Fairtrade 25th Anniversary

The beginning the FAIRTRADE Mark was first used on a chocolate bar in 1994 (Green & Black’s Maya Gold) which makes it 25 years of products with the Fairtrade label. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By making sure companies pay decent prices, Fairtrade…

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Fairtrade Annual Report

The recent video by Fairtrade Germany shows the impact of the current coffee crisis and the critical need for businesses and shoppers to buy on Fairtrade terms. Coffee has never been cheaper in real terms on the open market. Coffee plant suppliers from Peru tell us farmers are abandoning coffee crops for cocoa. On the positive side UK shoppers…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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9/11 The New Evidence

This week is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks back in 2001. Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall wrote a book on the subject “9/11 The New Evidence” and for years we had a three page photocopy of the Daily Mail article based on his book. The premise of the book is that 9/11 was some sort of inside job…

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The paper coffee cups issue won’t go away

The good news is that Coffee Plant has started to collect used coffee cups and sent them for recycling. Yes, there are recycling systems for “paper” cups which are in fact lined with plastic and cannot therefore be recycled easily. It would be possible to sort them out of the general waste stream but the waste companies do not…

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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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Fairtrade: 7 Bits of Fake News

Here’s an important message from the Fairtrade Foundation… It’s time to bust some of those Fairtrade myths! How many times have you been sagely told by someone that Fairtrade doesn’t really help farmers or that it’s a marketing scam? Or heard that all the products are more expensive and anyone can just stick on the Fairtrade Mark? We hear…

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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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