As much as some globe-conquering fast food companies would have you believe - in a series of admittedly clever adverts about flat whites - speciality coffee isn’t just for hipsters. You don’t need a twirly moustache and a fixie bike, you don’t have to drink it out of a jam jar in a converted shed in Hackney. Yeah, you don’t have to be a hipster… but you can be. And that’s why we brought our first Pact Coffee for Business pop-up to Shoreditch (we're kidding... sort of).
Besides selling really great coffee, we like to think we’re having a positive influence on the world. We’re incredibly proud about our commitment to directly trading with farmers but, let’s get this straight - it’s about quality, not charity.
Topics: Pact Coffee
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.
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.
Topics: Office coffee
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.
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.
Topics: Direct trade
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?
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.