Coffee Plant Blog

Be eco-friendly, take care of environment

Good News for the environment. We are now using compostable cups for water and paper straws. Unike other Fairtrade and organic suppliers we have ALWAYS used paper teabags rather than plastic. Our loose coffee is in simple plastic bags which can be reused, but there is still a massive problem with paper coffee cups and silver coffee bags. They…

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No plastic in our teabags

Just when you thought capitalism can not get any more insane, it happens. Plastic teabags have been quietly introduced by most of the major manufacturers, but NOT Coffee Plant. Now there is a campaign by the petition site 38 Degrees. Click here to add your name. The big companies are saying they will change but don’t hold your breathe….

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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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