Coffee by donation: Expat Roasters and La Marzocco raise funds for Bali

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From 8am to 12pm on 3 June, Expat Roasters Australia and espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco will join forces at La Marzocco HQ in Sydney to raise funds for those in need in Bali, Indonesia.

Coffee will be by donation and made from locally roasted Expat beans, extracted by La Marzocco’s new GB5 X ABR espresso machine.

“I got to chatting at a recent industry event about the current situation in Bali and how most of my staff were the sole financial support for their immediate and extended families,” says Shae Macnamara, Expat Roasters Founder.

“I had planned to do a coffee day where anyone could come along, try our beans and donate to Bali, and La Marzocco offered their support to us, for which I am very grateful.”

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on Bali’s local economy with the hospitality and tourism sectors forming key pillars of the province’s income.

The Indonesian Tourist Industry Association found that tourist arrivals dropped 93.24 per cent in April 2020.

“We have kept operating our wholesale business and cafés in Indonesia and during this time, we have provided our staff with food packages to share with their family and friends that have been financially affected,” says Shae.

Expat Roasters have supported its staff and the wider community through offering care packages for $25 that contains essential food and hygiene including rice, vegetables, eggs, masks, sanitiser, and coffee.

“There are so many local initiatives, projects, and businesses working hard to contribute in this time of crisis. It’s amazing what we’ve seen so far,” says Shae.

In line with both companies’ sustainability commitments, attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable cup. Take away cups will also be available.

Expat Roasters is a speciality coffee producer, established by Shae Macnamara in Bali, 2016.

The brand sells its specialty coffee across Indonesian café markets and in the wider Asian region. Expat Roasters entered Australian markets in 2020 and have been supplying Sydney-roasted beans across Australia since.

For those unable to attend the event on the day but would still like to contribute, or for further information, click here.

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