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    Everything you need to know about coffee

    Everything you need to know about coffee

    Coffee is more than a drink. It’s a way of life that supports over 25 million smallholder farmers worldwide. In 2017/2018, there were an estimated 161.4 million 60 kg bags of coffee consumed (source: ICO, 2019), and coffee consumption is increasing approximately 2% globally per year since 2012. At this rate, coffee will continue to grow in influence and importance as a crop in the years to come. But, what do you really know about coffee? Let’s dive into the basics and take a look at the current state of sustainability in the coffee industry.

     

    The coffee belt

    The world’s biggest coffee producing countries are Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia, producing 62 million, 29.5 million and 14 million bags of coffee per year, respectively (source: ICO, 2018). Coffee is grown in over 50 countries around the world that lie near the equator, roughly between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. These countries have the warm climates and high levels of humidity needed to grow the coffee plant.

    Arabica vs. Robusta

    There are two main types of coffee beans cultivated for consumption: arabica and robusta. You may have heard the term ‘arabica’ thrown around at fancy coffee shops. It is generally considered the superior variety of coffee bean. It is grown at elevations of 600-2,200 meters above sea level and at temperatures of 15-30 ºC. This gives it a lower caffeine content, making for a less bitter and, what most people consider, a more pleasant taste. Robusta plants are grown at lower elevations of < 800 meters above sea level and at temperatures of 24-35 ºC. They can contain up to twice as much caffeine as Arabica and the taste of these beans is often described as stronger with a nutty flavor.

    From plant to cup

    Coffee beans are technically the seeds of the coffee plant, found in the coffee cherry. The cherries are harvested at different times around the world. Coffee plants are mostly grown on slopes. When these slopes are steeps, mechanized harvest becomes impossible. So instead, the cherries are hand-picked. Once picked, they are processed one of two ways; through a washed process or a dry process.

    A washed process removes the coffee bean from the husk or pulp using water and a special pulping machine. This requires large amounts of water and it is where water contamination can often occur in coffee production. The dry process method is when coffee cherries are allowed to dry in the sun. Once completely dried, the bean is removed from the cherry in a milling machine.

    Founded on coffee

    The UTZ certification program started as a coffee program, with the name UTZ Kapeh, meaning ‘good coffee’. The founders, Nick Bocklandt and Ward de Groote, wanted to create a program that recognized responsible farming practices all around the world and allowed people to know the exact origin of their coffee beans. They shared a common goal of making sustainability the norm in coffee production. Today, the UTZ coffee program, now part of the Rainforest Alliance, is still the largest certification program for coffee in the world.

     

    Sustainability concerns in coffee production

    We have come a long way in positively impacting the way coffee is produced and sourced, but there are still many sustainability concerns in the coffee industry.

    Climate Change
    Coffee, like any plant, is dependent on the environment. As climate change becomes a growing concern, coffee production is increasingly being impacted by rises in temperature, increased rainfall, more droughts and other environmental issues.
    Water management
    Also, in wet processing, extensive amounts of water are used to rinse the coffee cherries. The filthy waste water then often flows back into nature, contaminating the surrounding environment and water people use to drink, wash and play in.
    Social issues
    Another big concern in coffee production is workers’ rights. Coffee farming is hard work that often involves carrying heavy loads on steep slopes. The industry depends on seasonal workers who travel a long way from home and often stay in poor quality housing. Many workers receive low wages, have limited legal protection and no or limited access to pensions, paid holidays or insurance.

    What the UTZ program does

    UTZ is now part of the Rainforest Alliance. The two organizations joined forces in 2018 to create a better future for people and nature.

    These are issues we are working to change, through certification and beyond. UTZ farmers are trained in good agricultural practices like water recycling and purification. They know how to adapt to climate change and must provide good labor conditions for their workers. At the same time we work in partnership with all players – from farmers to companies, governments and NGOs – to address these widespread issues of the coffee industry, together.

    Do you agree that sustainable coffee is the way forward? Join the Rainforest Alliance today!

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    UTZ Everything you need to know about coffee - UTZ 

    Introducing our Organic Aluminium range – Because you deserve the best!

    Introducing our Organic Aluminium range – Because you deserve the best!

    One of the most innovative technologies to come through compatible capsules, has been the innovation in Aluminium. And we, at St Remio, are so excited to finally unveil our two new Aluminium blends!

    Introducing Traditional and Espresso – the 2 key staples every serious coffee drinker needs in their life all delivered in a premium, hermetically sealed, aluminium capsule, giving you the ultimate in fresh coffee. Choose from:

     

    Traditional – Strength 8

    St Remio TRADITIONAL features beautiful organic notes of almond and honey. This smooth and mild blend is perfect as an espresso or with milk.

    Espresso- Strength 12

    St Remio ESPRESSO is a signature style organic blend featuring robust notes of dark chocolate and hazelnut. Best enjoyed as an espresso or with milk.

     

    We have worked tirelessly on the blends to craft a range that suits both a mild coffee lover through to someone who enjoys a bold coffee. Sourcing sustainable, organic coffee, we ensure we are working with farmers to pay over and above prices for coffee to ensure they can invest in their land and their families. If we don’t protect our farmers, we are not protecting coffee for generations to come. Your support also allows us to fund additional projects to help enhance the coffee growing communities. To learn more about our projects click here so you understand just what impact your purchase is having at origin.

     

    Great coffee is one thing. Innovation is another. But making your coffee count, is what St Remio is all about.

    Our 250g Ground Coffee gets a ‘Glow Up’

    Our 250g Ground Coffee gets a ‘Glow Up’

    Ground coffee. It’s a staple right? From French Press, to filter or Cafeteria, it’s the OG of coffee that we know and love and we thought, it deserved an overhaul.

     

    Introducing our new look Ground Coffee – same ethically sourced, sustainable coffee in swish new packaging, giving you the ultimate coffee fix.

     

    We’ve made it in our ever- popular INTENSE Blend, to ensure you receive a fragrant, yet bold coffee hit that you need to get you up and going in the morning. It’s also great for cooking whether it be tiramisu, coffee mousse, or our favourite, chocolate/ coffee truffles (ahhh…. YUM!) It’s simple, tasty, affordable and best of all, your support allows us to fund projects to support female coffee farmers in Rwanda. That’s right. Your morning coffee ritual has the power to have a lasting and positive impact on a community of women empowering them in business and supporting their families. Now that’s my kinda coffee.

     

    Available via our online store, LaManna and Gertrude St Grocers (for our Victorian Customers). Give us a try. You won’t be disappointed!

     

    Organic Expressi®* & Caffitaly®* Pods have landed in Coles!

    Organic Expressi®* & Caffitaly®* Pods have landed in Coles!

    For the past year, the team at St Remio have been busy creating our newest, premium range of specialty, organic coffee, St Remio Bio- Organic! We’ve been busy sampling blend compositions and different roast profiles, to bring your 3 exclusive, organic blends (available nationally in Coles Supermarkets and via our online store) that we know you are sure to love.

     

    Distinctly designed in a green box with floral illustrations, our Bio-Organic Range is certified to European standards and has just been approved by Australian Certified Organic too so you know you are enjoying a sustainably sourced, organic coffee that supports coffee growers at origin.

     

    The range features 3 key blends; Aromatic (for those that love a mild coffee), Espresso (a signature blend) and for lovers of full-bodied coffee, Robust (at our highest strength of 14).

     

    At St Remio, we are all about premium coffee without the price tag because everyone is entitled to enjoy a great coffee. As always, we continue to launch products that help us fund projects that support, empower and enhance coffee growing communities at origin, and this remains at the center of everything we, at St Remio, stand for. Because great coffee is only made possible by the wonderful coffee growers from all over the world and we believe that all consumers need to be aware that each coffee they drink has a direct impact on their lives and why it is important to choose brands like ours, that both protect and invest in their livelihoods to ensure that coffee can continue for generations to come.  

     

    So follow your heart and find the green boxes at your local Coles Supermarket and enjoy a premium, organic coffee that is making a positive difference in the lives of coffee communities.

    Cocagi Project Update

    Cocagi Project Update

    This year we are continuing our funding for Cocagi Femme. Due to climate issues and COVID-19, this coffee community faced some big challenges that destroyed some of the crops we purchased and donated to them last year.

     

    So to ensure, this project is a success, we are back supporting them, replenishing crops that were destroyed, buying an additional 2 hectares of land, fertiliser for the whole 6 hectares of land, additional coffee seedlings and sunflowers to they can earn additional money from the land while they are establishing the coffee plantation.

     

    Cocagi have been busy preparing the original 4 hectares of land (including weeding, purchasing liquid organic fertilizer and mulching) before planting 7318 coffee trees to ensure a healthy crop. They are now on track to plant the remaining 2,682 coffee trees by the end of January totalling 10,000 new coffee plants. They are still looking to secure the new 2 hectares of land which they have planned to use for both coffee and bananas, hopefully by our next report this will be secured and land preparation will be underway for this new addition!

     

    As well as prepping the land and planting the coffee plants, the community have also been preparing the land to include sunflowers after severe weather destroyed the tomato crops last year. Plant diversification is very important to ensure that the women can secure an alternate source of income while the crops are being established. It also diversifies the risk of reliance on one crop and is an important aspect that is taught by Rainforest Alliance to these communities to ensure they can continually make money from the land and support their families.

     

    As part of our support, we also invest in training for the Cocagi Femme who together with the support of Rainforest Alliance teach the community about leadership, gender equality, trade and marketing of their coffee. We also funded the cost of two female agronomists to assist the farming project. An agronomist are plant and soil scientists who work with the cooperative on the most  up-to-date farming practices to boost crop yields while managing weeds, pest control and working in alignment with the surrounding environment.

     

    As we have seen, no project is free from challenges like unpredictable weather, but so far, the project is moving forward without any issues. Thank you to our customers for buying St Remio. Your support is allowing us to fund this community and empower them in business and support their families. Coffee is the lifeline of many communities and your support will ensure that these communities can thrive and we can enjoy coffee for years to come.

     

    Thank you to Rainforest Alliance for their support in this project too. This is a partnership we are so proud to be aligned with.