We love the company we buy our coffee from – Ethical Addictions. They are based locally in Gloucester, which fits our 20 mile menu ethos, but more importantly they really are ethical.
We’ve had the same coffee from them since I can’t remember when (it’s been that long!). We thought it was time to reassess our coffee purchases, and asked for them to send us some samples of their other coffee. We’ve chosen our new coffee – a wonderful Brazilian coffee, with a great back story. The story is below as told by our friends at Ethical Addictions and if you want any more information on Ethical Addictions or would like to buy their coffee yourself, see their website by clicking here
Brazilian Rainforest Ethical Coffee
The Coffee – Strength 4
Our first direct trade coffee from Brazil. This high grade Arabica is truly exceptional. A South American special.
Smooth and rich with a creamy, nutty and sweet aftertaste – you’ll enjoy this any time but it’s a fantastic finish to any meal.
Isaltino Caixeta and his family run the Gerezim Farm in central Brazil where we stayed in June 2010 to establish a sustainable trading relationship. Whilst there we were able to talk about quality and ethics and why they were close to our hearts, and found a family living out similar values, passionate about great coffee, the care taken in producing it, their workers and the environment.
You can see some of the photos
we took whilst visiting.
We’re very excited about the future potential with these great people, this farm, and the amazing coffee. It’s fast becoming a favourite!
Athos Caixeta writes:
“After four generations the tradition in the coffee growing keeps very strong and alive in the life of the family Franco Caixeta and for sure it will be continued for much more because the coffee business it is some that is in our genes.
Everything started more than 140 years ago, when Isaltino (my great-grandfather) moved from Paraná state, to south of Minas Gerais, region today well known for producing the best coffees of the country. He established his home at the city of Machado, where he began to plant the first seeds of coffee. At that time, it was need to do all work manually, a very hard work that lasted several years. But after all that hard work, he realized that he was at right place to grow coffee.
The soil and the climate in that area have shown great for this culture, besides altitude higher than 1.000m, a good base for producing high quality coffees.
Today, my father, Isaltino Franco Caixeta, is the responsible for the Gerezim Farm and Vira Mão Farm, two farms inherited that keep the same tradition of producing good coffees respecting the environment and helping the collaborators of the farm get a better life.”