The Coffee House You Didn’t Know Was Fairtrade

The Coffee House You Didn’t Know Was Fairtrade
This post is in collaboration with Greggs

Last week I was invited to an undercover coffee event at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. Firstly can I just say how amazing this hotel is….they even have their own bowling alley! The whole night was to celebrate Fairtrade fortnight with Greggs, the coffee house you didn’t know was Fairtrade. I got to meet some of the lovely team from the Fairtrade foundation and learnt some mind blowing facts about the farmers involved in their programs.

It was such a fun evening. I tried out some blind coffee tasting and even got to make my very first martini, coffee inspired of course! You could say I’m now a bit of a coffee connoisseur 😉

So what’s all this fuss about Fairtrade?

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Fairtrade Facts

  • 80% of coffee is produced by 25 million smallholders
  • 26% of all Fairtrade farmers and workers are women
  • Many of the farms female farmers work on belong to their husbands, the women do not get paid a wage and do not have control or their own independence
  • Many farmers not receiving Fairtrade prices are paid less that the production cost


Does choosing Fairtrade make a difference?

The answer is absolutely! Not only do the farmers get a fair price for their product, but the Fairtrade foundation also ensure the premiums are used for effective life changing programs within these communities.

  • More than 1.65 million farmers and workers in 74 countries are part of Fairtrade Foundation
  • £29.8m Fairtrade premium was generated from UK sales in 2015
  • With Fairtrade, certified coffee producer organisations are guaranteed to receive at least the Fairtrade Minimum Price for their coffee
  • In 2013-14, certified coffee farmers earned an estimated £38.6 million in premiums that were invested in farmer services and community projects
  • All Greggs hot drinks are certified Fairtrade
  • In the last decade, farmers have invested over £1 million from Greggs Fairtrade coffee sales in their farms and communities

Fairtrade leads to Empowerment

 One of my favourite programmes run by the Fairtrade Foundation is one aimed at giving women independence to make their own life choices and have some control. This program enabled female farmers in South America to earn their own wage. Talk about empowering women!

I love the fact that the Fairtrade program encourages and makes it a necessity for farmers to invest and grow their business with their premiums. Fairtrade promotes independence and community support which is essential to succeed in the long term. Their focus on education is also about empowerment for the next generation, because education is the key after all!

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Along with learning all about the fairtrade initiatives I managed to fit in a few custom Greggs cocktails and some yummy canapés. The creamy coffee martini and green tea martini were both made with Greggs Fairtrade coffee and tea. I even got a lovely goody bag including my very own personalised coffee mug and a bunch of Fairtrade treats. Among the goodies was a pot of coffee body scrub, dark Fairtrade chocolate and a notebook with my initial. I even took home my very own chocolate sprinkles stencil. What more could a girl ask for?!

So am i a Fairtrade convert?

I’m now completely coffeed out, but I’ve come away with a new set of eyes when it comes to buying food. I even find myself trying to pick the fairtrade version whenever I can. Pretty sure my husband will be too. I keep giving him stats and lectures every time we are in the supermarket together!

You can find more info on the amazing programmes run by the Fairtrade foundation all around the world over at

Don’t forget to pop in to Greggs for a fresh cup of fairtrade coffee next time you’re in the mood for a guilt free treat. Greggs coffee is made with a blend of freshly ground, slow roasted Aribica and Robusta coffee beans.

Just remember your money is going to good use!

So what’s your guilt free Fairtrade product go to?



  1. louleecutie .
    March 15, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    This is such an interesting post! Thanks for being so informative! xx

  2. Pam
    March 16, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    I always try to buy fair trade coffee when I can. It’s nice knowing that the people growing it will get fair wages.

  3. Robin Rue
    March 17, 2017 / 10:38 am

    I buy fair trade coffee all the time. It makes me feel better to know that the growers are getting the wages they deserve.

  4. Alli Smith
    March 17, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I’m totally for fair trade! Coffee farmers should receive fair prices for their product. I love that Fair Trade has programs that helps female farmers.

  5. March 17, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I have to admit I try and buy fair trade as much as I can. I live in a fair trade city so a lot of what is sold is fair trade as well which is great.

  6. March 17, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I only buy fair trade products. The work they do for the environment and those who they buy their coffee from is so important.

  7. Candy Kage
    March 17, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    I am a little confused when you said women are working the farm with their husband and are not getting paid so have no independence. We have a farm and I work along side my husband. I don’t draw a pay check and know many farms like this. Other than not understanding that statement I think fair trade sounds wonders. Always support local farms and produce.

    • March 17, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Hi Candy,
      I am referring to farming in 3rd world countries. These women do not have our independence and have no say in what happens to the money made from the farms. The fair trade programme gives them a choice and the independence to not have to be under the control of their husbands.

  8. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    March 17, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I am not a big coffee drinker but occasionally do drink iced coffee. I didn’t realize this. Thank you for teaching me about it and now when I drink my iced cold coffee I will look for something that is a fair trade product.

  9. Carol Speake
    March 17, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    This looks like a great place to visit. I don’t drink coffee but my husband and daughter both do. I’ll share the place with them. Your images make the food and drink look very inviting.

  10. Doria Miyata Murphy
    March 17, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    We are absolute coffee ADDICTS and only drink third-wave, fair trade. I’ve actually volunteered on a self-sustaining farm in a developing country that supported an orphanage and one of the things they grew was coffee! So neat 🙂

  11. neasnuttiness
    March 17, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    Although I am not a coffee drinker, I am a fair trade advocate. Whenever I buy from “overseas” I look for the fair trade logo before making any purchases. I also like partnering with microloan programs. In conjunction, these two can make a world of difference to women and families in general – all over the world. It’s a win-win in my book!

  12. Ana John
    March 17, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    The details you gave us highlights the condition of women. Also I can feel the aroma of coffee. I am craving coffee after reading this.

  13. March 17, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    First, let me just say OMG YOU ARE SO LUCKY! Okay now that I got that out of the way. I am a HUGE coffee fanatic. I do not drink anything that is not top quality so yes, I am a coffee snob. I am sure you were able to learn a lot about the different flavor notes. What a fun time! the food looks fantastic too. Fair Trade is so very important from the coffee we drink to the clothing we purchase. It is sad the way some are having to live because others of us want the finer things in life. I always do my best to buy fair trade – especially in coffee!

  14. March 17, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    This looks like it was a wonderful event highlighting the background of Fairtrade coffee. It was interesting to learn that women working on these farms in third world countries do not draw a paycheck. I will definitely buy Fairtrade coffee in the future.

  15. WhispersInspire
    March 18, 2017 / 1:56 am

    Never bought fair trade items before. We don’t drink coffee as much in our house but those coffee blends look really good!

  16. Eileen Mendoza Loya
    March 18, 2017 / 11:23 am

    Thanks for letting me know about Fair Trade. I will have to look for their coffee the next time I shop. I would make me feel great that I can help women farmers from other parts of the world.

  17. Rebecca Swenor
    March 18, 2017 / 12:17 pm

    Fairtrade Foundation and program sounds amazing. It is awesome know that these women are learning to be empowered. Education is truly the key. Thanks for sharing the information.

  18. March 18, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I absolutely love this!! I just spent a week teaching my students about what fair trade is, and they did a few different projects on it. This would have been great to show them!

  19. Debra Schroeder
    March 18, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    Wow, what a spread. And that coffee martini, yum! I love the Fairtrade aspect, it’s so important to give back.

  20. WEMAKE7
    March 19, 2017 / 12:53 am

    That sounds like you had a really fun time. I haven’t had this kind of coffee before but would love to try.

  21. TheNewClassy
    March 19, 2017 / 1:22 am

    I think that fair trade is the way to go. I like it when the farmers get their fair share of the money. They work hard for it, they deserve it, not the big corporations.

  22. March 19, 2017 / 1:35 am

    I am in full support of this kind of coffee house. That is absolutely awesome! Not to mention that their food and beverage selection seems great!

  23. Ra'Nesha Wilson
    March 19, 2017 / 1:37 am

    My thoughts fair trade is the best way. When I think of 3rd world countries smh quite sad they devalue the women I couldn’t imagine what that feels like when the goal is to help your family.

  24. Christy Garrett
    March 19, 2017 / 3:01 am

    Wow that looks like an amazing event. Those steaks are making my mouth water.

    I love the pretty teal table decor too.

  25. Mihaela Drăgan
    March 19, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I think supporting local farms is the best practice! Thank you for letting people know about the importance of fair trade.

  26. Eloise Maoudj Riley
    March 19, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    Yay to fair trade! didn’t actually think about this until you mentioned it here on this post… so thanks for educating me a little more on the topic : ) I’ll keep this in mind!

  27. Kelly Hutchinson
    March 19, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    I love to shop at fair trade companies whenever possible. I love supporting women who would otherwise not be independent.

  28. Ann Bacciaglia
    March 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I will have to look in my area for businesses that are fairtrade. If everyone demanded it there would be a lot more available.

  29. ckrusch
    March 19, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I think it is so important to support local farms! Thank you for letting people know about the importance of fair trade! Loved your post!

  30. March 19, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    What a fun place to go. I love coffee. (Also loving the pattern on their chairs lol).

  31. March 19, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I love great coffee and I didn’t know there were undercover coffee events! How fun would that be! I love seeing all of your pictures and would love to taste all of those goodies! We have a few places that serve Fairtrade coffee and it always makes me happy.

  32. March 20, 2017 / 12:18 am

    This is something I knew absolutely nothing about. I have enjoyed being enlightened.

    It’s good to see that the farmers get a fair price for their product. Even better I like that the Fairtrade foundation also ensures the premiums are used for effective life changing programs within the communities.

  33. March 20, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Supporting fair trade companies is always the best route! Everything looks so yummy. I LOVE coffee <3

  34. March 20, 2017 / 3:54 am

    Thanks so much for posting about this. Purchasing fair trade products is so important to me. 90% of the time, when you support fair trade, you are supporting women and I am all for uplifting my sisters.

  35. Oyinkan Ogunleye
    March 20, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Looks sooooo delicious!!!

  36. Gabriel Bregg
    March 21, 2017 / 12:10 pm

    I love the Fair Trade Initiative, the faster it spreads the better the world will be. It’s been shown time and time again that empowering women and giving them control over birth rates is the fastest way to improve the standard of living in developing countries.

  37. March 22, 2017 / 5:36 am

    My hubby is actually the person that made me aware of fairtrade. Before that I had no clue. Some Cadbury chocolate have the fairtrade logo on them so he always looks for them when he’s buying.

  38. March 22, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I’m pretty sure I’ve never been here before but oddly this place seems familiar. So weird but looks like a cute place!

  39. Aziel Morte
    March 24, 2017 / 6:35 am

    Coffee shops are very popular for work or study since they are open
    until late and sell tasty snacks and drinks to energize and unwind your

  40. March 29, 2017 / 11:41 am

    This is ah-mazing and filled with helpful facts as well as beautiful pics. I wasn’t even aware such an organisation exsisted.

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