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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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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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