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International Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is happening this week (5th – 11th May) the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. The goal of @icawusa is to work together to raise public awareness on why we all should be composting our organics and using compost to create healthier soil.

8th May 2024

Funded Projects 2023 : Community Small Grants Programme

In 2023, we launched our Community Small Grants Programme, providing a more transparent, accessible and equitable approach to our local giving. We allocated £10,000 and opened for applications from any grass-roots community organisation within our local area, adopting a simple application process, offering grants of £100 to £500.

14th March 2024

Casa Café Femenino - International Women’s Day 2024

B- Corp Month continues throughout March and to coincide with this week’s International Women’s Day we would like to talk about our investment in our supply chain partners and for this amazing project in Peru. During 2024 we are funding the construction of Casa Café Femenino in the Jose Huanama Community. This will be a community centre for gatherings and will also be used as a temporary shelter for women and children fleeing abuse or violence.

5th March 2024

Community Small Grants Programme 2024

We are thrilled to re-launch our Community Small Grants Programme; this year now expanded to encompass all areas of Kirklees * During 2024 we are inviting grass-roots community groups and organisations within the Kirklees area to apply for a share of the £10,000 we have made available. As a local business, we aim to support community activities and groups within the area, but we recognise that this can be a little hit-and-miss and unfocused

29th February 2024

Dark Woods Coffee / B Corp Score 147.4

This is big news! This week we have been recertified as a B Corp, with an outstanding score of 147.4, reflecting our commitment to environmental and social sustainability.  

23rd February 2024

Removing Caffeine With Kindness

For our much-loved Lamplight Decaf we have always used washed Central American coffees that have been "Swiss Water Processed". This means they are decaffeinated in fresh water without the use of the kind of harsh chemicals associated with cheaper processes. It is scary to think that many commercial grade decaf coffees have spent time in the kind of industrial solvents that you’d really prefer to be kept as far away from your kitchen as possible.

7th February 2024

Real Living Wage Employer - Third Year Running

We are proud to announce our third year as a real Living Wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the cost of living. It is voluntarily paid by over 14,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

6th February 2024

Dark Woods Small-Grants Programme 2023

We are thrilled to launch of our new Community Small Grants Programme. During 2023 we are inviting grass-roots community groups and organisations within the HD postcode area to apply for a share of the £10,000 we have made available. As a local business, we have always tried to support community activities and groups within the area, but we recognise that this can be a little hit-and-miss and unfocused.

1st November 2023

Golden Fork Nominee- El Placer Yellow Fruits / Great Taste Awards 2023

Golden Fork Nominee! El Placer ‘Yellow Fruits’ scooped a 3-star award earlier this month, and it has now been announced that it was one of the highest scoring products, meaning Dark Woods Coffee is now in the running to win a Great Taste Golden Fork: the highest accolades in the food and drink world.

14th August 2023

A Guide to Composting (for Food Service Businesses)

Here at Dark Woods, we have been getting very excited about compost – yes, you read it right. Let me explain. Everyone knows what composting is – chucking garden waste, food scraps, cardboard, and the like, into a container or pile at the end of the garden and hoping that, eventually, it turns into soil.

26th July 2023

B Corp Report for 2021/22

Welcome to our B Corp Report for 2021/22. This was our second year as a certified B Corp, and our second Annual Report. In this report, we update progress on some of the work we started (and reported on) last year and highlight some of our plans for 2023 and beyond.

28th June 2023

This Coffee Empowers Women (2023 Update)

That's a bold claim; but, the outstanding work of the women farmers in Peru, supported by Cafe Femenino, means that it has become a reality. As part of B-Corp Month / International Women's Day, we recognise their amazing achievements over the last nineteen years and highlight why we all need to keep supporting their efforts.

8th March 2023

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