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
Panama Finca Santa Teresa coffee is grown in the cloud forest of Panama close to the border of Costa Rica and Volcan Baru (the highest mountain in Panama). The micro-region is called Piedra Candela. The estate grows 120 hectares of coffee; all 1500 metres above sea level.
The region produces much of Panama's food and exceptional coffees due to the rich volcanic soils, high altitude, and weather systems from the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Panama Finca Santa Teresa has UTZ certification. 'UTZ Certified' is the largest program for sustainable farming of coffee and cocoa in the world. The 'UTZ Certified' program covers good agricultural practices, farm management and the environment.
Tasting Notes: Extremely floral and citrusy aromas and flavours of honeysuckle, lychee, and strawberries.
Ethiopia Sibu Sidamo Natural coffee is grown in the Sibu district of the Sidamo coffee growing region, located in the Ethiopian Highlands. Sidamo is one of three regions, including Harrar and Yirgacheffe, that the Ethiopian government trademarked in 2004 to promote wider recognition of their distinctive coffees.
Ethiopia has been growing coffee longer than anywhere else on earth and its cultivation practices are not the legacy of European colonisation. Ethiopia Sibu Sidamo is naturally processed. Ripe coffee cherries are handpicked and sun-dried on African drying beds. It is a very traditional process that is used for low quality coffee beans and in regions where water is scarce. However, there are those who choose this method to process high quality coffee to intensify the flavours inherent in the bean. The process will often add fruit flavours! The decision to naturally process is fraught with danger as sometimes negative flavours such as 'barnyard' can dominate.
Ethiopia Sibu Sidamo Natural has been carefully processed and possesses the intensely fruity and aromatic qualities that make Ethiopian coffees so highly prized and popular with consumers.
Tasting Notes: Creamy body, medium acidity, strawberry jam aroma, brown-sugar-sweet flavour with notes of chocolate.
Brazil Daterra 'Bruzzi' comes from the coffee grower and exporter Daterra, located in Patrocinio, Cerrado Mineiro region in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. Daterra is best known for its high quality specialty coffee, innovative research, and its respect for the environment. Daterra boasts a 100-year-long history of social responsibility and environmental sustainability, proudly earning Rainforest Alliance certification.
By selecting and blending specific varieties of Arabica beans, namely Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Red and Yellow Icatu, and Red and Yellow Catuaí, Daterra produces single origin coffees that are aromatic, exotic and complex.
Daterra coffees are packaged in 12kg foiled bags that are vacuum-sealed. The bags are easy to handle and are said to actually improve the flavour of the coffee while stored unopened in the foil.
Tasting Notes: Balanced acidity and body, delivering very pleasing floral aromas at the start with a lovely depth of cocoa to finish. The palate is alive with the classic nutty flavours famous in Brazil coffees.
Kenya Kiriani Microlot AA is a complex microlot coffee from the Kiriani Farmers’ Co-Operative Society Ltd which has approximately 300 dedicated members farming in Kenya’s Kirinyaga region. This region has volcanic soils, rich in organic matter, and a regular annual rainfall, which are responsible for small early harvests (as well as the main harvest) and the bright, complex berry flavours. Kenyan coffees are renowned for their fruity sweetness and intense acidity.
Kenya consistently produces high quality coffee and many farmers are highly educated in coffee production. Their coffee grading system ensures quality consistency and that farmers receive fair prices for their crop. AA is the classification for superior coffees. Large estates and smallholders alike, send their crop to local washing stations who are increasingly classifying themselves into the grading system so for example, AA washing stations only accept the superior quality beans.
We can recommend enjoying this single origin coffee as a filtered coffee where all the gentle fruit flavours are enhanced.
Tasting Notes: Complex date and fig flavours combined with grapefruit acidity and cocoa aromas.
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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