The Autumn Newsletter is ready
As the autumn weather settles in and the leaves turn orange and crisp, preparations for UK Coffee Week 2013 are steaming ahead. We are busy working hard to make the new programme even better and more high-profile than ever before. Make sure you put the next UK Coffee Week in your diary, taking place from 22-28 April 2013.
Achievements so far:
None of this would have been possible without your incredible support, thank you so much to everyone that got involved last year. We really do appreciate it and look forward to seeing what we can achieve together next year.
Over 360,000 people participated in UK Coffee Week 2012 by donating 5p to the price of their coffee, hosting a fundraising event or attending the London Coffee Festival
Raised over £130,000 for Project Waterfall and made life-changing differences to communities in Tanzania in partnership with our service delivery partner WaterAid
For the 2013 programme, lots of coffee shops have already signed up to participate. Also, after last year's successful pilot scheme, the Coffee@Work programme is being officially launched.
We are creating new regional hubs - teams of dedicated volunteers from Penzance to Inverness supporting UK Coffee Week to provide vital clean drinking water to deprived communities in coffee-producing countries. We are looking for local community champions to lead each of these teams. To get involved or for more information, please contact the UK Coffee Week Programme Manager.
Social Media Shake-Up
We now use Facebook and Twitter to share our knowledge about the best coffee shops through-out the UK with ‘Coffee Shop of the Week’. And the best bit? They are all supporters of UK Coffee Week. We have lots of great places to recommend, but feel free to send us your suggestions as well.
You can also find out about our incredible competitions.
Don't forget to check out our new blog for all the latest information and some of the insider scoop about the inner workings of the UK Coffee Week programme.
The London Coffee Festival
The London Coffee Festival, taking place from 25-28 April 2013, is one of the flagship features of UK Coffee Week. Early Bird tickets are only £8 and go on sale next Thursday (18 October 2012). Get yours early to avoid disappointment.
Many thanks for all your support, we're looking forward to next April already!
The UK Coffee Week team
Preparations are underway for UK Coffee Week 2013!
This September sees the launch of preparations for UK Coffee Week™ 2013, which will take place from 22-28 April 2013. UK Coffee Week 2012 was a huge success, providing clean drinking water for approximately 3,638 people in the Masqaroda and Yaeda Chini communities of Mbulu, Tanzania with participation in Project Waterfall from over 364,000 people. Thank you so much to everyone who took part.
We are currently undertaking a ‘Voice of the Supporter’ project, listening to all the stakeholders from last year’s UK Coffee Week on what worked well, and areas they feel we can expand to make UK Coffee Week 2013 bigger and better than ever.
If you would like to offer some feedback, please feel free to contact us with your comments and recommendations.
UK Coffee Week starts today!
UK Coffee Week™, the nation’s largest charitable celebration of coffee launches today to raise money for clean water projects in African coffee-growing countries.
Customers can visit participating coffee chains such as Caffè Fratelli, Caffè Nero, Caffè Ritazza, Crussh, Debenhams restaurants and cafés, Muffin Break, Pumpkin Café and Soho Coffee Co., as well as many independent cafés which are inviting consumers to add a voluntary 5p to the price of their coffee.
The week-long celebration also includes in-store activities and events such as coffee tasting sessions, roastery tours and The London Coffee Festival to raise money for Project Waterfall, the initiative providing Tanzanian communities with access to clean water in partnership with international charity WaterAid.
The Big Challenge wrap up
A big thank you to everyone who took part in The Big Challenge, our first ever 10Km sponsored walk held around the River Thames on Sunday 15 April.
Crowds of people and a few furry friends turned up at The Scoop, More London and carried up to 10L of water for the final 5Km of the walk to represent the difficult daily task of fetching water undertaken by African women and children. Money raised will support vital clean water projects in African coffee-growing countries.
The Big Challenge was the official pre-launch event of UK Coffee Week™ 2012—the nation’s largest charitable celebration of coffee— being held from 23-29 April.
Check out some great pictures of the day at Claudia Brookes Photography
London’s East gears up for national coffee celebrations
Several of London’s most popular East End destinations will be hosting an exciting range of public events as part of the upcoming UK Coffee Week™ 2012 festivities.
UK Coffee Week, being held between 23-29 April, is the nation’s largest celebration of coffee that raises money Project Waterfall’s clean water initiatives in African coffee-growing countries.
Jeffrey Young, Chairman of Allegra Foundation the charity organising UK Coffee Week™ said he is thrilled London’s East has embraced UK Coffee Week to help raise awareness and money for Project Waterfall.
“The East End is becoming the new heart of London’s buzzing coffee scene, so it’s great the week’s biggest fundraising celebrations are taking place there,” Mr Young said.
“UK Coffee Week kicks off with fantastic independent events such as a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony hosted by Ethiopian Coffee Company at St Mark’s Clerkenwell, coffee tasting sessions at Nude Espresso, and roastery tours and coffee sampling Ozone Coffee Roasters.
“Look Mum No Hands! is again holding its lively Rollapaluza challenge where two cyclists battle it out on a pair of mounted bikes at extremely high speeds, accompanied by music, an MC and cheering crowds.
“The week wraps up with The London Coffee Festival, our flagship event being held at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane from 27-29 April, with 50 per cent of ticket sale proceeds going to Project Waterfall.
“The festival celebrates the city’s emerging coffee culture and will showcase some of the best coffee and gourmet food, world-class barista demonstrations and great live music.
“Visitors will be able to learn the different ways to brew coffee at home, visit their favourite barista at The True Artisan Café, a pop-up coffee shop and graze their way through the street market,” Mr Young said.
The week also includes a nationwide programme of charitable collections; in-store activities; Coffee@Work which invites workplace employees to donate towards hot beverages made at work during the week; and The Big Challenge 10Km sponsored charity walk.
Coffee industry gets behind UK Coffee Week 2012
Close to 4,000 coffee shops and cafés will be taking part in UK Coffee Week™ 2012, the nation’s largest charitable celebration of coffee being held from 23-29 April.
Large chains including Greggs and Costa are proudly supporting the week, with Caffè Nero, Debenhams restaurants and cafés, Caffè Ritazza, Pumpkin Café, Muffin Break, Crussh, Soho Coffee Co., Caffè Fratelli and Benugo all inviting customers to add a voluntary 5p to the price of their coffee.
Money raised during UK Coffee Week will go directly to Project Waterfall, the initiative providing clean water projects in African coffee-growing countries in partnership with international charity WaterAid.
Jeffrey Young, Chairman of Allegra Foundation the charity organising UK Coffee Week said the support from the booming coffee and foodservice industry this year has been astonishing.
“We’re thrilled to have some of the nation’s biggest coffee chains, along with hundreds of independent shops, on board this year to raise money for Project Waterfall,” Mr Young said.
“With the UK coffee sector growing by six per cent in the last 12 months with an estimated sales value of £5.4 billion, it’s important for the industry and consumers to unite and give back to coffee communities that aren’t as fortunate as us.
“For example, in Tanzania where Project Waterfall’s first initiative is being delivered, only 54 per cent of the population have access to a clean source of water.
“Even more tragic is that approximately 20,000 Tanzanian children under five die each year from diarrhoeal diseases as a direct result of unsafe water and poor sanitation.
“UK Coffee Week will raise awareness of the need for clean water in these communities as well as funds for what is essentially a basic human right,” Mr Young said.
UK Coffee Week 2012 will include a nationwide programme of charitable collections, in-store activities, new fundraising initiatives such as Coffee@Work which invites workplace employees to donate towards hot beverages made at work during the week; The Big Challenge a 10Km sponsored charity walk; and, the popular London Coffee Festival, being held from 27-29 April.