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Fairtrade, Our Story

We love Fairtrade

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world..

By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

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Charity

Who we support

We've chosen three charities to support with vital funds to make a difference to communities in coffee growing regions together with ad hoc support for local charities.

Local charities such as Wokingham based charity Young People With Dementia (YPwD) benefit from our support in terms of being able to raise money selling tea & coffee, using our equipment.

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  • Our Coffee
    Our Coffee

     

    Sourcing

    Established relationships with producers and the coffee farming community means we can consistently source the best Arabica and Robusta beans from over 40 origins across the Coffee Growing Belt.
    We work with many ethical certifications including: Fairtrade Certified, Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Triple Certified and UTZ.

     

    Investing in Roasting Better

    We are unique in that we roast on a clean bed of air in small batches as opposed to conventional drum roasting - only 1% of coffee is roasted this way. Air roasting elevates the natural sweetness to give a smooth and pure taste. Unlike

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  • Global Green Directory
    Global Green Directory

    We have recently become a member of the Global Green Directory. Through this, you can read more about our sustainable achievements as well as looking forwards towards our sustainable goals.

    As Global Green celebrate almost 30 years of non-profit leadership in advancing solutions for climate change to help the people, places, and planet in need, they are encouraging the corporate world to band together to shift whole industries and sectors towards social, environmental, and

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  • Our Christmas Offerings
    Our Christmas Offerings

    This Christmas period is going to be unique in a lot of ways. However, we are committed to providing our festive offerings despite all that is going on.

    We have a range of new Christmas products including the new Clipper Advent Calendar (102-235), our new KC Christmas Coffee Gift Box (400-000) and for some recipe ideas for Hot Chocolates creations, visit our previous Blog titled

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  • Winter Warmers
    Winter Warmers

    As Winter approaches, many cafes want a high quality and luxurious offering for their customers. One of the most popular elements of this winter offering is hot chocolate in its various forms. We have spent some time creating the following videos using our hot chocolate and syrup range including the following:

    • Luxury Christmas Hot Chocolate
    • Winter Chocolate Mint
    • Chocolate Orange

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  • In defence of Fairtrade…
    In defence of Fairtrade…

    Following on from our previous blog post titled “The Real Cost Of Convenience – Why Some Subscription Coffee Plans Are Flawed” (which if you have not read, you can find at the bottom of this post) we will look into claims and comments made about the ethicality of certain subscription coffees and Fairtrade.

    From the outset, we should reiterate our support for and belief in the Fairtrade Project. Over the last 25 years it has driven consumers to consider the origins and ethicality of the goods that they purchase and to question the fairness of treatment for many. Fairtrade have enriched many lives and regions, with fair payments and management as well as tackling social issues and environmental issue. This is often done by working with small farmers who wouldn’t have access to the global market and improving the quality of the

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  • The Real Cost Of Convenience – Why Some Subscription Coffee Plans Are Flawed
    The Real Cost Of Convenience – Why Some Subscription Coffee Plans Are Flawed

    A market trend that has emerged in the last few years and particularly through lockdown has been the rise of subscription-based coffee companies. The premise is simple, a monthly fee is paid for a monthly delivery keeping you topped up for your coffee hit. Typically, we try to keep these blog posts positive, but it is tough to see a positive spin on the business practices of some companies who do this.

    With one of the leading companies that offer this subscription, they offer a free V60 kit worth £11 on their website. A free one-time "gift" of £11 is not all it seems though for several reasons. Firstly, this price is extremely high for a Hario V60 dripper in plastic. We sell the exact same model from the exact same producer for £5.82 (code 999-600). As such, the initial value of this "gift" is overstated by almost double the actual price.

    Secondly and most shockingly is that this is used to tempt you into their subscription plans despite the considerable pricing. 250g of the lowest price coffee beans available will cost £7.95, or 46p per cup (please note this is the listed price, despite the fact that mathematically this does not make sense as the 250g, at £7.95, is listed as able to make 15 cups, and as such is actually at 53p per cup). Our lowest price offering in the 500g variant (103-840) costs £5.90, and should, by their calculations, provide 30 cups at a price of just under 20p per cup. This pricing disparity deepens when larger quantities are ordered. Our lowest price 1kg of beans costs £9.08, providing 60 cups per their calculations, at a price of 15p per cup.

    As a result of all this pricing, the £5.82 "gift" you receive will save you money up until your 22nd cup of coffee with comparison to our 500g offering, or your 19th cup for our 1kg offering (please bear in mind we have given them the benefit of the doubt and used their 46p per cup calculation here as opposed to the more mathematically accurate 53p per cup). After that, this “free gift” will have paid for itself and the hope is that you will stay with said company for the convenience or simply because you don’t think to question the pricing. Some may claim that ease of use and convenience is worth it, but we believe that spending up to 67% more per cup of coffee is not a price worth paying.

    We also believe it is inconsistent to preach of fairness and morality when overcharging customers by up to 67% per cup of coffee and overstating the value of a “gift” to make it look like

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  • Coffee at Home
    Coffee at Home

    With working from home on the increase, having a good quality cup of tea or coffee to hand doesn’t need to cost the earth. We have adapted to the changing climate by bringing out our own at home range with a wide variety of products for all to enjoy.

    Whether you need a home brewing solution, pods for your Nespresso machine or beans we have a coffee solution for you. From V60 filters and cafetieres to an at home bean grinder we can help you get the caffeine fix you need! And for the tea lovers out there, we have a wide variety of Clipper’s own unbleached and plastic-free teabags in handy consumer-friendly packaging.

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  • Environmental Responsibility
    Environmental Responsibility

    An area of our Corporate Social Responsibility that we also try to encourage, alongside our charitable aims and support, is our environmental responsibility. This means adapting our business and the products we offer to ensure the greenest outcome. As such, we have a wide range of initiatives we have undertaken as well as a range of products available to ensure you meet your own personal targets and aims.

     

    A few examples of what we have done to reduce our footprint:

    In the Office

    • - We utilise scrap paper and repurpose it for note taking as well as taking orders.
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