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Whittards Move in Next Door
Whittards Move in Next Door
Whittards have moved into the shop next door to us in Portobello Road. It will be interesting to see the effects. Will they attract new customers who then notice that our coffee is much better value and mostly certified organic and Fairtrade? We hope so. Watch this space...Coffee Prices Drift Lower, but rust damage looms
Coffee Prices Drift Lower, but rust damage looms
August 2013. After the sharp price spike of 2010 and 2011 prices of raw coffee on the commodities markets have been steady in recent months, with a slow drift downwards. By now prices are pretty weak, but wiht the devastating effects of coffee rust set to slash the Central American production it would be no surprise if the speculators come back into the market sooner than many expect. The standard index is the New York arabica price in US cents per pound for Brasil arabica. Better arabicas which we sell, and organic or fairtrade coffees carry a big premiumn. New York peaked at around 300 cents per pound in April 2011 haveing risen from a low of 80 cents and is now drifting around the $1.20 mark. Coffee Plant was able to avoid the worst of the price spike and only raised prices by between 10 and 30 percent. Currently with prices still substantially higher than 2009 we plan to hold prices steady.Colombian organic Fairtrade hard to get after leaf rust
Colombian organic Fairtrade hard to get after leaf rust
We are pleased to confirm that we have been able to secure a good supply of Colombian organic Fairtrade coffee despite the supply problems from that origin caused by the onbgoing leaf rust problem what seems to be a long term trend that people in Colombia do not find the crop profitable. It is produced in a more labourt intensive way tha the blander inferior production from factory farms in Brasil.Community coffee shops the answer to corporates?
Community coffee shops the answer to corporates?
The corporate system has gone rogue since the 2008 crash and subsequent long recession, with multinationals continuing to suck cash out of the lower loop (the one that most of us live in) and dumping it into the upper loop where the super rich and corporations operate. This has led to falling living standards and ever lower tax revenues for governments as multinationals by and large avoid taxes. The attention of the NATO governments has been entirely on fixing the losses that upper loop entities suffered in the 2008 crash when they could have let them go bankrupt and taken themn over port the public at knockdown prices. That is what quantitative easing is all about: refinacing bankrupt banks.
You can find out motre about this from places like RADTV UK on Youtube or googling Ellen Brown and finding out about the Public Banking Institute in the US.
In the meanwhile, with the banks starving the economy og credit and causing a long depression as a result it's up to us to create credit and grow the real economy. This is where a range of exciting alternatives like community funding, crowd funding, credit unions, supplier credit comes in. Essentially people shoul take their money out of the banking system which is not paying any interest anyway and fund other people in the lower loop instead.
Coffee Plant is keen to offer our coffee expertise and help with funding towards community coffee shop startups. The idea tis that it might cost say UKP 60,000 to set up a coffee shop, some of this is potentially refundable eg advance rent and landlord's deposit and some is not eg shopfitting and wages. Local peole are asked to invest what they can afford anything from £10 to £10,000 in the setup. If the shop is viable at all and well run (this is where Coffee Plant can come in with advice and training) then the seed investors should be able to get their money back with interest. The clever bit is that the shop has a whoile lot of champoins in the local community who will give the word of mouth recommendations that every business person knows are invaluable and free.
180 Portobello Road, London, W11 2EB