For a Common Cause: Children's Wishing Well

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For a Common Cause 
“For a Common Cause” is 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 sold being donated to the chosen cause.
September 2019
Chosen By: Marg Singh, Production Assistant 
Children’s Wishing Well is a non-profit organisation and registered charity which was founded in 2002. They provide a broad range of services for children and youth from low-income families across Singapore; with services supporting their current educational and daily living needs, and equip them with skills for their future. This is done with the aim to build a strong foundation for them to contribute as useful members of society.
The reason I chose to use this opportunity to support Children's Wishing Well is because I believe its important for families to know that no matter how difficult the circumstances might be, there are charities such as Children's Wishing Well that can offer help and support them through it. This is especially meaningful to me, as it is the very same charity that put me through school when I was younger and I didn’t have my parents around, it provided a great support to my grandparents who were struggling to raise me on their own. 
The Coffee - Umoja, Tanzania 
Appropriately translating as ‘Unity’, in Swahili, this collaboration between Communal Shamba and Mkulima Kwanza has lifted the co-ops’ coffee out of commodity grade, supported a regional health clinic and seen a 30x increase in specialty export - including this lot. A delicious coffee making a real impact. 
Tasting Notes: Stewed Stone-fruit, Tart Red Currant with a Soft Milk-Chocolate Finish. 
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For a Common Cause: Habitat for Humanity Singapore

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For a Common Cause 
“For a Common Cause” is 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 sold being donated to the chosen cause.
August 2019
Chosen By: Tam Ping, Junior Roaster 
The Cause:  Habitat for Humanity Singapore 
The reason why I chose Habitat is because I was deeply moved by their vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live, building a house for those living in poverty.  Habitat for Humanity Singapore is part of an international Christian housing charity that seeks to eliminate poverty housing worldwide. Since 2004, Habitat Singapore regularly sends volunteer teams to build decent and affordable houses across the Asia-Pacific region. 
Yirgcheffe is the place where heirloom varieties, naturally organic farming practices, high altitudes and perfect growing conditions converge. The 'zero' in Yirzero refers to the absence of defects in this coffee, thanks to the extra cash incentives which are given to the women who painstakingly sort by hand a much smaller amount of coffee over a much longer period of time. The end result is an immaculate 'zero defect' lot from Yirgacheffe.
In the cup you can expect a  Floral Aroma, Apricot and Peach Flavours with a Layered Juicy-sweet Finish.
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For a Common Cause: Sunshine Welfare Action Mission

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For a Common Cause 
“For a Common Cause” is 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 sold being donated to the chosen cause.
July 2019
Chosen By: Adrian Quek, Project Manager
The Cause:  Sunshine Welfare Action Mission

From its humble beginnings in 1979, Sunshine Welfare Action Mission (SWAMI Home) has developed to become what it is today - an established voluntary welfare organization that provides an integrated quality nursing home care and services to the elderly. 
The reason I have chosen to support this charity, is due to my wife's involvement as a volunteer, she would spend time at SWAMI, and I would come along a help out now and then. The experience truly struck a chord with me, as I feel more often than not, the elderly are overlooked, with the community support more likely going towards children or endangered animals before our elders. 
So I’d like to shine a light on the compassionate, important work being done by SWAMI, assisting some of the most vulnerable in our community and supporting their holistic needs with dignity and respect. 
 
Acacia Hills Estate is located in Ngorongoro, one of three main coffee regions of Northern Tanzania. It's a three hour drive west from the Arusha region. The Estate has been in existence for over 50 years with little being changed until 2013 when Mark Stell from Portland Roasting Company partnered with local Tanzanian coffee farmers, Leon and Aideen Christianakis to purchase the Estate. They set out to revive Acacia Hills Estate and introduce a new 'specialty' approach, focusing on influential factors such as coffee varietals, method of processing, soil analysis, topography, and more.
Tasting Notes:  Butterscotch & Blood Orange with a Syrupy Mouthfeel & Smooth Finish.
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For a Common Cause: HOME

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For a Common Cause 
“For a Common Cause” is 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 sold being donated to the chosen cause.
June 2019
Chosen By: Matt McLauchlan, Executive Director 
The Cause: Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics
Migrant workers are some of the bravest people I know, travelling to foreign countries with foreign cultures, sacrificing comfort and safety for a chance to better their lives and the lives of the family they left at home. They are so often the hardest working members of society, doing the jobs that the local populations won’t do, and are too often poorly treated and marginalised. HOME aims to support these individuals through a variety of assistance programs and community engagement. To learn more about the work done by HOME, head to their website here. 
The Coffee: Pilha, Brazil
The English translation for Pilha is "Pile" , referencing how this delicious coffee has been naturally processed. Rather than being spread thinly, the cherries are heaped in to small mounds which increases heat and in turn, fermentation, resulting in enhanced fruit flavours developing. 
Tasting Notes: Delicate Florals with Hints of Ripe Cherry, and a Chocolatey Finish.  
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Trust the Process - Leonid Ramirez

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Try one delicious Colombian Single Origin, processed in three different ways - Natural, Black Honey & Washed!

Along with our partners, Five Senses Coffee, we have been working with Leonid Ramirez of Finca La Cortina de Hierro in Colombia for the past two growing seasons and enjoying the exceptional coffees he’s been sending our way.
Farmer Leonid Ramirez

This year we are especially proud to showcase a trio of coffees, all from the same harvest of Variedad Colombia cherries that were then separated and processed in three distinctly different ways, Natural, Black Honey & Washed.
Region: Genova, Quindio
Altitude: 1850 - 1900 MASL
Variety: Variedad Colombia 
The Trust the Process Trio 
Natural Process
Custard Apple, Strawberry, Passionfruit, Medium Body with a Rum Soaked Raisin Finish
During the Natural Process method, also known as dry processing, the entire coffee cherry with skin intact is dried on raised drying beds, with constant turning to ensure an even result. These coffees tend to develop significant tropical fruit flavours due to the longer time the fruit remained in contact with the coffee beans during processing. 
Washed Process
Juicy Blackberries, Raspberry Acidity, an Earl Grey Tea Finish
During the Washed Process method, the coffee cherry's flesh is removed by a mechanical pulper with the mucilage also completely removed through time spent in fermentation tanks and repeated washing. The flavours that develop rely solely on the coffee bean's quality and natural sweetness. These coffees tend to be known for their clean and vibrant acidity. 
Black Honey Process
Soursop, Pineapple Acidity, Medium Body, Sweet Raisin Finish 
In the Black Honey process, the skin of the coffee cherry is removed by a mechanical pulper, with the mucilage left on the bean which is then allowed to dry on raised drying beds. These coffees tend to sit between the other two processing methods, expressing fruity flavours along with good acidity. 
Ready to try them for yourself?! Shop here. 
Eagle eyes may notice that we have taken this three-pack as an opportunity to trial some new biodegradable coffee packaging! 
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