Fair Trade Cafe

choc.jpg I need to put together a cafe for the Vertigo event on October the 1st and want it to be Fairtrade! Mass drink catering seems to be OK if you want tea and coffee but not cold drinks or hot chocolate! Anyone run anything similar and have experience to share? Did you manage to ‘do’ all Fairtrade or was it Fairtrade plus Cola etc? Any wisdom gratefully received.
I have got web pages for Divine Chocolate, Traidcraft and Fair Trade Foundation. Are their others I should know about?
A thousand thanks for your help!


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5 Replies to “Fair Trade Cafe”

  1. Personally glad you didn’t grovel more than 125…
    You can buy fairly traded Orange juice and Tropical blend (I have bought these from Tesco and Sainsbury’s in the past but the Co-op is apparently the best bet). It is also possible to buy fairly traded bananas and fairly traded honey and with some normal milk make mostly fairly traded banana smoothies as well as chocolate smoothies with the cocoa/drinking chocolate. We’ve done a fair trade cocktail bar before (kinda makes fairly traded fruit juice watered down with sodastream fizzy water more exciting!)
    Only other site I’d recommend is Oxfam.
    I also have a fair trade powerpoint presentation if you’d like it!

  2. You can do a lot šŸ™‚
    If you think you’ll be buying in a lot of bulk, then take a look at the range of things at somewhere like Premcrest (www.premcrest.co.uk) who are a family business selling a really good range of fairtrade products mail order at really good prices. They have free delivery on orders over Ā£180 I think. I’ve been using them for the last year to bulk-buy Fairtrade products for Oxford Colleges and JCRs.
    As Simo mentions, there area also loads of fruits and juices now available. If cost is the main issue, I think Tesco do an own-brand Fairtrade Orange Juice – although the ‘Fruit Passion’ juices are far nicer IMHO. You can get those in Oxford in Oxfam and also at the Fairtrade @ St Michaels shop on Cornmarket (who will do sale-or-return for events / people who ask them really nicely – which could also be handy…)
    For Cola, there is no directly ‘Fair Trade’ option, but in the spirit of Fairtrade Coca-cola is best avoided (see http://www.pledgebank.com/giveupcoke or anticoke.obshost.co.uk for various reasons). Either co-op own-brand cola or Quibla Cola (http://www.qibla-cola.com/index2.asp) are good options. I believe Quibla is available at various places in Oxford – and can find out details if you’re interested.
    Um, for most other details of Fair Trade stockists in Oxford, theres a good directory of shops on http://www.oxfordfairtrade.org.uk
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  3. Coop and Tesco are both pretty good for Fairtrade stuff and are especially helpful if you have forgotten to order some stuff in as they are convenient. My father in law would disagree cos he finds supermarkets pretty evil…My top Fairtrade product is Clipper hot chocolate – Fair Trade, organic and low fat… ticks all the right boxes. I am starting an after school cafe with a fair trade emphasis and I am planning to contact some local supermarkets to see if they can offer any support. Also, Coop normally does 20% off all Ft products in Fairtrade fortnight… it is not til march but good to know about!

  4. Both the cafe’s we ran at Detling were prodominately fair trade. The best way for me was to approach traid craft. EAch area has a local key worker who will provide you with stock on a sale or return basis. I didn’t have coke but you can get small cartons of orange and tropical juice – you know the ones with the little straws. Plenty of chocolate stuff like fair break bars and Dubble bars. Also cookie and bombay mix etc.
    The main thing we added for the younger cafe was fizzy drinks – but you don’t have to and the best seller was hot choc with cream on top (didn’t find fair trade cream but I’m sure it will exist

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