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,...

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...

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 experience. However you see coffee, you might have some preconceptions about coffee roast levels. Why do different coffees have different roasts? How does it affect flavour? Does dark or light roast coffee have more caffeine? What does “strength” mean on supermarket packages? Let’s take a look. Light, Medium, Medium-Dark and...

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....

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). The most culinary (and competitive!) of them all is almost finally here: Pancake Day. Astound your family with your flipping skills, mourn the hundreds of thousands of wasted ‘first tries’, be blinded by errantly squirting lemon juice… or use our recipes, and have the BEST breakfast/brunch of year, just by...

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...

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....

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...

Caffeinate your Christmas Party: 5 Recipes to Bring the Buzz!

The nights are dark, it’s cold outside, and you’re generally exhausted 24/7 from trying to juggle buying presents for 30-odd people, your actual full-time job, an endless parade of carol concerts and nativity plays and now you’ve decided to hold a dinner party?! There’s only one thing to get you through this: coffee, and lots of it. Open with a cocktail Thirsty guests are unhappy guests. And we’re not talking tap water - start as...

Don’t Miss Out: Last Order Dates for Christmas & New Year

Picking up some Pact Coffee goodies as Christmas presents, or need to stock up your supply cupboard before the holidays hit? Then keep an eye on these dates… DATES TO REMEMBER: - For guaranteed delivery before Christmas Day, order by the 19th December - Last chance to ASAP your order before our Christmas break: By 1pm on the 23rd December, for shipping out the morning of the 24th with 1st Class Royal Mail Delivery Normal...

The Pact Coffee guide to making the most of the countdown

Humans are future-focused folk. Preoccupied with what’s coming next, sometimes we forget to enjoy the journey. And, really, that’s what life is all about… #DeepCoffeeChats #PactCoffeeWisdom With that in mind, here are seven things the vast majority of us are counting down to (including Christmas!) - and our top tips for making the most of the lead up. The 12th December General Election We’d hate to overuse a meme, but another one?! Yup. Whatever your...

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 so hard - started your planning spreadsheet in October, picked up bits throughout the year, had everything all wrapped and ribboned by the second week of advent. Blast. Maybe your sister decided to bring her new boyfriend to dinner at the last minute. Or you took pity on your lonely...

The Pact Coffee Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Present shopping is hard work, and it’s tricky to strike the right balance sometimes. So we’ve put together our suggestions for every gifting situation you might come across - you’re welcome! To bring to a dinner party Buy 250g Christmas Blend, Christmas Blend Espresso, Christmas Blend Decaf, or Christmas Blend Pods It’s a not a ‘proper present’ situation, but you don’t really want to add to the host’s inevitably large collection of bottles of wine...

Decembeard: raise money for Bowel Cancer UK

Baby, it’s cold outside. Your jeans are taking a solid week to dry on the radiator, your ‘big coat’ has come out of storage, pub smoking areas are increasingly barren. It’s the time of year where everyone seems to couple up if they’re single, desperate for a heat source they don’t have to pay for. But there’s no need to do anything as drastic as all that. If you’ve got the biological capability, then grow...

Asomuprisma Women’s Association: Micro-lots & moving up

Maybe you’re a teacher, and you’ve watched a struggling child absolutely nail their GCSEs and take control of their future. Or mentored an employee which...