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Grow Coffee, Not Opium

Ripe Coffee Roasters is working in collaboration with Circuit International to bring Myanmar coffee to the New Zealand market; increasing awareness and funding towards relationship coffee that will champion entrepreneurship in Myanmar.

The coffee growing business in Myanmar is expensive to get involved in, tricky to manage and faces the strong challenge of opium being an easy alternative to grow and make a living from. Particularly in Shan State, the trade in opium has become so large and profitable that it weakens the formal economy; drives the political economy, fuels criminality and corruption. Financial desperation associated with these local communities encourages trafficking of women, poverty and a culture of payoffs. As a result Circuit International is working with these communities to plant coffee trees and train people so that eventually, the capacity of coffee trees builds the capacity of the region to make a living from coffee rather than opium.

Circuit leaders, Ruth and Stu Corlett, believe that local leaders with local solutions to local problems will end poverty. So, with Ripe providing hands-on expertise roasting, financial commitment and roasting Greenland Estate's coffe for the New Zealand market, Ripe and Circuit will together drive a relationship coffee that enables Myanmar communities to establish their own innovative solutions for a better living.   

Learn more about the Greenland coffee and buy it here  

It's relationship coffee...

All our coffee can be traced back to each producer, farm or washing station. Some coffees we work with might have a label such as organic, fairtrade or rainforest alliance, others may not. It’s more important for us to know the story behind each origin then the label they may carry - quality and sustainability comes in different shape and forms.

It goes without saying that the coffee we source is specialty grade and of high quality - it may cost a little more but it tastes so much better. It's relationship coffee.  

 

Roasting

Roasters come in all shapes and sizes. We have been lucky enough to work on a lot of different equipment over the years and with each experience we’ve grown in knowledge and confidence. We are currently roasting on a Swadlo 30 kg drum roaster. We bought this roaster in a poor condition with many parts missing and spent the best part of a year reconstructing it. As there was no information available for the Swadlo anywhere, we relied upon our previous knowledge to recondition and repurpose the Swadlo from electric to gas fired. We also built new fan chaff, collector unit, afterburner and a staged burner manifold. Now, 10 years on, we are still tweaking and learning about our roaster; whilst using artisan graphing software with a multi probe set up.

Small Batch & Home Roasting

Some of the best coffees we’ve come across are roasted in smaller batches of 100 g at the time. Sample roasting is a great tool when selecting new coffees, checking out a new roast profile or as the name says – when you need to produce a smaller batch at the time. We use the Huky 500 T or the Kaffelogic Home Roaster to sample roast. On top of this, we purchased a Joper in 2017 for roasting small batches of up to 5kg.

Roasting is fun and what’s even better – it has never been easier to give it a crack yourself. Beginner or pro – we want to create a platform for home roasters and coffee professionals to share their knowledge and experience in a fun and approachable way. From words of advice along the way to workshops, cupping sessions and green coffee supply – we are here to help.

Check out the Kaffelogic home roaster here

Green Beans

As coffee roasters, one of our most important jobs is to make sure that we get our hands on the best possible green coffee beans to enable us to create the best possible cup for ourselves and our customers. We import a wide range of seasonal green coffee beans to fulfil the requirements of our specialty blends; whilst also selecting a number of interesting coffees that we roast as One Origin.

Buy our green beans here

For whole sacks please contact Jason for pricing and samples.