Our Signature Blend: Sacred Blend

Our Sacred Blend is our most popular coffee blend, and it’s easy to see why. From it’s smooth flavours, to it’s organic fair-trade origins, Sacred blend is simply the crowd favourite – and we love it too! In this short article we look at the beans that make up this blend, and how each bean contributes to the Sacred Blend flavour.

The Blend

Sacred Blend is made up of beans from four regions of the world: Papua New Guinea, Ethiopea, Peru and Nicaragua. All of these regions lie within the ‘Coffee Belt’ where the conditions are absolutely perfect for growing our signature beans.

The beans in all of our blends have been carefully sourced from around the world. Each bean has a unique taste depending on the individual farm it has been grown on. Other plants in the area (including fruit trees) impact the flavours existing in this little brown vessel of goodness.

Sacred Blend Flavour Notes: The beauty of this blend is in the perfect balance of flavours and tones. It features a sharp but incredibly clean acidity with a sweetness that will get those taste buds dancing. If you’re a chocoholic you’re going to love this blend because dark chocolate tones flow from first sip to the amazing aftertaste. Perfectly balanced with a slightly spicy taste, this blend is not only beautifully smooth but really interesting to taste and savour.

 

Each individual bean has it’s own distinct characteristics, and if you’re really adventurous we suggest trying then all individually. You can purchase our Sacred bundle (with free shipping) right here: But let’s get back to the individual beans.

Papua New Guinea

Located north of Australia, this small island nation is home to some of the most delicious coffee in the world. Thanks to its rich volcanic soil and tropical rain, PNG offers ideal growing conditions for coffee crops. All of our PNG coffee for this blend as well as our Single Origin PNG are sourced from the Highlands Organic Agriculture Co-operative (HOAC) group – a coop made up of 2600 members. HOAC achieved Fairtrade certification in 2005 and has been working hard at not only producing quality organic coffee beans but giving back to their local community.

If you really want to get serious about lowering your carbon footprint, with PNG as our closest neighbour it also means that transporting the beans to our roaster in Australia uses the least amount of fossil fuel of all our beans.

Papua New Guinea Flavour notes: For all you chocoholics out there, this coffee is for you. With hints of delicious dark chocolate, it also exhibits beautiful nutty flavours with a hint of cherry. Yum.

Ethiopia

Coffee was born here and developed into one of the most sought-after beans throughout the world. Conditions here are just too good – their organic coffee is sensational and this is why we’ve included it into our amazing Sacred Blend coffee.

Our Ethiopian producers hail from Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union – the largest Fairtrade coop in Ethiopia with 240 members. Fairtrade certified since 2002, these guys have made a huge impact growing 65% of their nation’s coffee. Out of the 208,728 coffee farmers in the OCFCU, 22,302 female farmers.

Ethiopia Flavour notes: It’s a medium roast coffee with hints of berry with floral and fruity notes. Delish!

Peru

Now let’s head over to South America with our Peruvian Producers, Central de Cafetaleros del Nor Oriente or CECANOR for short. Established and Fairtrade certified in 1999, this organisation is made up of 1,340 members across 6 co-ops. Gender equality is a vital part of CECANOR, with the women able to work separately to male farmers in order to create their own quality coffee, creating an independent livelihood, setting themselves up for life.

Peru Flavour notes: This Peruvian coffee adds a beautiful combination of herb and chocolate to our delish Sacred Blend.

Nicaragua

Located in Central America this land is famous for its mountains, lakes and, you guessed it, coffee! Most of the coffee grown in Nicaragua comes from the North Central Highlands which features mild temperatures and higher rainfall – ideal for our precious coffee crops. This region produces 100% Arabica coffee on the stunning tropical hillsides under lush canopies of natural shade.

Another tongue twister, Cooperative Regionalde Cafetaleros de San Juan de Rio Coco (or CORCASAN) are our Nicaraguan Producers. Passionate about all things Fairtrade and organic, these guys have been operating since 1978 – so they know coffee backwards. They have also been Fairtrade certified since 2005. The co op has 250 members and 160 farmers and still growing.

Nicaragua Flavour Notes: The Nicaraguan part of our Sacred Blend brings, once again, chocolate – this time with citrus tones, a hint of honey and a bright medium acidity.

Fairtrade & Sacred Blend

As you can see, all of the coffee suppliers have one major thing in common – they are all Fairtrade certified. This is a vital part of our business and we’re determined that all coffee that comes through our doors has made a positive impact on its farmers, producers and the surrounding environment.

Fairtrade is all about ensuring that all parties involved are treated fairly, work conditions are humane and financial remunerations are equitable. But wait, there’s more! Not only are the workers looked after but the community itself benefits from a Fairtrade certified farm in its midst. The Fairtrade Premium pours much-needed money back into the community funding projects such as clean water, schools, medical centres and training organisations.

So when you try out our Sacred Blend coffee, not only will you enjoy the smooth, sweet, chocolate-y tones but you can rest easy knowing that every cup you drink is providing a livelihood, a strong community and a sustainable environment for those in the third world.

The Perfect Shot

Sacred Grounds Newsletter

Issue 2: The Perfect Shot

Written by Nadime Alamaddine (instagram: @dee_alam): Sacred Grounds Key Account Manager

There are many descriptions of a ‘perfect’ shot, but a wise man once told me, “The perfect shot can be described in one word – ‘balance’”.

He also went on to say,

“If you are brave enough to peek behind the door of ‘balance’, there, you will discover the many doors that open to all its complexities. It’s the first sip, the oozing lava-like texture, the heavy toffee-like sweetness, the flash of citrus acidity, then the gentle mellowing, then wait … was that spice? And gently as the door closes, the warmth and lingering finish.”

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Sacred Grounds Guide to Alternative Milks

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There are many reasons why more and more people are flocking to alternative milks – health reasons, dietary requirements, ethical reasons and taste preference to name the big ones. There’s no doubt that alternative milks bring a different coffee experience both in taste and texture.

Alternative milks are all unique and bring something different to the taste profile of the coffee. So if you’re asking yourself how changing over to an alternative milk will affect your daily coffee, then the Sacred Grounds team are here to help you out.

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Adjusting the Grinder

Sacred Grounds Newsletter

Issue 1: Adjusting the Grinder

Written by Nadime Alamaddine (instagram: @dee_alam): Sacred Grounds Key Account Manager

 

As a key account manager for Sacred Grounds, my role is mostly on the road doing coffee training, so I would like to think I know the difference

between an amazing coffee versus a terrible one. I believe the main reason why coffee can taste bad, i.e. bitter or sour is in fact due to the lack

of importance given to adjusting the grinder on a regular basis. My biggest pet hate is when I hear this, “Once the grinder is set you never

adjust it”. This is a common idea that is often said in the coffee world. This is definitely not the case. I see hundreds of coffees poured every

week, hell, I pour hundreds myself over the week  as well as weekends but all the fancy rosetta’s, ferns, love hearts and well textured milks won’t

mean anything if the espresso shot tastes dreadful and by dreadful this typically means sour or bitter.

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