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Londoners’ Cup Of Coffee Helping Farmers In War-Ravaged Yemen


Londoners who buy a cup of coffee for $20 from Le Cafe Alain Ducasse in an up-market shopping complex near Kings Cross station are helping small farmers in war-ravaged Yemen.

The Coal Drops Yard development, site of the cafe, was a former dumping ground for coal from north-eastern England, which arrived by train into Kings Cross station before the second world war.

The area of derelict Victorian warehouses, dingy night clubs, prostitutes and drug-dealing in the 1990s is now home to cool fashion boutiques, neon art installations and the unique cafe opened by Alain Ducasse, a celebrated French chef.

Walls in the cafe are lined with shelves displaying the world’s coffees, including brands from Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Brazil, Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Panama and Yemen, the most expensive selling for $78 per 100 grams.

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