Artisan’s Donation Day Asks London Coffee Lovers To Help Raise £10,000 Wednesday 7th Septmber 2017

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Artisan’s Donation Day Asks London Coffee Lovers To Help Raise £10,000

South West London Coffee Company To Raise Funds For Ugandan Community Who Inspired The Business’ Success.

Fans of South West London coffee company Artisan can help the company raise funds for the small community in Uganda which inspired its success.  On Wednesday 7th September, customers of their Putney, Stamford Brook, East Sheen and Ealing sites will not be charged but instead asked to donate straight into the charity buckets.  Owners Edwin and Magda Harrison helped build a community college whilst volunteering in Uganda, which inspired them to write their business plan which today results in four coffee shops and a training school.  The event is a way to give thanks by raising £10,000 which will extend the college building and accommodate more students.

Even the coffee industry has kindly backed the efforts to raise funds for the local community in Uganda, donating their supplies free for the day including Allpress (coffee), Allan Reader (milk/diary), Seven Seeded (pastries and bread) The Artisan Bakery (muffins) and Cake Lovers Ltd (cakes).  Finally Artisan’s own staff will donate their time and work for free for this event across all four sites in Putney, Stamford Brook, Ealing and East Sheen in a solid effort of collaboration and charity.

“Seeing the coffee growing process first-hand and the challenges faced by the poorest communities in Uganda, we were inspired to dream and think big!” says Artisan owner Edwin Harrison.  “We developed and planned the vision for Artisan and we are truly humbled by its success.”

“We hope our loyal and wonderful customers will help join us as we pay thanks back the roots of our inspiration, and continue the work to provide education and training to those in much need.” Edwin continued.

The proceeds will go directly to a small local community charity – LIDEFO (Liberty Development Foundation) whose aim is to economically empower people and offer quality services that enhance income-generating activities and sustainable rural livelihoods.  Artisan owners Edwin and Magda Harrison undertook a year’s voluntary work with the charity to develop a sustainable business model to train local beekeepers as well as help raise money and build Liberty College.

From one class outside a tree and 30 students to four teaching rooms on their own property and over 300 students, the college offers occupational opportunities for the youth and women aged between 18-30 providing them with certificates and diplomas in various fields such as journalism, accountancy, catering and hotel management and tourism to name a few.  The funds raised from Artisan’s Donation Day will help build another storey and four classrooms on top of the existing build which will accommodate a further 200 students.

Original classroom with Magda teaching then the New college building and Edwin teaching class

For further information on Artisan’s locations for Donation Day please visit or follow the team on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

For more information on LIDEFO Charity visit

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Organic Marley Coffee Hits East Sheen & My Taste Buds!

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Organic Marley Coffee Hits East Sheen & My Taste Buds!

I confess I am a bit of a coffee lover and have trawled in and out of the many coffee shops in East Sheen, all catering to different taste buds and budgets.

Today I happened to wander in to my favourite Health Food Shop, Apples & Bees, to stock up on my usual medicinal cabinet requirements to fight off the usual colds and bugs that my children seem to share and or pick up when I smelled that lovely aroma, the coffee bean.

I was surprised to find out that as of today they started to offer coffee.

Not any old coffee, but ORGANIC COFFEE & better still Marley coffee.

Read the little bit below for a small snippet before continuing on to my experience!

Marley Coffee

Marley Coffee

In 1999, Rohan Marley, son of the legendary and beloved musician Bob Marley, purchased a 52-acre farm in Chepstowe, Portland, Jamaica, an area where the Blue Mountains are known for its idyllic coffee growing climate. At the time, Rohan had little knowledge of the invaluable soil and growing conditions that the farm held; just a desire return to the earth, fulfill his father’s dream of farming, and help support the local economy in Jamaica.

As taken from Rooted in Legacy

So I am a latte drinker, but was persuaded to try it black!   Oh crickey..I wasn’t really prepared for this, feeling very weary and still needing to wake up, I watched with fascination as this coffee was made with precision and time, it was like a ritual and art in the making.

I relented and tried a bit black, oh boy, my eyes popped, my tongue curled, but I definitely woke up.  I chickened out and added my milk and one sugar and my taste buds could then savour the latte that I am used to and it was truly delicious.  The slightly bitter lingering taste afterwards stayed for at least half an hour.

So if you are coffee lover, why not give it a go, variety is the spice of life after all.

You will find Apples and Bees here: 107 Sheen Lane SW14 8AE

Apples and Bees

Apples and Bees