project origin ethiopia

Project Origin supports producers in Ethiopia

Through community projects, investments, and experimentation, Project Origin offers stability to producers and quality to roasters. Visiting the town of Masina in Ethiopia, Project Origin General Manager Habib Maarbani was struck by how few options the people had for drinking water. 
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Lavazza Kafa Forest Coffee

Lavazza Kafa Forest Coffee

Lavazza’s recently introduced Kafa Forest Coffee is one of the finest coffees in the world, and one of the first from the Earth. It originates in the Ethiopian forest, where coffee grows spontaneously, with minimal intervention from the locals. Its coffee cherries are chosen by hand, one by one, and sun-dried so the beans retain the maximum aromatic fragrance.
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Ethiopia coffee

Ethiopia: The original coffee origin

Bruck Fikru of Volcafe describes the legacy of Ethiopian coffee and how new ideas are transforming traditional processes. It took a while to connect with Bruck Fikru, General Manager of our sister company, Volcafe, in Ethiopia. Political turmoil in the country led to restrictions being placed on people’s internet and social media access. Bruck says this difficulty with communication is one of several challenges being overcome by Ethiopia’s enduring coffee industry.
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Lavazza Australia

Lavazza grants Australia special permission

Lavazza explains why the Australian market has been given a leave pass to make history with one of the world’s most precious and original sources of Arabica coffee. Imagine sitting in the inner sanctum of Lavazza’s decision-making room in Torino, Italy, with Giuseppe Lavazza pondering one of the biggest brand decisions the family company has ever made.  No country has ever been given permission to alter the roast profile of one Lavazza’s premium coffees outside of Italy, until now. That honour has gone to Australia.
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Minas Hill multicultural coffee cupping

Minas Hill to host multicultural coffee cupping in Melbourne

Minas Hill Coffee has partnered with fellow coffee traders La Jacoba and Utopia Coffee to host a multicultural coffee cupping session at its Coburg North warehouse in Victoria on 15 May. Minas Hill will showcase its Brazilian beans while La Jacoba and Utopia represent Colombia and Ethiopia, respectively.
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Ona Coffee

Ona Coffee adds carbonic maceration coffee to Raspberry Candy

Ona Coffee has announced the addition of carbonic maceration (CM) processed coffee to its signature Raspberry Candy blend. “We have been working on [CM] techniques and processing for several years with our partners at coffee farms around the world,” Ona Coffee Founder Sasa Sestic says. “Last year we saw some incredible results from several of these experimental lots from Ethiopia and we are now looking for every opportunity to share them with our customers.”
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Australian Open

Lavazza to launch three new blends at Australian Open

Lavazza has announced it will launch three new locally roasted coffee blends at the Australian Open 2019 tennis tournament, taking place from 14 to 27 January 2019. “We are proud to be present for the fourth year running at the Australian Open, where we will be officially launching three new products destined for the food service channel,” says Silvio Zaccareo, Asia-Pacific Business Unit Director and Australia Managing Director of Lavazza.
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Han Tran

2016 Vietnam Barista Champion Han Tran makes tracks

There are two traditional types of barista in Vietnam according to Han Tran: those that work in street vendors selling roadside coffee that’s “dark, dense, and bitter Robusta” or in male-dominated cafés that are attracted more to the female baristas than the overpriced beverage in front of them.  When Han told her parents she wanted to pursue a career in coffee, naturally, she says, you can imagine their disapproving reaction.  “They were against it,” she says. “Barista work had a bad reputation because of the stereotypes. A barista was not considered a profession in Vietnam. It was not respected. My parents were worried for my safety and that I would not earn a secure income.”
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