Whilst we’ve all been living through these bizarre new times, businesses have been suffering, along with charities, our public services and many others.
We’ve seen businesses and individuals take some incredible steps to help our local communities and one another and there some amazing independent Yorkshire coffee companies doing some incredible work to help others suffering in this current climate!
North Star Coffee (northstarroast.com)
North Star, one of the first independent speciality coffee roasters in Leeds have been working tirelessly through the pandemic to help support others who need a little buzz.
With partnership from green (raw) coffee importer Falcon Speciality, North Star have been able to roast, grind and deliver some amazing coffee packages to our NHS frontline staff at the Leeds LGI and London UCH.
Along with this they are also raising money via GoFundMe for coffee farmers in Kenya who lack the support and funding to purchase basic PPE and helping the livelihoods of those who have been adversely affected by the impacts of COVID-19.
Shiloh Coffee Roasters (www.shilohroasters.com)
Shiloh coffee roasters have had a long standing commitment to bettering the lives of coffee farmers around the world and the COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped them one bit.
In early May the Shyira and Vunga regions of Rwanda were hit by devastating landslides and flooding resulting in 28 lives being lost, over 300 homes destroyed as well as cattle, crops and washing stations. For these farmers, their livelihoods and homes have been destroyed.
Shiloh Roasters buys coffee from the farmers indirectly through Raw Material Coffee who do such outstanding work working together with the farmers and Shiloh Roasters are donating all their profits and more to help those who have been affected through their Rwanda Appeal coffee.
Chipp Coffee Co. (www.chippcoffee.co.uk)
A relatively new coffee roaster to Leeds but a company that has been working relentlessly in the coffee industry for many years, brothers Zach & Alastair have been working on initiatives throughout the lockdown to try help those who need it most.
Teaming up with world renowned artist Will Blood (@iamwillblood), Chipp Coffee Co. have collaborated and produced a limited edition coffee blend with artwork by Will to sell on their online store with 100% of the profits being donated to local NHS charities.
They have also been working to support the Rwanda Landslide fund, Zach has been buying coffee from the Shyira and Vunga washing stations since their crops became available in the UK, building relationships with the farms and importers along with helping build long term sustainable practices from these coffee purchases. That is why this devastation has hit so close to home for them, you can read more and help support the Nyabihu community here:
Other honourable mentions:
Rounton coffee roasters of North Yorkshire have also teamed up with Falcon Speciality coffee to offer their own Nightingale blend to the NHS frontline staff.
Ovenbird coffee roasters of Scotland have just released their Black Lives Matter blend, supporting in solidarity for the BLM movement and donating money raised to BLMUK;