How to brew café-quality coffee at home

Although cafés are starting to reopen their doors, maybe heading out to the highstreet isn’t the right choice for you at the moment. And even...

5 Ideas for ‘Stay at Home’ holidays

Maybe you’d normally be packing up the boot with plastic buckets, windbreaks, and flip flops - ready to stop en route for a tidal wave of pork pies and sharing bags of crisps, for a day or two of pebbly pandemonium. Or waking up at 3am to fly to fairer shores, for an all-inclusive week away that’ll keep everyone happy. This year, summer holidays will be a little different… and without even the novelty of...

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....

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 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 Coffee’s Top Tips

If you’re looking for a better cup of coffee, we’ve got a couple of tips. And the first (and most important!) is making sure you’re drinking the good stuff. Signing up to a flexible plan with us means fresh coffee, delivered - not to mention a free V60 brewing kit, if you’re a new customer! Start off with world-class coffee, and easy-to-use equipment, and you can’t go far wrong. Beyond that, it comes down to...

Coffee and Mindfulness: time to take a proper break

Commuting and the school run are (temporarily) things of the past. It’s calming right, not having to organise coats and shoes, or hurriedly shower to get out the door in time? Well… not really. For a lot of us, things aren’t so peaceful. You might be entertaining a gaggle of kids in the world’s most haphazard one-woman/man show, or dealing with busier email chains and higher workloads than ever - or maybe you’re one of...

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 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...

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...

3 ways to be a greener (not green coffee!) drinker

We thought it’d be safer to clarify – we’re not talking about gulping downs cups of unroasted beans (even though dubious ‘studies’ have claimed they...

Coffee jargon buster

Growing, processing and roasting Agronomy: The science of crop growing and land management. Altitude: This massively affects the flavour of the coffee, with higher altitudes generally being best as the cool climate allows the cherry to ripen more slowly. Arabica: The most widely grown coffee variety in the world – believed to be the first type of coffee ever cultivated! It makes up around 60% of commodity coffee and generally all speciality coffee, whereas everything...

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...

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 need to concentrate. You wouldn’t neck that fancy bottle of wine you’ve put by and this is kind of the same. Good coffee deserves your full attention and besides, it’s good for your mental well-being to stop multi-tasking from time to time. 2. Brew with love and care. Whether you...

How bananas make the best coffee

It’s true, bananas make the best coffee. But don’t go putting bananas in your Bialetti just yet, the true story is more fun! Coffee comes from a small, temperamental tree, and the best of it is made under the most precise conditions. This means that not only does the environment have to be on point, but also the manpower and tools need to be fit for purpose, and a farmer must have the will to...

5 things we learned from Will and Paul’s Colombia trip…

It’s International Coffee Day. And since we’ve been lucky enough to send Head of Coffee Will and MD Paul over to Colombia in the last week, what better way to celebrate coffee than to think back on what we’ve learnt from their adventures at origin! That we learn from the growers, as much as they learn from us Though Will really knows his stuff, and spends a lot of time mentoring growers around the world,...

Iced coffee v. cold brew coffee: tasty tips to keep cool and caffeinated

Doesn’t this time of year just make you want to snuggle up with a steaming cup and a good book? No? Yeah, us neither. But even though the heat is on and you’ve almost forgotten that this is Britain, not Costa del Sol, it doesn’t mean you should say adiós to world-class coffee. Clear some space in the fridge, grab one of our cold brew kits and step into summer the best way possible -...

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...

From coffee cherry to green bean

Once they’re harvested, the cherries are processed one of three ways. Even the savviest coffee lovers might not be aware that there are three different processing methods used to take coffee from the cherry that’s picked off the tree to the green bean that’s ready to be roasted. They are ‘washed’, ‘pulped natural’ and ‘natural’ and they can really alter the taste of a coffee you end up with. Here’s how: Washed coffees …Have clarity...