Good guys, good beans
I’ve been away from NZ for almost 13 years now and during my trips back I haven’t always managed to catch up with everyone. So it’s not surprising that during this time some of my friends and family have been cultivating exciting projects and other cool lifey type things.
I met up with my little cousin Richard (ok so he’s about 6 foot, but he’s still my little cousin!) who I’ve not seen in 10 years. Despite gaining an additional 4feet or so in height since I last saw him, he’s also rapidly becoming one of New Zealand’s favourite coffee roasters and is also helping to regenerate a coffee plantation in Colombia.
His company is called Flight Coffee and during our long overdue catch up I found out why Flight is doing so well and how.
He & his business partners know a lot about coffee! Richard only alluded to a small amount of what his job involves such as; getting the right chemical and nutrient balance in the soil and knowing exactly how to handle the beans once they’re harvested, yet this is only scratching the surface to what goes into the perfect bean.
Being the true entrepreneurs that they are, these guys are now imparting their knowledge to a Colombian grower they met via social media. This grower’s beans originally weren’t up to Flight’s high standards so instead of snubbing this man’s struggling business, the Flight boys began to help him improve his beans.
They spent time in Colombia with him and have recently made their first purchase of high quality beans off him, which will soon arrive in NZ to be roasted to perfection and end up in the cups of many satisfied Flight coffee fans.
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Check out more about Flight Coffee here
See you next Wednesday!