We seasonally source varieties of Arabica beans that will allow us to achieve the desired sweetness, bitterness, acidity and aroma of our blends.
Single origin coffees are sought out by the coffee purist. They originate from a single geographical region, and often a single plot on a particular farm. They have particular flavour and aroma characteristics that make them stand out. An example is the blueberries on the nose and citrus on the palate with an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.
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Crema Deluxe is blended for use in espresso machines, and is ideal for milk-based coffees such as cappuccino and latte. It is gentle, bright and aromatic with a smooth finish.
Crema Deluxe is currently blended using Colombian, Guatemalan, and Papua New Guinean arabica beans. COLOMBIAN beans impart a rich caramel flavour, mellow body and wine-like acidity. Beans from GUATEMALA add a unique smoky chocolate flavour and a spicy aftertaste. PAPUA NEW GUINEAN beans contribute a fruity aroma and a sweet earthy body.
These beans are separately medium-roasted to optimise complexity and minimise bitterness.
Blended together, flavours of malt, nuts and milk chocolate are predominant on the palate; with a lingering aftertaste of hazelnuts.
Midnight Oil is a blend aimed at the serious espresso drinker. It is strong and rich with a bittersweet finish.
Midnight Oil is currently blended using Brazilian, Indonesian, and Ethiopian Arabica beans. BRAZILIAN beans impart the cocoa and nutty flavours, with low acidity. INDONESIAN beans give distinctive and intense earthy and spicy notes. ETHIOPIAN coffee possesses the fruity and floral notes.
It is roasted to a medium-dark level to minimise acidity and allow caramelisation.
On the palate, Midnight Oil is dry cocoa fused with a juicy sweet acidity, and a dark chocolate aftertaste.
As the name suggests, this blend is designed for both black and milk-based coffees. Its complexity is derived from the four constituent beans, originating from all the major coffee-growing regions of the world.
Ebony Ivory contains beans from Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, and Ethiopia. BRAZILIAN beans possess the cocoa and nutty flavours. COLOMBIAN beans impart a caramel sweetness. GUATEMALAN beans add a unique smoky chocolate flavour and spicy aftertaste. ETHIOPIAN beans provide fruit flavours.
The beans are medium roasted which accentuates the clean fresh flavours and eliminates bitterness.
Ebony Ivory exudes sweet, almond nougat and candied orange aromas with the sweet cocoa and roasted nuts tastes.
Morning Plunge is currently blended using Ethiopian and Kenyan arabica beans. ETHIOPIAN and KENYAN beans possess all the flavour and aroma profiles we desire for Morning Plunge. Coffee grown in Ethiopia is beautifully aromatic and bursting with citrus and floral notes. Kenya produces coffee renowned for it's bright, complex fruit qualities, as well as for it's sweetness and intense acidity.
Its light-bodied brightness and long fruity finish is perfectly suited for filter machines and plungers. It is medium-dark roasted to preserve subtle flavours whilst balancing acidity.
Brewed in the plunger style, Morning Plunge reminds drinkers of Earl Grey tea!
Clean Bean is a Swiss Water Decaffeinated blend best used for milk-based coffees.
The Swiss Water Decaffeination process is a chemical-free technique that delivers 99.9% caffeine-free coffee while preserving the original regional nuances of the beans.
Our Clean Bean blend contains decaffeinated beans from Peru and Guatemala. PERUVIAN beans have a honey-like sweetness and cocoa flavours. GUATEMALAN beans impart smoky, chocolate flavours with a spicy aftertaste.
Clean Bean is smooth but with an assertive palate of cocoas and lingering bittersweet finish. It is dark roasted in a more gentle way to overcome the inherent acidity of decaffeinated beans while providing some caramelisation for body and flavour.
Balkan Express is blended and roasted to suit the traditional Turkish style of preparation. Finely powdered coffee and sugar are added to water and boiled in a small long-handled pot (ibrik or Dzezva) and served in a demitasse cup (fildzan). The delicate yet intensely flavoured coffee is served very hot and sipped slowly, allowing sediment to settle and conversation to develop.
BRAZILIAN beans provide rich middle notes and body. PAPUA NEW GUINEAN beans impart syrupy smoothness and ETHIOPIAN beans add floral lift.
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Our Roaster seasonally selects specialty single origin coffees for their uniqueness of flavour and aroma. Coffee purists enjoy the educational journey of tasting different single origin coffees and learning about regional differences
Castillo Honey, Diofanor Ruiz is produced on the Diofanor Ruiz farm which is located in the small region of Quindio; just west of Bogota. This coffee is considered a true specialty single origin because of the complex, laborious and expensive processing method called Black Honey which is used to achieve a delicate balance of sweetness and acidity which results in a rich-bodied and flavourful coffee that can only usually be achieved by blending single origin beans.
The Black Honey process is a drying process where 100% of the cherry (a sticky substance called 'mucilage') remains on the bean and is covered while drying for 15 days. The more 'mucilage' left on the bean, the stronger the flavours that can be achieved. Only the ripest cherries are picked as these cherries contain the highest amount of sugar and acids important for fermentation.
Colombia is one of the largest coffee producing countries in the world and has an enviable infrastructure to protect and promote coffee which makes up approximately 50% of Colombia's total exports. There is an increasing group of adventurous and quality-conscious producers who are promoting the importance of traceability for consumers who are looking for specialty coffee.
Tasting Notes: Brown sugar and vanilla on the palate with the aroma of orange and spices.
This delicious specialty single origin bean is produced by Beiron Bastos on his estate, Sitio Alto Castorinho in the region of Serra do Caparao, a Brazilian mountain range. These mountains are covered by the Atlantic Forest which has been protected since 1961 to preserve the unique alpine meadows and endangered flora and fauna. Particularly special about this region is the purity of the water in the rivers that run through the coffee farms. It definitely contributes to the high quality of the coffee produced.
Beiron Bastos coffee is planted on steep land at an altitude of 1150 metres. It is harvested manually and only ripe cherries are picked, washed, and placed on African-style beds to dry.
Two generations of the Bastos family have focused on quality over quantity and are investing in machinery and processes for quality improvement.
This year's harvest has resulted in a beautifully balanced single origin and we can't wait to see what next year brings!
Tasting Notes: Balanced citric acidity, medium body and lingering aftertaste with flavours of creamy caramel, vanilla, orange and lime. Sweetness of sugar cane molasses is evident in the aroma.
Nothing can beat the aroma and flavour of a shot of coffee from freshly ground beans using a commercial espresso machine. However, capsules are gaining popularity because they provide a quick and convenient way to make coffee, bridging the gap between instant coffee and true espresso.
Blue Sky Coffee has aimed to combine the quality and freshness of our own locally roasted coffee with the convenience of capsules. We roast premium grade beans and package them locally within days of roasting. The result is coffee that approaches the quality of that produced in the traditional way but with the benefits of capsules.
The original capsules, made by Nespresso, come in an aluminium container, which is pierced by the Nespresso machine before water is forced through the capsule and the coffee grinds. The used capsule then falls into a receptacle. Each capsule contains only 5 grams of coffee, which is less than the 7 grams in a pod and the 8 to 10 grams in a commercial group handle. To avoid a weak taste, most capsules contain either dark-roasted coffee or a significant amount of robusta to 'boost' the strength.
In 2012, the Nespresso patent expired and other companies have begun to make capsules compatible with Nespresso machines. They differ in that the container is plastic, and is pre-perforated. None of the capsules are biodegradable. Other companies such as Lavazza and Caffitaly have introduced their own versions of capsules, with their particular types being compatible only with their machines.
The main advantages of capsules are to do with handling - they are quick to insert into the machine, and there is no need to handle the used capsule (compared to the moist pod which must be removed from the machine).
Disadvantages include the taste, due to the amount and type of coffee in the capsule and the extraction method which delivers less pressure to the grinds, the fact that special machines are required for each different brand of capsule, and the environmental cost of unrecyclable plastics that contribute to landfills.
Green Caffeine is a seasonal selection of organically grown, certified ‘Rainforest Alliance’ single origin beans.
The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems and the people and wildlife that depend on them. Certification is awarded to farms that practice sustainable agriculture. Choosing coffee from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms means that coffee drinkers can help farmers earn a better living, conserve and protect wildlife and rainforest habitats, and ensure decent working and living conditions for farm workers and their families. To find out more visit www.rainforest-alliance.org.
Green Caffeine is currently ‘Brazil Cerrado’ from the Cerrado region in the west of Minas Gerais, Brazil. It is organically grown and Rainforest Alliance Certified. These beans impart aromas of marzipan and candied fruit with a cocoa and hazelnut taste.
Fair Play is a FairTrade ANZ certified single origin bean. FairTrade certification ensures sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to farmers.
Fairtrade Labelling is an international system of standards for producers and terms of trade for their goods that ensure that workers and their families in developing countries are adequately protected and can build a more sustainable future. Fairtrade Standards for coffee act as a safety net against the unpredictable coffee market with its volatile prices. They provide security to coffee producers so that they will get a price that covers their average cots of sustainable production. Fairtrade coffee is produced by farmers who are members of a democratic co-operative, without child labour and with restrictions on the used of herbicides and pesticides. Importers of Fairtrade coffee are obliged to pay a minimum price to the exporting organisation, currently $1.40 per pound for Arabica, $1.05 for Robusta, and 30c more for organic. When the world price is above this level, they pay an extra 20c per pound.
Fair Play is currently a bean from TIMOR-LESTE. Its earthy, woody aromatics and dark caramel flavour is characteristic of coffee beans that have been processed using the semi-washed method.
Blue Lightning is gentle, full-bodied and low in acidity. It has prominent chocolate and caramel notes, and the finish is long and cleansing with a subtle bittersweet aftertaste.
The beans have been exclusively sourced from premium Australian growers. Australian coffee has unique qualities, being naturally low in caffeine. With no serious pests or diseases requiring the use of pesticides or herbicides, Australia’s coffee is one of the most naturally produced coffees in the world.
As our homage to the Australian coffee industry, the Blue Lightning label features an original artwork specially commissioned by Blue Sky Coffee, and is by Michael Nelson Jagamara, one of Australia’s most prominent indigenous artists.
Certification is difficult and expensive to administer, and many farmers cannot afford to comply with the strict regulations. There are questions about how much benefit a farmer actually receives from these schemes. Consumers in wealthy countries pay much more for Fairtrade but it is estimated that as little as 2% is passed back to the farmer. There is insufficient demand for Fairtrade coffee, meaning that producers sell only part of their crop as Fairtrade, the amount estimated at about 37% on average. Rainforest Alliance and organic schemes have no mechanism of price guarantee, meaning benefits of the scheme are less when world coffee prices are low. While organic farming methods have environmental benefits, there is little evidence that the coffee itself is any better or healthier.
WHAT DOES BLUE SKY COFFEE THINK?
We recognise that coffee is typically grown in the most marginalised countries in the world where poverty is the norm. We also understand that traditional coffee growing and processing practices are detrimental to the environment. However we realise that certification does not necessarily remedy these problems, and that compliance with strict certification requirements may not be feasible for many farmers. We also see that these schemes are open to manipulation meaning that the real benefit is diluted. In saying this, we in principle support these initiatives and this is reflected in much of what we produce.
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