Master Your Own Latte Art

What’s not to love about coffee? First you start with some quality Fairtrade organic awesome Sacred Grounds beans (sneaky plug) bursting with incredible flavours. Then you turn those beans into mighty fine, warm, zing-inducing beverages. And if that’s not enough awesomeness then you can add your very own creative signature using froth and some powdered choccy (if you like)!

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PNG – Single Origin

We talk a lot about our Single Origins – their flavours, how to drink them and even the people behind the bean. It’s all important because we just love our coffee and we love how it impacts the world in a positive way. Most of our coffee comes from impoverished nations around the world and we know through our partnership with Fairtrade that this brings life and a future to these communities. So it is with our Single Origin from one of our nearest neighbours, Papua New Guinea.

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Sustainable Spirit Blend

Blends are the perfect crowd pleaser. Smooth and full of flavour, these beans are incredibly versatile as you can use them to create delish espressos, rich short black coffees or quality plunger brews. Today we’re getting soulful, digging into everything we love about our beautiful Sacred Grounds Spirit Blend. This particular blend is all about sustainability – which is great for the future of coffee, for our environment and for our own health.

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East Timor & Australia’s Coffee Bonds

One of our nearest coffee neighbours, East Timor has had a tumultuous history with war ravaging its land, its coffee crops and its people. While the people have experienced great trauma and upheaval it has never stopped them from their natural inclination for hospitality offering coffee to those in need. This has created a bond between the East Timorese people and the Australian Army going way back to World War II.

Sparrow Force

In 1941, British and Australian soldiers formed a guerilla army called Sparrow Force which were called on by the Dutch army in East Timor to fight the Japanese who were trying to invade the country. For more than two years, this group of soldiers resisted all attempts by the Japanese to take East Timor, ultimately ending in failure. During this time, the Sparrow Force were left to their own devices with very little food and drink. This is where the native East Timorese people stepped in to help with their supply of local food and, most importantly, coffee. Grown, picked and roasted by the East Timorese, the soldiers enjoyed freshly brewed coffee with wild grown honey. This display of hospitality and kindness surely gave the soldiers of Sparrow Force the drive, determination and energy to fight with all they had against a determined enemy.

Australia Remembers

Even today, the Australian Army holds a fondness for the East Timorese people who continue to provide freshly brewed locally grown coffee to battalions of visiting soldiers. Some Australian servicemen have even returned to East Timor, tracking down the friendly locals who helped them with something as simple and nourishing as a cup of coffee when they needed it most. These soldiers have helped the East Timorese people set up their own businesses, streamlining their coffee production providing them with a future and a steady income for their families and communities.

Sacred Grounds & East Timor

Like these Australian soldiers, we also want to give back to the East Timorese people. This country has experienced more upheaval than we can ever really comprehend and this is one of the reasons why we choose to source some of our coffee from this tiny nation. Not only has its past been troubled but the effects of it lingers today with high levels of poverty, 50% infant mortality rate and half of all East Timorese are illiterate. There are still so many problems but one of the solutions that has been a crucial part of the healing process has been coffee.

We work closely with our producers in East Timor, the Cooperativa Café Timor (CCT) who have been operating since 1994. Today CCT boasts 23,000 members across 16 cooperatives and 494 small farms. Fairtrade certified in 2001, this co op has made a massive impact on its surrounding communities with projects such as a business development program, a wholesale purchasing co op and 11 healthcare clinics and 28 mobile clinics to provide medical attention for those who can’t afford it.

Coffee crops are grown alongside rice, fruit, beans, spices and more providing a really unique environment for beans and the farmers themselves to thrive. And the taste? We use East Timorese coffee beans in our Neighbours Blend that has a beautiful combination of subtle berry with a nutty aftertaste.

Shop for Sacred Grounds Neighbours Blend here… 

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What Exactly IS a Single Origin?

For coffee purists, a really good Single Origin bean is bliss in a cup! However if you’re fairly new to the world of coffee, the idea of this kind of beverage may be a mystery to you. At Sacred Grounds we’re passionate about flavour notes, fresh organic Fairtrade beans and our incredible range of Single Origin coffees sourced from across the globe. So it’s our absolute pleasure to introduce you and to dig a bit deeper into what makes Single Origin coffee truly special.

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How to Make Great Coffee at Home

It’s kind of mesmerising watching a barista work their stuff, from the right coffee, grind, tamp to texturing the milk just so. They make it looks so easy and one of the reasons they can get it perfect time after time is their industrial style coffee machine. So does it mean that home coffee connoisseurs can’t make great coffee at home? Not at all. There are a few handy hints the pros use with their fancy machines that will help you get cracking coffees time after time on your own machine.  Read More

How Coffee Is Processed

We’ve looked at different ways that coffee is grown (shade vs sun) but the processing of coffee beans is just as important, especially when you talk about organic coffee. Each plantation chooses its own way to process the fruit of coffee plants called cherries. Some even develop their own ground-breaking processes to reduce the impact on the environment, speed up the procedures or maintain the natural flavour notes in the beans.

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Single Origin: Ethiopia

Ah we love our Single Origin coffee and this S.O is something a little bit special. It is said that coffee was born in Ethiopia and ever since, beans that come from this part of the world have been exceptional.

Ethiopian Coffee History

Picture this… it’s around 850AD, you’re a goat herder in Ethiopia tending to your bleating flock when suddenly you get this rad idea – cappuccino! latte! flat white! piccolo latte! Ah maybe it didn’t really happen like that but in 850AD it is said that a lonely goat herder, Kald saw his goats chowing down on wild grown coffee cherries and decided to try a couple himself. He felt on top of the world – yep that caffeine hit really gave him an ancient buzz! So he took the berries to a bunch of monks who thought they were evil so they chucked them in a nearby fire. Suddenly the aroma of freshly brewed coffee hit their nostrils and they scooped out the crusty beans, soaked them in hot water and drank to their heart’s content – not realising the incredible beverage they had helped create.

Slowly but surely drinkable coffee made its way through Africa and up into the Middle East where the first coffee houses were established in Mecca. From there coffee travelled to Sri Lanka, eventually landing in the hands of some savvy Venetian traders who took it to Europe. And the rest is history.

Sacred Grounds Ethiopian Producers

Today, Ethiopia is one of the best places on earth to source quality coffee beans. But it’s not just the amazing coffee that we’re interested in but the people behind it. Meet the farmers of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU). Formed in 1999 this co op has been Fairtrade Certified since 2002 – so you know that the coffee you’re drinking is having a positive impact on farmers and the community around them. The OCFCU has 240 member co ops with 208,728 workers, counting the incredible number (22,302) of female farmers.

This co op is the largest of its kind in Ethiopia, producing 65% of the nation’s coffee beans in the Oromia State of southern and southwest Ethiopia. This region has beautiful rainforests and impressive mountains which makes it the ideal place to grow such incredible coffee.

Most of the coffee farmed by OCFCU members is grown under stunning canopies of native Acacia and Oak trees – a haven for birds. This environment creates natural fertilising from decaying leaves and plants which means there’s no need for chemicals. Other plants such as ginger, papaya, cardamom and sweet potatoes are grown alongside the coffee plants creating a harmonious, aromatic, perfect environment for growing coffee.

Ethiopian Single Origin Coffee

Which brings us to our own Ethiopian Single Origin coffee. We love this coffee so much we actually have two S.Os from this part of the world, our Ethiopia Limu and Ethiopia Yirgaheffe.

Ethiopia Limu – This medium roast bean is a beauty brimming with flavours of lime, stone fruit and just a hint of spice. Ideal for plunger coffee or your favourite version of espresso, this zesty coffee is sure to hit the spot. Order your Ethiopia Limu here…

Ethiopia Yirgaheffe – A beautifully light roast bean, this Single Origin exhibits a clean, floral, lemony flavour combination, perfect for cold brew coffee. It’s an ideal coffee to use with your Aeropress, Plunger, Chemex or V60. Order your Ethiopia Yirgaheffee here…

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