This is 100% Fairtrade, next-level delicious M&S coffee, whether you’re grabbing a cup of instant or grinding your own beans
We all have our preferences when it comes to making coffee at home. Whatever you fancy, our specialist team makes sure you’re getting the very best flavour in every cup, every time.
All our beans, ground, bags and pods are Fairtrade, arabica and premium grade.
We offer a range of coffee blends, spanning light to dark roasts and including our delicious new blonde coffee, so you can choose your favourite flavour profile.
Our speciality-grade single-origin coffee is sourced by our specialist coffee buyers from the world’s best coffee-growing regions, then quality graded for a superior taste.
Plus, look out for our limited-edition hyper-local guest coffees, sourced from single growers and truly something special.
At M&S, all our tea and coffee has been Fairtrade-certified since 2006. We’re proud to have long-standing relationships with Fairtrade cooperatives, some of which date back decades, that have a huge impact on coffee producers, their families and wider communities.
Why is Fairtrade so important? Every one of the producers we work with receives a fairer price for their crop and an additional premium to spend on projects of their choice. That means that, by choosing Fairtrade, you could be supporting producers to invest in a school or hospital, gain access to clean drinking water, purchase renewable-energy cooking stoves or plant trees. In 2019 alone, we generated more than £1.5m in Fairtrade Premium for coffee and tea producers, and, last year, we generated more Fairtrade Premium for producers through our coffee sales than any other UK retailer.
Better yet, Fairtrade coffee not only means you’re supporting a better quality of life for producers but you’re also getting a better-quality coffee. One quarter of the premium funds that Fairtrade coffee producers receive is invested in improving the quality of their coffee beans, which means better tasting coffee for you!
Want to explore some of the incredible flavour profiles of coffee from around the world? Our single-origin coffee is for you.
Sourced from a single country by our expert coffee buyers, working with our M&S coffee partners around the world, these premium-grade coffees are taste-tested and speciality graded for exceptional flavour.
Our Colombian single-origin coffee gets its incredible aroma thanks to the country’s unique growing conditions: the high altitudes and volcanic soil lead to a coffee with sweet caramel notes and a hint of acidity. Our Peruvian single-origin coffee, meanwhile, has notes of almond, walnut and bittersweet chocolate, and our nutty Brazilian single-origin beans – grown on small farms dotted on the slopes of Sul de Minas – have mellow, chocolatey undertones.
Not sure where to start? Our packs come with handy tasting notes, so you can taste your way around the world, one single-origin cup at a time.
Made in the Muhanga district of Rwanda by the Sholi cooperative, which was founded by 30 female farmers in 2008, our new guest coffee not only tastes amazing but also helps local communities. The Sholi cooperative is committed to working together to help improve the quality of life for women and their families in rural Rwanda. The cooperative president said, “I decided to start the cooperative to help women in this area, because for many years we practically lived in isolation. Our husbands controlled the finances and it was even frowned upon for us to leave the house. It took many years and a lot of hard work and effort, but it was worth it, because now we understand the market for our coffee, and we have more freedom – financially and socially.” The cooperative is Fairtade and Rainforest Alliance certified, which has enabled Sholi to build a community centre and a much-needed regional health centre. Sholi also takes its environmental impact very seriously. It has been investing in improved irrigation techniques to mitigate soil erosion and reduce wastewater generation, and redistributing the organic waste by-products as organic fertiliser for farmers, which greatly improves soil quality while reducing the need for expensive farm inputs.
Sholi’s high-altitude farms and weather conditions make it ideal for producing some of the world’s finest speciality coffees. The coffee is naturally processed, hand-picked and hand-sorted to produce a high-quality coffee that has delicious notes of strawberry, raspberry and honey.
Pick up the Rwandan Sholi coffee beans and ground coffee in store now.
“No matter how much time you have to devote to coffee-making, I guarantee you can enjoy a delicious cup,” says M&S coffee expert Rachel Chatterton. “Our range includes everything – from instant to our fantastic ground coffee and coffee bags, which are perfect for flasks to take for a walk (just brew for four minutes). At the weekend, I love to grind my own beans and try different single-origin brews – a personal favourite is our Peruvian single origin, which has notes of chocolate and almond.”
“When it comes to making coffee at home,” says Rachel, “there are so many ways to enjoy it, from V60 to Nespresso machines – personally, I love to brew a large cafetiere to take me through my morning, but if I’m in a hurry, I go for a Colombian Nespresso-compatible capsule.”
“Store your coffee in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It’s best to use your beans within two weeks if possible – M&S has a range of pack sizes. Grinding your own coffee is a great way to ensure you taste it at its freshest.”