Are Coffee Grounds Good For the Garden?

The short answer? No, not really. Coffee is bad for plants for the same reason most people love drinking it - because of the caffeine....

Women in Coffee Month: a look back

This March, Pact dedicated the month to celebrating women in coffee. As you’ll all be aware, current events have meant our focus has had to be elsewhere. That doesn’t mean it’s any less important an issue - so let’s take a moment to review Women in Coffee Month. What are the issues for women in coffee? We bang on about the stats a lot, so you’ve probably heard it all before. But if not, here’s...

Cenicafé 1: a Pact Coffee world exclusive

A note from Pact Coffee: The world is a strange and uncertain place right now. It’s important you look after yourself and others, and try to find joy in the little things. We hope this coffee announcement helps with that. We get excited about coffee pretty often. For us, each and every bag of beans that hits our menu is something special. A beautiful bev that’s been lovingly grown in one of 8+ origins, meticulously...

Women in Coffee month: spotlight on Hand in Hand International

This month, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day by donating £1 from all sales of our El Triunfo limited edition coffee to Hand in Hand International, an NGO working to empower women entrepreneurs. Today, we have a guest blog from Hand in Hand’s Celia Frankel, who explains why this cause is so worth supporting. Fighting poverty through female entrepreneurship At 60, when most of us are thinking about slowing down, Alice Maina, a farmer living in...

Pact Presents: Women in Coffee Month, March 2020

It’s International Women’s Day this month. That’s great, but why stop at just one day? This March, Pact is making a point. We’re dedicating the month to raising visibility of #WomenInCoffee, to highlight the gender inequality inherent in coffee farming and beyond, and to promote the incredible work several individuals, associations, and charities are doing to make change happen. This year’s IWD’s theme is #EachForEqual - because “an equal world is an enabled world”. Pact...

5 Home-Schooling Ideas (Inspired by Coffee!)

We’ve all got one thing in common - our lives have changed dramatically. For some of you, that’s involved being plunged headfirst into the world of Primary or Secondary education. At home. With your own child. For an indefinite amount of time. Now… breathe. It’s going to be fine. But we thought we’d help you out, by sharing a couple of ideas (inspired by coffee, of course) for homeschooling projects, to keep your kids interested....

Cenicafé 1 vs. Climate Change: Round 1

While the world’s in the middle of another crisis, it might be easy to forget that we’re also in the middle of a climate emergency. You read it in the headlines, saw people protesting in the street, new findings and actions are presented all the time… but we’re “way off track” with dealing with it properly. As the UN secretary general recently warned, we are nowhere near meeting the Paris agreement’s target of keeping the...

Your coffee supply: one thing you don’t need to worry about

Update on 25th March: Pact Coffee is still operating as usual, with fast and free delivery of coffee. Our team is protected, our coffee supply is stable, and - when it comes to your coffee - you have nothing to worry about. Take care! There’s a lot on everyone’s mind right now. From being down to your last loo roll and having no footie to watch, to much more serious concerns, it’s one of those...

Q&A with Karla Baquero, grower of El Triunfo

As you might have read, this March is ‘Women in Coffee Month’ at Pact. We’re celebrating the accomplishments of women farmers, highlighting the gender inequity inherent in the industry, promoting some of our favourite growers, and raising money for Hand in Hand International. Karla is the daughter of Siria, the representative for Asomuprisma. We could tell you all about her, but we asked her a few questions so she could do it herself! Grab a...

Pancake Day 2020: recipes for the best brunch ever

We love food-based holidays. Roast turkey and stuffing day, chocolate egg day, chocolate hearts day… it’s all gravy, baby (or at least the first is)....

What’s the difference between light and dark roast coffee?

You might see chugging a cup of joe as fuel for the engine. Or maybe the buzz is an afterthought to a superior speciality sipping...

Coffee date tips: why it’s your best bet for romance

Buy Don George Natural (£11.95) Whether you’re of the ‘swiping right’ generation, a Plenty of Fish fan, or used to meeting people the good-old-fashioned way (while tipsily queuing for the bar, duh), first dates are a minefield. Go to the cinema, and the only thing you’ll find out about them is whether they like sweet or salty popcorn. Go out for dinner, and it more-often-than-not ends up being a very expensive way to find out...

The Best Milk Alternative for Coffee

Whether you’re a ‘frothy coffee’ fan, or partial to a flat white, there’s something about a milk-based brew that feels like a treat. Whether enjoyed in a sun-drenched, pine-filled café that trades mainly in avocado toast, or lovingly prepped at home to take on your commute, it’s a little lift to your day. With more of us avoiding dairy, but unwilling to give up our latte habit, the battle of the milk alternatives has begun....

2019 in Coffee: the good, the bad, and the downright scary

2019 was a wild ride. It was the year of the meat-free sausage roll, school kids striking for climate change, and yet another general election. But what in the world was happening for coffee? January Some of the coffee chat was ‘out of this world’, with one company looking to roast coffee beans using the heat of re-entry after blasting them into space. Why? Theory is that each bean would get 360 degrees of even...

Coffee and Hangovers: fiction and facts, for festive recovery!

It’s the season of peace, love, and joy. It’s also the time of year you can majorly overdo it - whether it’s that extra helping of roast potatoes, or three too many G&Ts at your work Christmas do. And when you’re suffering the results of the latter indulgence, everyone’s got their recovery techniques. For a lot of people, a cup of strong coffee is their go-to. It seems to make some sense - something to...

Bourbon Cream Espresso: pre-dunked, for your pleasure

We’re passionate about single origin coffees, true. But there’s an art to creating the perfect blend that we can’t help but get excited about (coffee nerds? Us?!). Finding flavour notes that match and meld harmoniously, masterfully tailoring a roast to draw out specific elements of two individual taste profiles. Underplaying the acidity, rounding the mouthfeel, drawing out and mixing together the unique aspects of different batches of beans. It’s poetry. And on that note (through...

Thank you for raising money for Bowel Cancer UK

Chances are, you’re still getting over the last two months of indulgence. Food, drink, presents, outings, socialising, parties - it’s a lot. But don’t worry. You also gave back a lot, because if you happened to buy anything from our Christmas Blend line… YOU RAISED OVER £3700 FOR BOWEL CANCER UK! Yep, really! With 50p from each Christmas Blend product - from pods to gift sets - getting donated, your generosity added up very quickly....

3 Reasons to be Cheerful on Blue Monday

It’s the third Monday of the month. More commonly known as Blue Monday, it’s popularly known as the saddest day of the year - and with your carpets strewn with empty Roses wrappers, and pine needles turning into a scented paste in the gutters, we can kinda understand why. But no. Back up a second. Did you know Blue Monday is a 16-year-old marketing ploy by a travel company? A pretend formula based on time...

The 4 Coffee Resolutions You Should Make This Year

1. Weigh your water & your coffee If cooking is an art, and baking is a science, then we’d say coffee is almost a mix of the two. It’s highly subjective - like whether you like 1 or 2 teaspoons of chilli powder - but you get better results with careful measurement, like when you’re making a cake. Weighing the amount of water and coffee grounds you use means you can really finetune your brewing...

Forgot someone?! Buy a Pact Coffee Gift Voucher!

Ok. Don’t panic. It’s worryingly close to Christmas, and you’ve just found out that you actually haven’t covered your bases present-wise. Disaster. And you tried...