Cafédirect is the UK’s largest 100% Fairtrade hot drinks company, selling a wide range of products that are sourced directly from growers.

Cafédirect what they do

What they do

In 2015, Cafédirect purchased 1,326 tonnes of coffee beans (2014: 1,057), 92 tonnes of tea (2014: 175) and 44 tonnes of cocoa beans (2014: 46), paying growers Fairtrade premiums of £644,691 (2015: £520,218). Since becoming a plc in 2004, Cafédirect has supported growers businesses and communities with over £15.5 million. Read more

Financial performance

In 2015, Cafédirect saw an increase in turnover from £11.8 m in the previous year to £12.4 m. An underlying operating loss of £1,065,168 was incurred in the year, £436,755 higher than in 2014. The current cash position is negative and the company is operating within an overdraft facility.


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Social performance

Since 2004 total payments to farmers in the developing world amount to more than £15.5 million.

  • Key social performance indicator


    Fairtrade premiums paid in 2015 for coffee, tea and cocoa raw materials.

Governance and people

Who benefits

  • CEPICAFE coffee organisation in Piura, Northern Peru

    CEPICAFE coffee organisation in Piura, Northern Peru

    The CEPICAFE co-operative has around 7,000 farming families living on the slopes of the Andes as members. Cafédirect buys 40% of their coffee exports, and has been co-financing community development projects since 2008.

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