Fad Follower or Purist?

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There’s something a little fun about fads, even though we all know they’re not often here to stay. But is a ‘fad’ coffee everything it’s cracked up to be? Most of us simply want a great coffee (which is what we pride ourselves on) rather than something a little left of field. But, just for fun, let’s look at some trends you might encounter in 2018.

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Cafe Profile: Rawsome Earth

The quaint town of Cooma is situated 114km south of Canberra and just over 62km from the snowy ranges of Jindabyne in New South Wales. Thanks to the nearby snow fields, this town has recently experienced a rise in tourism as it’s the perfect place to stop, rest and refuel before hitting the slopes. This is where one of the newest cafes in town, Rawsome Earth comes in. Catering for everyone from locals, families and tourists, this cafe has really helped to put Cooma on the map.

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Simply Delish Tiramisu Recipe

With Christmas only a spit and a whistle away, you’re probably starting to write your food shopping list, organising who is doing which dish, checking the weather forecast and hoping for another stress-free (yeah, right) meal. Now if you’ve been handed the responsibility for an amazing festive dessert, then you’re in luck. Today’s recipe is one delish coffee-infused dish that you can whip up the day before, leaving you time to stretch, relax and enjoy Christmas morning.

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Cafe Profile: Meraki Solé

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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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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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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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