Blog, News & Articles

 RSS Feed

» Listings for 2016

  1. It's been all over the news about the crash in the £ and how this will make things like coffee 'jump' in price next year - well, as with so much of the news there is some truth but not nearly as dramatic as they like to report!   I'm sure we're not the first supplier to write to you about this, in fact some of our suppliers have written twice, putting two price rises in!!

    Yes the £ has devalued by 15-20% and many things in the UK are bought in Euros or Dollars, but here's what it actually means for EA customers: 

    • Coffee will go up by less than £1/Kg - which really means less than a penny per cup
    • Tea prices are up from suppliers so there'll be a 2-7% increase on teas
    • Hot chocolate and syrups - NO change
    • Cups and disposables - NO change
    • Sugar sachets - NO change
    • Delivery charges - still FREE over £70

    We haven't changed our prices for more than 2 years and in that time everything has gone up, from coffee and tea, to boxes, wages and delivery costs.  That said, EA has grown, been able to buy more in bulk, negotiate better courier rates, and ultimately we want to always be as honest and fair as possible with you, our customers, so we're taking a hit on our margin next year to share the effect of Brexit and the devalued £, in hope that it will recover by next year's crop.  

    What we won't do is compromise on quality, or change the farms we work with just to get cheaper coffee. And we're committed to our farmers, our high standards and the projects we support. 

    We hate doing this but it's part of business and unavoidable at times. 

    Any questions or concerns please call or email me directly. 
                                                           Ian

  2. It honestly takes quite a lot to get me excited about a new product, often I think it's a distraction or a hassle to stock, or maybe even a compromise on what I really want us to offer in way of quality, price or ethical value. But not with these – ecoffee cups – created from the worlds fastest growing sustainable crop, naturally organic bamboo fibre and non-GMO corn starch, they are beautiful; a true sustainable alternative, and so well-priced at only £9 each, boxed and gift ready!

    9 cups

    This is how they describe their cups: 
    The bamboo fibre is naturally sterile, lovely to drink from and won't taint the flavour of your drink.  It's also super light and comes with a resealable no-drip lid maing it perfect to take with you wherever you go. The whole product is now fully dishwasher safe and should last for years if you treat it nicely. Of course. it can break if you abuse it and it not suitable for microwaves. 

    When you're finished with it you can simply crush it, soak it in boiling water and bury it with your organic compost to start the biodegrading process. The food grade silicone and sleeve can be recycled - and we're working on making that biodegradable too!

    In stock now!
    CLICK HERE to read more and see all the deisgns

  3. Matti Foncha came and visited us today in Gloucester.  A coffee farmer himself, he also has a role representing his region and fellow farmers to develop trading relationships in Europe and North America. He has a small company to export coffee and service the farmers but he's a man on a mission.  He understands that business can be a tool for the greater good, and not just for selfish gain. 

    matti

    We shared coffee, lunch, and more coffee whilst talking about crops for 2017 and the amazing work he's doing to promote sustainability in the region, develop farming and encourage fairness and quality.  He is building models and piloting ideas that will champion sustainability and change to hopefully secure farming and income for the next generation. What inspires me about this guy is he doesn't need to. He could sit back on his farm and just do enough for himself, but he's driven, even called, to more. 

    We love this guy and his passion.

    Next for EA & Cameroon?  Another delivery in 2017 arranged by Matti for us, and then we need to grow demand so as it can become a mainstream option for our customers alongside Tanzania and Brazil. Then a visit, consider projects on the ground, and start to ship our own containter each harvest.