February Single Origin: Chelelektu by Connor Pearce

Nearby Yirgacheffe, one of the finest coffee growing regions of Ethiopia, is the town of Chelelektu, where the washing station that this coffee is sourced from is located. Established in 2015, the washing station processes beans from the harvest of growers in the surrounding area. Brewed for espresso or filter, we have found citric and floral notes throughout.

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A Journey to Imbabura by Amanda Jones

While Ecuadorian coffee may not have the profile of its more illustrious neighbours, with this month’s single origin we have had our belief in Ecuadorian coffee reconfirmed. This is a country that grows exceptional coffee. There are, however, some barriers to getting coffee from Ecuador to our roaster in Australia, but with some assistance from Caravela Coffee we have been able to ensure the beans make the journey. 

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Cupping With Cofinet by Amanda Jones

Coffee cupping is a unique process whereby coffee is sampled and tasted in a way that the greatest depth and variety of flavours can be discerned. With its traditions and rituals, this process is at the core of the ongoing craft of coffee, one that has never quite formalised itself into a discipline.

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What’s in a Cup? Understanding Ecuadorian Specialty Coffee by Amanda Jones

Just as specialty coffee has allowed the growth of smaller, boutique cafes and small scale roasteries to flourish, further up the coffee chain, select importers of coffee have been established to ensure that high quality coffee reaches its drinker in the most appropriate format. One of those companies is Caravela Coffee, and that’s who have brought our December single origin to us.

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Unlocking the True Potential of Ecuadorian Coffee by Amanda Jones

Hampered by factors ranging from the local to the international, Ecuadorian coffee has not been getting the attention it deserved in the most recent wave of coffee. Despite sharing preeminent conditions for growing with its well-regarded neighbours, Peru and Colombia, Ecuador had fallen off the map. Despite this, the coffee had never gone away, and our December single origin is testament to the work of dedicated farmers who know the value of their product. 

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Tasting the Fruits of December by Connor Pearce

Located in the Andes, our December single origin comes from a country that despite coffee being one of its primary exports until the 1970s, saw a decline in production through the end of the 20th century. Only now are export again beginning to pick up as specialty traders and roasters return to this country for the subtle, clear flavours of the coffee produced there.

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The Boatshed La Perouse by Amanda Jones

With summer around the corner we’re putting on our boat shoes and scrubbing off the barnacles. The next few months look like they’re shaping up to be sun drenched and needing a place to refresh and revive, as close to the water as possible. With this in mind, you’ll find us at the newly renovated The Boatshed at La Perouse.

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Charming Costa Rica by Connor Pearce

Costa Rica, known to some as the Switzerland of Central America, is an exception in almost every aspect, and this makes for exceptional coffee. Lying between Nicaragua and Panama, Costa Rica straddles the Central American isthmus at one of the narrowest points and is buffeted by the winds of the Pacific and the breezes of the Caribbean. Putting it all together and translating that is coffee, the third largest export.

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The Woods by Amanda Jones

With more and more fine dining chefs making the jump to café-style establishments, with mixed successes, it’s worth heading back to those who were the first to make the switch. Emma Woods, previously of Rockpool, Billy Kwong and Rick Stein’s The Seafood Restaurant in Cornwall, Britain, opened The Woods Café and Deli in Earlwood, and for the past seven and a half years has built a local offering that defies fads and focuses on what the locals want.

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