This Coffee Tastes Disgusting

Fortunately, this is something we rarely hear but we suspect that independent shops following the current trend for super light roast hear it more often. As well as gourmet suppliers with light acidic coffees, there are other reasons a cup of coffee can be a disappointment. Chains offer high roast coffee made weakly, or low-grade Robusta, to boost profits…

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Coffee prices still through the roof

Frost is the enemy of coffee plants. With the Brazil frost season now over uneventfully, coffee roasters (and drinkers) are breathing a sigh of relief, hoping for a drop in the sky-high wholesale prices we have suffered since the frost in Brazil last summer. So far that has not happened and in the next few weeks Coffee may even…

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Birds and Bee`s Help Boost Coffee Crops Growth

Bee`s Help

A new study involving real-world experiments at 30 coffee farms has found that coffee fruit health and production is dramatically improved with the increased presence of both birds and bees. The research underscores the need to support agroforestry systems in coffee farming — as opposed to deforested monocrop systems — in order to support biodiversity, plant health, and potentially…

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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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Some good news on the recycling front!

Bio-Bean the company who take away our spent coffee grounds have introduced a new product. As well as making the coffee grounds into fuel they have now developed a way to make them into building and other materials. This is known as upcycling as it saves on the use of diminishing raw materials and energy for extraction costs, transport…

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Some tips on blending coffee

If you come to a supplier like Coffee Plant, your coffee will be more freshly roasted and we only grind and pack when we get your order. This helps ensure freshness but also gives you the opportunity to order blends. Most of our customers seem to prefer single origin, maybe you blend at home so you can have something…

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Problems in the Real World Too

The politics obsessed western media has hardly noticed but Central America has been hit by one of the most destructive hurricanes on record. Hurricane Eta has mainly affected Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, three coffee growing countries whose coffee we roast at Coffee Plant. Eta has dumped anywhere between 15 and 25 inches of rain­ with a potential of going…

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Masks please

Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall says: “I have never know a time when there has been a wider range of opinion on something than current issues with Covid. Some customers are getting quite agitated if we remind them to wear a mask, saying the threat is exaggerated or even a hoax. Who knows, they may be right. Since the…

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