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WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

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MORE THAN JUST PAYING A FAIR PRICE

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BREWING TIPS

BREW COFFEE LIKE A PROFESSIONAL

BREWING TIPS


I’ve been reading a book set in the late 2050s. In it, the future of food supply is pretty bleak. People have more or less stopped eating meat. Soy dogs and veggie hash are the norm. And the worst part…real coffee is only available for the rich and the famous. The rest of the world now drinks ‘surrogate’ coffee.

What if I told you this book is non-fiction? That this really could be what the future looks like?

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We often hear about the negative impacts of growing coffee, such as deforestation, non-recyclable paper cups and even enforced labour, and sometimes about the positive benefits that coffee brings to farmers and their communities. But could we do more?

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Like most food crops, coffee is a seasonal product. Luckily for us, not all coffee producing territories harvest at the same time, and some harvests are large enough to last roasteries the entire year – pretty important when you want consistent components in a blend. However, thanks to the coffee industry’s ever-increasing appetite for the new and unusual, seasonal coffees with a limited stock – often called microlots – have earned a significant position in the speciality market place.

What exactly is a microlot?

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At Union, we source a lot of coffee (around 75% of all our green coffee) from smallholders coffee farmers, when we source from smallholders we source through cooperatives.

Why is this?

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