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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Two old favorites return: PNG and Rwanda

They did not buy huge volumes, but the supporters of both Rwandan and Papua New Guinea have been begging us to restock these deleted coffees and we have listened. We have ordered and have just received a delivery of the green beans and will have tasting comments in the next few days.They should be on sale by the end…

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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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Good News from Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee and in addition we offer support to an NGO, TReeS which fights to protect the forests and their indigenous people of Peru. The enemy is corruption and gold mining interests whose greed leads to deforestation and ruin for the local people and the planet. The good news is that…

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What will the recession do to the coffee market?

It seems clear that there is a recession, possibly a big one on the way. What was clear to Coffee Plant for three months of a rainy autumn and near deserted streets is now showing up in the corporate statistics. And that’s without yet more bad political news, the dreaded B word and the most incompetent government in recent…

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Coffee of the year

Top Mild Coffee of the year goes to Costa Rica! The Central American country, famous for having no army, has won our unofficial accolade for best flavour of a mild roast organic Fairtrade source. Costa Rica is of course well known for it’s coffee too, but in recent years yields have suffered due to a Labour shortage caused by…

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