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Mecca - Alexandria (revisited)

Welcome back to Mecca! Another early drop that a lot of subscribers haven’t received yet. As well as being a great roaster, Mecca is a cafe and possibly the best spot in Sydney for drinking back 3 or 4 flatties on a Sunday morning. If you’re ever in the Alexandria area, definitely check them out. In addition, Mecca is regarded highly within the specialty coffee community for their focus on fair-trade and sustainability.

“We started this place as an outlet for really great coffee. Despite a mature and booming cafe culture, most of Australia's coffee roasters had very limited access to transparency at the farm and origin level. When questions surfaced like "who grew this coffee, how much did they get paid, and why does this lot taste so different to that one?" we found the answers were unclear, so we set out to find some ourselves.

Sure enough, it was a serious can of worms. What else do you expect to happen when you start turning over rocks in an industry this big? It seemed like wherever we traveled, cupping spoons in hand, there was far greater things to discover - stories of crop disease, fairtrade labeling upsets, dodgy deals and logistical nightmares. We have spent many long flights, road trips, skype sessions and coffee dates asking how we can do better for our planet and for the people who deserve more recognition for producing good quality coffee.

We haven't compromised on our standards since day one, and that's the reason we're still here so many years later.

It’s easy to talk about the impact of the soil, altitude and variety on flavour quality. It’s much harder to recognise all the effort and work that went into creating the infrastructure up on those hills, or the difficulties of navigating shipping lanes. We always try to keep in mind the many hands that have touched our coffee before us. Those who have taken so much care and pride in their work before it ever arrives at our door. We really believe that we are a small piece of the puzzle, so we do our best to honour the efforts of the full community of people working together to bring you delicious coffees every day. “

 
 

House Blend

 

2/3: Estrella del Norte, Huila, Colombia
1/3: Mountain Capixaba, Espirito Santo, Brazil

Roast date - 11/10/2021

Variety - Multiple

Process - Washed

Flavour notes - Orange, Honeycomb, Milk chocolate

 

Moonwalker



2/3: Mountain Capixaba, Espirito Santo, Brazil

 

1/3: Mamut, Huila, Colombia

Roast date - 11/10/2021

Variety - Multiple

Process - Washed

Flavour notes - Rich Dark Chocolate, Cassis & Pecan Pie

 
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Kabiufa, PNG

 

Kabiufa is a short drive from Goroka on the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. It’s on of the many initiatives that Joeri Kalwij (GM of New Guinea Highlands Exporters) is behind.

Mecca visited the Eastern Highlands of PNG in 2016. Most of the producers live in remote areas, on the verge of being inaccessible. The landscape is made up of rugged mountains and broad valleys - the highest peaks reaching 3000 masl.

Moses Venapoe is a Kabiufa local. after attending workshops on specialty coffee, Moses decided to try something new for Kabiufa. As it had been in the region, coffee was sold by the weight, giving the seller the incentive to add unripe or defective cherries to their ripe cherries.

Moses build a wet mill and started buying unprocessed, ripe cherries. Buying only ripe cherries Moses was able to select only optimal fruit and process them together in a more controlled environment.

Kabiufa is a reminder of what’s possible in Papua New Guinea, a coffee often unrepresented in specialty coffee.

Roast date - 11/10/2021

Altitude - 1750 masl

Variety - Arusha, Typica

Process - Washed

Flavour notes - Watermelon, mandarin

 

Genji Challa, Ethiopia



Founded in 1972, Addis Exporter is the oldest coffee exporting company in the country. Quality, traceability, transparency, genuine farmer relationship and sustainability is Addis Exporters modus operandi.

 

 

In 2019, Addis Exporter established 'Telila Washing station', where Genji Challa is from. Telila Washing station is located in Kercho Anderacha Village of Gera County, one of the highland coffee-growing areas of Ethiopia.

 

 

Gera is characterized by unique coffee varieties, high altitude farms and some of the coffee harvest grows wild in the forests that surround the region. Genji has a complexity that we associate with coffee's from this highland growing region - Genji Challa is a stunning specimen.

 

Roast date - 10/11/2021

Altitude - 2100 masl

Variety - Local Landrace

Process - Washed

Flavour notes - Peach & Jasmine

 

Recipes

Espresso - 9 bar

Brew ratio - 1:2 (dry coffee : espresso liquid)

Temp - 94 Deg C

Time - 25-30 seconds.

*Adjust grind size to achieve the desired time

 

Espresso - 6 bar

Brew ratio - 1:2.5 (dry coffee : espresso liquid)

Temp - 94 Deg C

Time - 25-30 seconds.

*Adjust grind size to achieve the desired time

 

Pourover

Temp - off the boil

Ratio - 1:17(dry coffee:water)

Bloom - 30 seconds

Flow rate - fast

*Adjust grind size to achieve desired flow rate

Aeropress

Temp - off the boil

Ratio - 1:16 (dry coffee : water)

Bloom - 30 seconds

Brew time - 90 seconds (including bloom)

Press consistently over 15-20 seconds.

 

Stove top

Ratio - 1-17 (dry coffee : water)

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