Updates

  • Origin: Brazil

    Origin: Brazil

    On Wednesday November 20, we’ll be hosting microbiologist and coffee producer, Luis Saldanha. Luis' presentation will focus on coffee production and fermentation, as well as leading us through a tasting of new coffees from Brazil. Click here to RSVP.

    One of the best things about buying coffees seasonally is that there is always something new on the horizon. The calendar is full of new samples, harvests, and arrivals, which means we're always busy searching for new and exciting options here at Laika. With December just around the corner, and as we head toward the end of the year, we turn out focus to one of our main coffee buying origins: Brazil.

    Coffee in Brazil is generally finished being picked and processed by the end of October, and on its way to us in a big boat by November. As we usually purchase coffees by "pre-shipment sample" (more on this another time), we have made most of our larger purchasing decisions by the end of September, which gives us just enough time to get ready for our coffees to arrive. After tasting more samples than ever before, this season you can expect some of the best coffees we have ever had from Brazil.

    At Laika, the closer we work with our sourcing partners, the more we realise that an origin like Brazil has immense potential for producers have to truly take control of the flavour of their own coffee. With such a large volume of coffee being produced and exported (Brazil is responsible for 25% of coffee production worldwide), the ability for farmers to experiment with processing and fermentation is unparalleled. This potential for farmers to be empowered has never been more important. As the global price of coffee drops to dangerously low levels, the key to a sustainable market for coffee producers is to develop new ways for growers to take control of quality at origin, so that they can in turn receive higher prices, and be paid fairly for the value they bring to the supply chain.

    We can’t wait to see what the future holds for coffee in Brazil. We are tasting some of the best coffees we’ve ever had, and we’re so excited to be able to share them with you.

    Love Laika.

  • QIMA

    QIMA

    There's a lot we could say about this coffee we've just released. We could say how it's the first coffee we've purchased by online auction, or about how it comes from a part of the world which was the first the commercially cultivate coffee. We could say that the lot is only 40kgs, which represents the entire lot from the producer we represent. We could talk about how delicious it is, how rare it is, or countless other things, which would all be true. But we think it's better for you to read the story yourself, in the words of those who made it happen, right here.

    We know it's more expensive that what you normally buy, but not only is it so delicious that it is worth every cent, but it also represents the livelihood of a producer who relies on us as consumers to pay a fair price - we ourselves have priced this coffee at cost. This is an initiative to buy the best coffee in the best way we can, and to make a difference to those in the supply chain who are the most vulnerable, and for whom we can make the biggest difference. 

    There are only 136 bags of this coffee available, and they won't last long. Head over to the online store, or click here to reserve your bag now. We're excited to share with you our next step in realising our vision: to share the best coffees we can find with as many people as possible. We hope you'll pick up a bag, and help us to make the most of this amazing coffee.

  • Crew Member

    Crew Member

    It's no secret that, here at Laika, we kind of love coffee. Everything from the flavour, the ritual, and the culture, this is what we live and breath every day at the Laika roastery. But, as with all things, coffee is not perfect. Coffee can sometimes be complicated, intimidating, and wasteful. It was with these limitations in mind that we created our unique subscription service: the Crew Member program.

    The idea is simple: to create a subscription based service which is approachable and unintimidating, while still providing a variety of origins and flavours for subscribers, and at the same time producing as minimal waste as possible. From this, we started up the Crew Member program - here's how it works: 

    1. A new member signs up to the program, and chooses to collect fresh coffee each week, fortnight, or month.
    2. On their first collection, we provide a reusable glass jar to store their coffee in, filled with 200g of our favourite coffee from the week.
    3. On each collection, the Crew Member returns their reusable jar for us to clean, and picks up a full jar to take home.

    And that's it! Crew Members are charged by direct debit at the frequency which they've signed up for (weekly, fortnightly, or monthly) and can suspend or cancel their membership whenever they choose through their own account at laikaroasters.com.au. Each week we select from our catalog whichever coffee we think is tasting the best, ensuring the coffee for Crew Members is almost always different and exciting. Best of all there is no waste! No unnecessary packaging or posting, and the jars are reusable (and fully recyclable if they're ever broken). 

    Our goal was to provide a cost effective subscription service with minimal waste and no complications. We're excited about the Crew Member program, and have had amazing feedback from those who have already signed up. By being responsible for our own waste, and providing a varied and high quality option for those looking for a hassle-free subscription service, the Crew Member program is a crucial step toward our vision to "share the best coffees we can find with as many people as possible".

    We can't wait to see how far Crew Members can go!

    Ready to get started?

  • The Cup of Excellence

    The Cup of Excellence

    In 1999, a group of well known coffee professionals met in a small lab, deep in Brazil, to taste coffee together. The goal was simple: to find the very best coffees available, sell them to roasters around the world on behalf of the farmers, and ultimately, find a way to better reward producers for high quality coffees. It was here, under the guidance of Susie Spindler and George Howell, that the programme now known as "The Cup of Excellence" was born.

    In simple terms, the Cup of Excellence programme works by transparent auction. First, farmers submit their coffees to be roasted, cupped, and assessed by a national jury in their country of production (CoE now operates in 11 countries, with a new pilot country happening this year!). From here, coffees judged to be 86 points out of 100 are selected for further assessment by an international jury of calibrated coffee professionals. Next, coffees that are awarded scores of 87 or above are announced as "Cup of Excellence Winners", with samples of these coffees then being sent to CoE partners around the world. Throughout this whole process, a top 10 coffee (often out of thousands of samples) will be cupped over 120 times by national and international juries, making the Cup of Excellence the most robust coffee competition in the world! CoE partners then have the opportunity to taste these coffees, then bid in an online auction system. CoE coffees are famous for breaking records in prices paid, and the programme is renowned for having the highest returns to coffee producers.*

    At Laika, we are beyond excited to become Cup of Excellence partners, and to host CoE cuppings throughout the year at our roastery in Lathlain. First up is El Salvador, happening on the 5th of June, with 5 more origins happening later in the year. In our mission to share the best coffees we can find, with as many people as possible, we truly believe that the Cup of Excellence is a crucial next step in our journey, as we find more responsible ways to purchase coffees, and more exciting ways to bring them to our customers.

    We can't wait to see you at our Cup of Excellence El Salvador cupping!

    Love Laika.

     

     

    *The Cup of Excellence is a competition run by The Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE), a not for profit body operating out of Portland, USA. ACE takes a small flat rate for coffees sold via auction, instead of a percentage. This ensures transparency and maximum returns to farmers.

    https://allianceforcoffeeexcellence.org