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Fairtrade Coffee Caper

June 7th, 2016 Comments off


Stop 1_Phoenecia

Our group outside our first coffee stop.

On a Sunday morning, 15 May 2016, an unruly group of coffee drinkers gathered at Phoenecia Mediterranean Food Hall café in Kentish Town, over a Fairtrade cup of coffee, for the start of Camden’s Great Fairtrade Coffee Caper, a Fairtrade coffee crawl through Camden borough.

The event was organised by Camden Fairtrade Network (CFN) to take part in the World Fairtrade Challenge, a Fairtrade International initiative aiming to get as many Fairtrade cups of coffee drank over 3 days (13-15 May) as possible, to help small-holder coffee farmers protect their livelihoods and fight climate change.

The idea was to use this event to find out which cafes in the borough sold Fairtrade coffee, support those that did, and ask those that didn’t serve it to do so, highlighting consumer demand for Fairtrade and the difference it made to coffee farmers and communities.

CFN put together a route, using Google My Map, with input from Camden Tour Guides Association member, Valeria Bellazzi – who volunteered her time and expertise.

The route was limited to certain parts of the borough** to make it manageable within four hours, and allow for optional de-tours.

A meeting place was chosen that was easy to get to and offered Fairtrade coffee*.

Cafes on route serving Fairtrade coffee were rewarded with patronage and window stickers, and those that didn’t were given leaflets about Fairtrade and spoken to about switching.

10 people participated in the Fairtrade coffee crawl, either in part or for all of it.

Over 4 hours, 16 cafes were visited, and 19 cups of Fairtrade coffee drank, in the 4 cafes serving it.

The 4 cafes serving Fairtrade coffee were Phoenicia which offers a Fairtrade option, Campbell’s Canal Cafe serving Fairtrade wherever possible, Mildreds serving triple certified (organic, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance) coffee and the ATM kiosk at Euston Station.

The number of cafes serving Fairtrade coffee and level of understanding of Fairtrade was surprising low.

Some managers and serving staff were more open than others to discussing Fairtrade, and showed interest in following up. Others cited existing sponsorship packages in place, or showed a lack of interest in Fairtrade.

Other places in the borough that serve Fairtrade coffee but which were not included in the route are Camden Council’s cafe at 5 Pancras Square (Kings Cross), Quaker Centre Cafe, Fairly Square, Pret a Manger, Soho Coffee Company, Eat, Greggs, and Leon.

Buna Oromia will soon be opening a café and distribution point at 154 Royal College Street, Kentish Town, selling Fairtrade Organic Ethiopian coffee.

Through this event, CFN have engaged new people, started mapping Fairtrade coffee spots in Camden borough, and got some discussions going with local cafes about switching to Fairtrade.

The group are to discuss what next. There is potential for follow ups with cafes visited, organising similar events in other areas of the borough, and putting together a more comprehensive map of Fairtrade coffee spots.

Hopefully others across the capital, the country, and the globe can be inspired to do their own Fairtrade coffee crawls.

Our next meeting is on 6.30pm, 12 July, at Voluntary Action Camden.

If you would like to tell us about a café in Camden serving Fairtrade coffee, or get in touch about something else, drop us a line You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Anna Lerner
Camden Fairtrade Network


*This presented an opportunity to get a café to offer Fairtrade to its customers; the envisaged meeting place, Phoenecia, sold Fairtrade coffee in its shop but not its café. When approached in advance, the manager agreed to offer Fairtrade coffee in its café and advertise the option to customers.

** Parts of Kentish Town, Chalk Farm, Camden Town and Euston.

Stop 11_Canal Cafe4

Second Stop: The group stop for lunch and a Fairtrade coffee at Campbell’s Canal Cafe, Camden Lock. (Above and below).

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Stop 13_Mildreds1

Mildred’s serve triple certified coffee. Check the label!

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The group outside Mildred’s, Jamestown Road

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Last Stop: AMT, Euston Station. Fairtrade stalwart Marion Hill grabs a coffee.

World Cup 2014 – Costa Rica, Argentina, Algeria

June 20th, 2014 Comments off

Suggestions for Fairtrade food and drink to accompany World Cup Matches this weekend all go nicely with the lovely summer weather the UK is experiencing.




Black beans and riceGallo Pinto

Black beans and rice – an every day staple in Costa Rica.  Accompany with fish, chicken or vegetables

Use Fairtrade rice and canned black beans

Suggested recipe

Enjoy a post-dinner coffee; Costa Rica’s main Fairtrade export


Fixtures: Fri 20th, Tues 24th


Fairtrade wineWine

Red, white and rose – Argentina is one of the main producers of Fairtrade wines

Fairtrade Argentinian wines are available from most supermarkets  (Co-op has the biggest selection) and wine stores.

Sat 21st, Wed 25th



cous cous saladCous Cous Salad

A refreshing side dish for a warm summer evening

Use Fairtrade cous cous, lemon and olive oil .  Add roasted seeds, fresh herbs and vegetables of your choice.


Fixtures: Sun 22nd, Thurs 26th




If you haven’t already seen them, have a look at our other World Cup posts:

England & Brazil
Mexico, Uruguay & Ecuador
Ghana, Cameroon & Ivory Coast

London Coffee Festival – 3-6 April

April 4th, 2014 Comments off
Thursday 3rd – Sunday 6th of April
15 Hanbury Street, The Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR<
For more details click here