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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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Tasting the Fruits of December by Kevin Crouse

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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Charming Costa Rica by Kevin Crouse

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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Nature and Nurture - November Single Origin: Costa Rica by Kevin Crouse

Looking out towards the Pacific, this hills of Costa Rica have produced a fine single origin for November. Just as the waves crash against the shore, and the winds roll up the valleys, the coffee beans that grow in the West Valley region epitomise the inevitable cycles of nature.

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