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Coffee Beans for Bushfire Relief

Fast tracked coffee beans from El Salvador aid Bushfire Relief.

Illustrating yet again the impact Australia’s bushfires have made around the world, Salvadoran coffee bean producer Aida Batlle has donated 20kg of coffee beans to our hospitality partner ST. ALi to raise money for bushfire relief.

From February 21, guests at Mercedes me Store can buy a mug of coffee created with this bean for $8, and 100% of the funds raised will go to Australian wildlife rescue.

This Bourbon variety was harvested less than a month ago from Batlle’s family farm in Mauritania and represents the first Central American coffee for the 2020 harvest to land in Australia. The producer has achieved this by using an innovative, fast-tracked processing method dubbed, “Fresco” which involves only processing the perfectly ripe coffee cherries, depulping on the same day as picking and then they are dried, hulled, vacuum packed and shipped all in three weeks.

“With the terrible bushfires happening in Australia right now, my family and I wanted to help in some way. We are donating the coffee using a special processing method and air freighting as soon as possible,” says Batlle.


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