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ickle coffee is run by sisters Rowena and Kate with a focus on roasting exceptionally high quality specialty coffee. All their coffee is sourced from ethical coffee importers who use sustainable practices and invest in the quality of their livelihoods as well as the quality of the coffee produced.
They’ve chosen to share their Brazil ‘Dulce’ blend, which has tasting notes of lychee, blood orange, and roasted almond, and is named for the woman who produced it. “This coffee is special to us,” Rowena says, “as the producer, Dulce Borge is an inspiring woman. She was born blind but that did not stop her from pursuing her dream of having her own coffee farm, producing the highest quality coffee possible.” Dulce, who runs her business alongside her husband, is a member of the Flowers in Action (Flores em Aceo) Project, which encourages women to produce, process and brand their own coffee.
- Tasting notes: Lychee, blood orange, roasted almond
- Origin: Mantiqueira, Minas Gerais, Brazil
- Varietal: Yellow Catuai
- Process: Natural
- Size: 250g
Every coffee has a history
The founder of ickle coffee, Rowena, started the company with a passion for coffee roasting and a desire to only roast coffees she would love to drink everyday. Wanting to be able to focus entirely on producing amazing roasts, she invited her sister Kate, to come on to take care of all other aspects of the business. “Being in a male-dominated industry could be difficult at times but I always try to surround myself with like-minded people and speak up when something isn’t right,” Rowena says.
The sisters have continued to grow their business despite the obstacles COVID has thrown in their way and are now mostly buying coffees pre-shipment, and even pre-harvest from the producers they have previously worked with and built trust with. This gives the producers significantly more security, especially during this difficult time.