Coffee

  1. 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 commodities they provide.

    However, that does not mean that we reject any attempts for a “fairer” system. Direct trade is a recent trend picked up b

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  2. 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

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  3. 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.

    Please click here for

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  4. 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.

    - We utilise LED power-efficient lighting throughout our premises to lower our power usage.

    - Our purpose-built office has been constructed using double-glazed

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  5. Leaves and Lattes

    Leaves and Lattes

    Whilst we all miss the beautiful summer weather, autumn does have some benefits. Namely delicious coffee and bakery treats infused with quintessentially autumnal tastes. We supply the following syrups that will help you embrace what has become such a large part of the café culture; Pumpkin (100-605), Gingerbread (100-662), Toffee Crunch (100-667), Toasted Marshmallow (100-628), Apple (100-625) and Cinnamon (100-616).

    One of our personal favourites is the Toffee Crunccino, a delicious twist on the Cappuccino.

    1 - Put two pumps of Toffee Crunch Syrup into a cup.

    2 - Run an Espresso through into the same cup.

    3 - Sprinkle with cinnamon powder.

    4 - Warm up milk with the steamer and pour into cup.

    5 - Garnish with latte art.

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  6. The Roasting Journey

    The Roasting Journey

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  7. Fairtrade Coffee

    Fairtrade Coffee

    Coffee is such an integral part of everyday life that few of us stop to think what goes into growing the beans that make this hugely popular beverage.

     

    The history and importance of coffee

    Legend has it that the energising effect of the coffee bean was first recognised by a 9th-century goatherd in the Kaffa province of Ethiopia, where the coffee tree originated. Coffee was almost certainly cultivated in Yemen long before the 15th century when Sufi mystics reportedly drank it to keep awake during extended hours of prayer. The drink was spread by Muslim pilgrims and traders across North Africa and the Middle East, where Arabian coffeehouses became centres of political activity. The Dutch planted coffee in Sri Lanka, India and Java in the late 1600s and later in South America. Within a few years Dutch colonies became the main suppliers of coffee to Europe, its production associated with colonial expansion and slavery. Coffee soon became one of the most valuable

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