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For A Common Cause: SESO, Malaysia: Reducing Food Waste and Nourishing Communities

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For a Common Cause 
We are excited to launch “For a Common Cause” this month, our way of giving back to local communities and regional causes. Every month a member of the CMCR team nominates both a coffee and a cause close to their heart, with $2 from every 250g bag of that coffee donated to the chosen cause.

May 2019

Chosen By: Pablo HWB, Account Manager/Trainer CMCR KL

The Cause: SESO, Malaysia: Reducing Food Waste and Nourishing Communities Using Surplus Food 

For this month's Common Cause, I wanted to bring awareness to the homeless of Kuala Lumpur. Within the fast-moving and developing city are ostracised communities that are neglected their rights for basic regard in society. Social stigmas inhibit the chance to empathise, and we forget to consider that these people are often victims, even if just from the abandonment of their own families. 'SESO' strives to combat food poverty and food waste in this case, in turn, nourishing these communities with surplus food. It's an inspiring movement for us to be conscious of our everyday decisions and give back to the community.

SESO is a non-profit enterprise with the primary goal of  fighting against food waste and food poverty. In undertaking this aim, SESO also help in building communities, in particular amongst people who are suffering from social isolation. They achieve this through serving communal meals in a warm, dignified and welcoming environment. You can read more about their work here. 

The Coffee: Samambaia, Brazil

 

The coffee I chosen for this cause is Samambaia, Brazil. A great, everyday coffee that is the result of good people finding ways to give back to their producing communities, a synonymous idea from the other end of the chain. 

TASTING NOTES

Toffee and dark honey flavours with a smooth lasting finish.

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For A Common Cause: Taikkyi School Building Project

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For a Common Cause 
We are excited to launch “For a Common Cause” this month, our way of giving back to local communities and regional causes. Every month a member of the CMCR team nominates both a coffee and a cause close to their heart, with $2 from every 250g bag of that coffee donated to the chosen cause.

April 2019

Chosen By: Colin Loh, Head Roaster 

The Cause: Fundraising for the Taikkyi School Building Project. 

Dr Leslie Tay is synonymous with starting one of Singapore's most popular food blogs, ieatishootipost and I've been an avid fan for some time. Besides blogging about the best local food to be found around Singapore or regionally, Leslie also devotes his time to humanitarian projects. He started with the Root and Wings project in Batam, which worked towards building proper housing for an orphanage there.

This time around, Dr Tay is working in partnership with World Vision, this time to build a school and facilities in Taikkyi, Myannmar. 

Located in the northern part of the Yangon region, Myanmar, is a village named Sar Hpyu Su in the Oke Pon tract of Taikkyi Township. There is currently 1 small school to service the town, the school is vulnerable to the elements, has very few amenities and poor hygiene, particularly in regards to drinking water.  

World Vision's aim is to refurbish and expand the school compound to accommodate over 90 students from Kindergarten to Grade 4 (ages 6 to 10) from 2 villages in the Oke Pon village tract. Part of the refurbishment will cover the construction of a new school building, with three classrooms furnished with desks and chairs for teachers and students along with two new latrines and a water purification system. These improvements will not only impact the lives and outcomes for the students, but the whole community will be positively affected by the project.  

You can read more about the project here. 

The Coffee: Vista Al Bosque, Guatemala

I've chosen Guatemalan Vista Al Bosque, as I've got a feeling it will be a real money maker for my cause - it's so delicious. 

When we have team meetings, we usually whip around the table and share which coffee we think is really a stand out at the moment, and Vista just keeps on coming up! 

You can expect peach & nectarine flavours, sticky nougat mouthfeel, & a lingering smooth finish.

 

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For A Common Cause: Ending the illegal trade of Pangolins

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For a Common Cause 

We are excited to launch “For a Common Cause” this month, our way of giving back to local communities and regional causes. Every month a member of the CMCR team nominates both a coffee and a cause close to their heart, with $2 from every 250g bag of that coffee donated to the chosen cause.

 

March 2019

Chosen By: Sarah Rouse, Brand Manager 

The Cause: TRAFFIC organisation, TRAFFIC in support of ending the illegal trade of Pangolins.

Pangolins are scaly little mammals that live in parts of Asia and Africa. The word Pangolin actually comes from the Malay word - ‘penggulung,’ which means roller – the action a pangolin takes in self-defense. When threatened they curl up into a ball and rely on their virtually impenetrable armour for protection against predators, which for most of the worlds history, meant that they were pretty indestructible, until humans came along.

Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world, with one Pangolin being snatched every 5 minutes.    

These little guys are hunted for a rampant illegal international trade in scales, skins, and meat to be used as food, decoration and traditional medicine. There is high demand for nearly all of their body parts, particularly from China. The large-scale illegal trade in Asian pangolins is drastically driving down their numbers throughout Southeast Asia. Pangolins are believed to be the most trafficked mammal in the world, with rapid loss and deterioration of available habitat places added pressure on the dwindling numbers of remaining pangolins.

TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working exclusively on wildlife trade in the context of both biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. When it comes to Pangolins, Traffic is helping local enforcement agencies fight back and take legal action against traffickers, they are also working with local partners in the field to educate communities and are undertaking advocacy and awareness initiatives which assist in fostering behavioral change to reduce consumer demands, all done with the goal to protect threatened pangolins, and keep them in the wild!

You can see more here: https://vimeo.com/316986520

The Coffee: Ardi Sidama, Ethiopia 

I've chosen Ardi, from Ethiopia, as I thought it made sense to pick an origin where Pangolins are found in the wild. Whilst their numbers are threatened, the Temminck’s ground pangolin can be found in the region. 

At the same time, Ardi is one of our most loved single origins, so if you haven't already given it a try, here is a good reason to! 

Besides the good feels, you will experience a naturally processed coffee with tasting notes of mixed berries & ripe orange, jammy texture with a lingering dark chocolate finish.

 

 

 

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Going Green For a Common Cause

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We're Going Green for a Common Cause!

Over the course of the past twelve months or so, you may have noticed us making a few changes to our business in order to be more environmentally friendly.

We see this as the first steps down a long road, making CMCR an environmentally sustainable and responsible business, and an active member of its community.

This is important to us, not only because we believe in making a positive impact on the world, but because we believe that without businesses playing their role and making serious, long-term changes, the challenge of reversing the effects of climate change and humanity’s effect on wild-life and ecosystems becomes that much harder. We recognise that if the trends continue, climate change will have an increasingly detrimental effect on our daily lives and that this is particularly relevant to the industry and product we love so much – specialty coffee is most certainly threatened by changes to the environment.  

We hope that you will join us in our efforts towards Going Green for a Common Cause.

Steps we have taken so far: 

At the Cafes

 - Elimination of Plastic Straws and Signing the WWF Pledge

We’ve been using metal straws in our cafes for around 12 months now, but we’ve recently solidified our commitment, participating the World Wildlife Fund’s No Plastic in Nature industry roundtable discussion, and becoming a signatory to their No Plastic Straw Pledge.

- Plastic Free Take-away Packaging

Where possible we use recycled cardboard containers for our take-way packaging, and partner with Cloversoft to use sustainable bamboo fibre napkins. 

 - Recycling our Coffee Grounds with A1 Environment

We have begun recycle our spent coffee grounds, an average of 200kgs of waste a week, which will now be composted by A1 Environment, and used for organic farming. 

- Discounts for Reusable Cups

We offer a 10% discount to customers using their own cup for take-away beverages, and we have also started selling Sol Cups at our cafes.   

- Partnership with DrinkTapSG

We are proud to be partnering with a new initiative, Drink Tap SG, whereby we will happily allow anyone to refill their water bottles at the cafés, discouraging the need for single-use plastic water bottles.

- Sustainable Uniforms

Over the past 12 months we’ve worked with awesome local companies like Matter Prints and Etrican for our staff uniforms. Both of these companies pride themselves on ethical, slow fashion.

 

At the Roastery

- Direct Containers

We have been working with our partners at origin to bring over more direct containers of green beans, straight to us from the source, which lessens the freight and carbon footprint of our coffee. This has also enabled us to increase the amount of coffee we source from small holder farmers, allowing us to have even greater traceability and showcase their hard work and efforts, which encourages these farmers to continue with their specialty coffee crops rather than switching to less-sustainable cash-crops. 

- Trees for Kibira

in 2018  have partnered with the Long Miles Coffee Project and Five Senses Coffee on Trees for Kibira, a reforestation project with the aim of planting 15,000 seedling trees in Burundi's Kibira Forest. This will renew life to the region, and with the support of a Forest Scouts programme, empower the community with the skills to care for Kibira for generations to come. Read more about it here. 

- E-commerce

We’ve made a commitment to make our e-commerce orders plastic free wherever possible, and have worked on streamlining our delivery process to make it as effective as possible.

- Recycling

At the roastery we recycle all of our delivery boxes many times over, our grain pro bags are used as rubbish bags and our jute bean bags are collected and recycled by a friendly uncle!

- For a Common Cause 

We are excited to launch “For a Common Cause” this month; our way of giving back to local communities and regional causes. Every month a member of the CMCR team nominates both a coffee and a cause close to their heart, with $2 from every 250g bag of that coffee donated to the chosen cause. 

 

Targets to reach by 2020:

  • Elimination of any remaining plastic takeaway packaging and switching our disposable cups to a biodegradable option.
  • Switching to biodegradable coffee packaging. This will need to be done in stages, as we want to do it responsibly and run down our existing stocks, but you will see a change soon with our Uncommon packaging.
  • Conduct full Environmental Impact audit of our wholesale operation.
  • Carbon offset. We aim to calculate and offset our carbon footprint by 2020.

 

Things you can do:

Support for a Common Cause

Shop (and eat!) locally grown produce with the Citizen Farm Box

Join the next clean up held by the Singapore Trash Hero’s

Follow BYO Singapore & Zero Waste SG for tips on reducing your waste

Do your weekly shop at Unpackt 

 

Any ideas on what else we can do- email us info@cmcroasters.com

 

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Eat Chocolate, Drink Coffee - Hello Chocolate and CMCR

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The similarities between these coffee and chocolate are quite astounding from bean to bar, fruit to cup it really is an amazing adventure to follow. It's firstly important to understand the global shift in the way that we consume products which has greatly influenced both industries. This shift has seen more and more people demanding transparency in production processes and encouraging an emphasis on artisanal or handcrafted products.

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate event

This is something we have seen in coffee with the so called 'third wave' coffee movement hitting Singapore a few years ago now and we are starting to see this trend spread throughout the Southeast Asian area. However, it is not just coffee that this movement has effected, from beer to packing boxes to specialty eggs (yes really, UK online shopping site Ocado has a whole aisle dedicated to them!) the trend is here, and looks likely to stay.

This focus on quality and traceability has been at the core of CMCR's business since the beginning as we strive to bring you an a-grade product every time. Our ethos is know the farmer, the exporter, the roaster and the brewer and support each step to your cup. We want to live up to what specialty means - a person or place known for making something very well.

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate event

With this premise, we hooked up with the good people at Hello Chocolate to pair together some of their delicious chocolate with our coffee. Their entire range is specially curated to bring together a range of craft chocolates which showcase different textures and flavours. They also only carry products which pay attention to the source of ingredients and show a strong sense of social responsibility towards everyone involved in the production process - just our sort of people!

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate night

Just a brief comparison between the two industries, both coffee and chocolate are produced by tropical trees grown between 30 degrees north or south of the equator. Although they are grown at different altitudes (cacao in lower, warm climates whilst coffee much higher, cooler conditions), both trees are harvested for their seeds which then are processed (fermented, washed or sun-dried in most cases) to produce the beans we then roast to create the final product.

Interestingly there are also two original varietals of coffee (robusta and arabica) and cacao trees (criollo and forastero) with further species which are hybrids of these being found throughout the production region.

The night was filled with espresso and filter fun as we encouraged the guests to let the chocolate slowly melt on their tongues before letting the coffee flow over it bringing out all those delicious ever evolving flavour combinations.

common man coffee roasters online store specialty coffee and chocolate event

The best part of the night was that all proceeds from ticket sales where donated to The Leukaemia and Lymphoma Foundation Singapore who provide financial and emotional support for people with blood cancers and their caregivers.

Watch out for more events like these at the CMCR cafe both in Singapore and KL, and remember if you would like to host a party or a coffee appreciation workshop get in touch with us here.

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