Since the nation-wide lockdown came into effect, many businesses who previously supplied the food service and hospitality sector have had to turn to consumer eCommerce to continue trading.
While Teifi Coffee have always been an online supplier of coffee to both trade and households, their consumer sales have experienced an increase during the COVID-19 outbreak, says its founder Chris Snarski.
The micro coffee business, based in Llandysul, has created blends sourced from quality beans from around the world, which are roasted to order in small batches to ensure a flavoursome brew - all delivered free nationwide.
The online coffee shop is well known as The Charitable Coffee from Wales and donates 50p for every kilo of coffee sold to specially chosen local charities. During these difficult times, Teifi Coffee generously sponsored a live Facebook ‘Lockdown Party’ collaborating with a Pembrokeshire DJ and donated an extra 50p per pack of coffee sold during the event, which was donated to a local NHS health board.
‘We have seen a healthy increase in home deliveries for obvious reasons, and retail sales have also improved as customers seek their Teifi Coffee enjoyment from their homes instead of cafes. Gift boxes and care hampers have also been new requests’. - Chris
Chris went on to explain the business’ involvement in Feed the NHS Wales campaign, an initiative which brings together suppliers, kitchens and other food businesses, allowing individual vendors to provide each part of the meals sent to NHS staff. The initial aim is that frontline NHS staff will get one hot meal a day and there are plans to deliver food parcels to NHS workers at home in due course. The initiative started in partnership with Swansea Bay NHS Trust and is now being rolled out across Wales.
Teifi Coffee have also been collaborating other local micro businesses. Supplying Myrddin Heritage with coffee for their popular breakfast boxes and also taking part in Ridiculously Rich by Alana’s ‘Small Producers Sunday’ on Instagram – creating a delicious Teifi Frappe and a creamy Cappuccino you can make at home.
‘It’s really inspiring to read about how food businesses are adapting during the crisis. Personally speaking I predict that delivery should be part of all business models for the near future as the vulnerable, and a generally more nervous consumer seek shelter and rely on doorstep deliveries’.
Like so many other food and drink businesses, Teifi Coffee relies on its online sales in order to keep the business going, so if you’re missing your favourite coffee shop takeaway, why not become your very own barista at home with Teifi Coffee.
Discover Teifi Coffee’s range here: https://www.teificoffee.co.uk/
Support #FeedTheNHSWales here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/feedthenhswales