Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Online Donation facility for Ugandan Orphans available again

Some of you may have noticed that the donation facility for our school fees sponsorship in Uganda went missing for a couple of weeks.

Unfortunately a rush of dubious credit card payments obliged us to take some fairly forthright action with our secure transaction handlers at Worldpay to defend ourselves against a rush of credit card faud testing emanating out of the far east. Despicable although it may be, fraudsters tend to focus on charitable donations online as a means to test cloned or stolen cards before launching into purchases of actual goods where address data is likely to be manually checked by merchants and their fulfillment partners. Happily it seems we had chosen the right secure payment handlers in 2000 when we first opened online and until recently we had experienced only a handful of attempts to de-fraud in six years.

The ability to identify individual IP addresses behind purchases via Worldpay has allowed us to re-construct our defences and also do our bit towards directing the authorities to specific locations where fraud may originate. None of this process has affected in any way our normal day to day business with genuine customers, but it did mean we had to remove the donation facility for a while whilst we put measures into place.

Happily we have been able to re-instate the donations facility today and we hope online customers will be able to "catch up" with our customers on our outdoor event bars with their donations. The remarkable generosity of some online customers and many face-to-face customers means that we are now almost 60% to our first target to pay the fees for 95 orphans this September. We are hoping to be able to send these funds to Uganda by the end of June.

You can donate your own £13 at any time at this link. Donate here!


New Coffees in the hvcoffee.com online store

We received a new delivery of green coffee immediately before the easter break and have some exciting new crop arrivals added to the online store.

Top of the list is a prized Kenya AA Gethumbwini from the 2006 main crop. We've kept the price rise down to 20p per 250g and hope you will take advantage of this outstanding coffee at a still reasonable price.

As promised we now have three Indonesian Arabicas once again on offer and the new lots of directly sourced Java Kayumas Estate and Celebes Kalosi promise yet more improvement in quality.

The new coffees have allowed us to re-introduce some popular blends which have been absent for a few weeks, notably Inspiration and Three Islands Blend dark roasts and e.caffe espresso.

Our abundant choice of central american estate coffees from the past two years suffers another reduction as we run out of the Costa Rica Dota Tarrazu and we expect to run out of Nicaragua Linda Vista by the end of the month also. We await new 2006 crop coffees and expect to focus on Guatemala when these arrive in early summer. In the meantime it is time to shift the focus eastwards for a while.

Happy drinking.

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