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Level Ground Supports Local

Level Ground Supports Local

Over the years, Level Ground has worked hard to build a community around local businesses and supporting each other. Being a coffee roaster, we need a lot of space to store, roast and package our products. Like a lot of other 'large space' organizations, we're located off Keating Cross Road in Saanichton in Greater Victoria. What a lot of people don't realize is that there are a lot of fantastic, small businesses surrounding us. Everything from chocolate, to farmers, vineyards and more, Saanichton has a lot to offer (more than most assume!) We wanted to build a map that highlights...

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Debunking Myths about Decaf Coffee

The term "decaf" has been known to spark some pretty intense conversations between coffee lovers. So, today we're going to debunk five popular myths about decaf once and for all!

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Cane Sugar Communities: The Where and How of Our Organic Cane Sugar

Learn about the origins and process of our organic, Fair Trade cane sugar. The story of cane sugar touches two communities.   In Huila, sugar cane farmers have come together to setup a processing facility for their cane juice. Fresh, organic, whole stalks of cane are pressed and the juice goes through stages of boiling and evaporation to produce the delicious granules of sugar. 

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More Than Our Logo is Green - Our Green Initiatives

At Level Ground, we work hard to reduce our impact, near and far. For those familiar with Level Ground’s products and practices, it is our green focus which is evident in two of our Core Values: Love the Planet and Always Improve. This started in our sourcing of sustainably produced coffee and continually shows up in our company DNA as we are always improving how we love the planet through various projects.  First, a few of our ongoing initiatives and then our BIG MOVE that has most radically demonstrated our commitment as environmental stewards and sustainability leaders. How is Level Ground 'Greening'...

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Meet Tanzanian Coffee Farmer Yuliana

Yuliana is a coffee farmer that belongs to the Kagara Co-operative Union (KCU) near Lake Victoria, in northwest Tanzania. The KCU has over 45,000 members but only 6,000 grow organic, Arabica coffee and Yuliana is one of those 6,000! Yuliana has a 2.5 acreage with 450 Arabica coffee trees. She also grows maize, beans, bananas, yams and cassava on her land.  With the income from her coffee and product plots, she has been able to provide for her children and grandchildren. She sent her children to university, built a house with electricity, improved her farm and established a livestock project....

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Meet Ugandan Coffee Farmer Biira Beatrice

Biira grows organic coffee at her farm 1,200 metres above sea level in Kamughobe, Kisinga in western Uganda, a coffee that is new to Level Ground. She joined the Bukonzo Organic Farmers Co-operative (BOCU) and got certified in good agronomical practices (GAPS), alongside her Fair Trade certification. Through BOCU, she has attended various training sessions, seminars and travelled to learn about better farm management and agricultural standards.

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Why We Love Agronomists (And How They Improve Your Coffee)

An agronomist is an expert in the science of soil and soil management. Why is this so important for the coffee industry? Specific conditions are required for growing healthy coffee such as climate, elevation and soil. Agronomists study soil quality to better understand and gather information on current and future coffee harvests. Without agronomists, coffee (and many other crops) wouldn't be what they are.

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