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AD | Plastic-Free Instant Coffee – Finally!

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I’ve never understood why up until now it’s been so difficult to find plastic-free instant coffee. Most instant coffee is sold in jars with plastic lids – why not switch the plastic lid to a metal lid and the job’s done?

Thankfully, one instant coffee brand has taken the initiative and switched to plastic-free packaging: Little’s Coffee.

Little’s Coffee is a small independent family business, selling 100% Arabica coffee, and they are proud to now be 100% plastic-free. Spearheaded by husband and wife duo Henry and Leila Little 25 years ago, the business is now run by their son, Will Little, and his wife, Caroline. By taking the lead on removing plastic from their jars of instant coffee, this small company is definitely leagues ahead of the big boys of coffee.

Their delicious range of instant coffee is all packaged in glass jars with 100% aluminum lids, both of which materials, unlike plastic, can be infinitely recycled, which is much better for the environment.

Rather than popping mine in the appropriate recycling bins once I’ve finished my coffee, I’m planning on recycling my Little’s jars in different ways. Call me a geek, but I do like a good jar, and Little’s jars look so very good. I have plans to use them either in my kitchen for food storage, or for health & beauty DIYs, before recycling them appropriately at the end of their lives.

Of course, it’s not just all about the packaging. The plastic-free packaging is all well and good but the coffee has to taste good too. Thankfully, Little’s delivers above and beyond on this point. The 100% Arabica coffee is gently brewed with no nasties to deliver a smooth and tasty single blend plastic-free instant coffee that’s available in both caffeinated and decaffeinated options.

Their decaf coffee is made still using the best quality 100% Arabica coffee and decaffeinated using a gentle CO2 process. This process retains all the coffee’s great natural taste, without the use of chemicals that are used in solvent-based decaffeination processes.

Flavoured Instant Coffee

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As well as standard coffee, Little’s star of the show is their flavour infused instant coffees, which has evolved to suit peoples busy lifestyles. Available in a wide range of flavours – from Cardamom Bun, to Gingerbread Cookie, to Irish Cream flavoured coffee – I counted 13 different flavours of plastic-free coffee to choose from, all modestly priced between £2.99 and £3.20 a jar.

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of flavoured coffees, finding the taste of coffee syrups too sweet, and the process of measuring out sticky syrups being a bit of a faff. I was surprised to find that Little’s range of pre-flavoured coffee (again, available in caffeinated and decaffeinated) has no added sugar. This means their coffee hits the spot without the intense sugary sweetness that coffee syrups often have, and can be whipped up in the same time it takes to make a cup of regular coffee.

I bought some Chocolate Caramel coffee and some Island Coconut coffee and both make great pick-me-ups to combat the 2 pm post-lunch slump. At only 4 calories a cup, the coffee is better for you than raiding the biscuit tin for that chocolate hit! Needless to say, I’ve got jar of Little’s at work now to help keep me out of the biscuit tin.

Without being overly sweet, the Chocolate Caramel coffee smells and to me tastes just like tiramisu – my partner hates all coffee but even he conceded that the coffee smelled delicious. A world first, let me tell you! The Island Coconut coffee is not too dissimilar to a Bounty bar, which is a very good thing in my book. It’s a great way to liven up your coffee!

Where to Buy Little’s Plastic-Free Coffee

Little’s Coffee is available across the UK and is stocked in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Holland & Barrett, Dobbies Garden Centres, Booths, Whole Foods Market, Selfridges & Co, and Harvey Nichols.

Little’s also has an online shop if you can’t find a jar near you. I ordered my coffee from their online shop and was delighted to find that it shipped in a cardboard box sealed with paper tape – no plastic to be found – not even a shred of bubble wrap.

If you’re shopping online too, Little’s Coffee has kindly set up a discount code for Moral Fibres readers: use the discount code MORALFIBRES10 at the checkout of the Little’s Coffee webshop for 10% off your order.

Visit the Little’s online shop here for delicious coffee in recyclable packaging, and pay them a visit on Instagram for colourful coffee-related content!

Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

AD | Quorn Lime and Coconut Vegan Curry Recipe

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quorn vegan curry recipe

You may remember a few weeks ago I got to chat with Ben Fogle about all things flexitarianism.  Ben had been filming a short video for Quorn with Duncan Williamson, WWF UK’s Food Policy Manager, when I got the exciting chance to catch up with him, and I’m really pleased to say the final video is now ready.

In the video, Ben and Duncan discuss the impact of our modern, meat-eating diets on the planet and how meat reduction could be healthier for us and for the environment. I always find it’s food for thought to find that switching to one or two meat-free meals a week could significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Duncan points out that food production is responsible for 69% of water usage, and Quorn’s research has found that one quarter pounder burger requires 2,800 litres of water – that’s 11,200 cups of tea or 45 personal showers! So even more reason to try and go meat-free once or twice a week.

I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a really interesting and thought-provoking watch:

As I eluded to in the first post, I’m a huge fan of Quorn, and found it invaluable in my transition from firstly meat eater to flexitarian, and then from flexitarian to vegetarian.

Whilst I’ve been vegetarian for 12 years now, right now I am trying to incorporate a more vegan diet into my life.  Whilst I don’t know if I will ever be 100% vegan, reducing my consumption of dairy where I can is something I am definitely on board with.

Whilst a lot of Quorn products do contain small amounts of egg white or milk ingredients, thankfully Quorn has developed a great vegan range, including my beloved Fishless Fingers, that is expanding all the time (and you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy!).

I find Quorn particularly invaluable when I want something quick, easy and tasty during the week, after a long day at work.  The ability to take something protein-packed from the freezer to create a healthy dinner when I’m time-pressed is something that makes my life so much easier!

lime and coconut vegan curry

One of my favourite midweek meals to cook is this tasty lime and coconut vegan curry, that’s made with Quorn Vegan Pieces.  As well as being downright delicious, the dish comes together in about 20 minutes and uses just one pot.  My kind of midweek meal!

Here’s the recipe!

Quorn Lime and Coconut Vegan Curry

Make this delicious vegan lime and coconut curry, made with Quorn Vegan Pieces. The dish is made in one pan in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a no-fuss, tasty weeknight dinner.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Quorn Vegan Pieces 280g
  • 2 small limes - juiced
  • 250 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 red onion - finely diced
  • 1 fresh red chilli - finely diced
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • Handful of fresh coriander - finely chopped and a little more to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour mixed into one tablespoon water
  • Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, and add the onion, cooking on a medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the frozen Quorn vegan pieces (there's no need to defrost them) and diced red chilli to the onions, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Next add the vegetable stock, lime juice, fresh coriander and chilli flakes and bring to a boil, before allowing the ingredients to simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the coconut milk and turmeric to the pan, bring back to the boil, and then allow to simmer for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Next, add the cornflour mixed with water to the pan, stir well, and cook for a further 2-3 minutes on high heat.
  6. Season with salt and pepper as required.
  7. Serve with rice and garnish with a sprinkling of freshly chopped coriander.

quorn vegan pieces

Enjoy!