Seven Seeds Blog

SUPPORTING WOMEN FOR WOMEN IN AFRICA

Every Tuesday, 9am at Seven Seeds Carlton, we host a cupping session for the public to come along to. This usually runs for 45-60 minutes with 12 spots available each week.

So, what exactly is coffee cupping? Well, it’s the practice used by coffee buyers and roasters to taste and score coffees side by side. It's also a great way to develop your palate and breakdown aspects of the coffee's taste. Typically, seasoned cuppers will be assessing body, sweetness, acidity and overall flavour.

Cupping sessions are a $4.00 donation and 100% of this is donated to a not-for-profit organisation or charity. To date, we have donated $1000.00 to Street Smart Australia and Water Wise Coffee. We are currently raising $1250.00 from cupping donations for a local Melbourne charity called Women for Women in Africa, who are committed to the education of young people living in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. 

There are thousands of children living in the slum of Kibera, where families live below the poverty line. Education is not always possible for these children and their parents, mostly single mums, struggle to provide food and accommodation for their children. WFWIA has made education their primary aim.  They work to provide orphans from Kibera with a safe haven, offering them a spot at a boarding school with the luxury of 3 meals a day, their own bed and the opportunity for a good education. Currently WFWIA are working towards building their own school to give these children a premium education.   

By attending our cupping session, you won’t just be learning about coffee, but you’ll be doing something positive for others. If you want to find out more about Women For Women In Africa, or find out how you can donate, head to their website here


GEISHA FEVER

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to be invited to be a part of the judging panel of Best of Panama. Since 1996, the Best of Panama event provides the opportunity for local estates to promote the quality of their harvests, as this competition is overseen and judged by national and international experts in the specialty coffee industry. For coffee growers, Best of Panama is a very important event, as it continuously raises the bar for quality. 

We secured three Geisha coffees this year; Panama Suarez, Panama Candanedo and Panama Mama Cata. We purchased only a small amount of Suarez and Candaedon, which have flown out the door.

We are expecting the arrival of Mama Cata any day now. This coffee placed 16th on the 2017 Best of Panama coffee auction, and cupped an average of 90 points by the International Jury. Finca Mama Cata, owned by Teodoro Garrido, was founded in 1997. Teodoro embraces technology by using GPS coordinates to divide the lots on Mama Cata and determine which coffee trees are ready to be picked. Data collected also provides the family with information about the overall health and production of the coffee trees and soil composition. The combination of passion and innovation has helped create this exceptional coffee.  


NICARAGUA LARUE

Los Mesones de La Trampa is a coffee and cattle farm located in the northern part of Nicaragua. 

It is part of the “National Park of Datanlí El Diablo” and an area protected by law and is located 135 km north of Managua in Jinotega. 

With a long history of coffee farming, La Trampa was founded by Carman Herrera, the great grandfather to Gerald and Mercedes LaRue, who lost possession of the farm during the Sandinista Regime during the 1980s. La Trampa was returned to the LaRue family in the early 2000s, but in a deplorable condition. To make it feasible economically again, it was divided into lots between the siblings

Sustainability and better coffee practices are a focus year on year for the LaRue family, who strive to continual improve. Working on areas such as conservation and better use of land to minimise water usage and erosion, reforestation programs and being involved with local communities, help to improve the quality of life for all who live around the farm.  

TIP THE FARMER - HOW MUCH WAS RAISED FOR VICTOR BARRERA

A few weekends back we had a very special coffee available at Traveller Coffee,  Seven Seeds Carlton, Brother Baba BudanHortus x Seven Seeds and Paramount Coffee Project in Sydney.

Victor Barrera from El Tesoro Colombia produced this unique varietal. We wanted to express our appreciation to Victor for this special coffee and the effort and experience that had gone into producing it, and we  wanted to give those tasting the coffee the opportunity too. 

We are pleased to announce that over the weekend of the 26th-28th May, with the help of those who tipped or purchased a bag of coffee, a grand total of $943.00 was raised for Victor. This will be given to him at the end of this year’s harvest as a bonus from his true clients — you, the one’s drinking his coffee. 

A big thank you to everyone who contributed!