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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Origins you haven’t heard of: Venezuela

Venezuelan Coffee can be some of the best on the planet but we rarely see it, perhaps the result of the illegal US embargo of the country. Here is an informative report from a charity that sets out to help Venezuelan farmers. Despite the fact that the country is known world-wide for having the largest crude oil reservoirs, coffee…

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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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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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A No Deal Brexit – Coffee Supplies Safe

Even a no deal Brexit should leave coffee supplies safe. A lot of our coffee comes through Antwerp on its journey to the UK. Should you be worrying that we will run out or pay more in the event of a no deal Brexit? We don’t think so. Here’s why… Green coffee (ie before its roasted in our roastery)…

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