There’s nothing quite like walking into a café where beans are being roasted in-house. The machine-gleaming magnificence of the roaster itself, the aroma and the understanding that fresh is always best. The Mornington Peninsula offers up some of the best coffee you will find, but what makes it truly special is that many of the roasters are using ethically-sourced coffee beans from farmers who have been involved from the ground up. Sam Keck from Commonfolk Company in Mornington explains: “We support growers whose coffee crops grow naturally beneath a canopy of forest and without damaging any other flora or fauna. We’ve contributed to multiple projects improving the lives of vulnerable people and have purchased harvesting equipment, built processing facilities and trained farmers in Uganda and have even brewed coffee to combat youth homelessness here in Australia. Our customers are a key part of making sure ethically grown and delicious coffee is available on the Mornington Peninsula and farther afield.”
Inhaling the rich fragrance of freshly roasted ethically-sourced beans that have landed in our slice of paradise is the icing on the cake to an environmentally forward-thinking community. After all, we pride ourselves on being a leader in following proper practice in all our primary producing endeavours and love to source the best produce, whether home-grown or from farther afield. In this case, it’s coffee beans.
Blue Mini owner/operator Tracey Ross, who also roasts her own beans, continues: “I’ve been interested in roasting beans for ages because I love the science of it — how you can control the flavours, experiment with the different profiles and the style of brew. It’s been more complicated than I thought but I’m loving it. We have a real paddock-to-production ethos here at Blue Mini. We only roast small batches and are novices at this roasting game but are keen to learn. We buy our beans through International Coffee Traders, who develop mutually beneficial relationships with the primary producers and are also members of the International Coffee Alliance for Women, which recognises women’s input into the coffee industry.”
So, adventurous coffee-seekers: whether it’s a quick mid-week pick-me-up or a relaxed weekend brew, you can choose. Sustainably-farmed? Ethically sourced? You choose, but always remember to enjoy.