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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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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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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Reforesting Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee. As well as supporting Fairtade in general we also support TReeS, a gress roots group supporting the reforestation of an ex-ranch (30 hectares) in Madre de Dios, south-east Peru, by APRONIA  a local organisation for homeless children. Madre de Dios is known as the ‘biological capital’ of the world…

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Antibiotic Awareness Week

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week! You don’t expect to see items about farm animals on the Coffee Plant blog, but as members of the Soil Association we see organic production as essential to saving the planet. Farm animals consume one third of all antibiotics used in the UK – that’s a staggering statistic! And the more antibiotics are used in…

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Is your chocolate exploiting farmers?

It’s not just coffee. Coffee Plant sells lots of Fairtrade certified cocoa and chocolate too. Its pretty bad out there for most farmers outside the Fairtrade system. The Fairtade Foundation writes: Many of the cocoa farmers in Western Africa working on the current cocoa harvest earn less than US$1 dollar a day. Fairtrade has already taken significant measures to…

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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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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 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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