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Winter deliveries

Brrr, it’s getting cold out! The Met Office is forecasting a particularly cold winter with plenty of snow. How will this affect your coffee deliveries?

We do deliver throughout winter, however if the weather is particularly bad we will most likely post coffee instead at no extra charge. If we have deliveries scheduled for a particular day but the weather makes it too dangerous to deliver we will contact you to let you know and re-arrange delivery.

Typically we’ll make a call on the day of delivery itself as, especially in the case of snow, weather can change quickly, or sometimes turn out not to be as bad as forecasted. In the case of Coffee Club we will make a call by the Thursday before the scheduled delivery day to give us time to get them in the post in time if we need to.

During winter we might sometimes use a vehicle for deliveries if we have a lot of them and it makes better financial sense than posting them. However we will keep this to a minimum.

However we’ll mostly be cycling as usual throughout winter enjoying the frost glazed scenery as long as the conditions aren’t dangerous and when we do need to make changes we’ll let you know as soon as possible if it affects your order.

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Why we use bikes in our business

Back in September we were invited to talk to Mark Dennison at BBC Radio Nottingham about why we use bikes in our business. The email inviting us to speak on the show included the line “businesses that still use bicycles” which made us laugh at the idea that using bikes as a delivery vehicle is a funny little quirk from the past. Although despite enjoying a giggle at that one line it was actually a really great chat about why we use bikes, what we like (freedom) and dislike (bad infrastructure), and whether we’ll continue to use bikes as we grow. I thought it was about time I got some of our thoughts on all of this down in writing on our website.

For us, using bicycles for deliveries is very much the future, and we’re not alone in thinking this. Even supermarket behemoth Sainsbury’s is trialing bicycle deliveries while Deliveroo are popping up in more and more cities following huge funding rounds to expand their restaurant bicycle delivery service.

In many European cities, cargo bikes do many of the inner city deliveries that we in the UK still use vans for. We believe it is the van model that is outdated as more and more people order goods online while space does not expand and city traffic is grinding to a halt. By using bicycles we rarely get stuck in traffic and can take many off-road scenic routes that those delivering in motor vehicles cannot.

We also have a commitment to keeping our environmental footprint to a minumum, something that delivering on bikes helps us to achieve. Last year we kept 1 tonne of CO2 out of the air by delivering by bike instead of in a small petrol vehicle. And of course using bikes is great for well-being. Before starting this business I was a desk-bound tech worker battling anxiety. Being out on the bike in the fresh air and getting regular exercise is the best medicine I could ever take.

We will continue to use bikes for deliveries. If we grow to the level where our own two sets of legs are no longer enough then our plan is to add more people on bikes to the team rather than a van. Of course on occasion we do use a vehicle, usually in bad weather or at times of illness. However we keep these to a minimum, and almost always end up staring out of the window watching a cyclist cruising by us as we sit in traffic regretting our choice.

For urban and suburban businesses with deliveries to make, we truly believe that bikes are the future. If you have a small business and would like to talk to us for advice or sharing resources, feel free to get in touch via coffee@roasting.house

 

Thanks to Mark Dennison for having us on the show.

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We’re finalists in the Nottingham Post Environmental Business of the Year Awards

We’re delighted to announce that we are through to the final round of the Nottingham Post Environmental Business of the Year Awards. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Nottingham on Thursday 20th October.

Regardless of the outcome we’re really excited just to be through to the final round. We work incredibly hard to try to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible through making deliveries by bike, using paper packaging which can be recycled, sourcing our coffees carefully, and having a zero waste to landfill policy.

You can read an article about our entry to the awards on the Nottingham Post website.

Wish us luck!

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We’re on holiday until 25th September

We have decided to take a short holiday before we get in to the busy C-word-which-is-too-soon-to-say season and spend a few days relaxing on a beach. Therefore any orders placed between Friday 16th and Sunday 25th September will not be fulfilled until the week beginning Monday 26th. This doesn’t affect Coffee Club which will be delivered and posted on schedule as usual (unless we decide to do a runner and live on the beach for ever).

To help you cope with this lull in coffee delivery there will be a 20% discount on all coffees ordered during this period with voucher code RoastingHouseHoliday2016.

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Make a difference with your coffee for #DoGoodFriday

This year some businesses are forgoing the imported horror show that is Black Friday and instead taking part in Do Good Friday by donating money to charity.

We love this idea and so we’ll be donating 10% of all sales made between Friday 27th November and Monday 30th November to the Emmanuel House Give a Cup of Kindness campaign.

Emmanuel House is a fantastic organisation based in our home town of Nottingham which provides shelter and support to homeless people, a service which has increased demand and importance over the cold winter period.

Head over to our online shop to buy freshly roasted coffee and support this great campaign. 

Image of cup of coffee in snow by Kalexanderson CC-BY-2.0

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Christmas delivery dates

For deliveries in the Nottingham delivery area (please see Nottingham delivery area map for details):

  • Last delivery date will be Weds 23rd in Nottingham, last orders midday on Tuesday 22nd.
  • Delivering again between Dec 28th – 30th, no deliveries on Dec 31st or Jan 1st, then back to normal from 2nd January.

For deliveries elsewhere in the UK:

  • Last post is 21st December. All orders need to be made by midday on 20th December to be included in this.
  • Postal orders will commence again from Monday 4th January with the exception of Coffee Club deliveries which will be posted out on Tuesday 29th December.

To let us know that your order is intended as a Christmas gift, please let us know in the notes field at checkout. There is a checkbox to enter a different delivery address. 

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Drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day could reduce risk of death

Two mugs of coffee and french press

Drinking 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day could reduce the risk of premature death from conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and neurological diseases according to researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Researchers analysed health data gathered from participants in three large ongoing studies of nurses and health professionals over 30 years. Drinking coffee was associated with reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, and suicide but was not associated with cancer deaths. The analyses took into consideration factors such as smoking, body mass index, physical activity, alcohol consumption, and diet. Decaffeinated coffee was also found to reduce risk.

Lead author of the paper Ming Ding said, “Bioactive compounds in coffee reduce insulin resistance and systematic inflammation.”

“This study provides further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases,” said senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology. “These data support the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Report that concluded that ‘moderate coffee consumption can be incorporated into a healthy dietary pattern.’” 

Source: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/moderate-coffee-drinking-may-lower-risk-of-premature-death/

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We’re trialling BitCoin payments

We’ve decided to try out BitCoin payments for our coffee beans. Crypto currencies is something we’re really interesting in having come from a tech background before starting Roasting House and having seen how easy it is to implement, we thought we might as well try it and see how it goes. To use it, select the BitCoin option at checkout. You will need a BitCoin wallet. Currently we can’t accept for Coffee Club subscriptions but can for all other orders including gift subscriptions as they are paid for in one go rather than recurring.

For more information on BitCoin, visit bitcoin.org

We will be trialling this until the end of 2015.

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We’re on holiday from 25th September to 2nd October

We’ve worked hard this year and cycled a lot of miles delivering coffee to you fine people so we’ve decided to reward ourselves with a holiday, yay! Any orders made while we are away will be fulfilled upon our return from 3rd October and no later than Tuesday 6th (basically we’ll be working super hard when we get back and might need another holiday!) However CoffeeClub on Saturday 26th September remains unaffected and will be delivered as usual.

To thank you for your patience while we’re away, we’re giving you 20% off orders made during that period with voucher code HappyHoliday

The voucher code will not be valid until midday Thursday 24th September. Any orders until that point will be fulfilled as normal.

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End of batch sale

We have some coffee beans which are nearing the end of the batch so to help clear some space for new beans coming in, we’ve put them on sale. We only have small amounts of each and once they’re gone they’re gone so get ’em quick! Please note, no vouchers can be used with these sale beans but the sale price is lower than with any of the voucher codes or Coffee Club discount.