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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No, it’s not bird, a plane or Superman, Aeropress is a super-easy way to make quality coffee whether you’re at home or travelling. This is not a difficult device to wrangle either, so really anyone can use it!

Aeropress History

So where was this handy little apparatus born? Well not that long ago, 2005 to be exact, inventor and Aerobie (a sort of frisbee) president Alan Adler was having dinner with his team when the topic of coffee came up. The problem? How to make a single cup of coffee that tasted great! The solution? Well Adler began tinkering with existing coffee brewing methods without success which led him to his ultimate invention, the Aeropress! 

How to use an Aeropress

So how does it work? The beauty of this device is that it’s quick and easy – all you do is mix hot water and coffee grounds together in the Aeropress and push it through a filter or should I say a ‘micro’ filter for 20 seconds and you’re done!! Now coffee can be a tad temperamental with other brewing methods but the Aeropress produces consistently high quality coffee every time – something you can rely on.

Sound too good to be true? Well to get it 100% right, we have a handy recipe for you to follow:

Our Recipe

Serves: 1 cup
Coffee: 14g
Grind: Medium
Water: 180g of water at 90-92⁰C

1. Measure out your coffee and set grinder to ‘medium’ grind.
2. Boil water and then remove from heat. (NOTE: Never pour boiling water straight onto coffee grounds – it will scorch them and give coffee a burnt flavour). Allow the water to cool for 30 seconds – the temperature should be between  90-92 C.
3. Extend and invert Aeropress to allow for 180g water dose.
4. Add grounds into the Aeropress.
5. Pre-infuse – 14g of hot water
6. Bloom – Let the grounds bloom for 30 seconds (basically let them soak).
7. Pour water – Pour remaining water on the grounds, ensuring all are fully saturated.
8. After 2 and a half minutes steep time (including blooming time) flip and plunge into carafe.

NOTE: Adjust grind size/steep time to taste.

Coffee Choice

Like many methods of brewing coffee, the variety of coffee is really up to your taste. However, if you’re after something truly special, we have a few tips to get the most out of your Aeropress experience:

1. Choose lighter or medium roast coffee
2. Aeropress suits Single Origin coffee because of their distinctly different flavour notes.
3. Most people tend to drink their Aeropress coffee black – but once again, it’s up to you!

An Aeropress is the ideal Christmas present for your coffee-loving mate or family member. It’s lightweight, easy to use and they probably don’t have one… yet! To help you pick the BEST present, we’ve put together a fab Aeropress Bundle with our favourite coffee to brew in this awesome device. Too easy. Buy it now!

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