Moka, a café on the Coleraine campus of the Ulster University has been declared the winner of Coleraine Borough Council’s, ‘Coleraine Borough Fairtrade Café Awards 2015’.
During Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, which took place from 23rd February until 8th March, tea and coffee connoisseurs were asked by the Coleraine Borough Fairtrade Group, organised by Coleraine Borough Council, to vote for their favourite Fairtrade Café.
Cafés throughout the Borough of Coleraine which stock three or more Fairtrade products were deemed eligible to be nominated for the award. Participating cafés included; Moka, University of Ulster, Coleraine; The Cornerstone, Garvagh, Ground Espresso Bars, Coleraine and Portrush; New Society, Coleraine and Starbucks, Coleraine.
Customers of those participating cafés were invited to vote online at Coleraine Fairtrade Group’s website. Moka, which is operated by The Mount Charles Group, Ireland’s largest catering and business support solutions company, won the public vote with 31 per cent voting them as their favourite Fairtrade Cafe.
The Mayor of Coleraine Borough, Councillor George Duddy who presented Moka staff with their certificate said, “Coleraine Borough Council runs the Coleraine Borough Fairtrade Group which designed this award to help raise awareness of Fairtrade café products.
Many people enjoy a cup of tea or coffee when they’re out and about may not be aware that they are drinking a Fairtrade product. It’s good to know that when you’re enjoying a Fairtrade tea or coffee, that you are helping farmers and growers in developing countries work for a better standard of living, buy medicines and pay for healthcare and education for their children.
“Buying Fairtrade products makes a real and tangible difference to thousands of people and their families. I’d like to congratulate to Moka on their award and extend many thanks to all the cafés, shops and stores who took part and sell Fairtrade products.”
Moka Manager, Ann Rodgers, said, “We were delighted when the Coleraine Borough Fairtrade Group nominated us to be entered into the Borough’s Fairtrade Café Awards. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Fairtrade work we have been pioneering at Moka.
“Moka is a local, fiercely independent outlet that is proud of its commitment to Fairtrade. We’ve even introduced our own signature recipes such as ‘muffins with morals’ and we’re thrilled our customers enjoy the effort we put in to creating the overall Moka experience.”