“I like my coffee strong”

This seems to be the case with a lot of the customers in our shop, where our average roast is medium strong roast, heading to continental. Some people feel they can save some cash by using less but it often turns out that people who like it strong take a lot of sugar or milk both of which cushion…

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Make your own blend!

Most of our coffees are single origin, but that’s not because they are better than blends. Blends can taste better, but many customers seem to prefer a back story to their coffee which House Blend or Espresso Blend does not offer. Commercially the secrets of blending can be tightly guarded and blends very complex. The ingredients list can be…

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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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KitKat blow for cocoa farmers

We’ve had some bad news from the Fairtrade Foundation. They write… Nestle have told us that from October they will stop using Fairtrade cocoa and sugar for KitKat bars. For those cocoa and sugar farmers, the timing is terrible. With the global health and economic crisis threatening their future, co-operatives representing 27,000 farmers now face losing almost £2m of…

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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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Green energy’s dirty secret

Many renewable tariffs aren’t as green as they seem. Lots of energy suppliers claim to offer 100% renewable electricity. But many don’t buy enough power from renewable generators to match what their customers actually use, Instead, they buy power from the wholesale market (which includes fossil fuels). This is called Greenwashing. And it’s something Good Energy, Coffee Plant’s electricity…

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