Coffee Price Shock on its Way!

Coffee wholesale prices have rocketed in the last few months and this will affect prices in the shops before much longer. Why have prices more than doubled? There are two reasons: the superficial and the fundamental. As usual the media are focusing on the superficial cause which was a minor frost in Brasil last summer (winter in Brasil!). In…

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All about the milk

We know there is a wide choice of milk nowadays. Almond and soy are our best selling after “real ” milk. But what do we mean by “real ” milk? It’s easy to forget that cow’s milk comes in several forms: skimmed, semi skimmed, full cream, and each can be homogenised although this is much harder to find. After…

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Cash Free keeps prices down

We said we would never go cash free in the shop, but we have and here’s why… Our setup with hundreds of small transactions each day is attractive to dishonest staff and presents a tempting option to those who are basically honest. In fact we have rarely found staff with their hands in the till, but that was partly…

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News Roundup

Things are changing fast around our shop on “The Bello” with the new more relaxed Covid rules. It’s busier and the demand for our two outside tables is intense. This weekend will see the reopening of the antiques market too where we have a one day per week outlet. We are looking for a full time staff member for…

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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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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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