New Fairtrade bean receives plaudits at one of the UK`s top visitors attraction

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The Isle of Bute has less than 6,000 residents but also hosts one of the UK`s top visitors attractions at the famous Mount Stuart House, a house of innovation and outstanding beauty (visit http://www.mountstuart.com/ ) In recent years, the House has attracted high profile weddings to include ; Stella McCartney and JB Gill from JLS.

We are delighted to be a main supplier of our Fairtrade coffee, teas and chocolate drinks and to celebrate this launched our latest blend of Fairtrade coffee bean which is hand roasted within 35 miles. The island has already received community group and charitable donations from Coffee Conscience where the original idea and intellectual property was formed back in 2008, as a continuation to promote Fairtrade awareness and growth to ensure Every Cup Makes a Difference.

 

Congratulations to Cherry Blossom Nursery – Sports Gift Vouchers

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The winners of the £100 of sports gift vouchers donated by Coffee Conscience and Dundee & Angus College was Cherry Blossom Nursery. The staff and children have selected some suitable sports equipment for their nursery which will allow them to have hours of fun. Well Done!

 

TUCO – Barista Competition 2015 Best Signature Drink

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Coffee Conscience are delighted to announce that our customer, The University of Edinburgh, was awarded best signature drink at the 2015 TUCO Barista competition held in Blackpool, and also finished in bronze position (overall) with their barista. We would like to thank Amber and Anjelika for their dedication, training, and effort over the winter months in preparation for this competition.

Both baristas performed exceptionally well at the event and delivered high quality espresso based drinks. With 2 quality signature drinks on offer, the theatrical and ‘Appletini’ infusion (Amber) and the mini Guinness (Anjelika), the national award for top signature drink went to the mini- Guinness which was befitting for St Patricks Day.

A true credit to the baristas and every individual and organisation involved. We are so proud of both baristas and the support offered to prepare them to such a high competition standard.  Sometimes the best things in life take time and we are, as a company, proud to be involved in our customer development.

Teenage Cancer Trust – West Lothian

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Coffee Conscience are pleased to announce their support to West Lothian College to raise funds for a Teenage Cancer Trust event to be held on the 18th March 2015. The company have donated Clipper Fairtrade Tea & Fairtrade Sugar for the event which has also been supported by Tunnocks providing their world famous teacakes. Picture above is Justin Coulter – Student Association President with Billy Miller (MD – Coffee Conscience). This engagement came as a result of West Lothian Council requesting a second visit to the college to promote Fairtrade Fortnight.

Grow your own

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It is that time of year to start preparing your growing plan for your fruit and vegetables. Early Potatoes will need to start seeding before their planting next month with a cloche or fleece cover, next month we will begin the process of working the land and producing our own fresh produce. We are following a successional planting programme here on the Isle of Bute and will hopefully show the results of the work within 4 raised beds and a potato plot. Green finger times and there is nothing more delicious than freshly picked home produce.

 

Blindcraft Glasgow

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We wish to welcome Blindcraft Glasgow (a client of Cordia – Glasgow City Council) to Coffee Conscience and wish them every success in their new catering facilities and canteen which will provide an excellent atmosphere during break times. A special thanks to the staff and employees for their tremendous effort and pride in their workplace and the goods produced. Their showroom is spectacular and please support this organisation. We will hopefully provide some images after the official opening at the end of February. For more information please follow the  link http://www.citybuildingglasgow.co.uk/services/manufacturing-at-rsbi/

Edinburgh Napier University Prize Winner

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Congratulations to Maria Potouroglou, a PHD Student, at Napier Univeristy – Sighthill campus for winning our ‘Dine out for 2’ which offers a prize at a local eatery and local cinema tickets and ensures the prize funding stays local and within the community. Please support your local venues and restaurants. Well Done and enjoy your Local Night Out!

Plan It….. Plant It….. Pick It

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For many community gardens, they will be seeking the range of fruit and vegetables they will be planning for the forthcoming seasons. With careful planning you can optimise your garden space whether in a 6 acre field or compact raised beds in your back garden. Many seed companies are offering support and Suttons are offering a free online planner at the following link http://gardenplanner.suttons.co.uk/  Other seed websites will offer additional support including seeds so keep a watchful eye on the free offers to help start your food haven.

A household only required 3 metres square and some successional/ rotational planning to start growing for a full season. Even window boxes or herbs on the windowsill will not only give access to low cost healthy food but most importantly reduce your carbon footprint. Why not try for yourself and enjoy the fruits of your labour but first PLAN IT….. PLANT IT …….. PICK IT.

 

Calum’s Cabin

Coffee Conscience have a valued customer on the island which is a registered charity and provides respite for children suffering from terminal cancer. Their charity raises funds and provides accommodation for children and their families to enjoy precious time together in a stunning location where there is peace and tranquillity.  We have tallied up their annual purchases and will double this value to make a donation to this exceptional charity. For more information please visit http://www.calumscabin.com/

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Glasgow Clyde College

Glasgow Clyde College have contacted us to announce their winners of our popular ‘Dine Out for 2’ at locally supported venues. Paula Fay and Stewart Boyd, both regular coffee drinkers at the two bespoke cafés on campus were delighted. Their barista, David, commented that it was satisfying when regular coffee drinkers win such a prize. The winners will be able to go out for an evening and enjoy food prepared locally and the cinema. By keeping income distribution local, then we can preserve communities, sustain employment, and give some pleasure to the lucky winners.

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