Our sources of green coffee:
The quality of coffee depends not only on the geographical region it comes from, but also on the overall cultivation process. The best coffee comes from places where dedication and hard work in maintaining the plantation and processing the harvest are cultivated.
We don`t want to go the easiest way of simply buying tons of kilos of medium-quality coffee beans. Instead, we go straight to the source to personally take care of the best raw material. Each year, we spend a few weeks with farmers during the harvest season and help them with daily activities such as picking cherries from coffee trees, lifting them from mountain slopes, or transporting bamboo to expand sun beds on which coffee is dried. The culmination of each day is a dinner, which gives you the feeling of being part of the local community.
We want to visit the farmers as often as possible. We mainly talk about harvesting, introducing new cultivation and processing techniques that can lead to an increase in coffee production and quality. During the meetings, social issues are also discussed, which give rise to ideas on how we can help the local community.
Above all, our goal is to help farmers become more sustainable and establish strong business relationships that will also help improve their community and produce top-quality coffee every year. Today, our main farmers are located on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Working hand in hand with Jaramite, we process coffee cherries into green beans. In the future, our plan is to work with other farmers from different areas around the world.
A huge thank you to the people who work hard at every step of the process. In our case, we don`t call them growers, we just want to call them our Farmers. Why not growers? In coffee producing countries, farmers are very often associated with poverty and educational shortages.
That is why we would like to appreciate these people and additionally draw attention to the fact that that`s them they make the coffee in your cup so great. In addition to hard work, they are also exposed to high risks, such as: crop failure, drop in raw material prices, natural disasters, smaller agricultural land, which means a reduction in harvest.
Farmers are the core of the coffee industry. Their skills, experience and knowledge shape the difference between regular coffee and coffee that you have never drunk before. In our case, we rely on the Farmers of these precious grains. A good roaster makes every effort to preserve all the integral features of this coffee.
Indonesia is known as one of the most spectacular places to visit. Over seventeen thousand islands, rainforests, beautiful coastline, mountains, and lush gardens are trademarks of the Indonesian archipelago.
Stretched over three time zones, and having both high mountain peaks and deep valleys, makes each part of Indonesia unique, different, and exciting.
The same can be said about tea growing on the Indonesian archipelago. Each tea plantation has its own unique microclimate, altitude, humidity, PH of the soil, distance from the sea and other factors playing a significant role in the way tea leaves taste. Majority of the tea plantations are in hilly areas, where air is mild, sun not too strong and rains frequent. Plantations below 1200 meters above the sea level enjoy warmer temperatures averaging 18-27 C. Those located higher have average temperatures of 15-22 C. It impacts the way how the plants grow and how the tea leaves taste. Each tea plantation offers a unique flavour of their teas.
Tea plantations are usually placed away from the coast to avoid plants being under the direct impact of the sea air full of salt particles.
Altitude and frequency of the rain play a very important role in the taste of the tea. Drier and sunnier areas yield tea of lighter leaves and lighter flavour and aroma whereas deeper, darker colour of the brewed tea come from more rainy areas.
To offer to the market the same, unique tea all year along, tea mixers play with a variety of tea leaves and mix them in a way that assures customers can enjoy the same flavour of their favourite cup all year along. It's not an easy task. It takes years of experience in growing, picking, storing, mixing, and transporting tea leaves. Each stage of the process can change the flavour of tea and make supply less consistent over time. Next time when you have a favourite cup of tea, think about years spent growing tea plants, months of looking after each harvest, weeks of picking the freshest and best tea leaves and days of mixing them. Hundreds of people involved in the process live for tea and because of tea. Indonesian tea plantations take a huge pride in excellent produce they offer to customers all over the World. Be one of them. Grab a cup of freshly brewed Indonesian tea and enjoy the moment. Selamat minum- have a great cup.