Coffee Plant Blog

Fairtrade: 7 Bits of Fake News

Here’s an important message from the Fairtrade Foundation… It’s time to bust some of those Fairtrade myths! How many times have you been sagely told by someone that Fairtrade doesn’t really help farmers or that it’s a marketing scam? Or heard that all the products are more expensive and anyone can just stick on the Fairtrade Mark? We hear…

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How Fresh is Fresh?

Coffee Plant does all its own roasting and as we have a relatively small roasting machine this means we can be sure our coffee is always roasted in the last week or two. If a batch is not sold out by then we put it into Bargain Blend. But are we right to do this? Recently we sent some…

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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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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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