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Win Free Coffee for a Month: Emporio Coffee on the Block Competition

21 October 2015

Rachel Healy

Do you live, work or play in Wellington's Abel Smith St? You could win free coffee for a month by entering our Coffee On The Block competition. 

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Meet the Baristas: Brandon Sayring

21 October 2015

Rachel Healy

28 year old Brandon Sayring has been working at Emporio since February. Barista, coffee roaster and technician by day, Brandon is also a musician who has two years of a fine arts degree under his belt. In his home town of Wanganui, he also ran a music venue. I asked Brandon about his new world of coffee roasting…

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Final Day

Adiós Nicaragua

10 July 2015

Eric, Miriam, Oli, and Laura Heycoop

Today, we said our goodbyes to Leana and Carlos which was sad, although we definitely hope to be back one November so we can help out with picking time. It was such an honour to be invited onto the farm and be a part of this amazing community and family. 

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Life at the Coffee Farm

9 July 2015

Eric, Miriam, Oli, and Laura Heycoop

There is  a distinct hierarchy on this coffee farm.  There are the owners, their family and then the workers, but whether you are the owner of the coffee farm or a worker at the farm, everybody is treated with equal respect and is well looked after. 

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Young Growth

8 July 2015

Eric, Miriam, Oli, and Laura Heycoop

Today was our trip to the sister farm which is 240 hectares - twice the size of the farm we are staying at.  Although it is only 15km away, the journey took us 45 minutes - with no sealed roads in sight! Carlos expertly drove us on what was not only a trip to the sister farm, but an off road experience as well!

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School Time!!

8 July 2015

Eric, Miriam, Oli, and Laura Heycoop

This afternoon we were lucky enough to be able to have a proper visit to the farms very own school, which has about 10 children ranging from the ages two through ten, as well as one gorgeous teacher who managed to teach them all while keeping their constant attention despite all the students being at different academic levels. The surroundings were so simple with the kids only having a chair and a small table each, and a whiteboard at the front of the classroom.  All of the children were so happy, excited, and inclusive especially when maths finished and games and songs began! We taught them the game ‘Simon Says’ which caused great hilarity within the classroom. They also attempted to teach us some Spanish during a game of ‘Postman Brings the Letter’ and through various fun songs. Once school was out for the day, a game of football began on a patch of grass which the youngest two Heycoop’s took part in. This game was played with a football although had no rules and had a large audience watching too!

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Getting To The Root Of It All

8 July 2015

Eric, Miriam, Oli, and Laura Heycoop

This morning, the farm’s horticulturalist lead us on a trek where we ended up on top of one of the four mountains of the coffee plantation. Trekking through the coffee bushels, we learned step by step the extensive processes that coffee beans go through before the end product. 

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Mum and Dad

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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