen and chase reduced…

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It’s a no brainer

It’s extraordinary that almost no-one has heard of coffee juice. Or coffee cherries for that matter. This could be the next big thing, and we don’t say that lightly, if fact in the cautious world of coffee we have never felt the need to use that phrase. The coffee cherry is the heart of the issue. It surrounds the…

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News Roundup

Things are changing fast around our shop on “The Bello” with the new more relaxed Covid rules. It’s busier and the demand for our two outside tables is intense. This weekend will see the reopening of the antiques market too where we have a one day per week outlet. We are looking for a full time staff member for…

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Organic is Booming

The UK organic market is booming 12.6% up year on year. This is the highest growth since dip that followed the 2007 financial crisis – the total market has now reached reaching £2.79B. Growth is led by online sales during the Covid pandemic, say the Soil Association: “organic is now rightfully recognised as the cornerstone of a resilient food…

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New team in the shop

If you haven’t been in our shop lately you will notice the team has changed. Michele the manager has been with us for two years but Raluca, Aylin and Ciar are new, following on from our summer team of Amro and Amira. Like most places we are not as busy making cups of coffee as pre-Covid and are managing…

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Problems in the Real World Too

The politics obsessed western media has hardly noticed but Central America has been hit by one of the most destructive hurricanes on record. Hurricane Eta has mainly affected Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, three coffee growing countries whose coffee we roast at Coffee Plant. Eta has dumped anywhere between 15 and 25 inches of rain­ with a potential of going…

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Masks please

Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall says: “I have never know a time when there has been a wider range of opinion on something than current issues with Covid. Some customers are getting quite agitated if we remind them to wear a mask, saying the threat is exaggerated or even a hoax. Who knows, they may be right. Since the…

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Nestle’s KitKats no longer Fair Trade

That’s the bad news, but there is good news too, a massive public reaction that has seen 250,000 signatures collected. MPs have spoken out too, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade condemning this decision strongly, after grilling Nestlé representatives in Parliament. Nestle have not been shamed into reversing their decision but say they will maintain some Fairtrade values…

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“I like my coffee strong”

This seems to be the case with a lot of the customers in our shop, where our average roast is medium strong roast, heading to continental. Some people feel they can save some cash by using less but it often turns out that people who like it strong take a lot of sugar or milk both of which cushion…

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