Special Offer of Fairtrade Nespresso Compatible Capsules

Good News for those who like to enjoy a Nespresso style coffee but struggle to find Fairtrade capsules in smaller quantities. Peak Coffee a local company, has the answer for you AND they are offering an enticing introductory offer …

Peak Coffee specialise in a range of Fairtrade Certified Nespresso compatible capsules. Their range currently includes two single origins, Sumatra Mandheling and a Colombian Huila and a recently added Swiss water method Peruvian Decaf.

Customers can buy packs of 100 of one blend or one of the popular 100 capsule combination packs. They also design and sell one of the UK’s widest ranges of Nespresso and Dolce Gusto capsule and pod holders.

The company based in Ashover would like to offer any local customers who link in with http://www.matlockfairtrade.com a 15% introductory discount off their Fairtrade range of Nespresso compatible capsules by using the discount code peakintrodiscount     For a limited time purchases with the discount code start at less than 17p per capsule.

For orders or further information please visit peakcoffee.co.uk


Producers v Profit ?

The soul singer Mica Paris, a Fairtrade ambassador, visiting tea producers in India.

The soul singer Mica Paris, a Fairtrade ambassador, visiting tea producers in India. Photograph: Fairtrade

Public support remains high for Fairtrade and the fair treatment of producers, but are the supermarkets backing away from treating their suppliers justly?

Alarm bells have been ringing with Fairtrade producer groups, co-operatives and Fairtrade supporters over Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s decision to remove some of their products from the Fairtrade Mark’s scrutiny and Sainsbury’s plans to take control of the way any premium will be spent.  There are concerns about the lack of independent verification of the new “fairly traded” scheme and poor producer groups loss of power over how any premium money is to be spent. .

In excepts from articles in the Independent and Guardian  we read;

When four Sainsbury’s executives met farmers from some of Africa’s biggest tea-growing co-operatives in a hotel in Nairobi last month it should have been a mutual celebration of Fairtrade, the gold standard of ethical trading and the world’s most trusted and best-known food certification scheme.

But instead of backslapping at the Pride hotel, the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade products precipitated the greatest crisis in the scheme’s 25-year history by telling the 13 major tea groups and their 228,000 co-operative members that it intended to drop the globally known Fairtrade mark ((Independent Lizzie Rivera) for their produce, and replace it with the phrase “fairly traded”.

From next week the company will no longer label its Gold, Red and other bestselling own-brand teas as “Fairtrade” but will call them “fairly traded”. Officially it is a pilot but the suspicion is that Sainsbury’s will then roll out the new standard across other products including bananas and coffee.  John Vidal 25th June  https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/jun/24/fairtrade-crashing-down-sainsburys-tesco-tea-growers-nairobi

Fairtrade tea producers in Malawi.

Fairtrade tea producers from the Sukambizi Association Trust in the Mount Mulanje area of Malawi. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade

90% of the children at the Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi attend primary school.

90% of the children at the Sukambizi Association Trust in Malawi attend primary school. Photograph: Chris Terry/Fairtrade







The suspicion is that the supermarkets are on a money saving exercise and their decision has been called paternalistic by their suppliers. Development groups question their motives. “Why would a company like Sainsbury’s that has been such a massive champion of Fairtrade decide to take the trusted mark off their tea products, and in the process take power and value away from small African producers who already have so little? At a time when sustainable development and human rights are going up the corporate agenda, it’s hard to follow the company’s reasoning,” said Rachel Wilshaw, Oxfam’s ethical trade manager.

You may wish to ask questions of the CEOs of the companies or write letters of concern if so please contact;

Email CEO  Mike.coupe@sainsburys.co.uk  and the Chair david.tyler@sainsburys.co.uk
Email David Lewis (CEO) on dave.lewis@uk.tesco.com 

Fairtrade Fortnight 27.2.17 – 12.3.17



February 27th – March 12th 2017


Much of the work in Fairtrade Fortnight  is focussed in schools.

Before the Fortnight

Lessons will be held in both Castleview Primary, and Tansley Primary to familiarise pupils with the idea of Fairtrade.

During the Fortnight :

Thursday 2nd March, classes of children will be baking all day in Tansley Primary using Fairtrade ingredients

Friday 3rd March, parents and  children will watch an assembly at Tansley Primary followed by a Big Brew event

Monday 6th March, An assembly at St. Joseph’s Primary

Thursday 9th March, An assembly at St. Giles Primary

Following on from Fairtrade Fortnight



Saturday 18th March

10 – 12 noon.  

All are welcome


Fairtrade Fortnight will soon be upon us and the following arrangements have been made to celebrate Fairtrade, make it more widely known and supported in Darley Dale and nearby villages. There will be a  Traidcraft Big Brew Coffee Morning or Tea Party with Fairtrade tea, including different teas to taste, coffee, cakes and biscuits and a stall with food and some craft items for sale.


The Whitworth Terrace will be serving Fairtrade teas and coffee and some other items throughout the Fortnight.

Tuesday       28.02.17.    Wesleyan Reform Chapel,  Winster   10.30 am

Wednesday 01.03.17     Greenaway Workshop, Greenaway Lane, Darley Dale  10.30 am

Friday           03.03.17.    Wensley Reading Room    10.00 am

Monday       06.03.17      Churchtown Primary School     Tea Party after  school        3.30 pm

Tuesday       07.03.17      Darley Dale Primary School       Tea Party after school          3.30 pm

Thursday      09.03.17  St. Elphin’s     Traidcraft Stall in St. Elphin’s House        10 am – 12.30

Friday           10.03.17      Dale Road Methodist Church Hall  (St. Helen’s Ladies)     10.30 am.

       ”                      ”           South Darley Primary School      Tea Party after school        3.30 pm

Saturday      11.03.17.      St. Helen’s Church Hall.    10.30 am

Thursday     16.03.17      St. John’s Church, Winster    Coffee Morning    10.30 am

Wirksworth Fairtrade

Fairtrade Coffee Morning

Saturday the 4th March

10am – 12pm

Memorial Hall Farmers Market.


Collective Noun for Fairtrade Coffee Shops?

What is the collective noun for Fairtrade coffee shops? Please send us your ideas… Our first one has been a “grind of Fairtrade Coffee shops”.

Wednesday 4th May sees the opening of M &S Food in Matlock and adds to the growing number of Fairtrade outlets in our Fairtrade town.

Opening date for latest M&S Derbyshire store

The new store will include a 25-seater M&S Coffee to Go cafe which will sell a range of Fairtrade refreshments.

So to celebrate the opening of the M&S store we are asking for suggestions for the collective noun for Fairtrade Coffee shops so we can celebrate a number of them in our town.

Geo Bars

Are you a fruity, nutty, crunchy or chewy kind of cereal bar snacker? Well, you’re in the right place! Traidcraft are filling their GEOBARS with the best Fairtrade ingredients from around the world, from wild Pakistani apricots and Ghanaian cocoa to Chilean blueberries and Indian cashews. In fact, there’s a GEOBAR to suit all tastes, including gluten-free.

One of the vital ingredients of the GEOBAR range is Fairtrade honey. Based high in the remote mountains in north-west Guatemala, Fairtrade farmers and workers from the CIPAC co-operative are working hard to produce the sweetness for your snacks. 

Since joining Fairtrade, farmers like Rosa Moralez (pictured) have been able to invest in equipment such as beehives. In the last 15 years, the co-operative has grown from 22 to 132 beekeepers.

They have set up a honey collection centre, which means that farmers don’t have to travel so far from home to deliver their product. The co-operative have also used their Fairtrade Premium to provide educational support for the local children and set up an emergency fund for unexpected expenses such as trips to the hospital. (In case you weren’t sure, the Premium is the extra sum of money paid to farmers that they can invest in their business or community.)

Carlos Garcia, CIPAC’s manager says:

‘You have already made a substantial difference in our lives and we have hope for a better future for our children.’

The community would like to invest in better houses to replace the earth floors and walls, and create more jobs in the area so that the next generation won’t need leave their community to work. That means selling more honey.

So what are you waiting for? To celebrate the GEOBAR relaunch, you can pick up a box now using the code ‘GEOBAR’ to get free delivery on orders of £20 and over from Traidcraft*, a leading supplier of your Fairtrade favourites.

You can also buy your GEOBARS at major supermarkets.

Bee happy!

Fairtrade Fortnight Breakfast Finale

Information about Fairtrade drinks

Information about Fairtrade 

Fairtrade Fortnight went out with a bang in Matlock last Sunday evening. Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter along with other Town Councillors and members of the public attended the Late, Late Fairtrade Breakfast event hosted by Third Space church in Imperial Rooms.

Matlock Mayor Steve Flitter with Barbara and Grayden

Welcome Fairtrade drinks kicked off the event where people were invited to take part in information stations which explained how Fairtrade works and how it helps some of the world’s poorest workers and farmers who produce our food. One in seven people in the world go hungry every day, Fairtrade aims to end food insecurity.

The event featured the story of Rozina from Bangladesh, desperately poor, married at thirteen, eating one meal of rice a day. Her dream was to eat three times a day. She worked picking tea and earned 55p a day. She learned there was profit in growing tea and with the help of Traidcraft, a UK Fairtrade company, started growing tea on the families’ plot.  The story ended with Rosina and her family being able to build a new weather proof house with a kitchen, beds and electricity. Her daughter is now able to attend school.


Rozina says “I want more people to be self-sufficient so no one goes to sleep with an empty stomach. I want to educate my children and believe my dream can come true, poverty can be defeated.”

Rosemary Chapman one of the guests said “We had a smashing evening and learned a few things too.”

The menu consisted of Fairtrade wine, fruit juice, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Fairtrade ingredients were used to make a variety of scones, cakes and deserts. Local foods included sausages, cobs, butter, milk, cream, lemonade and mineral water.

The event attracted people from as far away at Lincoln. Jon Powrie from Little Eaton said “All your hard work resulted in a well run event which represented Fairtrade and Third Space values to the wider community.”

One of the popular deserts was Fairtrade Rocky Road which is so easy to make and contains lots of Fairtrade ingredients.

  • 200g Fairtrade dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids works best)
  • 2 – 3 tbs Fairtrade golden syrup
  • 135g butter
  • 200g Fairtrade cookies
  • 1 small box Maltesers
  • Fairtrade icing sugar for dusting
  • Bar of Fairtrade white chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • Optional ingredients
  • Fairtrade nuts
  • Fairtrade dried fruit
  • Anything else that will add taste or crunch that you like
  1. Line a small to medium sized square baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place cookies into a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin or just the side of your fist until they’re broken into a mixture of everything between dust and 50p size lumps. Put this to one side.
  3. Put syrup, butter and chocolate in a large pan and heat gently on a low light until the chocolate has nearly all melted then remove from the heat.
  4. Add biscuits and half of the Maltesers and any other additional ingredients you fancy.
  5. Mix together until all the ingredients are mixed in.
  6. Pour into the baking tray and level out pushing right into the corners.
  7. Push in remaining Maltesers and sprinkle the white chocolate pieces evenly over the top.
  8. Refrigerate for at least two and a half hours.
  9. Remove from the fridge dust with icing sugar and cut into small squares. ENJOY!