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Arriving in Nicaragua

7 July 2015

Eric, Miriam, Oli and Laura Heycoop

We have been invited to visit the farm in Nicaragua where we have been directly sourcing green coffee beans for the past few years. After a three hour flight from Dallas, we touched down in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua. We have never visited Central America before so we were very excited to have the opportunity as a family to visit and stay on this family owned farm. Carlos, who is one of the sons of the owners and also a farm worker, was awaiting our arrival and greeted us, thankfully speaking fluent english as our Spanish is little to none. We then hit the road for the three hour trip to the farm in which Carlos gave us a complete understanding of the intricacies of coffee farming in Central America. He also gave us a great insight into the way that their farm was run with its high belief in corporate social responsibility. The first thing we saw when entering into the farm was the small village that had been set up for the workers and their families giving them their own sense of a community within their job. We drove past the school which was also on site where the children of the workers could attend up until 4th grade (eight years old). Part of the profits from the coffee farm allow these children to continue their education at the local school in Jinotega, a small town 20 minutes bus ride from the farm. There was also a nurse, a pharmacy, a Chapel and a communal grassy area where we saw some of the children playing baseball.  We were welcomed by the owners of the farm, Carlos and Leana and were shown to our small but beautiful cabins where we unpacked and were able to settle in. This would be our home with the family for the next three days. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to visiting the school, having a tour around the coffee farm, and getting to know the family more. 

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The Goodness Syrups

5 May 2015

Laura Heycoop

We are very excited to welcome a brand new range of syrups from The Goodness. All New Zealand made ,certified fair trade, organic and gluten freewith all natural falours and colours to top that off as well. We stock a range of delicious flavours right on site. 

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Water Brewing Temperatures

17 September 2014

Simon

You do't need to be fanatical about water temperature to get a good result with different brew methods . Simply letting your jug sit for 2-3 minutes after boiling will be enough time for the water to cool to between 90-95 degrees.  This is where we want to extract our coffee, any hotter and we get the harsh bitter flavours, any lower and we get the sour and under developed flavours. Of course you can always get technical and buy yourself a water thermometer, to get the temperature spot on . One more important fact to note is the quality of water when home brewing either in a plunger or chemex try and use filtered water.  It really does make a big difference.  All commercial coffee machines run water filters that are changed at least every 6 months . 

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New Shipment of Coffee Arriving Soon

24 July 2014

Miriam

We have a new shipment of our beautiful Nicaraguan Coffee on its way from our friends in Jintotega, Nicaragua.  This speciality bright 100% Arabica coffee is grown under shade protection in a balanced ecosystem using environmentally sustainable agricultural techniques.   This coffee and farm is certified by Rainforest Alliance UTZ.  The coffee has a sweetness citrus and cinnamon spices to finish. It works beautifully in a blend or as a single origin.

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Milk

27 June 2014

Eric

Milk can bring so much to a well made espresso drink .It adds a sense of nourishment and will give a lot longer  drink . This is only achieved when the milk is treated with care and respect , if to much heat is used the smell and taste is imparting a burnt taste to the espresso base .We believe that well heated and textured milk should enable you to drink your milk based drink straight away , it should compliment the espresso base . The human body has a built in temperature window in which tastes are available to us .Too hot or to cold and we can no longer perceive things . While this is not scientifically relevant and so really proves nothing but we find it interesting as an indicator

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Wellington on a Plate

25 June 2014

Wellington on a plate is starting up in August and the city will be alive with some amazing food and events to tantalise the most ardent foodie. Emporio is involved again with “choice brew”, a small class for coffee lovers looking to experience behind the scenes of a wellington coffee roaster. This year the format will have a slight twist with a focus on different brew methods along with trying a range of coffees from around the world. Each guest can pick out some favourite beans to take home.

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Water Temperatue

6 June 2014

Eric

You dont need to be a fanatical about water temperature to get a good result with different brew methods . Simply letting your jug sit for 2-3 minutes after boiling will be enough time for the water to cool to between 90-95 degrees . this is where we want to extract our coffee , any hotter and we get the harsh bitter flavours , any lower and we get the sour and under developed flavours . Of course you can always get technical and buy yourself a water thermometer , to get the temperature spot on . One more important fact to note is the quality of water when home brewing either in a plunger or chemex try and use filtered water it really does make a big difference . All commercial coffee machines run water filterers that are changed at least every 6 months . 

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Old School

28 May 2014

Simon

Our espresso bar at 90 Abel Smith Street has got new tables and chairs. They are school chairs so when sitting in them you may reminisce about the days of the old school yard. If you are  one of those people who found school to be an exercise in boredom and conformity we have one red chair, so sit in that and rebel against all the other matching grey chairs. Feel free to bring in your squashed Marmite sandwiches and Le Snacks. 

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Coffee Refill Jars

26 May 2014

Miriam

If you are passing by Emporio at 90 Abel Smith Street pop in and check out our cute little coffee refill jars.  Designed to look cool in your kitchen and be kind to our planet! Once you've used up your beans pop back into Emporio and we will refill your jar for just $5.00.  How good is that?  Good for your wallet and good for your environment. While you are visiting us at Emporio in Able Smith Street you can check out our great range of fairtrade organic teas, chocolate beans and yummy drinking chocolate.  Oh and you can grab a coffee at the same time!

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Grinding Coffee

23 May 2014

Eric

As  we learn more about coffee some simple things get over looked like grinding coffee for home use . Our no 1 rule is buy fresh , grind fresh ! .If you really want to get the best taste from your coffee try and buy from your local roaster . It is better to buy small amounts frequently for the sake of freshness . Do store your coffee in a cool dark place , not in the fridge as the cold temperature will rob the coffee of its flavour . When buying a coffee grinder buy one with connical burrs these may be a little more expensive that some other types but will give a far better result . the only thing to stay away from here is the spice grinder , these have two rotating blades that really just smash the coffee beans to pieces and are very inconsistent . There we have it its not rocket science a small investment can make all the difference to the taste of your coffee .

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