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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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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It’s Organic Awareness Month!

How organic-aware are you? Do you often choose organic products over their alternatives or does it depend on what you’re buying? Let’s face it, we all get stuck in shopping habits, buying the same brands over and over again without giving the organic aisle a second glance. But once you compare organic varieties to the mainstream versions, you’ll never think twice about your choice again.

Organic Coffee vs Non-Organic

Take coffee for example! Did you know that the coffee plant is one of the most chemically drenched crops around? This impacts everything from the soil, the local water supply, the beans themselves and the taste of the coffee. Think of how much coffee we consume every day… why put chemicals into your body if you don’t have to? Organic coffee has been proven to taste better as beans absorbed flavours from the environment around them and no one wants to drink coffee that tastes like fly spray!

Trust Issues

The ‘organic’ label has been misused by some organisations who simply add it to their packaging with very little to no accountability. The great thing about the Australian Organic ‘bud’ logo, however, is that it indicates that the organic product you’re buying can be trusted. Products that display this label go through a strict certification process and ongoing checks. Every organisation involved in the processes of a wide variety of products is tracked and analysed so that nothing falls through the cracks. There are many ‘hoops’ to jump through just to get the bud on the packaging so you as a consumer can rest assured that what it’s claiming is what you’re getting.

Organic Awareness Month Events

Throughout September the organic industry is going into hyper-drive, celebrating everything organic from meat to coffee, chips to wine! Australian Organic is challenging all of us to buy one extra organic product a week, to buy something certified organic to wear – to mix it up, to break out of our ‘easy’ habits and make a positive impact on our own health and our environment. Head to their Facebook page for more info on events, clients and products to kick-start your own Organic Awareness month.

Go Organic and WIN!

Choosing organic products is a win for everyone, but during September you can WIN some really amazing products and experiences. Head over to Australian Organic on Instagram (@australianorganic) to see which prizes are up for grabs. Each week of September, there’s a different prize on offer and this week it’s a gem! Australian Organic are giving away a fabbo Organic Gift pack with loads of amazing goodies. Check them out!

Which product will you switch over to organic this week? 

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Coffee FAQ’s

You know those little niggly questions about coffee that have had you baffled for years? Don’t you wish you had a professional on hand to relieve your enquiring mind? Well now you do, for today’s blog post is all about answering the most frequent of coffee questions. And the best part is that if we haven’t included your burning question, then you can send it straight through to us and we’ll answer it pronto. Bonus!

Here are some of the more common questions we get asked and the handy professional answers…

Coffee FAQs


How should I store coffee?

The best way to store coffee is in a cool, dark place in an airtight container; your pantry cupboard is ideal. Never store your coffee in the fridge or freezer, this will allow moisture into your coffee and will dull the taste.

How long does coffee last?

Ideally you want to be drinking all your coffee within a month from roasting. Though, if stored correctly, coffee shouldn’t go off, though the flavours will fade over time.

When is the optimum time to drink coffee after it’s been roasted?

Depending on the brew method you use and the coffee that you’re buying, the optimal age for coffee can vary. We generally recommend that coffee is ready to drink 4 – 5 days after roasting.

Which grind do I use for which brewing method?

This is really important because grind size is a vital component when it comes to making a great coffee. So if you’re using a filter system like V60, AeroPress or Chemex etc, or  whipping up a Cold Brew and or getting stuck into the old Plunger then coarsely ground coffee is the go! But for your Espresso machine and Stove Top coffee maker you’ll want to go for finely ground coffee. 

Which Coffee should I use for which brewing method?

Coffee is subjective is there is no definitive right and wrong answer, though we definitely have our recommendations:

  • Filters (V60, AeroPress, Chemex etc.): Single Origin – Light or Medium Roasted beans
  • Plunger:  If you enjoy black coffee then a Single Origin, Medium Roast is best. And if you prefer your coffee with milk then we recommend a Blend or Medium Roast.
  • Coffee Machine or Stove Top:  For black coffee choose a Single Origin, Medium to Dark Roast but if you prefer a white coffee, then go for a Blend, Medium to Dark Roast.
  • Cold Brew: Choose Single Origin or a delicious Blend; Light to Medium Light roasted beans.

What is the difference between a Blend and a Single Origin?

A Single Origin refers to the coffee grown in a single geographic area, region; this can be an entire country or smaller region within. A Blend is where coffee beans from different countries are blended together.

A Blend is created to produce a consistent, well rounded flavour whereas a Single Origin contains the flavours of the natural environment and processing techniques of that particular region.

 Did we answer your question? If not, feel free to comment below & throw a curly coffee question at us!  

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Understanding the Coffee Menu

When you’re out and about, looking for that perfect coffee, what do you order? Is it always a cappuccino, long black, flat white? Or are you always up for trying something new? If you’re not behind the coffee machine, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re drinking so we’ve made it easy for you. Today we’re breaking down each coffee menu option so you can experiment or learn to order exactly what you need and of course, want!

The Coffee Menu

6-12 oz Coffees

1. Long Black 

If you’ve ditched all kinds of milk then the Long Black is for you. Now this doesn’t mean that it’s going to be one bitter, strong caffeinated ride. Oh no, a Long Black begins with 3/4 of hot water, finished with a lovely Ristretto or Espresso shot on top. Then ta-da, it’s ready to enjoy!

2. Flat White 

Invented in Australia, the Flat White is often confused with a Latte. So what’s the difference? It’s all in the milk but first comes the Espresso/ Ristretto. Then the milk is textured so that there is only a thin layer of foam.

3. Latte

Like the Flat White, our Lattes start with a beautiful Espresso/Ristretto. As mentioned above, the main difference between a Latte and the Flat White is how the milk is textured. For a Latte, your local Barista will froth the milk so that it has about double the froth of a Flat White.

4. Cappuccino

Froth is the cappuccino’s best friend, along with the firm foundation of an awesome Espresso/Ristretto, of course. Some may remember those awful Cappuccinos that had super-light froth bulging over the top of the cup with chocolate dusted on top. Nowadays cappuccino’s tend to look a lot more sophisticated. With Cappuccinos, baristas will start with the espresso/ristretto base, then dust the chocolate powder over the espresso shot. Finally, they’ll pour in the frothed milk causing the chocolate powder to lift and create a speckled pattern around the latte art. Of all coffees on the menu, Cappucino’s have the highest amount of froth.

5. Mocha

A close relative to the latte, Mocha is all about the chocolate! As with all our milky coffees, this one begins with an Espresso/Ristretto shot. Then simply add some quality Sacred Grounds Organic Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate (sneaky plug) and finish it all off with some Latte-style froth. Delish!

4 oz Coffees

1. Espresso 

If you’re a coffee purist then you’ll love the flavours oozing out of an Espresso Shot. Basically, it is what it says it is, one Espresso Shot of coffee served in a handy tiny cup. Tasty!

2. Ristretto

This beauty is a more intense version of the Espresso. In Italian, Ristretto means ‘narrow’ and the size of this beverage echoes that. It consists of only the first 15ml up to 20ml of the Espresso extracted in 15-20 seconds.

3. Macchiato 

This cutie-patootie consists of a single shot of Espresso with a spoonful of velvety smooth milk popped on top.

4. Piccolo 

Picture a mini-sized latte and you have a Piccolo! One shot of Espresso is finished off with Latte-style milk to give you a quick, beautifully milky coffee experience.

 

Inspired to order something new?

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