The organisers of the charity initiative UK Coffee Week, which postponed its April event due to the outbreak of Covid-19, have confirmed that it will now take place from 19 Oct to 25 Oct 2020.
During UK Coffee Week coffee shops, retailers, restaurants and brands nationwide come together to celebrate all things coffee while raising funds for Project Waterfall - a charity working to end the water crisis in coffee-growing communities across the world.
To date the initiative has raised over £750,000 helping to bring clean water, education and sanitation to many communities. And now in its 10th year UK Coffee Week UK had hoped to smash its £1 million fundraising target. But earlier this year the event was postponed due to lockdown.
In spite of the current situation the organisers have decided to go ahead with the new date, to celebrate and support the UK coffee industry and to continue to raise much-needed charity funds.
Founder Jeffrey Young said: “As we all know coffee shops and the whole hospitality industry have been hit hard in the past six months. As a result of this, demand for coffee beans has declined during the crisis impacting our coffee-growing communities.
“UK Coffee Week is about celebrating our nation’s coffee industry as well as supporting our coffee-growing communities, and we feel that this is now more important than ever before.
“So we are pulling out all the stops for UK Coffee Week 2020 with in-store activity, coffee-making tutorials, and a host of online events and competitions.
“Our aim is to put a smile back on coffee’s face. We want to celebrate coffee lovers and our supporters, from restaurants and coffee shops to roasters and other businesses. Whether we are enjoying coffee at home or supporting our local coffee shop this is a time to come together and raise a cup to our wonderful industry.”
Jeffrey Young established The Allegra Foundation in 2011 as a way for the coffee industry to come together and give back to the communities where their coffee is grown.
UK Coffee Week gives coffee lovers across the UK the chance to make their cup matter simply by enjoying their daily coffee and donating a few pence.
Notes to Editors
UK Coffee Week is the highlight of the UK coffee calendar. The coffee industry and coffee lovers come together to fundraise for Project Waterfall. Since 2011 UK Coffee Week has raised over £750,000, helped fund 6 new projects, and changed 28,000 lives. Find out more at www.ukcoffeeweek.com.
Project Waterfall brings clean water, sanitation and education to coffee-growing communities across the world. As the charity of choice for the coffee industry, they have changed more than 50,000 lives since 2011 and are working to end the water crisis in our lifetime. You can learn more about their work, or get involved, at projectwaterfall.org.
UK Coffee Week 2020 official sponsors include:
BRITA Professional, Headline Sponsor: BRITA Professional is the official headline sponsor for UK Coffee Week. With their incredible support, we are raising valuable funds for Project Waterfall.
Alpro: Alpro Barista For Professionals is the official plant-based drinks partner for the fourth year running. As the plant-based category leader, sustainability – both social and ecological – is at the heart of their business
KIND: KIND is the official snack partner of UK Coffee Week, for the second year. Just whole fruit & nuts bound together with honey to create a nutritious and wholesome snack, which is perfect on the go.
Arla Foods: Arla, a dairy cooperative owned by farmers, is the official milk partner of UK Coffee Week for the third year. Some of Arla’s most loved milk brands are Cravendale and Lactofree. They are creating the future of dairy and bringing health and inspiration to the world, naturally and sustainably.
Positive Kitchen: Positive Kitchen, a plant-based food innovation company that thinks about food differently, is the official cake partner for UK Coffee Week for the first time. Founded by a husband and wife team creating a completely plant-based, sustainable cake range at their state of the art, low environmental impact facility.