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Fair Instant is a high quality instant coffee that offers you more than just a seriously good taste.

As well as being Fairtrade sourced, Fair Instant donates 10p from every jar sold to Save the Children.

We’ve raised over £550,000 to date. We'd like to encourage more of you to try Fair Instant with by telling you about the good work we help fund through the work of Save the Children.

Fair Instant comes in two varieties, Freeze Dried and Granules, on sale in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Booths supermarkets nationwide.

Or, if you buy in larger quantities our 500g tubs are perfect for you.

Buy a tub today from the Ethical Superstore for delivery straight to your door.

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Save the children

We donate 10p from every 100g jar sold straight to Save the Children. Your purchase helps give some of the poorest children in coffee growing areas of Colombia the chance of a better education. Find out more here

We’d like to raise a further £450,000 to reach our £1m target and to be able to help many more children. But we can’t do this without you.

Help us spread the word by asking your friends to swap their next purchase of instant coffee to Fair Instant. It’s that easy!

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Certified and not because
we give money away

We’re proud of our Fairtrade status. Meaning we pay a fair price to our coffee producers. Our owners, Fine Foods International, were one of the first businesses in the UK to invest in Fairtrade products.

More and more people are buying Fairtrade products. So why take a step to help. It can be a simple step, like swapping your coffee to Fair Instant, or a bigger step, like asking everyone in your office to do it too.

And the good news is you don’t have to sacrifice taste as Fair Instant coffee tastes good too!

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Facts and Myths

The more we read about coffee the more fascinating a subject we find it. For instance did you know that the word ‘coffee’ was at one time a term for wine?

Knowledge to us is like coffee – giving you the buzz. Why not see how good your knowledge is?

Click to find out


Coffee is banned substance at the 2012 Olympic Games

Caffeine (the magic ingredient in coffee) was indeed a banned substance for high performance athletes. Athletes who tested positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per millilitre (about 8 cups of coffee were thrown out from previous Olympic Games.

Caffeine was however delisted in 2004 by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the big cheeses who monitor drugs in sport. They decided that too much coffee could actually decrease performance.

So it’s scientifically proven now that a little bit of what you fancy does you good – but too much can be a bad thing!


Lloyds of London began life as a coffee house

In the 17th century coffee houses were quickly becoming centres of social activity and communication, replacing traditional taverns as coffee has the advantage to “prevent drowsiness and make one fit for business”.

In England they were also known as 'penny universities', so called because for the price of one penny you could buy a cup of coffee and engage in stimulating conversation.  Intellectuals, professionals and merchants thronged to the coffee houses and by the middle of the century there were over 300 coffee houses in London.

Lloyd's of London started at the Edward Lloyd's Coffee House. Based in Tower Street, leading to the Tower of London, it became popular with sailors, merchants and ship owners and the place to find marine insurance, and the London Stock Exchange started at Jonathan’s coffee house in Change Alley.


Instant coffee powder was invented in 1901 by Satori Kato

Water-soluble ‘instant’ coffee was first developed in Britain in 1771 but as the technology to preserve it had not yet been developed it soon disappeared. A further attempt was made in America in 1853, followed by a cake-like powdered coffee during the American Civil War. However as neither of these products could keep, they both soon disappeared.

It was left to a Japanese born American chemist, Satori Kato, to finally patent instant coffee in 1901 although the patent was not received until 1903.

Kato was also the inventor of soluble tea. Noticing his work, a U.S. coffee importer and a coffee roaster asked him to apply his dehydration methods to coffee and the world has never looked back.

Myth... it's the second

Coffee is the third most widely traded commodity in the world

Commodities, for you and me, are the base products that people trade world-wide. Prices change daily in line with supply and demand. The more people want and the less there is available, then the higher  the price goes. Just think of gold.

The same is true of our black gold (no, not oil but coffee). It might come as a surprise, but coffee is actually the second most traded commodity worldwide.

Based on daily turnover, the most popular traded commodities, courtesy of, are;

1. Crude Oil, 2. Coffee, 3. Natural Gas, 4. Gold, 5. Brent Oil, 6. Silver, 7. Sugar, 8. Corn, 9.Wheat, 10.Cotton


August 23rd 2012 / Celebrations, Coffee Break, Colombia, Save the Children

Taking a break – for coffee of course!

This summer has seen some tremendous events taking place right on our doorstep. The Olympics came right past our door at Fair Instant HQ several times and it’s true that all work stopped as we rushed out to watch the cyclists speed past. The atmosphere and anticipation as we waited for them was indescribably exciting and so much good humour around.

August 9th 2012 / Colombia, Fair Instant, Save the Children

Feedback from Save the Children. What Buying Fair Instant Really Delivers

It’s been a while since we reported back to you on the sterling work carried out on our behalf by Save the Children.

We like to remind you every so often that buying Fair Instant doesn’t just deliver you a fine cup of instant coffee but that it also directly helps the coffee growing communities in Colombia, from where we buy much of our coffee beans.

For every jar you buy we donate 10p to Save the Children. It might not sound a lot but it can quickly add up. So far together we’ve raised over £550,000 and that’s not bad by anybody’s standards.

August 7th 2012 / Fair Instant, Recipes

Recipe idea: Mocha steak with Miso sauce

Thought coffee could only be used in baking? Well, think again. Coffee (like chocolate) can also be used to great effect as an ingredient and flavour in savoury dishes too. This recipe was developed by Tim Anderson (of Masterchef fame no less) and it gives steak with a creamy mushroom sauce an unusual twist by using coffee and chocolate flavours. It may sound funny, but we reckon it’s worth giving it a go (and will make a nice change from fish fingers again).


Extended hols for I am heading off to see some of these coffee lands I talk about. So long and thanks for all the fish. - Aug 2012

It's not a cure but if anything can help at all then it's worth investigating - caffeine & Parkinsons. - Aug 2012

Breaking news - we’ll be signing off here soon to work on exciting new ideas. Thanks for following. Stay with us & you’ll be 1st to know. - Aug 2012

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