Jesus Mario Palacio and La Falda

Jesus Mario Palacio’s coffee dreams came true last year when Pact customers gave his coffee the highest approval rating in the history of our company....

Three Phase Programme: Marcus and Fazenda Chapada

Making coffee a force for good means changing millions of lives for the better. To make sure that we have as much positive impact as possible at origin, we developed our unique Three Phase Program. We address the varying challenges of each farm individually, as every plantation differs in climate, growing techniques and production. We don’t presume to have all the answers but we can build relationships with local experts who do and offer investment...

Gonzalo Antonio Ticas Reyesa and La Laguna

In April Will was invited to San Salvador to judge the National Quality competition, an event organised by the specialty coffee board of El Salvador which recognises and rewards the best coffee produced in the country each year. To win this contest is the ultimate ambition for coffee farmers there. It can transform lives, conferring the status of coffee celebrity on the victors. Over 1000 samples were submitted and these were whittled away to a...

Paper coffee cups? Bin ’em!

Did you know that your ‘recyclable’ takeaway paper cup isn’t so recyclable? Millions in the UK assume that paper cups can be recycled as many of your favourite coffee chains like to promote their cups as being ‘eco-friendly’. While this is technically true, the reality is only two small facilities in the UK are even capable of recycling these cups, and one of these sites has never even dealt with a paper cup before! So...

How is decaf coffee made?

We understand that sometimes on occasion you might want a caffeine-free brew. Whether it’s your tenth cup that day, you fancy a coffee and it’s a little late in the day, or you’re still riding the new year low-caffeine wave - we’ve got your back. Here to save you from mediocre caffeine-less coffee, we’ve got a delicious decaf on the menu. It’s super easy to change your order to include decaf, just make sure you...

Stephen Gray: what a coffee roaster job’s like

If you’re looking for Stephen Gray, check the Grindhouse, where he can be seen meticulously roasting a batch of beans. Or maybe head to the kitchen where his daily quality controlling of our coffee is taking place. If it’s Wednesday morning, he might even be leading our internal coffee class; teaching us the key to cupping. Today, however, he’s sitting down and telling us what it takes to be a Quality Controller & Production Roaster...

Bernabe Aguilar and El Sapote

Talent Spotting One of the great joys of my role as Head of Coffee at Pact is seeing first hand the difference we can make to the lives of our farming partners. Particularly when we’ve spotted a potential coffee growing star of the future. Last spring, I was very excited to return to the Cangual region of Honduras to meet Bernabe Aguilar – a young man with a great deal of promise. I was eager...

Faiber Vega and El Cairo

Here at Pact, we know only too well how a top-notch cup of coffee can transform your morning. But here’s the thing, a Pact cup of coffee also helps to transform lives. We thought you might like to meet one of our farmers to find out how being the good guy yields the best beans. Meet Faiber Vega Our Head of Coffee, Will, first met Faiber Vega (a coffee grower not a Tarantino character) back...

Save money on coffee

Here are our top reasons to kick that high street coffee habit… You could save £500 a year When you crunch the numbers on your daily high street coffee habit, you’ll notice that those £2 take away coffees really add up. A cup of coffee from a bag of freshly roasted Pact Coffee works out to cost 50p per cup. So even if you only drink one coffee a day at work, you’ll save yourself...

Christmas cocktail recipes

We teamed up with Baileys to create the ultimate Christmas cocktail kit to help you celebrate in style. Our Head of Coffee, Will, curated the...

Mocha brownies with coffee icing recipe

1hr 15min prep and bake time\ 48 servings Ingredients: Brownies: 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup butter 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 cups white sugar...

Coffee and Walnut Cake Recipe

This is the ultimate in classic cakes. More interesting than a Victoria sponge, more classy than a Swiss roll - the coffee content even gives you a plausible excuse to keep it away from the kids (more for you!). The coffee-flavoured sponge is studded with softly crunchy walnut pieces, which bring a hint of bitterness - balancing out the sweetness of the rich, creamy filling. Dust with icing sugar, and you’ve got a cake to...

Coffee meringue recipe

Ingredients: 4 egg whites 115g caster sugar 115g icing sugar 1tbsp espresso ground coffee 1tsp of vanilla essence Couple of coffee beans Method: Heat the oven to 200C Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff, shiny peaks Gradually mix in the caster sugar, spoon by spoon, until fully combined Add one third of the icing sugar, the espresso powder and vanilla essence and fold in carefully until combined. Repeat with the other two thirds...

Coffee Processing Hacks: The Bucket

We talk a lot about making coffee a force for good. Only it isn’t just talk: We’re doing it. The coffee you buy from Pact comes directly from coffee farmers across the world, and by paying them more for the coffee they produce we’re all helping to make theirs and their workers’ lives better. Here’s one example of how we’re doing it. In January 2015, Will journeyed to Colombia in search of the best coffees...

Speciality coffee: quality scores explained

We pride ourselves on selling speciality coffee. That word ‘speciality’ is important to us. It means our coffee has been awarded with a Quality Score of 80 or above. But where does that Quality Score come from, and what does it tell you about what’s in your cup? As long-standing Pact customers will know, every coffee has its own unique personality. They’re tricky to compare, so the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) came up...

Coffee shortbread recipe

This coffee shortbread recipe is a twist on a classic recipe and great served with a coffee cappuccino. Wholemeal flour adds a light nutty note to blend with the expresso and chocolate. Prep: 15 Mins Bake: 20 mins Serves: 12 Skill Level: easy Ingredients: 225g Plain wholemeal flour 125g Cornflour 125g unrefined light muscovado sugar 2tsp espresso coffee 50g dark chocolate broken into pieces 225g butter (unsalted) cut into pieces Chocolate-covered coffee beans for decoration...

Cappuccino pavlova recipe

Ingredients: - 250g caster sugar - 4 teaspoons espresso-grind coffee - 4 large egg whites - 1 pinch of salt - 2 teaspoons cornflour - 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar - 300 millilitres double cream - 1 teaspoon cocoa powder Method: Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/350°F. Line a flat oven sheet with baking parchment and, using a 23cm/9inch cake tin, draw a circle on it Mix the sugar with the espresso powder in...

'Rum & Chill' coffee cocktail recipe

Wondering how to prepare an amazing coffee cocktail that is going to make your summer even cooler? Will has the perfect recipe for you: “Rum and Chill” has a sweet taste of rum and a rich flavour of ripe cherries and date. Here’s the (very easy) recipe for you to follow; we’re sure you’re going to absolutely love it! To pre-prepare your cold brew for your cocktail: Just fill the Mizudashi filter with 50g of...

Caffeine is nature’s answer to insect repellant

It’s true. As well as helping us humans to get up and at ‘em, caffeine has developed through evolution to deter insects from eating coffee trees and the like. Dubious? Read on… As anyone who knows the difference between robusta and arabica will tell you, arabica grows at higher altitudes on mountainous plantations, while robusta hangs out around sea level. They’ll also tell you that robusta beans contain around twice as much caffeine as arabica...

Coffee and mindfulness

Chill out. This is our guide to mixing coffee with mindfulness. Stop what you’re doing. In order to get the most from the coffee, you...