September 2022 Newsletter

OK so our "seed to cup" photo is actually a bit off protocol - it's to do with used coffee grounds and that's technically after the cup bit. But, our Coffea arabica plants (famous - they've been on the BBC you know!) are doing so well we wanted to share our secret - coffee grounds. Used coffee grounds are a fantastic addition to your compost; the grounds are PH neutral and rich in nitrogen. We have been adding a scoop of grounds when we water the plants (twice a month).

Cost of Living

Royal Mail have increased our contracted prices so we are feeling the pinch here at the Roastery but we have  made savings elsewhere and adjusted our postage strategy so prices can stay the same. As always, any problems with your coffee packages please just get in touch.

La Tribuna

CEO Wilmer appeared in the National Honduran Newspaper " La Tribuna" regarding the Honduran Ambassador's presentation of a Honduran Movie, our coffee was recognised as representing some of Honduras' great exports. The exposure for Caribe Coffee Co. in Honduras means more small hold farms are getting in touch to work with us and overcome the common obstacles small hold farms face to export their coffee.

"The Honduran film "Coffee with a flavor of my land" directed by Carlos Membreño was screened in the Cervantes Institute in London with the assistance of Latin American ambassadors, academics, university members, the British public in general and the Honduran colony residing in that great nation. The presentation was in charge of the general director of the Ignacio Peyró institute and Ambassador Iván Romero Martínez. The that special night was also attended by the new Executive Director of the International Coffee Organization OIC Vanusia Nogueira, who spoke about the event. Our compatriot Wilmer Cárcamo, a successful coffee entrepreneur and founder, together with his wife Elle, of the company “Caribe Coffee Co.” donated samples of Honduran coffee to the attendees and made a successful tasting of one of the best coffees in the world."


We had the opportunity to reply to some questions about certification on social media this week. We try our best to do what's right for the farmers, the environment and our customers but also the business needs to people pay wages. It's a tricky balance and we hope to do the best. Always happy to be questioned for sure!

"Specialty Coffee is always farmed on diverse habitat farms, the small family farms ensure the diverse surrounding Flora and Fauna is maintained as it actually affects the notes detected in the coffee. We have each coffee's Specialty certification and traceability information. You can read about Specialty Coffee and it's vision here (
Being from Honduras and from a small hold farming family, Wilmer (CEO) is very sensitive to the issues you have raised and frankly more people should be asking them so well done! The communities that work on the farms we use live on and amongst them. Damaging the environment (such as contamination of the water system or leaching the soil through monocropping) would in its most basic sense affect their own survival, this happens without the needs of certification from large global brands to ensure they care for their own environment. (we don't hate these schemes - but please hear us out!).
The Specialty certification tends to encompass the same values as Rain Forrest Alliance and so many of our small hold farmers would not double up so to speak. The third party Audit companies that assess the farms for RFA charge a fee which can make the scheme quite expensive for small farms, in addition the scheme takes royalties for the sale of the coffee at $0.0.15/lb. This means as great as these schemes are it allows the large corporate farms (who can afford them) a competitive advantage, and we chose to help out the little guys. You can read these facts on the Rain Forrest Alliance website
The organic certification issue is a personal choice taken by the founders. As we are an independent, family business, to get organic certification (which costs thousands) the cost would have to be spread across each coffee bag to our customers and we don't want to increase the prices, especially when the farmers have already paid for this to be added to the cost of the coffee at their end. Even if the coffee we sell is organic we can't say without paying again for the privilege to do so. Look out for terms such as “produced with no chemicals” or “no pesticide” etc. which are terms not controlled by the Organic certification scheme."