Our Coffee Story

How the coffee tastes is paramount for any coffee shop.  At the Grove we try to buy as much of our produce as possible from local suppliers, so we were pleased to find Trading Post Roasters in Lewes.

We selected their Green Monkey Organic blend, a very smooth tasting but not overpowering coffee.
The tasting notes say:

Notes of citrus and chocolate, with a beautifully complex and nutty aftertaste. Our organic blend is a combination of coffees from South America and Asia. With no short amount of dedication, we have selected fully organic certified origins, roasted them to a perfect medium roast in our organic roaster in picturesque Lewes and blended with a new take on the traditional coffee shop blend. The result is the nutty aftertaste, thick rich crema that make this blend special, and its combination of flavours are truly unique.

We were pleased to have found a great tasting coffee, from organic beans and a local supplier.  It was only then that Trading Post told us about Cafe Femenino.  This project really excited us.  It’s great to know that by purchasing this product we are supporting these women, enabling them to improve their quality of life, support their families, their communities and educate their children.

Shane, from Trading Post, came out to the Grove and gave us Barista training.  Our staff are now very keen to ensure the coffee is ground to the right consistency so that the water flows through the grounds for the optimum 28 seconds.  When they have the time they are enjoying practising their pattern making skills with the milk.  Shane told us that it took him two years of practise to perfect this skill!

CECANOR co-op, Peru

Café Femenino

The Peruvian coffee beans in our Green Monkey Blend are from Café Femenino. Women in remote and rural coffee communities face a host of challenges that keep them trapped in poverty.  Many of these isolated women live in male-dominated societies and have very little financial control or decision-making power.

Women farmers in northern Peru decided to separate their coffee production from the men’s, creating their own product and income.
Women farmers now have access to:

  • Legal rights to the land on which they farm
  • Leadership positions within the cooperatives
  • Financial and business decision-making power
  • Direct payment for their coffee, including a Café Femenino premium

Through participating in Café Femenino, women have noted many positive cultural changes, including:

  • Recognition for the work they do in the home and on the farm
  • Reduction in physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
  • Increase in family incomes
  • Increase in men participating in childcare and domestic responsibilities
  • Increase in school attendance among girls