Coffee Plant Blog

The paper coffee cups issue won’t go away

The good news is that Coffee Plant has started to collect used coffee cups and sent them for recycling. Yes, there are recycling systems for “paper” cups which are in fact lined with plastic and cannot therefore be recycled easily. It would be possible to sort them out of the general waste stream but the waste companies do not…

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BBC forgets to mention Fairtrade

BBC runs long article on coffee prices, however, forgets to mention Fairtrade. The BBC is currently under fire for its recent grossly one sided (and therefore technically illegal) Panorama programme smearing Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Now they have published a long article about the problems of coffee growers forced by low prices into poverty. The article is…

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Organic campaign reaches 5.6m people

Last Wednesday (12th) was Wake up to Organic day. If you had been in Coffee Plant shop in the morning you would have been offered a free bowl of our organic muesli. The organisers are very pleased with the response, they write: “Hello and a big thank you to all who helped make Wake Up To Organic such a…

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Fairtrade Quiz

Did you know there’s 80,000 tonnes of Fairtrade chocolate eaten in the UK every year? That’s the same as 6,400 double decker buses. There’s more fun facts like this in the new Fairtrade Quiz. Try it out – there’s always a few surprises in the wonderful world of Fairtrade. Try our QUIZ NOW We’ve put a few tricky ones in…

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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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