Meet Colombian Mango Farmer Don Israel
Don Israel is the face of our dried mango. Don Israel (‘Don’ is the Spanish prefix to show respect) grows organic mango on his land in Vereda Guacana, Colombia. He owns approximately eight hectares of land which supports the work of two farming families and eight additional families during harvest time. Through converting to organic practices, Israel says he has gained a new sense of appreciation for sustainable practices and an increased environmental awareness. Most notably, he is motivated to continue to grow sustainably for the future! Don Israel sells his mangoes to Fruandes, receiving a fair price for his crops. Visiting Don...
Can Coffee Go Bad? How to Keep Coffee Fresh Longer
So, you’ve just opened your new bag of Level Ground coffee and had your first delightful cup. You want that delicious taste to last, so how do you keep your coffee tasting its absolute best? Don’t worry — with our tips, you’ll be drinking the best coffee at home for longer. Can Coffee Even Go Bad? Level Ground follows the industry standard of putting a best before date of one year after roasting on our bags. However, we’ve mentioned before that you’ll get the optimal flavour from your beans within one to three months after roasting.
Understanding the Basics of Coffee Grinds
The grind size you use ultimately impacts the coffees taste once it comes into contact with water. How fine or how coarse the beans are ground affects how fast the water will pass through them, determining the strength of your coffee. The grind size you use ultimately impacts the coffees taste once it comes into contact with water. How fine or how coarse the beans are ground affects how fast the water will pass through them, determining the strength of your coffee. If your beans are ground coarsely, the water will move quickly between the pieces, extracting only some of the flavour. To get a full balance of flavour, it’s best...
Level Ground in Peru: Visiting Pangoan Producers
In September, we took a fantastic trip to Pangoa, Peru, an area where we’ve been buying coffee since 2005. We want to share the experiences our Director of Coffee, Joshua, and our Head Roaster, David, had in Peru. We believe in connection — ones made by sharing our coffee with you, as well as with the farmers and communities where we source our fair trade beans. To continue fuelling these bonds, one of our favourite things to do is visit these communities. We want to immerse and educate ourselves about the culture, connect with the farmers and producers face-to-face, and...