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Installing a Coffee Roaster on Tanna Island, Vanuatu

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Mojo Coffee has been buying coffee from Tanna Island, Vanuatu, for five years; it's a small coffee growing region which is incredibly important to us. We see relationships, mutual support and quality coffee development as some of the many benefits in trading with our close neighbour. Mojo has been sourcing raw green coffee from Talao Coffee, a co-operative run in conjunction with local NGO, Nasi Tuan, since 2016. In 2019, Andrew Findlay from Tearfund NZ reached out to Mojo to see if we could do more to help. The plan was to set up Tana Island's first roasting plant and tourist retail post for Talao Coffee. The sale of roasted coffee would allow the co-op to achieve better financial returns year round and having a finished product...

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Kaicycle Trial: Compostable Cups to Community Garden

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Just before the holidays, the Mojo team and Innocent Packaging visited the Kaicycle community farm to learn more about how our compostable cups were being turned into compost. When we arrived, the sun was beating down and the warm smell of compost filled the air. The garden and compost facility is located on Hospital Road in Newtown, which seemed to be an unusual spot until Kate from Kaicycle explained that the garden’s location is critical for its success being so accessible to the community. The central location requires less transport to access, which is crucial for Kaicycle, considering they collect compost by bike. The hard work put in by volunteers and the Kaicycle core team is vital to this experiment working. This made...

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Our Coffee Cups Can Be Composted Again!

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In August, Wellington City Council stopped taking all compostable cups into their compost. We couldn’t just sit around knowing that our cups were going back into the landfill. So, we've collaborated with Kaicycle and The Tiny Plastics Factory to trial a new way to compost our cups! We're only testing this out in a few stores for now, but if it works, we plan to roll out on a bigger scale, as part of our transition toward a circular economy. We'll keep you posted on how we go! Together, we're finding a way to reduce landfill waste & grow food. Our PLA coffee cup lids will now be recycled into 3D printer filament by The Tiny Plastic Factory, and the cups will...

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A Chat With Hoony Chae, NZ Latte Art Championship

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Hoony Chae from Mojo Auckland shares some insights on his journey from the MeadowFresh NZ Latte Art Championships to the recent 2019 World Latte Art Championship (WLAC) in Berlin, Germany. Mojo: Congratulations, Hoony on your wonderful achievement! How did you feel when you heard the announcement that you had won? Hoony: I was very nervous and excited to hear the results…I couldn’t believe it! I am extremely happy and honoured to be a champion. M: Tell us about your journey from starting to make coffee to winning the competition. H: I have been making coffee for about 5 years now and I started at Mojo 3 years ago. I became interested in creating latte art and my goal is to...

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How to brew a Moccamaster

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So you've acquired a shiny new and very beautiful Moccamaster and want to make your first brew. Follow these simple, step by step instructions for the perfect brew, every time! 1: Gather what you’ll need: Moccamaster (we're using a 10 cup), 1x pack of filters for the size of Moccamaster you have, 60 grams of coffee, cold tap water. 2: Dampen the filter with tap water, discarding the excess then line the top of Moccamaster- it should fit perfectly if you have the right size. 3: Weigh out 60 grams of coffee beans. Grind for filter or ask your barista to. 4: Tip the coffee grinds into the filter paper. 5: Fill the clear tray with cold tap water to...

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Talking & tasting coffee at the Beanery

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Every week on Tuesdays and Fridays, the small team at the Beanery host talks and tastings for the public. It's a free event for anyone who wants to learn more about the coffee industry- beginners and connoisseurs alike. Join them at 11:30am to learn about, taste, compare and contrast the current single origin offerings. Each week there is a different theme for the talks- it could be about processing, varietals, country of origin or whatever tickles the Beanery team's fancy that day. Tasting coffee is filter brewed through the Steampunk, which is a great excuse to try this method of brewing and if you need more of an incentive to join this free event involving coffee, you'll also get a 10% off...

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It's Danny first time competing in the NZ Barista Champs!

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Danny is a barista at our Vulcan Lane café in Auckland. He loves playing the drums, football and coffee. Right now he’s busy preparing for the Meadow Fresh Barista Championship 2019 this weekend in Wellington. We caught up with him today to see how he’s feeling about the big day. What drove or inspired you to compete this year? D: I thought if I don't do it now, I may never have the time or chance in the future. I wanted to experience what it was like in competitions, and this was an opportunity for me to grow and learn fast. I wanted to see myself progress and as I progressed I am becoming more and more passionate about delivering great...

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Logan is Competing at This Years NZ Barista Champs 2019

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It’s that time of year and our top baristas are getting ready to compete in the Meadow Fresh New Zealand Barista Championships 2019! This year Logan will be competing again! We caught up with him at The Beanery to hear how he's feeling. What coffee are you using in your competition and why? L: I'll be using a naturally processed coffee from the farm Finca Linares in Risaralda, Colombia. This farm is a great example of future-proofing farms due to its simple yet effective processing methods and the use of rust-resistant varietals. The flavours really stood out for me. Describe the process in preparing for the competition? How do you feel? L: Each year gets easier (not that its ever easy). Usually...

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Building relationships with Vanuatu Coffee Farmers

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Our coffee team visited Tanna Island, Vanuatu to meet with the Middle Bush Chief and his community of small-holder coffee farmers. This opportunity was made possible by Nasi Tuan, an NGO (Non governmental organisation), funded by the New Zealand government to assist the not for profit, Taloa Coffee co-operative. August 2017 | Tanna Island Vanuatu Coffee is a focal crop, which is grown together with taro, ginger, bananas and other rich tropical fruits. This self sufficient island nation has been battered by major cyclones over the years (Cyclone Pam devastated most of the south-west agriculture and more). Ongoing restrictions surrounding logistics and trading relationships make it challenging to bring their quality products to the international market. Like many coffee growing...

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Air New Zealand flew us to Chicago!

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Recently we had the pleasure of working with Air New Zealand to celebrate the launch of their direct Chicago flights. With our flagship US store being in the other Windy City, it was a great opportunity to connect and share a slice of the Mojo way with some of the local Chicagoans. Two of our team, Dale from Wellington and Georgia from Auckland, were lucky enough to head over on a smooth Air New Zealand flight to take part in the festivities.   We asked them both to share some thoughts from their time away... Tell us a little bit about your trip and what you did while you were there. G: The trip itself was to be a part...

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