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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How Fresh is Fresh?

Coffee Plant does all its own roasting and as we have a relatively small roasting machine this means we can be sure our coffee is always roasted in the last week or two. If a batch is not sold out by then we put it into Bargain Blend. But are we right to do this? Recently we sent some…

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Are people working more this year?

We’ve noticed something unusual in our sales pattern. Sales in our Notting Hill shop are up at the weekends but down on weekdays. This pattern is typical of the autumn runup to Christmas when economic activity is at its peak. People are working extra hours in November to pay for what can be an expensive festive season (even without…

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Two old favorites return: PNG and Rwanda

They did not buy huge volumes, but the supporters of both Rwandan and Papua New Guinea have been begging us to restock these deleted coffees and we have listened. We have ordered and have just received a delivery of the green beans and will have tasting comments in the next few days.They should be on sale by the end…

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Coffee of the year

Top Mild Coffee of the year goes to Costa Rica! The Central American country, famous for having no army, has won our unofficial accolade for best flavour of a mild roast organic Fairtrade source. Costa Rica is of course well known for it’s coffee too, but in recent years yields have suffered due to a Labour shortage caused by…

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