SARAH’S COFFEE AND THE CARIAD PROJECT
Why should you buy Sarah’s Coffee?
Obviously I have picked for you some beautiful tasting coffee. But just as important as that by choosing to buy my coffee you are helping to fund The Cariad Project sending much needed disability equipment to the rural areas of The Democratic Republic of Congo. Sadly civil war has claimed over 6 million lives either directly or through disease and malnutrition and many have been injured and left disabled. People don’t have access to the equipment that can make their lives easier.
Sarah’s Coffee and my retail outlet The Coffee Bean is set up as a social enterprise to support The Cariad Project. The Cariad Project is a registered charity sending unwanted disability equipment from the UK to centres in Africa where equipment is needed and where it can make a big difference. Being a social enterprise means that like any business Sarah’s Coffee will make money to cover its own costs and pay reasonable salaries to its staff. But where it differs to a normal business is that it will put a proportion of any profits back into making a difference, in this case into The Cariad Project.
Sarah’s Coffee began trading in February 2017. In the tax year 06/04/2017 to 05/04/2018 £800 was paid to The Cariad Project equivalent to £1.25 from each bag of coffee, £1.25 represents 50% of the profit in a single bag of coffee.
Turnover and profits will increase as Sarah’s Coffee expands into new areas such as coffee shops in 2018/19
You can find out more about how the charity is progressing and the development of Sarah’s Coffee by following my blog at https://cariadweb.wordpress.com
So once you have your coffee, how do you brew the perfect cup? Sarah’s coffee is available as beans for grinding at home or ground ready for use in a cafetiere or filter machines. For filter machines follow your machines guidance.
For a cafetiere first pre warm it with hot water then for each cup use a tablespoon of coffee, but feel free to experiment. Pour over water that is just off the boil and leave to stand for 3-4 minutes before plunging.
To keep your coffee at its best remember to store in an opaque, air tight container in a cool place. If you store it in the fridge be sure the container is airtight or the coffee will be affected by moisture and strong odours. It can be frozen just take care condensation doesn’t inside the container as you remove each serving.
Enjoy your coffee!
The coffee here isn’t certified as Fairtrade which was set up to ensure that farmers are given a better price and fair terms of trade in a sustainable way. But not all farmers can afford certification or are in a position to join a cooperative to trade.
In the long term the most effective way out of poverty has to be ensuring that all farmers are fairly and sustainably traded with. And this is the case with Sarah’s Coffee you can rest assured that all the producers here are fairly paid for the excellent coffee they produce, and that the regular orders we place gives them a sustainable income.