How to brew café-quality coffee at home

Although cafés are starting to reopen their doors, maybe heading out to the highstreet isn’t the right choice for you at the moment. And even...

Zaroca: winner of the Cup of Excellence

We brag about the quality of our coffee a lot. Speciality grade, high-scoring, world-class… those words all start to blur into the background. So we wanted to remind you just how good our coffee is. How it’s internationally recognised, worthy of accolade, and usually under 70p per cup. And to do that, we’ve got just the coffee… Zaroca, Cup of Excellence Winner - grown by Gilberto Basilio As of today, Zaroca is back on our...

All about the ‘funnel thingy’ (or V60) - as seen on TV!

You might have seen: Pact Coffee is on TV! If you’re a Pact Coffee newbie, then maybe you’re joining us for the first time - wielding your funnel thingy, and wondering exactly what it actually is… Well, we’re here to clear that up. First things first, it’s actually called a V60. It’s a teal-toned thing of beauty, and one of our favourite ways to brew filter coffee. What is the Hario V60? And why is...

Covid-19 at origin: an update

We’re 10 weeks into lockdown in the UK. We’ve seen Easter, Eid, and two May Bank Holidays come and go. And don’t forget, even Eurovision passed us by. The sun’s been stubbornly shining almost the whole time - a cruel twist of fate, that’s as British as it comes - and even the phrase “new normal” has already become tired and hackneyed. We all know it’s more serious than that. Thousands of lives lost, more...

5 Ideas for ‘Stay at Home’ holidays

Maybe you’d normally be packing up the boot with plastic buckets, windbreaks, and flip flops - ready to stop en route for a tidal wave of pork pies and sharing bags of crisps, for a day or two of pebbly pandemonium. Or waking up at 3am to fly to fairer shores, for an all-inclusive week away that’ll keep everyone happy. This year, summer holidays will be a little different… and without even the novelty of...

Pact Coffee’s Top Tips

If you’re looking for a better cup of coffee, we’ve got a couple of tips. And the first (and most important!) is making sure you’re drinking the good stuff. Signing up to a flexible plan with us means fresh coffee, delivered - not to mention a free V60 brewing kit, if you’re a new customer! Start off with world-class coffee, and easy-to-use equipment, and you can’t go far wrong. Beyond that, it comes down to...

Raising money for Refuge: support Pact Coffee’s challenge

You might have heard: Pact Coffee is running, walking, and cycling to Rwanda! Well, not literally - but we’ve set ourselves the challenge of covering the distance from our London HQ to the Remera Washing Station, in Rwanda. That’s a lot of couch to 5ks! Why are we doing it? Well, if it weren’t for the strange times we’re all facing, a Pact Coffee sourcing trip would be going on in Rwanda right now -...

Meet Sam, Managing Director of Bufcoffee

Remember Epiphanie? She’s the Pact Coffee favourite who overcame adversity to be the first woman to own a washing station - and her children have followed in her footsteps. We talked to Sam, her son and Manager Director of Bufcoffee. He’s done some incredible work to make Bufcoffee the powerhouse cooperative it is today - but let’s hear about it from him: Tell us about Bufcoffee, and how many farmers your washing stations serve We...

Pact Coffee’s Rwanda Challenge: in support of Refuge

Everything’s changed this year. Plans have been put on hold, weddings postponed, holidays cancelled - we’re all feeling the side effects of this strange, scary situation. Take Pact Coffee, for example. We were due to be in Rwanda right now - travelling to washing stations and tiny farms to try lots of different coffees, to choose some to put on our menu for you lot. Obviously that wasn’t happening. It’s a shame, but it got...

How To Make A Coffee Face Scrub

Got too much time on your hands, and need something to do? Or absolutely hate waste, and want to be beautifully eco-friendly? Maybe you’ve just...

Kopi Luwak and the ‘Most Expensive Coffees in the World’

Now and then, a coffee hits the news - usually because it’s been dubbed the ‘most expensive in the world’. Cue the cries of “who...

A big thank you: raise a coffee to our roastery staff

We’re in a very lucky position as a company. While a lot of businesses have had to cease trading, we could carry on - continuing to send out fresh coffee to customers around the country. There’s one reason we could do that. It’s all down to our roastery staff. Without the people roasting, quality checking, grinding, packaging and moving the coffee, there’d be none for you to drink. While a lot of us - including...

Are Coffee Grounds Good For the Garden?

The short answer? No, not really. Coffee is bad for plants for the same reason most people love drinking it - because of the caffeine. It means coffee is allelopathic - reducing the growth of other nearby plants that compete for minerals or water. And that pretty big factor negates any positive effects that might come from the nutrients, minerals, or acid levels in your used grounds… Let’s look at the myths and reality of...

Women in Coffee Month: a look back

This March, Pact dedicated the month to celebrating women in coffee. As you’ll all be aware, current events have meant our focus has had to be elsewhere. That doesn’t mean it’s any less important an issue - so let’s take a moment to review Women in Coffee Month. What are the issues for women in coffee? We bang on about the stats a lot, so you’ve probably heard it all before. But if not, here’s...

Cenicafé 1: a Pact Coffee world exclusive

A note from Pact Coffee: The world is a strange and uncertain place right now. It’s important you look after yourself and others, and try to find joy in the little things. We hope this coffee announcement helps with that. We get excited about coffee pretty often. For us, each and every bag of beans that hits our menu is something special. A beautiful bev that’s been lovingly grown in one of 8+ origins, meticulously...

Coffee and Mindfulness: time to take a proper break

Commuting and the school run are (temporarily) things of the past. It’s calming right, not having to organise coats and shoes, or hurriedly shower to get out the door in time? Well… not really. For a lot of us, things aren’t so peaceful. You might be entertaining a gaggle of kids in the world’s most haphazard one-woman/man show, or dealing with busier email chains and higher workloads than ever - or maybe you’re one of...

Covid-19 and Coffee: thank you for helping us support farming communities

Everyone’s had to find a new way to ‘be’ lately - including businesses. Some companies have closed temporarily or furloughed their staff, others have quickly changed what services or products they offer or how they offer them - from breweries turning to hand gel production and restaurants embracing delivery options, to high street indie stores working together to offer food boxes. All these adjustments are partly to stop businesses from dying, and 1000s of people...

5 Home-Schooling Ideas (Inspired by Coffee!)

We’ve all got one thing in common - our lives have changed dramatically. For some of you, that’s involved being plunged headfirst into the world of Primary or Secondary education. At home. With your own child. For an indefinite amount of time. Now… breathe. It’s going to be fine. But we thought we’d help you out, by sharing a couple of ideas (inspired by coffee, of course) for homeschooling projects, to keep your kids interested....

Cenicafé 1 vs. Climate Change: Round 1

While the world’s in the middle of another crisis, it might be easy to forget that we’re also in the middle of a climate emergency. You read it in the headlines, saw people protesting in the street, new findings and actions are presented all the time… but we’re “way off track” with dealing with it properly. As the UN secretary general recently warned, we are nowhere near meeting the Paris agreement’s target of keeping the...

Your coffee supply: one thing you don’t need to worry about

Update on 25th March: Pact Coffee is still operating as usual, with fast and free delivery of coffee. Our team is protected, our coffee supply...