Coffee Plant Blog

Cotton on to the benefits of organic

This week we’re exploring the benefits of organic cotton, checking in with our innovative farmers and getting creative with a DIY organic deodorant. Its not just coffee farmers who benefit from Organic and Fairtrade. Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to grow the cotton for a single t-shirt? You heard right….for just one! Growing organic cotton…

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Fairtrade 25th Anniversary

The beginning the FAIRTRADE Mark was first used on a chocolate bar in 1994 (Green & Black’s Maya Gold) which makes it 25 years of products with the Fairtrade label. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By making sure companies pay decent prices, Fairtrade…

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Fairtrade Annual Report

The recent video by Fairtrade Germany shows the impact of the current coffee crisis and the critical need for businesses and shoppers to buy on Fairtrade terms. Coffee has never been cheaper in real terms on the open market. Coffee plant suppliers from Peru tell us farmers are abandoning coffee crops for cocoa. On the positive side UK shoppers…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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9/11 The New Evidence

This week is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks back in 2001. Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall wrote a book on the subject “9/11 The New Evidence” and for years we had a three page photocopy of the Daily Mail article based on his book. The premise of the book is that 9/11 was some sort of inside job…

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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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