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In our journey to bring delicious coffee to life, we come across a range of opportunities that grab at our heart strings and offer us the chance to reach out and impact people positively. bg-people

After years of direct trade sourcing, we’ve developed some incredible relationships and been offered a unique insight into the lives of many of our partners at origin. Working with these communities, we’ve embarked on a number of initiatives to lend a helping hand beyond the bean.

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Most recently, and close to our heart, are our efforts in Simalungun, Sumatra.

In 2013, after years of hunting for consistent, delicious coffee, we met Leo and Lisa, a pioneering couple working closely with coffee mills in the area. Partnering with this dynamic duo to run the mill and Talenta, the local supply network (a kind of cooperative), we invested in building our very own mill! Funded by Five Senses, we wanted this mill to be more than just a place to craft outstanding coffee and so we gifted part ownership to both Leo and Lisa and the Talenta group. As a joint project collaborating with the other key stakeholders, we’ve not only ended up with great coffee but have contributed to the long-term sustainability and empowerment of the producers we work with. It’s been an incredible journey so far – jump over to the blog to read about our latest updates.

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Lisa and Leo at their organic farm in Dolok Silau, Simalungun.

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Rich with the owner of the Lima Putri farm in the sub-region of Sidamanik with his family.

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Hands up if your parents own a coffee farm?

Kintamani

As close neighbours to our north, we’ve had many years of productive involvement with the producers of Kintamani in Bali.

With regular investments in infrastructure, milling knowledge and professional agronomist development, it’s been really exciting to see the progress and engagement grow across the years. Annual trips to the region hosting groups of baristas and cafe owners from across Australia has resulted in some unique and heart lifting relationships with a rich cross-pollination of experiences.

2012 seedlings from the 2011 nursery ready for planting at the Tri Karya farm. 2012 seedlings from the 2011 nursery ready for planting at the Tri Karya farm.

Seedlings from a nursery planted by Five Senses staff and cafe friends

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Bali origin trip team back in 2008

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Picking cherries in Bali

Nanhi Kali

For years now, we’ve championed the under-celebrated coffees of India.

There’s something about this country that gets under your skin and infuses you in a way that stays long after you’ve left its shores. Travelling through India in search of coffee, we caught glimpses of life surrounding the farms where the plight of girl children is dire. In a country dominated by a dowry system, the lives of these girls are often chronically disadvantaged. Commonly being seen as an economic disadvantage to the family, these children are sidelined, opportunities withheld from bright young minds.

For the past several years, we’ve enthusiastically driven a fundraising campaign for the Nahni Kali program. Organised by the Naandi Foundation, this effort works towards aiding the plight of these vibrant young girls by providing primary education support. Partnering with a rotating roster of some of our stellar cafes, we’ve raised 10s of thousands of dollars and now support over 190 girls through school each year.

Keep your ears peeled for our next campaign! Learn more about Nahni Kali here.

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We visit India every year and this is a girl involved in the celebration ceremony at the Gems of Araku Competition Cupping We visit India every year and this is a girl involved in the celebration ceremony at the Gems of Araku Competition Cupping
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