Apr

11

Guest blog: #UKCoffeeweek at Urban Coffee Company

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On this week’s guest blog, Coffee Brum is delighted to welcome Urban Coffee Company‘s Peter Gough to the blog as he talks about what they have been up to as part of #UKCoffeeweek this week.

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We are the lucky ones…. every day at Urban Coffee Company is a celebration of that wonderful, pick-me-up nectar we like to call coffee! However, since UK Coffee week began it has been so fab that once a year we are given the chance to take part in something really exciting and join a nationwide celebration.

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Not only does UK Coffee Week give roasters, coffee shops and baristas a chance to really shout about what they do, it also gives the UK Coffee industry a chance to give something back to the communities which grow the coffee that we so depend on to get through the day!

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Now, we are half way though the week and across all three emporiums, tip jars have been replaced with donation boxes. We are holding a  ‘guess the weight of the coffee’ competition all week with the prize being a fabulous coffee cupping and tasting set.  We’ve already got the first lot of filled in ‘silent quiz sheets’ in – pick up a question sheet from any of our emporiums – for just a quid – and you will be in with a chance to win a months’ worth of free coffee from us!

And of course, all monies raised go straight to Project Waterfall.

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And, if that’s not enough, we’re having a Fancy Dress Friday on the 11th April – so get ready for our Urbanistas to be shaking their buckets at you!

Even our Meet-Ups and Events will be helping us to do our part with UK Coffee Week – after all, they are all part of our very own coffee-loving community, such as a UK Coffee Week themed Jelly on the 11th at #JQ and Kaffee und Kuchen at #CS on the 13th.

We are really enjoying this UK Coffee Week, so please make sure you give generously whenever you’re in a participating vendor – Project Waterfall is something really worth getting involved in!

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Thanks very much to Peter for his guest blog this week. In addition to Urban Coffee Company, Java Lounge in Moseley are another indie in town who are actively supporting #ukcoffeeweek, so be sure to get involved and donate if you can. `

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Mar

12

Guest post: UK Coffee Week is coming – April 7th-13th 2014 #ukcoffeeweek

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Coffee Birmingham is delighted to be throwing its support behind UK Coffee Week this year. We are grateful to welcome Isla McLean to our blog to give a brief taster of what the week is all about and what sort of things to look forward to.
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If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’re a coffee lover. Get excited because UK Coffee Week is back! This year it is taking place 7-13th April for some fun and to raise vital funds to improve access to safe water for people in coffee-growing  countries.
There are some amazing things happening across the country… from a coffee selling ‘Vespa’ in Oxford; prisoners learning Barista Skills in Henley Prison to artisan roasters hosting cupping events.  In addition, Starbucks will donate 25p for every coffee sold in a reusable cup – so be sure to take  your favourite mug to Starbucks during UK Coffee Week!
Click here to find out what’s happening across the country and how you can get involved.
In our office, coffee is what fuels our day! Why not help us give back to coffee-growing countries by getting your office and work mates involved. Just visit our website http://coffeeatwork.org.uk/ to find out more information and get drinking.
The money raised during this year’s UK Coffee Week and through Coffee@Work will help complete Project Waterfall, delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene to the remote community in the Mbulu District of Tanzania. So far, along with our charity partners WaterAid UK, we have delivered safe water to over 8,000 people, but there’s still more to do. We hope that by coming together we can raise the £100,000 needed to complete this vital work.
In Birmingham –  Java Lounge (155 Alcester Road) and Urban Coffee Company (30 Church Street) are already supporting UK Coffee Week – thank you!
We’d love as many coffee shops as possible involved in UK Coffee Week, so please tell your favourite  ones about UK Coffee Week and pay them a visit between 7-13 April to help support Project Waterfall.
For more information, and for coffee shops to join UK Coffee Week for free, please visit www.ukcoffeeweek.com
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Thanks to Isla and more info on what is happening locally in Birmingham at our indies will be published in the lead up to UK Coffee Week. I share Isla’s invitation. Let your coffee shops know about the week and get them on board for this great cause.
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