It’s the Economy, Stupid

A massive thank you to all our loyal customers. Thanks to you we have maintained 70% of our pre-lockdown turnover in our shop. That’s by day. Meanwhile by night Portobello Road has been mentioned nationally as a place attracting unwelcome partyers, but don’t worry we are closed by then. Like most businesses our customers range from the very worried…

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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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Good News and Bad News.

Dear customers, we are so sorry to increase prices at such a difficult time. This has little to do with the Covid crisis: the prices we pay have been creeping up since Brexit, but we have not increased for over two years. We are still better value than most competitors. Like many of you, we are under intense financial…

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No need to panic buy!

And fortunately our customers are not doing this. However we have been very busy as people bring forward their regular orders “just in case”. The problem with panics is that at a certain point it becomes rational to join the panic. Is this what we are seeing in mainland European countries? One thing that seems to make little sense…

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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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Which? magazine: Coffee Plants’ electricity supplier is greenest

Many companies offering renewable electricity are scamming you. But not Good Energy who supply Coffee Plant. In fact Which?, long established as the UK’s top product testing magazine, rates Good Energy as the top green electricity supplier. Here’s what they say… Renewable electricity tariffs are growing in popularity, and no wonder as we all strive to cut our carbon…

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The future of coffee plants

There are growing concerns regarding the future of coffee plants. Of the 124 wild coffee species worldwide, UK researchers have declared at least 60% of them in danger of dying out. An assessment was produced for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which publishes the global Red List of threatened species and was discovered that the wild relative…

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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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