Coffee Plant Blog

Birds and Bee`s Help Boost Coffee Crops Growth

Bee`s Help

A new study involving real-world experiments at 30 coffee farms has found that coffee fruit health and production is dramatically improved with the increased presence of both birds and bees. The research underscores the need to support agroforestry systems in coffee farming — as opposed to deforested monocrop systems — in order to support biodiversity, plant health, and potentially…

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War on Want Expose McDonald’s COVID profiteering

McDonald’s received £872 million in UK Covid-19 subsidies and tax breaks in 2020 War in Want is a charity not afraid to attack the structures that give rise to the unfair world we live in. It’s not only the £872m. A new WoW video explains how in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, McDonald’s was using a circular paper transaction…

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Organic Movement

We have experienced strong growth across most of our certification schemes across Forestry and Organic; moved into our new headquarters in central Bristol and seen our team grow by over 40 staff; helped the organic market increase in size to £3bn; expand our reach to now certify FSC and PEFC schemes in over 60 countries, representing certified forestry of…

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Coffee Price Shock on its Way!

Coffee wholesale prices have rocketed in the last few months and this will affect prices in the shops before much longer. Why have prices more than doubled? There are two reasons: the superficial and the fundamental. As usual the media are focusing on the superficial cause which was a minor frost in Brasil last summer (winter in Brasil!). In…

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All about the milk

We know there is a wide choice of milk nowadays. Almond and soy are our best selling after “real ” milk. But what do we mean by “real ” milk? It’s easy to forget that cow’s milk comes in several forms: skimmed, semi skimmed, full cream, and each can be homogenised although this is much harder to find. After…

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Cash Free keeps prices down

We said we would never go cash free in the shop, but we have and here’s why… Our setup with hundreds of small transactions each day is attractive to dishonest staff and presents a tempting option to those who are basically honest. In fact we have rarely found staff with their hands in the till, but that was partly…

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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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