Coffee Plant Blog

PM’s sister in Coffee Plant

Here is a piece from the Boris Johnson’s sister in the Sunday Times in the world before the virus panic took its grip. To summarise, here’s what it says: on election morning Boris’ sister came to Coffee Plant, having been woken by celebrity Ruby Wax and later she quotes actor Hugh Grant. All three are or have been customers…

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No need to panic buy!

And fortunately our customers are not doing this. However we have been very busy as people bring forward their regular orders “just in case”. The problem with panics is that at a certain point it becomes rational to join the panic. Is this what we are seeing in mainland European countries? One thing that seems to make little sense…

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Green energy’s dirty secret

Many renewable tariffs aren’t as green as they seem. Lots of energy suppliers claim to offer 100% renewable electricity. But many don’t buy enough power from renewable generators to match what their customers actually use, Instead, they buy power from the wholesale market (which includes fossil fuels). This is called Greenwashing. And it’s something Good Energy, Coffee Plant’s electricity…

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Wet Paint

In recent evenings you might have seen a solitary figure outside Coffee Plant shop, painting the front. It’s not a great idea to paint in the dark, but what other time is there? Due to demand (and high rents) Coffee Plant is open 361 days per year. So it’s either touch up now in the dark (the paint we…

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Some Like it Hot

Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall was in Coffee Plant shop yesterday and had mixed feelings about his coffee. The flavour was superb but it could have been a little hotter. However, as coffee lovers know, the flavour can be ruined if the coffee is too hot, so there is a sweet zone where it is hot but the flavour…

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What is more important: fixing potholes or fixing the environment?

What is more important: fixing potholes or fixing the environment? That’s what the Soil Association is asking the new government. They point out that the self described “one nation” government propose to spend  £640 million over 5 years for peatlands and trees in a “Nature for Climate” fund. “This is a good start, but it is worth noting that…

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NO NEED TO GIVE UP HOPE

Last week’s election result saw the end of many people’s hopes for a government that would pursue justice here in the UK and internationally. Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn would have taxed the rich to restore pubic services and recognised Palestine’s right to exist, to take just two issues. But it put him up against the billionaire media and the Israel…

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Reforesting Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee. As well as supporting Fairtade in general we also support TReeS, a gress roots group supporting the reforestation of an ex-ranch (30 hectares) in Madre de Dios, south-east Peru, by APRONIA  a local organisation for homeless children. Madre de Dios is known as the ‘biological capital’ of the world…

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week! You don’t expect to see items about farm animals on the Coffee Plant blog, but as members of the Soil Association we see organic production as essential to saving the planet. Farm animals consume one third of all antibiotics used in the UK – that’s a staggering statistic! And the more antibiotics are used in…

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Origins you haven’t heard of: Venezuela

Venezuelan Coffee can be some of the best on the planet but we rarely see it, perhaps the result of the illegal US embargo of the country. Here is an informative report from a charity that sets out to help Venezuelan farmers. Despite the fact that the country is known world-wide for having the largest crude oil reservoirs, coffee…

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