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UK Coffee Week 2017 gears up for a special blend of fun and fundraising

LONDON, UK – UK Coffee Week celebrates the UK’s vibrant coffee scene while providing caffeine lovers with the opportunity to give back to the people who make our morning cup of coffee possible.

All funds raised during UK Coffee Week, 10 – 16 April 2017, will go directly towards Project Waterfall – a charity initiative bringing clean water and sanitation to coffee growing communities around the globe.

If you are a coffee operator and want to be part of this nationwide celebration of coffee, please head over to our sign up page and register now.

The event will see thousands of coffee shops across the country, including top nationwide brands such as Costa, Starbucks, Caffè Nero, Debenhams & Harris + Hoole, offering customers fun and interactive ways to get involved in this year’s activities.

Each participating coffee shop will be organising exciting in-store promotions and activities, including live music events, coffee workshops and tastings, coffee cocktail evenings, film screenings and much more.

The UK Coffee Week team will also be driving their vintage Routemaster bus around London handing out free coffee throughout the week.

Night owls will have the chance to get involved at London Coffee Night 2017 which is set to hit the capital for a second year, with coffee shops across London joining together to deliver exciting activities and events after hours

Jeffrey Young, Founder, UK Coffee Week – commented “Brits enjoy around 2.2 billion cups of coffee per year in coffee shops, and every one of these provides an opportunity to make a difference.

We’re really excited about the growth and development of the UK coffee scene and it’s absolutely vital that we are supporting the industry from the source.

The majority of the coffee we enjoy is grown in developing countries where access to clean water is still a daily struggle for many.

Project Waterfall is a charity initiative which provides a platform for the coffee industry and coffee drinkers to give back to the communities who grow our coffee.”

UK Coffee Week 2017 is proudly supported by headline sponsor BRITA Professional and a whole host of exciting partners such as Arla Organic Milk, Cakesmiths, Monin and Lavazza.

The event will kick off with The London Coffee Festival at the Old Truman Brewery in East London which is set to welcome around 35,000 coffee aficionados from 6 – 9 April and will donate 50% of its ticket sales to Project Waterfall.

Coffee shops across the UK who sign up to participate in UK Coffee Week 2017 will receive a fundraising pack and support from the team to help them raise money for Project Waterfall.

Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over £600,000 of funds to deliver clean water and sanitation to over 21,000 people in Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nicaragua & Uganda. UK Coffee Week 2017, hopes to raise in excess of £300,000 to help support life changing projects in Kenya, Uganda & Ethiopia in partnership with WaterAid UK.

Who’s taking part?

Costa, Caffè Nero, Starbucks, Debenhams, Harris + Hoole, Le Pain Quotidian, Muffin Break, Esquires, Crussh, Pure, Cafe2U, Abokado, Caffe Fratelli and hundreds of independents across the country.

London Coffee Festival: Allegra Events founded The London Coffee Festival in 2011 and has since taken the celebration to other cultural capitals across the world, including New York and Amsterdam. The London Coffee Festival also represents the launch event to UK Coffee Week, a national celebration of great coffee that raises funds for Project Waterfall.

BRITA: BRITA Professional are the official headline sponsors of UK Coffee Week 2017. BRITA launched the Professional line of business in 1980 and have since become renowned in the coffee shop and restaurant industries for optimising water quality that improves the taste of coffee.

Arla Foods: A food company that dates back to the 1880’s, when dairy farmers in Denmark and Sweden joined forces with one common goal; to produce and provide the best dairy products, creating new opportunities for business growth. Today Arla Foods has farmer owners in seven countries across Europe.

Cakesmiths: The coffee shop cake specialists, are first time official partners of UK Coffee Week and are already supporting Project Waterfall by donating 50p from every Espresso Cheesecake Brownie sild in 2017.

MONIN: MONIN is a proud first time official category sponsor of UK Coffee Week. MONIN has been producing premium flavoured syrups in Bourges, France, for over a century, using only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world. With over 100 flavours ranging from classics like Vanilla and Hazelnut to new varieties such as Tonka Bean and Pumpkin Spice, there really is a flavour for everyone.

Lavazza: From Italy with passion, Lavazza has over 120 years’ experience in the art of blending the perfect cup of coffee, inspired by Luigi Lavazza’s initial journey of discovery in 1875. Lavazza remains in the hands of the 4th generation family, dedicated to bringing the Italian coffee experience to everyone. A first-time official partner of UK Coffee Week and excited to support and grow the initiative to develop coffee communities even further.