UK Coffee Week 2018: A Milestone Year for Fundraising

UK Coffee Week 2018 funds raised total over £320,000! 

With the incredible commitment of stores including Costa Coffee, Caffè Nero, Muffin Break, Esquires and more, as well as hundreds of fantastic independent coffee shops, Project Waterfall is proud to say that this fundraising has also helped the charity to reach the milestone of having given over £1 million to date to coffee communities in need!

From Top Left: Caffè Nero, Bison Coffee in York, JACS in Amersham, Steam Yard in Sheffield. 

Activities in coffee shops across the country ranged from Guess the Beans competitions to raffles, parties, and even a sponsored beard shave! We wouldn't have raised these valuable funds without the customers who go in every day to support their local businesses, giving back to those in coffee growing communities at the other end of the supply chain. 

This year, funds raised have been used on the first year of a four year project in the Jabi Tehnan district of Ethiopia, in partnership with WaterAid. 

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Each toilet block, each tap and each reservoir present an opportunity for another young person, single mother or doting father to chase their goals with a healthy and active mind and body.

Here are the facilities that will be implemented over the next four years, alongside community programmes such as health clubs and management courses, so that this important work continues to serve these communities long into the future. 

From the furthest highlands of Scotland; to the coasts of Northern Ireland; to the valleys in Wales; and to the Southern tip of England, the coffee community of the UK has really come together this year to celebrate great coffee and goodwill! Thank you!

UK Coffee Week 2019 will take place 29 April - 5 May, and registrations for independent coffee shops will open at the beginning of October. All funds raised from UK Coffee Week 2019 will continue to support the project in Jabi Tehnan. We'll see you then! 

Coco di Mama: Freshening up Fundraising with Funk

Born in 2011 out of London's need for fast paced but incredibly good coffee, Coco di Mama not only serves up a delicious pasta pot, it also focuses on the caffeine needs of city workers. 2018 is the second year that we've had the Coco di Mama sites taking part in UK Coffee Week, and with funky fresh fundraising ideas, they are bringing something unique to the week! 

 "From a social perspective, I love the fact that someone might be having a bad day and in the time it takes to make them a coffee, you can turn that around." - Jason Tsontillis, Coco di Mama Coffee Guru. 

"From a social perspective, I love the fact that someone might be having a bad day and in the time it takes to make them a coffee, you can turn that around." - Jason Tsontillis, Coco di Mama Coffee Guru. 

Coco's formidable and talented Coffee Guru, Jason Tsontillis, and the rest of the team wanted to combine the quirkiness of learning coffee skills like latte art, and the fun of an evening out, thus creating the FUNK N GRIND masterclass. Inviting their customers and head office staff members to learn something new about coffee, 100% of the ticket profits were donated to Project Waterfall. 

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Jason spoke with us about the importance of Coco di Mama taking part in a campaign such as UK Coffee Week, telling us, 

“There’s a human story behind each cup that people don’t really understand”. I can’t remember who said it, but I think it sums up the whole thing quite nicely. Everyone should have access to clean water. These communities are making a lot of people a lot of money, they shouldn’t have to live in poverty. I think it’s great that we can help towards that.

Coco di Mama's creativity show that even with larger scale operations, creating something fun and fresh when it comes to fundraising isn't always as tricky as it seems. All you need is some funky music, customers, and a dash of caffeine! 

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UK Coffee Week 2018 saw Coco di Mama raise a fantastic £1,600 from both the FUNK N GRIND night and a 5p donation per coffee sold. We are thrilled they could join us for a second year and hope that their exciting ideas will be put to good use during UK Coffee Week 2019.