Cafe Profile: Meraki Solé

All images via Meraki Solé

Located on the beautiful Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, Meraki Solé has become a health foodie destination. Established only three years ago, owner Alex Mudge said due to its unique style of food and produce, the locals in Ardrossan were a bit hesitant at first. Now the cafe is booming with tourists and locals alike making a beeline to experience all Meraki Solé has to offer.

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A Very Sacred Grounds Christmas

Yes! There’s only 39 days until Christmas… are you freaking out? Don’t despair, we have tonnes of ideas to make your festive shopping list a breeze; especially for the adults. And the best thing is that you can get shopping right now on our online store – coffee it up, people!

Sacred Grounds Christmas Ideas

1. Coffee Bundles! 

Our master roaster, a French chef, not only creates the most exquisite coffee blends and single origins but has put together his favourite coffee combos in time for Christmas!

Sacred Grounds- Blend Bundle                  Sacred Grounds - Espresso Bundle

Blend Bundle                                                                          Espresso Bundle

Featuring a variety of beautifully smooth                       This one is for the purists, or the purists-in-
Sacred Grounds blends, this bundle is                             training. Full of beautiful and complex flavour
the perfect gift for all coffee drinkers.                              notes, this range of coffee is ideal for cupping,
short blacks or your favourite espresso beverage.

*Includes – Sacred Blend, Spirit Blend,                           * Includes – Neighbours Blend, Nicaragua,
Neighbours Blend, Moonlight Blend.                               Ethiopia Limu and Spirit Blend.

Sacred Grounds - Fair Bundle                  Sacred Grounds - Organic Bundle

Fair Bundle                                                                                Organic Bundle

With a focus on Fairtrade, this bundle will                    Did you know that coffee plants are one of the most
not only tantalise tastebuds but will                                chemically treated in the world? Our Organic
create awareness of this important movement.             Bundle offers four delicious Single Origins, 100%
Free delivery is available for this bundle!                       organic with a fab range of flavours you’ll love.

* Includes – Sacred Blend, PNG, East Timor,                * Includes – Sumatra Gayo, East Timor, Australia
Organic Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate.                              and Ethiopia Limu.

Sacred Grounds - Plunger Bundle

Plunger Bundle

Plungers are back! Once again our roaster created a bundle your
friends and family will adore. With a variety of Single Origins and
Blends, this pack is a crowd pleaser!

* Includes – Sacred Blend, Spirit Blend, PNG and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe.

But, Wait, There’s More!

Shop ’til you drop on our online store here  and discover a range of fabulous Christmas gift ideas; from Fairtrade Organic Drinking Chocolate to coffee accessories! Sacred Grounds really is your one-stop-shop for the coffee connoisseurs in your world.

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Cafe Profile: Dr Earth

Sip on some delicious Sacred Grounds coffee while you soak up the funky urban vibe at the brand spanking new cafe in Newtown, Dr Earth. Based around all things wellbeing, this cafe will leave you feeling happier and healthier than when you arrived. With a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a wide variety of health options to choose from, Dr Earth is sure to become a favourite for locals and visitors alike.

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Going WILD with Kombucha

If you’ve never tried this fabulous bevvy then I tell you, it’s a MUST! Not only does it taste the goods but it’s also incredibly healthy – like superwoman/man/batman/hero healthy! But what does it have to do with coffee, you might ask… well our friends at Wild Kombucha by Ballsy actually use Sacred Grounds coffee in one of their mighty brews!

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Our Neighbours Blend Unpacked

Smooth and delicious, coffee blends are one of our biggest sellers and a popular option for those after a smooth, tasty finish. Today on the blog we’re looking at one of our favourite blends, the Neighbour’s Blend. The great thing about this bean is that is has been sourced from some of our nearest and dearest neighbours which means it’s great for the environment! Read on…

Low Carbon Footprint

Thanks to the producers’ close proximity to Australia, our Neighbours Blend has the lowest carbon footprint out of all of our beans. This means the transportation mileage required is a lot less than its Sacred Grounds cousins and so has a smaller impact on the environment.

So who are our ‘neighbours’? This bean sources coffee from countries like Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Origins Breakdown

Sumatra

The coop in Sumatra that we source our beans from is called Permata Gayo Cooperative. These guys ensure quality is maintained by cutting the middle man and managing the process from farm to exporting. Additionally, the cooperative employs two cuppers who ensure premium quality from each batch of green beans. Most impressively, coop workers have also attended international events such as the Specialty Coffee Association of America in the US and cupping training to stay up to date with current coffee practices.

What makes this bean so good? The abundant rainfall, rich volcanic soil and an equatorial climate all contribute in producing the very fine, exotic flavours found in this incredible coffee. With a bright tangy acidity, this coffee delivers beautifully light notes of blackcurrant followed by touches of dark cocoa and soft spice. So good! 

East Timor

Sitting pretty north-west of Darwin, this tiny country creates world-class coffee that we simply can’t get enough of. The coffee industry has actually been a crucial part of the rebuilding of this nation after years of unrest. Poverty is rife thanks to high unemployment rates but the coffee industry is slowly changing all of that. The coop we work with is called Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) and is one of the biggest employers in East Timor.

CCT grow organic Arabica coffee that is wet-processed which only adds to the high quality of the coffee beans. And the taste? A beautifully spicy and sweet aroma with hints of clove, tobacco, leather and pepper. It has a lovely orange acidity with a smooth body finishing up with a malt, walnut and burnt toffee flavour combination.

PNG

Famous for its beautiful mountains, volcanic soil and tropical climate, PNG provides the ideal growing conditions for coffee. Located in the Eastern Highlands of PNG, the Co-operative Highland Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC) has developed a close partnership with Sacred Grounds with their coffee becoming our highest selling Single Origin.

Within our Neighbours Blend coffee, the PNG bean provides a lovely chocolate and nutty flavour notes, with hints of cherry and vanilla. An ideal addition to any blend, this coffee brings a beautifully smooth finish that will leave you wanting more.

Sustainable  Coffee

Here at Sacred Grounds we’re all about sustainable processes and products which is why all of our coffee is certified organic. Through reputable certification bodies such as Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and Australian Organic, we ensure that all our producers are not only treated fairly but their products live up to their claims – ie 100% organic.

Our Neigbours Blend is no different. Each coop, farm, producer that contributes to this beautiful coffee has been monitored carefully ensuring that this blend is having minimal impact on our world.

Coffee Profile

With all these beautiful beans blended together, you can imagine how incredible our Neighbours Blend actually tastes. Here’s the lowdown…

Certification: Organic

Tasting Notes: Subtle berry characteristics with a nutty aftertaste

Origins: PNG, East Timor and Sumatra

Variety: Arabica

Roast: Moderately Dark

Where you can find Neighbours Blend

Get your Neighbours Blend sent straight to your door via the Sacred Grounds website or why not pop into one of our partner cafes including:

About-Life

About Life – Bondi Junction, Rozelle, Cammeray, Surrey Hills, Crows Nest, Lane Cove & Double Bay

 

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Buddha Bowl – Newtown 

 

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Sol Providore -at Mark Moran Vaucluse

 

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Ofarm Organics – Warringah Mall, Brookvale

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Cafe Profile: Gathered Kitchen

Located in the bustling suburb of Glebe, Gathered Kitchen is one of the latest and most exciting foodie destinations in Sydney. Established as the city’s first 100% plant-based full options cafe and bakery, this unique establishment delivers delicious vegan food with a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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How to Make Sustainable Coffee Choices

Not many of us stare at our morning coffee and wonder what impact it has had on our environment. More often than not we’re slamming it down, or sitting and sipping it while thinking about our ever-growing to-do lists. But our coffee choices can make an impact on our world, the environment and the choices that coffee growers make. You see the more people who opt for sustainable coffee options, the more environmentally friendly the farmers will become – hopefully!

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Cold Brew Coffee for Tea Drinkers

Coffee for tea drinkers? Have we gone completely bonkers? The answer is, of course not. Made with our very own Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Single Origin coffee, this recipe is the perfect summer refresher for coffee and tea drinkers alike.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is ideal for this recipe because it’s light roasted, resulting in a softer taste. Generally speaking, Ethiopian coffee is quite fruity in taste so you can imagine the beautiful flavours released in our Yirgacheffe – a very clean, sweet drink with soft lemon flavours. Delish! 

This is why we think this Cold Brew recipe made with Ethiopian Yirgacheffe will be a tea drinker’s heaven. The soft fruity flavours that are released through this method are similar to a herbal tea,  with a comparable amount of caffeine compared to that awesome hit of espresso.

Now for the recipe itself. This is so easy and the best part is once you’ve whipped up a batch you can keep it in the fridge for those thirsty moments that need a little caffeinated kick.

Cold Brew Recipe

What you need;
– 200g Coffee, ground coarse (filter/plunger grind)
– 2L filtered water
– Large jar 
– Muslin cloth (or equivalent)
– String

Instructions
1. Measure out 200gms of coffee and grind fresh if you’re using beans.
2. Place coffee in muslin cloth and seal with string.
3. Fill the container with the 2L of filtered water.
4. Submerge your coffee gently into to the container and seal.
5. Let the coffee infuse in the fridge for 12 hours.       
6. Remove coffee and muslin coth.
7. Serve!

Top tip: If any coffee grounds escape from the muslin, pour the entire cold brew through a clean muslin cloth to strain out the rogue coffee grounds.

 

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Notes:

  • This recipe can be used with any of our coffees though the flavour result will be different.
  • For a stronger or weaker tasting coffee, increase or decrease the amount of coffee used.
  • How fine/coarse you grind the coffee will also effect the taste. If you grind too fine (similar to an espresso grind) the cold brew will taste a lot stronger.
  • Depending on our mood, we sometimes add a slice of orange to our Cold Brew which give it a lovely summer vibe.

Enjoy!

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