What’s Sumatra with You?
Killer Coffee and Sip4Sip
The fact that I love coffee is not exactly a well-guarded secret.
A passion I shared with a mob of good people I have recently come across.
A local favourite that shall soon hit the new world is Killer Coffee Co.
Industrial strength goodness and the strongest Australian brew at that, based on a solid foundation of three hand-selected Arabica beans brimming with exceptional flavour and with each bean variety carefully roasted to bring out its maximum flavour.
Six times stronger than regular coffee it is a veritable kick in the ass, containing 172 mg of caffeine per 100ml – a strong cuppa without the bitterness one would usually expect to come with such a heavyweight.
Change of pace?
Aight, Sip4Sip is all over whatever variant of coffee you are into.
Not unlike your narrator, starting the journey with the smell, Sip4Sip is all about the journey from bean to nectar and they made it their mission to honour the craft that takes a simple bean and turns it into an art form along with the passion, the science, and the vision that goes into roasting to get a unique blend that its creator can call its own.
So far, so good. Now, what makes Sip4Sip an entity worth your support is that they take it a few steps further than merely having perfectioned the art of taking beans and turning them into black gold: They want to make a difference by making a real and sustainable impact in this world of ours and giving back.
In partnership with the people at Buy1Give1 they have created a Sip4Sip program, starting with the essence of life, i.e. water. What most of us take for granted is for millions of people a commodity that is hard to come by.
The idea is as simple as it is effective and embedded in their name Sip4Sip: For every sip of coffee they sell; they will provide a sip of water to someone in need, which roughly comes down to one week of coffee beans translating to one month of clean, lifesaving water for someone who has none.
Cool beans indeed.
How to get involved?
You decide if you want to try them once or subscribe, choose single flavours and mixed packs of their carefully curated boutique roasters, which roast the beans freshly for you and off you go. Sip4Sip dispatch their orders twice a month and every bag of coffee is a week of water supply for people in need in Ethiopia and Malawi, saving lives every time.
My first exposure to Sip4Sip resulted in procuring a pack of Ground Control Coffee, which was incepted in a café in Ballina, where they started roasting coffee and eventually started to wholesale beans. In 2015, the opportunity came to consolidate what they were doing, so they moved into their current premises and began purchasing better beans and training up some gun baristas to showcase their product.
Their Major Tom variant is an example par excellence for a carefully calibrated melange of liquorice and rosemary aroma, packing a healthy acid punch with an earthy note running through the fruit and nut dark chocolate taste.
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