- Our new coffees have arrived from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and El Salvador.
- After 2 years of hunting we release our fully recyclable packaging and it is locally made, the first we know of in coffee.
- Nic has moved on to run CoffeebloC
- New coffees coming
- Survey and sundry news
Regards, The Quaffee Team
New CoffeesOur six new coffees arrived a week late for the October open day. We are spending a week to determine a roast profile that exposes the flavours we prefer in the coffees. So far we have just released the Cup of Excellence winner from Coatepec, Mexico. We are tweeting our results as we go, and are not rushing into releasing them until we are happy. So watch the website, facebook page and twitter account for updates.
Locally made Recyclable PackagingQuaffee’s philosophy is that our product is our brand. Over the past 6 years we have found that our best marketing is achieved by producing a product that fellow coffee lovers enjoy and want to tell other coffee lovers about. A part of this philosophy is to positively affect all people in the process of growing, producing, roasting and consuming coffee. We have changed our packaging a few times, and last year we took it on ourselves to try and create a fully recyclable product. This means no wax layered paper or layered plastic or foil or tins or things that use stickers or gas.
After our taste tests confirmed results from 4 years ago we started sourcing Low-density polyethylene based packaging. Three months of use later and we were happy with the flavour and aroma retention (in fact we found in some cases it exceeded the traditional retail packaging especially with style of roasting we use on the coffees we source).
After extensive research we found a local producer of this packaging in Atlantis, who was also able to print on the bags with a recyclable ink. This ink is not like normal ink it does not blend the way you get in standard printing so each colour is its own colour. This then gave us our LDPE bags. For the 1kg bags we added a second grip lock, so that they would stay sealed better. The smaller 250g bags we decided to add a box around the bag. This too can be recycled using the standard practice, since it has no sticker on it, which prevents paper and plastic from being recyclable.
The good news is that those that want to recycle can now recycle. And the better news is that the coffee is not adversely affected (as we found with some packaging, especially the bio degradable packaging). So look out for the packaging next time you get your coffee.
Our 250g locally made and recyclable bag
Our 1kg locally made and recyclable bag
CoffeebloCAs part of our move to Buitenverwachting, we were asked to help setup a Deli / Coffee shop, to showcase the coffees, and the multi award winning food that the restaurant is already famous for. Nic was keen to take this on as his own, and since 10.10.12 the Deli called CoffeebloC has been open at Buitenverwachting. Here you can enjoy a coffee / espresso / cappuccino and have a snack. You can also purchase almost all our coffees in 250g form and other goodies. Pop in and try the great fare.
New Coffees for the New YearWe have ordered the next batch of new coffees. This time it is only two coffees, since the Columbian's are not ready yet. We may have them before Xmas, but from experience we are not promising anything:
- From Guatemala we have secured the winner of the Cup of Excellence El Injerto. And unusually this is not from the Antigua region but from Huehuetenango. The coffee is full bodied with a sweet and fruity character. It is also our first Rainforest Alliance coffee since Timana in 2008
- From Honduras a microlot coffee from Enemenico Marquez. This was a coffee that stood out for us when we cupped it about a month ago, and hence have decided to bring it in.