5 GREAT REASONS TO BUY FAIR TRADE COFFEE…

1.When you choose Fairtrade coffee, not only can farmers build a better quality of life for their families and communities, they can invest in growing better quality beans too.

2. Fairtrade coffee farmers invest at least 25 percent of their Fairtrade premium in improving productivity and quality.

3, Choose Fairtrade coffee and you’re also supporting farmers to fight the challenges they may face. These include the effects of a changing climate, low and unpredictable incomes and in some coffee-growing communities, there may not be enough food available for three to four months a year.

4. Being part of Fairtrade has meant better knowledge about protecting the local environment and the chance to plant other crops and buy livestock to put more food on the table.

5. Around 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihoods. Coffee is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and 25 million smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. But many of them fail to earn a reliable living from coffee.

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‘FIKA’, ANOTHER RELAXING WORD FROM SWEDEN…

‘Fika‘ is another delightful Swedish word. It means sitting down and setting aside quality downtime with friends for a coffee and cake. How nice is that?

The lovely print from Etsy would look nice in any kitchen. Fika Definition Print, Swedish Scandinavian Nordic, Coffee Bar Kitchen Decor, Friends Family Dining Room Artwork, Minimal Dictionary Art for £4.90

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It is linked to the recognition of coffee and pasties, but they say it is really meant to be a way of stopping for a short while in work and life to just enjoy the moment, which is such a wonderful idea.

Apparently it can take place inside a café, outside in nature, or in the comfort of your own or friends home.

‘Let’s go for a ‘fika’ is often overheard between word colleague or friends you have not seen for a while. ‘Fika‘ is a image, a state of mind, a belief and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day.

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I also love this ‘Finka’ themed mug.from Etsy at £10.38

It would make a great with a card inside depicting what it means in English.

These candles are perfect to have around the home and to remind you of this lovely Swedish tradition. They are from Fika Candles and are £40. Fill with a hole collection of our single wick candles. Enjoy the full aroma of our fantastic candles and wax melts. Everything in this luxurious gift set has been lovingly handmade and packed full of fragrance by the team at Fika Candles to make your gift set extra special, using natural organic ingredients.

Before I pop down to call some friends for a ‘Fika’ meet I thought The Little Book of Fika would be a great match with any of the gifts above and is available from Amazon at £5.94 (and other good retailers).

CUSHIONS TO FINISH YOUR STYLE OF HOME…

If, like me, you love your cushions then you will love some of the ones I have found . Having moved to the coast last year I cannot get enough coastal themed ones which seem to be very popular this year.

Cushions can completely change the room theme and colour and every year I change the cushions in at least one room. Check out some of these below to change yours.

Hunter & Co have a range called Coastal Modern is one of the biggest influences in their curated collection as they say they just adore all shades blue, green and white (yes there really are different shades of white!) from their handmade Dhurrie rugs to stylish ceramic vases to gorgeous art prints.

I just love these two cushion covers, Railey and Elliott, both £38 – the emerald green and nautical blue with pretty tassels.

Home Monger is another gorgeous site and has some unique hand woven raffia cushion covers with fringe detail adding natural texture to your home.

£55

This natural cushion pad in cotton and linen is trimmed in feathers and has a zip fastening at £50

If you like linen then you will love True Linen website and these two beauties. The woven fabric in light grey or pink is so natural and calming and a perfect match for my own bedrooms colour scheme. They are made of 100% soft linen and cost £39.99

Finally another of my favourite companies for many things is Made who have lots and lots of cushions but two of my favourite ones are this Bowker storm green stripe one for a reasonable £25.

Bowker Stripe £25
Ryker Cushion £25