Coffee Plant Blog

Masks please

Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall says: “I have never know a time when there has been a wider range of opinion on something than current issues with Covid. Some customers are getting quite agitated if we remind them to wear a mask, saying the threat is exaggerated or even a hoax. Who knows, they may be right. Since the…

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Nestle’s KitKats no longer Fair Trade

That’s the bad news, but there is good news too, a massive public reaction that has seen 250,000 signatures collected. MPs have spoken out too, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade condemning this decision strongly, after grilling Nestlé representatives in Parliament. Nestle have not been shamed into reversing their decision but say they will maintain some Fairtrade values…

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“I like my coffee strong”

This seems to be the case with a lot of the customers in our shop, where our average roast is medium strong roast, heading to continental. Some people feel they can save some cash by using less but it often turns out that people who like it strong take a lot of sugar or milk both of which cushion…

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Roast is more important than origin

In choosing your coffee you should look out for two factors: roast strength and origin and in our opinion roast strength is the more important. If you are confused by the wide range we offer we would advise you to identify the roast you prefer and only then decide on the origin or blend. So for instance if you…

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Make your own blend!

Most of our coffees are single origin, but that’s not because they are better than blends. Blends can taste better, but many customers seem to prefer a back story to their coffee which House Blend or Espresso Blend does not offer. Commercially the secrets of blending can be tightly guarded and blends very complex. The ingredients list can be…

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Portobello Road vs Supermarkets

Thanks to all our local customers who have supported us during the Covid emergency. Many of you have told us they will always support the Portobello community, but that’s not the only reason our sales of coffee beans have held up. One of the main vectors of transmission, especially during the early days going into lockdown, was overcrowded supermarkets…

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Transport less of a problem than production waste

Transport less of a problem than production waste say Fairtrade Foundation! An interesting report from the Fairtrade Foundation suggests that when it comes to the climate emergency, transport costs are not as much of a problem as wasteful production methods. “Contrary to popular belief, even long-distance shipments do not significantly increase the environmental impact of imported products,” said researchers…

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It’s the Economy, Stupid

A massive thank you to all our loyal customers. Thanks to you we have maintained 70% of our pre-lockdown turnover in our shop. That’s by day. Meanwhile by night Portobello Road has been mentioned nationally as a place attracting unwelcome partyers, but don’t worry we are closed by then. Like most businesses our customers range from the very worried…

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KitKat blow for cocoa farmers

We’ve had some bad news from the Fairtrade Foundation. They write… Nestle have told us that from October they will stop using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar for KitKat bars. For those cocoa and sugar farmers, the timing is terrible. With the global health and economic crisis threatening their future, co-operatives representing 27,000 farmers now face losing almost £2m of…

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Message from a long way away

We get a steady trickle of customer emails thanking us for prompt service, and we don’t usually blow our own trumpet so flagrantly, but in this case the destination caught our eye… Message Body: Hi, Thank you. Order arrived very promptly today. Great service and coffee. All the best from the wilds of the Hebrides. Cheers JLL

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