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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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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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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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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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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Wet Paint

In recent evenings you might have seen a solitary figure outside Coffee Plant shop, painting the front. It’s not a great idea to paint in the dark, but what other time is there? Due to demand (and high rents) Coffee Plant is open 361 days per year. So it’s either touch up now in the dark (the paint we…

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Some Like it Hot

Coffee Plant owner Ian Henshall was in Coffee Plant shop yesterday and had mixed feelings about his coffee. The flavour was superb but it could have been a little hotter. However, as coffee lovers know, the flavour can be ruined if the coffee is too hot, so there is a sweet zone where it is hot but the flavour…

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