We are so excited to be the coffee partner for the Ovolo Hotel South Yarra and Lona Misa restaurant. We spoke to Jaqui Rosenstengel the Food & Beverage General Manager to learn more about how the new venue and how the brand aligns with St Remio.
What can guests expect when they visit?
A fun & unique dining experience, great service, fabulous vibes.
Ovolo South Yarra blends past, present and future. The hotel is a place where retro chic and pop art collide. Taking its design cues from the days of disco, rock gods and retro glamour. The vibe is bold, creative, and unpredictable. All mods, zero cons: Ovolo South Yarra brings a fresh injection of energy into Melbourne’s -hottest cultural destination.
Lona Misa is a rebellious renaissance from root to stem. Enter a timeless scene with Latin loved persuasions to revel amongst friends, to siesta, or simply sit and pass the time. By day stop by for a casual bite, coffee, or fresh juice in the café. By night stay for something a little more, a lively Latin bar and dining experience boasting a heavily vegan menu with vegetarian options.
What made you choose St Remio Coffee?
Great quality coffee & broad range of products. Ethically sourced coffee beans & a company that celebrates the people behind their great product.
Is sustainability important to you?
Yes. Sustainability helps us to improve the quality of our lives and the diversity of life in our ecosystem. We should practice sustainable living and encourage others to do the same as well.
What is your go-to coffee and how many do you drink a day?
Long Black – about 3 a day 😊
What is the restaurants signature dish(s)?
I can recommend all dishes on the menu! But our most popular ones are definitely the
- Tamales Chicken Tomatillo
- Roasted Pedron & Manchego Croquettes
- Peri-Peri Cauliflower
- Oyster Mushroom Ceviche
What is your life motto or the best piece of advice you ever received?
If you want to remember something, make sure you write it down!
If you are in desperate need for a stay-cay, why not check out the new Ovolo Hotel South Yarra and Lona Misa. You won't be disappointed!
The UTZ program, now part of Rainforest Alliance, adopts a balanced approach to sustainability that takes into account the three pillars of people, planet and profit. Today we talk to Henriette Walz, Global Lead Deforestation, about the environmental pillar through the lens of our coffee program. She explains in concrete terms why sourcing sustainable coffee is better for the environment.
Sustainable coffee helps farmers better manage wastewater
Approximately two thirds of coffee beans are processed through a technique called the wet process. This process removes the coffee bean from the husk and pulp using large amounts of water. “The polluted wastewater then often flows back into nature, contaminating the surrounding environment and water people use to drink, wash and play in,” Henriette explains.
Farmers are trained to implement better water management techniques to tackle the problems created through wet processing. These techniques include; keeping clean water separated from contaminated water, reducing water use through recycling water whenever possible during wet processing and by implementing a water treatment system to eliminate or reduce pollution caused by wastewater.
Change in action
The wastewater project in Central America is a prime example of how wastewater can be repurposed and put to good use. The project turned wastewater from coffee production into safe, renewable energy that local families could use to power their stoves or farm machinery.
Marvin Mairena, a farmer and agronomist who was involved with the project, explained the dramatic changes they saw:
“In the first year the system reduced the levels of [water] contamination by 81.3%. We used to use around 1,500 liters of water per 46 kilograms of pre-pulped coffee. Now we only use 250 liters.”
Coffee farmer Jeremias Benitez Díaz from Honduras is also seeing the benefits of a sustainable approach. He explains why it’s so important to protect the environment and talks about the transformation he’s witnessed:
Sustainable coffee helps farmers adapt to climate change
Another issue facing coffee farmers is climate change. “Coffee needs very specific environmental conditions to thrive,” Henriette says. “As climate change becomes a growing concern, coffee production is increasingly being impacted by rising temperatures, unpredictable rainfall, droughts and other environmental issues, like pests and diseases.”
Farmers are trained to address these problems by learning methods that can help them adapt to climate change in addition to methods that can help them reduce their negative impact on the climate.
Henriette: “Farmers can adopt good agricultural practices to better cope with the effects of climate change include things like planting shade trees, implementing efficient irrigation methods and covering the soil with compost to make it more resilient.”
But the UTZ program, now part of Rainforest Alliance, doesn’t stop there. “It’s also vital that we help farmers make risk assessments for their own situation so they can be aware of the effects of climate change in their region and identify the specific measures they want to implement,” Henriette explains. “Showing farmers how to keep records of things like rainfall is one example of ways we can help them decide which measures to adopt.”
By sourcing Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, St Remio is supporting the protection of the environment in and around coffee farms across the globe.
This World Coffee Day, we are launching a new initiative to raise even more funds for the female farming community of Cocagi, Rwanda. We will be donating an addition 50c from every box of compatible capsules sold at all Coles Stores nationally (from our new Nespresso®* compatible Industrial Compostable & biodegradable range, as well as our Express®* and Caffitaly ®* range) directly to support and empower the female farmers of Cocagi Femme.
We will also be running this program on line for the day as well and alongside the 50c from all compatible capsules sold via our online store, we will also donate $1 from all beans and ground coffee to the cause as well.
Each year, our aim will be to grow this program, get more of our retailers on board and make this a big additional fundraising day for the community on top of our committed project funds.
Our aim at St Remio has always been to change the conversation and to make consumers think about where their coffee is from and impact their coffee has on the lives of others. It is their livelihoods, it is funding the next generation and we need to ensure that not only do the farmers earn what they should for their coffee crops, but that we invest in their development and empower them in business so they have greater access and reach to international markets.
We enjoy coffee anyway, so why not try St Remio today and allow your purchase to have a positive impact on this community! Thank you for your support!