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The True Cost of Commodity Coffee

Posted by Lydia on 21 August 2018

We like to say that our coffee isn’t a commodity, and that neither is your team. But what do we mean by that? It comes down to coffee largely falling into two groups: speciality and commodity. On one side you have Pact Coffee: coffees that score 80 or more out of 100 in cupping tests (where experts smell and taste coffee to evaluate its quality), made from beans that are incredibly low on defects and tend to be comprised of a single variety. On the other, you have popular coffee chains: their coffee is made from damaged, defect-ridden and differently sized beans and are often are blends of different origins as well.

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Topics: Direct trade, News, Coffee Industry

3 reasons to ban supermarket blends from your office

Posted by Lydia on 07 August 2018

If you’re the person responsible for ordering your office’s weekly shop, you’ll know it’s a minefield of ‘I need oat/cashew/soy milk’ and ‘I don’t like that brand’ and ‘can I make a tiny request..?’. So it’s tempting to simplify the process as much as possible, and just add whatever ground coffee comes up first to the cart. We get it.

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Topics: Office coffee

Make Offices Great: practicalities, perks and Pact

Posted by Lydia on 31 July 2018

Scrap the swings, slides and segways - it’s more than bells and whistles (or sales gongs) that make a great office environment. But while the budget doesn’t have room for a sauna-styled meeting room or mechanical bull, it is pretty important to have an office people like working in. You want a team that cheerfully trots in on Monday, not one who treats their commute like walking the plank - after all, happy teams are productive teams.

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Topics: ultimate perk, employee benefit, offices

Pact’s Impact: Women in the Supply Chain

Posted by Lydia on 24 July 2018

While our passion is fresh coffee, it’s the people behind the product that make Pact what it is. By committing to Direct Trade, we’re constantly building and growing relationships with farmers around the world. As we go straight to source, we can pay much higher prices for coffee beans. And since farmers are paid higher prices, they can work harder to improve the quality of their crop - along with the help and expertise of our Head of Coffee, Will. And this means we can pay even higher prices! It’s a win-win situation, but it also means that, by being a Pact customer, you are making a tangible difference in the lives of coffee farmers and in their communities.

This is a man’s world

We’re trying to fix injustices in the supply chain, but it’s important to note that being underpaid and untrained is more of a problem for some farmers than others. You think ‘farmer’ and you might have a particular image in your mind: dungarees, wellies, a straw bobbing from their mouth at a rakish angle and, crucially, male. All of those elements are wrong in their own way, but some would say that the least problematic part of that stereotype is that farmers are assumed to be men.

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Topics: Direct trade

Growing awareness: Pact in the Press

Posted by Lydia on 18 July 2018

We like a compliment as much as the next person (or company). In just the last five or so months, it’s fair to say we’ve been getting about online - from little ‘big-ups’ in a variety of listicles, to our expert staff offering soundbites on their coffee knowledge. We’ve even had full-blown articles written about who Pact is and what we’re doing! We could tell you all that ourselves, sure, but why not see what other people are saying?

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Topics: Pact at Work, Pact Coffee, Press

Caffeinated and cost-efficient: the hidden value of office coffee

Posted by Lydia on 25 June 2018

Our coffee isn’t a commodity and neither is your team. We know that you know that, but it’s important to make sure that’s clear to everyone. While poor quality coffee and broken-down machines tell your staff that you’re not bothered about whether they’re enjoying the daily grind (in more ways than one), Pact’s service lets them know you really care - and with something as simple as a cup of speciality coffee. Teams that feel valued, feel happy. And happy teams are what you should be aiming for.

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Topics: Office coffee, Pact at Work, employee benefit

Coffee matters: how a good cup of coffee can transform company culture

Posted by Tamsin on 10 May 2018

There’s no arguing that at work, coffee matters. Employers are having to work harder than ever to hire, motivate and retain the best talent. At Pact, we believe that serving world-class coffee,  brewed in market-leading machines is a real winner for a boost in office morale.

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Topics: Office coffee

7 simple tips for perfect office coffee

Posted by Tamsin on 03 May 2018

We found that 75% of UK workplaces are ‘awash’ with rubbish office coffee – but it doesn’t have to be that way. While Pact at Work can eliminate a lot of potential office coffee disasters; we can’t do it all! Will Corby, our Head of Coffee, shared his top tips for great office coffee.

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Topics: Office coffee

Direct trade office coffee: Where CSR meets world-class beans

Posted by Sarah on 03 November 2017

 Pact at Work has a simple mission: to make coffee a force for good.

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Topics: Direct trade

Revealed: 75% of UK workplaces 'awash' with rubbish office coffee

Posted by Sarah on 23 October 2017

Concerned that poor-quality coffee is running amok in offices across the country, we recently surveyed more than five thousand coffee-lovers to find out the state of play in their workplace. The results weren’t good:

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Topics: Office coffee

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