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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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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