Toppedwith is a blog all about connecting people to some of the most passionate entrepreneurs in London. "Finding out their stories fill our days with excitement. It brings us a lot of joy to share their passion with you. We want to bring Londoners closer together, so join us on this awesome adventure." says foodie adventurer Polina. Last week she sat down with TY to talk about UK Coffee Week.
Who is TY
We want to take this opportunity to talk about our friends at TYUK ,who we are very fortunate to work alongside with. They are firm believers in helping each other out and that makes them very unique in what they do. Their expertly crafted cups of coffee and mountains of delicious cake are going to keep you energized throughout the day. If you think that wasn't enough TYUK takes it even further by supporting numerous communities and small businesses by organizing pop-up events on their premises.
What are you going to do during the UKCW?
So this year we want to draw attention to the fine charitable work of UKCW and in particular Project Waterfall and the children of Ethiopia that they support. We are working on a photo series for a social media campaign that we hope will help show some of who Project Waterfall goes directly to support- the children in the orphanages of Addis Ababa. Additionally, our Boxpark Shoreditch pop-up, Tiny TY, will be donating 10p from every transaction to Project Waterfall. Tiny TY, in conjunction with Borough 22 vegan doughnuts, will be an outpost for UKCW and will play host to a variety of fundraising activities.
What does UKCW mean for TYUK?
For us each year UKCW is an opportunity to celebrate what we love - coffee - and encourage more and more people to drink it. TY is a hybrid of public and private workspaces together with specialty tea and coffee, but coffee is still very much our core product and the beating heart of what we do. We have long championed UKCW as a week of celebrations, events and activities. It is truly an amazing time of the year for everyone involved in the coffee world. It is also all about connecting to people in order to focus on real sentiment. UKCW is as much about coffee as it is about standing together to raise valuable funds for the communities, which grow our coffee.
What does Project Waterfall mean for TYUK?
Last month I got to listen to one of the Project Waterfall trustees, Matthew Wootliff, who talked passionately about the ongoing task of getting clean water systems out and into the orphanages in Addis Ababa. We were captivated as he explained the important work that they do. These clean water systems are essentially providing hospitals, schools and orphanages in Addis Ababa with running water that is clean and safe to drink. It’s astonishing in 2017 that there are still so many people, mainly women, having to walk for hours every day to collect and carry back water to drink and wash in, or to irrigate the land. These communities produce the coffee that we drink here in the UK so it is paramount that we help their livelihoods become more sustainable. For us Project Waterfall is a chance to give back and help their farms grow and thrive and that in order helps coffee community grow and thrive as a whole.