Fairtrade 25th Anniversary

The beginning the FAIRTRADE Mark was first used on a chocolate bar in 1994 (Green & Black’s Maya Gold) which makes it 25 years of products with the Fairtrade label. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By making sure companies pay decent prices, Fairtrade…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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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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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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