Coffee Plant Blog

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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A corporate coup?

The government lockdown to control the Covid virus is the most draconian event since WW2. We call for a government of national unity. Instead it looks as if, in a replay of 2008, all the government’s big corporate backers will get handouts enabling them to survive and then prosper, eventually swallowing up another big chunk of the economy as…

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Good News and Bad News.

Dear customers, we are so sorry to increase prices at such a difficult time. This has little to do with the Covid crisis: the prices we pay have been creeping up since Brexit, but we have not increased for over two years. We are still better value than most competitors. Like many of you, we are under intense financial…

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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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