Roast is more important than origin

In choosing your coffee you should look out for two factors: roast strength and origin and in our opinion roast strength is the more important. If you are confused by the wide range we offer we would advise you to identify the roast you prefer and only then decide on the origin or blend. So for instance if you…

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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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Message from a long way away

We get a steady trickle of customer emails thanking us for prompt service, and we don’t usually blow our own trumpet so flagrantly, but in this case the destination caught our eye… Message Body: Hi, Thank you. Order arrived very promptly today. Great service and coffee. All the best from the wilds of the Hebrides. Cheers JLL

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A corporate coup?

The government lockdown to control the Covid virus is the most draconian event since WW2. We call for a government of national unity. Instead it looks as if, in a replay of 2008, all the government’s big corporate backers will get handouts enabling them to survive and then prosper, eventually swallowing up another big chunk of the economy as…

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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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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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