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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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New Single Origins

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We talk to Clare Kearney, Head Roaster here at Mojo, about the current single origin coffee on offer in our cafés this month...C: We have some new single origin coffee from Guatemala, Burundi and Nicaragua available in cafés for the next few months and I’m excited to share a little more about the coffee. Along with Dr. Mojo's Medicine, what is the current espresso offering?  C: We have the Finca El Diamante from Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  The Finca El Diamante farm is located in the highland region, Huehuetenango (so fun to pronounce!), which translates to ‘the place of the ancients’. This region is known for their rich and fruity coffees. We source the beans from Patricia Perez, who’s micro lot produces rich tropical fruit and syrupy...

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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

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 This year, we took part in Māori Language Week in all of our cafés. To help our customers and staff learn te reo, we designed some handy ‘How to order your coffee in te reo Māori’ cards, which included useful phrases and the Māori words for your favourite coffee order.  We had such a positive response from our customers that we have made te reo visible on all our menus from here on out! We think incorporating te reo Māori into our everyday language is essential and we’re lucky to be able to see the same regulars each day which gives them (and us) an opportunity to practice. Mojo is a New Zealand company, and it’s important to embrace te Reo Māori as one of...

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We're Celebrating 15 Years!

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Earlier this year we put out a call to all coffee-loving artists to submit a design for our limited edition birthday cups. From those entries we selected 3 of our favourite designs. The very talented Kimberly Zhou @letteringkim, Bonnie Brown @studiobon and Rosa Friend @rosa_friend_illustration created artwork that blew us away. You’ll see these cups in our café just in time for our 15th birthday. Stay tuned for more about the artists and their inspiration!    

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A Chat with Logan Collinge on competing at NZ Barista Championship 2018

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We caught up with Mojo barista and cafe manager, Logan Collinge ahead of the 2018 New Zealand Barista Championship this month. The winner will represent New Zealand and travel to the World Barista Championship 2018 held in conjunction with World of Coffee in Amsterdam, this June. What drove you too compete this year besides having a huge passion for coffee? L: I competed 4 years ago, I really wanted to learn more about the origins of coffee and the process behind. This year, its for the same reasons but I also really enjoy being around like-minded people. The best part is seeing different perspectives and seeing how other baristas approach coffee in an intriguing way. I have always enjoying the...

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Wellington Baristas! Bring Your Latte Art Skills Tonight.

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Join us tonight at the Wellington Milk Wizard latte art throwdown. The event is free to attend for everyone or $5 to throw down. Get ready for cheer on your team and lots of great prizes. Ready, set...pour!

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Journey to Origin: Sarah Elliot, Chicago Cafe Manager, in Guatemala & Colombia

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This month, our team travelled to Guatemala and Colombia to visit the coffee farmers who bring us the delicious coffee we drink everyday. Sarah Elliot, our Cafe Manager in Chicago, shares snippets of her coffee journey in the photos below.   First day on the ground and we’re off to see some farms. The best way: back of a pick-up. Surrounded by trees, breathing the fresh air, and taking in the 360 view of the best Guatemala has to offer. What a way to start the trip.   Welcome to el Beneficio Santa Barbara, the wet mill where cherries from multiple farms nearby are processed. The two volcanos in the background, Fuego and Acatenango, provide not just a stunning view, but also the rich...

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Coffee Fix = Festival Tix

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Flip Your Cup or Check Your Saucer on Feb 13, 14 & 15! To celebrate the 2018 New Zealand Festival coming to Wellington, we're giving you a chance to WIN a double pass to a show of your choice! Look for these stickers on the bottom of your takeaway cup and on in-house saucers and be in with the chance to WIN! GOLD = You win a double pass to a 2018 New Zealand Festival show of choice.BLUE = You win a coffee.Ahem...don't forget to finish your coffee before you FLIP your cup :) Terms & Conditions Wellington cafes only.

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#MojoCupContest

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In celebration of 15 years, we’d like you to design our cup. The WINNER will receive $1,200 worth of prizes! WIN a MoccaMaster Brewer for your home, 1 year coffee subscription and $100 Mojo Gift Card. We’ll also print 100K compostable cups with your design and name! To enter, download the cup template, get creative and post on Instagram or Facebook. Feeling shy? No worries, just email your artwork to tay@mojo.coffee See full contest rules. Hurry! Contest ends January 7, 2018  

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