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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What is more important: fixing potholes or fixing the environment?

What is more important: fixing potholes or fixing the environment? That’s what the Soil Association is asking the new government. They point out that the self described “one nation” government propose to spend  £640 million over 5 years for peatlands and trees in a “Nature for Climate” fund. “This is a good start, but it is worth noting that…

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Cotton on to the benefits of organic

Its not just coffee farmers who benefit from Organic and Fairtrade. Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to grow the cotton for a single t-shirt? You heard right….for just one! Growing organic cotton uses less water than conventionally grown cotton. With water shortage identified as one of the top ten global risks to society over the…

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Fairtrade Annual Report

The recent video by Fairtrade Germany shows the impact of the current coffee crisis and the critical need for businesses and shoppers to buy on Fairtrade terms. Coffee has never been cheaper in real terms on the open market. Coffee plant suppliers from Peru tell us farmers are abandoning coffee crops for cocoa. On the positive side UK shoppers…

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The paper coffee cups issue won’t go away

The good news is that Coffee Plant has started to collect used coffee cups and sent them for recycling. Yes, there are recycling systems for “paper” cups which are in fact lined with plastic and cannot therefore be recycled easily. It would be possible to sort them out of the general waste stream but the waste companies do not…

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Organic campaign reaches 5.6m people

Last Wednesday (12th) was Wake up to Organic day. If you had been in Coffee Plant shop in the morning you would have been offered a free bowl of our organic muesli. The organisers are very pleased with the response, they write: “Hello and a big thank you to all who helped make Wake Up To Organic such a…

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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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