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Strengthening the coffee industry by eliminating the reusable cup discount

When lockdown sufficiently lifts to permit coffee shop trade, we should end the customer discount for reusable cups. Here’s why, how we should use the money instead, and why this is the best moment to implement this change.

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Opinion – Sam Mason, Association Coffee: Can coffee shops spearhead the lifting of lockdown?

This week a proposal suggesting coffee shops should be amongst the first businesses to be allowed to re-open as lockdown restriction lift was tabled in Parliament. Sam Mason, Association Coffee, explains why it won’t be viable for many coffee shops.

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We’ve made progress on wages, but there’s still much more work to be done

Analysis comparing wage, revenue, and inflation over the past two years shows the coffee industry is paying its staff more by raising prices

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The proposed Latte Levy isn’t fit-for-purpose. Here’s how we can make it better.

The Environmental Audit Committee believes that a 25p levy on takeout cups would lead to a 30% reduction of takeout coffee cup use. Even with a 10x increase in reusable coffee cups, that would still reduce takeout volumes to levels that would put many coffee shops in breach of planning law. Ouch.

Back-of-the-napkin maths explains why many coffee shops would break planning law  —  and be forced to shut up shop.

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Wasting Less, But We’re Still Left Wanting More From The Proposed Latte Levy

Many consumers believe takeout coffee cups to be readily recycled. In fact, only 0.25% currently are.

How the Latte Levy, combined with other legislative changes, can tackle takeout coffee cup waste. A summary for the specialty coffee community and a response to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report, ‘Disposable Packaging: Coffee Cups’.

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