Coffee Plant Blog

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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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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