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Raising money to deliver clean drinking water to coffee-growing communities, UK Coffee Week runs nationwide from April 16-22
Next week marks the arrival of UK Coffee Week 2018 – the nationwide celebration of the UK’s thriving coffee industry that 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 Flat White sold during UK Coffee Week as part of a collaboration between Project Waterfall and the Nero Foundation.
Similarly, 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.
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 UK.
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 1215 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. 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 7000 people over the next four years.
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 who help our country thrive both culturally and financially.”
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.
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