Visiting our long term direct trade partners in India.
Great to choose new crop lots. Badra estates are continuing to experiment and further raise coffee processing and preparation standards.
Buying from the award winning Balehonnur and Bettadakhan Estates is always a pleasure.
# Masteroast ‘Relationships supporting environmental and socially sustainable coffee farming in Karnataka.
Back in 2015 we visited a lot of producers, exporters and traders across Brazil.
Coocapec Cooperative in Mogiana were one of the highlights. Over the past three years many of our Mogiana lots have been sourced and blended by this cooperative. Lots of large and small scale cooperative coffee farmers go into creating our cup profiles.
We came away convinced that the ultimate Mogiana profile was still from this cooperative, We also learnt a lot historical references of the ‘old’ train route defining some of the more general Mogiana regions. The reality is this little region had the smallest Arabica coffee production in Brazil. We drove from Santos up through the main coffee producing regions heading onto Franca.
The global coffee networks had focused heavily on the ‘coffee’ losses. Little had been mentioned of the impact on farmers. In reality we witnessed then human and environmental impacts. Near empty reservoirs, farm fires and perhaps the realisation of how important the natural network of springs in the interior were to farmers and reservoirs are for the cities and towns. Coffee is important as a livelihood, but, the environment impacts on all. The natural order of the ‘rains’ and the importance of preserving and cleaning the springs, became a ‘flashpoint’ of this trip.
Sunflower Trail: Children from St Mark’s primary school and volunteers from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Swanage bagged up 150 sunflowers as part of The Arts Development Company’s work with Durlston Country Park. The sunflower bags have been placed along the path from Herston to Durlston to guide people along the 1.5-mile route, which is hard to follow in places.
‘The sunflowers will bring a bright and warm feeling to passers-by who are trying to find their way,’ said Macy, aged 11.
The flowers were all grown from seeds planted earlier in the year by every child at St Mark’s and people in the Herston area. The soil was donated by Eco Sustainable Solutions of Christchurch and the jute coffee sacks were given by coffee companies from Lincoln and Masteroast.
Photo shows Taylor, age 9, helping to plant the sunflowers.
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