Largest UK Coffee Week Kicks Off With Support From Thousands of Coffee Shops Across the Country

  • This month marks the start of the largest ever UK Coffee Week with leaders from across the industry, including Caffè Nero and Costa Coffee, showing their support
  • UK Coffee Week runs nationwide fromApril 16-22 and raises money to deliver clean drinking water to coffee growing communities

This month marks the start of UK Coffee Week 2018, which runs from 16th – 22nd April, and this year is set to be the largest ever. The nationwide celebration of the UK’s thriving coffee industry raises money to bring clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the world.

Leaders from across the industry have signed up to the celebration, with Caffé Nero donating 20p for every single Flat White sold during UK Coffee Week as part of a collaboration between Project Waterfall and the Nero Foundation.

Costa Coffee will continue to support UK Coffee Week and Project Waterfall by donating 20p from every Character Roast, a Peruvian Single Origin coffee, across their stores in partnership with Costa Foundation Schools.

With their yearly donations, Project Waterfall can give even more people from coffee growing communities with access to clean water and sanitation.

Other participants include Cafe2U, Elior, Esquires, Debenhams, Muffin Break, Insomnia Coffee, Ground Espresso Bars, Crepe Affaire, SOHO Coffee, Second Cup, Beales, Abokado, Le Pain Quotidien, Harris + Hoole and hundreds of independent coffee shops across the U.K.

A host of activities will be taking place across the country, including Latte Art Throwdowns, raffle competitions with some great prizes, Espresso Martini parties and more. You can find out where your closest coffee shop is that will be taking part by visiting the UK Coffee Week Map.

Coffee is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the world, pouring £9.6bn into the UK economy. Last year alone saw a further 1,215 coffee shops open – an average of 3.4 new stores per day. UK Coffee Week provides a chance for this booming industry to give back to the communities that grow its precious beans.

In 2017, over £335,000 was raised during UK Coffee Week and as a result, donations have been used to fund a tri-country education project in schools across Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya, in partnership with WaterAid UK. This year hopes to top that, with 100% of proceeds going to Project Waterfall’s latest project in the Jabi Tehnan district of Ethiopia. This project will bring clean drinking water and sanitation to over 7,000 people over the next 4 years.

Project Waterfall is a charity that works to deliver clean drinking water and sanitation to coffee growing communities across the globe. Since starting, the charity has raised over £800,000, changing over 27,000 lives in coffee growing communities.

Jeffrey Young, Founder of UK Coffee Week, commented: “UK Coffee Week is all about the celebration of coffee and uniting the industry with its customers to raise valuable funds for millions of people across the globe that rely on the product to fund their livelihoods. It’s important to support the provenance of our caffeine fix and give something back to those that help our country thrive both culturally and financially.”

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Charlotte Giver

Charlotte is the founder and editor-in-chief at Your Coffee Break. With a background in PR working in Los Angeles and Barcelona, Charlotte has been working hard running Your Coffee Break from the YCB HQ in London’s Covent Garden for the past 4 years. Dried mangos, Starbucks and runs through Hyde Park get this Londoner through the day.

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