Thistle Hotels is to sell only sustainable coffee throughout its estate, despite it increasing costs by 15%.
The hotel operator, which serves 9.1 million cups of coffee in its bars, restaurants and banqueting facilities, has signed a deal with supplier Kenco to serve coffee that comes from Rainforest Alliance certified farms.
Thistle currently spends £263,000 per year on coffee products, the 15% increase will bring Thistle's annual spend on coffee above £300,000.
Stephen Brannigan, food & beverage development manager of Thistle Hotels, insisted that the cost increase was justified:
"As a leading hotel group, it's imperative that we recognise the importance of sourcing products that are kinder environmentally, economically and socially.
"Thistle has a responsibility to make sure the 9 million cups of coffee we serve not only taste great but are fair to all involved."
By Christopher Walton