February - Red Bean Coffee Roasters
How long have you been roasting and how did it start?
We began our love affair with coffee when we began roasting coffee at home. We used a small roaster, working in batches of 300 grams at a time. We had never owned a cafe before Red Bean, but after attending Farmers’ Markets in 2009 to sell our beans, we were convinced this was a journey we had to begin.
What makes you unique?
We don’t stop researching and asking questions. This means we are growing our knowledge all the time and this desire to know more informs how we treat our staff and our customers. We assume you want to know about the coffee and the industry your dollars are supporting. We want to have the answers for any questions you come to us with.
What are the values of the roastery?
We knew that our coffee had to be of the highest quality and must also be sourced ethically. Ensuring that farmers are paid fairly and treated respectfully, and that land and wildlife are not compromised in the provision of beans is our utmost priority.
We are so fortunate have developed relationships with people who care about the same values: working towards a happy, healthy, united community locally and a sustainable, respectful approach to the planet and all our natural resources.
Story behind this months Mexican HG Single Origin?
Coffee that is classified as High Grown (HG) is cultivated at elevations of 100—1600 m.a.s.l, and is primarily grown in the southern regions of Mexico. The combination of a stable climate and rich volcanic soil makes for ideal conditions to cultivate coffee.
The majority of coffee processed in Mexico is hand-picked and fully washed (you can read more about washing by clicking here). Coffee provides a livelihood for over 3 million people in Mexico and more than 92 percent of farmers are smallholder producers - tending lots from 1 to 5 hectares in size. The average yield for these producers is 58kg per hectare.
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