People have been turning heavily to online shopping in recent days as they are generally encouraged to avoid going out as much as possible, and one local coffee company is using that to support those businesses which have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
Calender Coffee, based in Barna, are donating 30% of the proceeds from their online sales to cafés and coffee shops around Ireland, as chosen by the customer.
Businesses like cafés have been among the first hit economically by the Covid-19 pandemic, closing around Ireland so that people won’t spread the virus.
People can pick any location they desire, regardless of whether or not its a business that stock their prooduct.
“We wanted to bring the coffee community together, despite their doors being closed,” explained Zarah, one of the two founders of Calendar, along with her business partner Dan.
“Right now, we need to find ways to show love and support each other. The campaign is called #SpreadLoveNotGerms and we want to help as many cafes in Ireland as we can.”
“The response so far has been heart-warming, and all the messages of support we’ve received for the cafes is community spirit at its finest.”
In order to make this work they are charging a flat rate of €4 on all orders up to 2kg to cover shipping costs.
The only change that will be made from their regular shopping process is to include the name and location of the business you’d like to support at the checkout, and customers van even include a message of support.
Roasting and delivering coffee for nearly two years now, Zarah and Dan have always tried to put sustainability at the forefront of their business model.
Their seasonal Teamwork Espresso donates €0.50 per Kg to World Coffee Research, a non-profit organisation, helping farmers adapt to climate change.
Calendar also provide their wholesale customers with reusable buckets of coffee to reduce the amount of single use plastic they have in their business, as well as working with a reforestation project in Clare to offset shipping emissions.
To support this local business, supporting other local businesses, go to calendarcoffee.ie or connect through Instagram @calendar.coffee or call Zarah or Dan +353 (83) 426 2726.
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