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November 10, 2021
As Remembrance Sunday draws closer, here at Cotswold Coffee Roasters we begin to reflect on the lost family still in our thoughts and those left to endure the memory of sacrifices made on the fields of conflict. Our customers will already know we like to offer a yearly contribution to the poppy appeal.
The team does this by reserving a micro lot of coffee that has taken John’s interest, and to offer this on a first come first serve basis with all proceeds being passed to the poppy appeal.
We have 30kgs of an Ethiopian coffee (the birth place of coffee), and will be freshly roasting to order. If you do order the Ethiopian then please may we ask you are patient with us as we will be grouping orders together and roasting as regularly as we are able to. Lastly, a personal thank you for your contribution and support to a charity that remains very close to all our hearts.
Like the vast majority, we at Cotswold Coffee Roasters have families impacted in some way by the First and Second World War. For John, he lost three family at Passchendaele and always at this time of year reflection is at the fore front of our mind. In this year of the Royal British Legion 100 years, we wanted to support the Poppy Appeal so we decided we would try something a bit different and as always using coffee as a theme..so we did a bit of research and learnt a lot...
Back in 1914 there was a halt to transatlantic trade as a result of the outbreak of war. Central Europe began stockpiling its coffee in advance to preserve supplies and soon coffee imports were under state or military control, they were that important to the troops. British troops largely remained consumers of tea but our boys in the trenches were starting to see the benefit when on lengthy lookout shifts.
When reserves ran low Britain tried unsuccessfully to broker a deal themselves with Brazil for supply. It wasn’t until 1917 when America entered the war that supplies received an all important restock. Rather ironically the Americans had started mass producing a new type of coffee which “removed the disturbing acids and oils always present in ordinary coffee” which we as modern consumers of coffee are searching for!
This type of coffee helped digestion and was simply called ‘Instant’. It was a process invented in Japan but commercialised in the US with Brazilian coffee as it’s main source. It soon became a popular choice amongst troops and the necessity of war had the US military buying up vast amounts. History books suggest coffee gave the troops “a healthy wellbeing” and “invigorated them in times of need”. All so difficult to try and comprehend still and it always remains very emotive thinking of the troops involved in such conflicts.
In a small offering, all of us here at Cotswold Coffee Roasters would like to contribute something ..... somehow. We are offering a Very Limited Edition of a new Ethiopian Longberry on a first come first serve basis and will be donating proceeds to the poppy appeal for the Royal British Legion.
On this 2021 anniversary of Armistice day they will, and always will be, remembered.
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