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,...

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...

Pact’s 2019 Christmas Charity: Bowel Cancer UK

Christmas is the time of giving. So when you’re ending the day surrounded by crumpled piles of wrapping paper, empty Quality Street boxes, and the new socks, shiny gadgetry, and Lynx Africa giftsets you’ve just got, wouldn’t it feel good to know you’ve given something back? And not just to Auntie Jean? Pact’s 2019 charity partner: Bowel Cancer UK This year, Pact Coffee is proud to support Bowel Cancer UK. That means for every Christmas...

40th anniversary of the San Isidro Grower’s Association!

40 years ago, in the rural regions of Huila, Colombia, coffee growers had a problem. When you think of difficult driving you might think closures on the M4, or meeting a double decker on a windy Devon lane, or the potholes and worn tarmac of your local high street. But that’s nothing compared to driving trucks full of coffee down the steep, twisting, rock-filled (practically off-road) tracks of Acevedo. So 8 local coffee farmers decided...

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 led to them getting promoted. Or, hell, kept a plant alive for more than a week! Whatever it is, it’s gratifying to see someone or something grow. And that’s what we like about the sourcing model we use. It’s rarely a one-off exchange of cash for beans - usually we’re...

How to make a pumpkin spice latte

In a dark, dark wood there was a dark, dark house; and in the dark, dark house there was a dark, dark room; and in the dark, dark room there was a dark, dark cupboard; and in the dark, dark cupboard there was a dark, dark shelf; and on the dark, dark shelf there was a dark, dark box; and in the dark, dark box there was a… batch of homemade pumpkin spice syrup! At...

Pasta & Coffee: enjoy your favourite things, the Italian way

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a greasy parcel of battered cod and chips. Far from it. And you couldn’t pair it with anything other than...

Friend first, farming partner after: when sourcing gets personal

Marcus Carvalho. It’s a name that, if you’re a veteran Pact Coffee fan, you’ve probably heard before. After all, we talk about him a lot....

Do hot drinks cool you down in the summer?

It’s going to get hot. Uncomfortably hot. We’re talking about watery Pimms because the ice melts too quickly, multiple outfit changes (‘cos you’ve sweated through your last two t-shirts). Having to escape inside every 15 mins, for a quick breather. When it comes to sunny weather and coffee, there are three schools of thought. The first is sacking off coffee completely, in favour of something more ‘British summer’-friendly. The aforementioned Pimms, a cold can of...

Pretty (risky) in pink: Meet Casa Loma Pink Bourbon

Millennial pink, pink gin… and now Pink Bourbon? You might think the coffee world is jumping on a very pretty, flower-strewn bandwagon – and in a way you’d be right. The Pink Bourbon varietal has only really been (re)discovered in the last 10 years – but we promise it’s got substance, not just style. And Ramiro Suarez Ramos from the Casa Loma farm has proved that, by growing us a batch! What is Pink Bourbon?...

Earth Day 2019: Pact’s Impact

In a world of squabbling politicians (no one mention the ‘B’ word!), rising rents and static salaries, not to mention all the usual daily pressures of adult life, it’s easy to lose perspective. And that’s what Earth Day is for. Earth Day is a chance to pay a little attention to the rock we’re all stranded on. To think about how we’re treating the environment, considering everything from the fuel we use to the conservation...

What is the ‘Land of Diversity’ Green Coffee Competition & Auction?

We know you can’t put a price (or a mark out of 100) on that first sip of coffee on a cold Monday morning… but a lot of people, as it happens, can! The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCA) is one of the industry’s benchmark scoring systems for ranking coffees, as we’ve explained here, and informs most green coffee competitions around the world. But there is one notable exception – and that’s the ‘Colombia,...

Fire & Frost: how climate change is hitting Brazil hard

Watching the news is pretty stressful lately. Whether it’s (a lack of) Brexit developments, Trump’s latest fanatical fixation, or the state of the pound sterling, things don’t look great. And the sight of the Amazon rainforest on fire isn’t really helping matters… Brazil’s had a rough time of it, weather-wise. From the ‘earth’s lungs’ burning, to the worrying cold snap experienced earlier in the year, make no mistake - climate change is at least partially...

Wine after coffee, or coffee after wine? Either way, you’re feeling fine

We all know the empowering qualities of a cup of coffee, and the restorative nature of a glass of wine. Yin and yang, light and dark, coffee and wine – it’s just the way things are. One gets you ready for the day, one lets you recover from it. And equally: one gets you ready for the night… one lets you recover from it. You know this. But did you know how similar coffee and...

Star Wars Day & Coffee: Resist the Dark (Roast) Side!

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… It is a period of civil war.\ Rebel coffee companies, one striking\ from a Bermondsey-based office, have won\ their first victory against\ the evil Commodity Market. During the battle, Rebel\ spies managed to uncover\ the ultimate tactic of the C-Market:\ over-roasting, a method with\ the power to homogenise and \ destroy the public’s understanding of coffee. Pursued by the C-Market’s\ sinister agents, Pact Coffee races...

Corrego Dantas: raising the reputation of its area

Names mean a lot. Champagne and Cornish Clotted Cream, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Yorkshire Wensleydale. When you go to these product’s origins (and namesakes), that quality of flavour and the places themselves become intrinsically linked in your mind. There’s a reason there are laws against mislabelling sparkling wine from outside the area as “Champagne”, because reputation holds weight. But it doesn’t mean that sparkling wine is necessarily of a lesser quality. Imagine producing an amazingly tasty product...

International Women’s Day: joining The Partnership for Gender Equity

This year, the International Women’s Day theme is #BalanceForBetter – and they can explain best what that means: “Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s...