Treating our beans with respect from farm to cup is as important to us as the process that happens when they meet the barista.
We are dedicated to sourcing our beans from coffee producing estates where environmental responsibility is paramount.
Starting as a young tropical plant, growing within the coffee belt it prefers an acidic soil that can drain well, with little stress from environmental factors.
At this early stage the plant needs lots of tender loving care, with regular pruning to encourage a productive tree.
As it starts to form a tree it will grow into a straight shrub with shiny green leaves growing in pairs, with aromatic white flowers.
It can take three to four years for a tree to reach maturity and be ready to produce fruit, which will grow in lines along its branches.
After 7-11 months when the fruits are cherry red they are ready to harvest.
Harvesting entails shaking the trees for the fruit to drop, and depending on the size of the estate this can be done by man or machine.
Once the cherries have been collected they must be sorted into ‘good’ or ‘bad’ with yellow not ripe enough and black being over ripe.
Once sorted the cherries must go through a cleaning process of either ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ processing which will remove the silverskin, parchment and mucilage. Again this can depend on the estate with wet processing using a machine, both processes will end with the bean being dried.
Almost there with the selection process now needed to sort the malformed or broken beans from the good. They are also sorted into size, colour and density.
Finally the beans are bagged and ready to ship where they will arrive at our roastery
Within their environmental and social responsibility our farmers and estates are also committed to protecting the earth and it’s inhabitants. Focusing on:
Optimising the water use in coffee processing
Treating and recycling the used water
Producing and using organic fertiliser (bio-mass)
Preserving native forests, wildlife and waterfalls
Educating local communities about the importance of ecology
As well as emphasising fair working conditions, adequate pay, and access to proper housing, with respect for all workers