Creating Communities Through Coffee With Nespresso


Coffee has long been established as a drink of importance since the very beginning of time. On a corporeal level, the properties of coffee awaken us and boost our energy. On a more cultural plane, the significance of coffee has helped shape history. Not only to enjoy a burst of flavor and physical vigor, but coffeehouses have also become synonymous with the exchange of ideas. Coffeehouses, it can be said gave birth to the French and American Revolutions. Coffee-drinking spots became egalitarian spaces, bringing people together regardless of their status or occupation and fuels design and thinking.

As the world becomes increasingly familiar with its great impact, the question now on our minds is: how is it made?

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It is not surprising that coffee farming has become the source of income for millions of households around the world. However, it is unknown to us if those who produce that delightful cup so fundamental in our morning routines are indeed protected against abrasive agrochemicals. Or are they truly benefiting from the global coffee prices? The answers to these questions are where Nespresso excels. Through the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality program, the coffee giant has developed important partnerships with local coffee farmers and coffee experts specific to the main areas that comprise the ‘Bean Belt”, naming them Master Origins. These Master Origins are zones worldwide that are known to generate the best-tasting coffee from the beans harvested there, all manufactured in different ways to create diverse tastes.

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We take you on a tour of Nespresso’s Master Origins and how these landscapes are changing through innovative and fair farming practices:

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The extremely humid island of Sumatra is the birthplace of the Nespresso Master Origin Indonesia Wet-Hulled Arabica. In the summer of last year, a new Fairtrade cooperative that was formed in Sumatra’s Aceh partnered with Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable Quality Program. With about 1800 members in the cooperative, the membership supplies these farmers access to training and knowledge in sustainable farming methods or obtaining equipment or supplies. This allows farmers to achieve Fairtrade International Certification, successfully creating a cooperative who call themselves Ara Cahayani Gayo which roughly translates to “this is sun or light” of the Gayo Highlands.

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The coffee in this part of the world shouldn’t be missed. A distinctive Indonesian method of processing named “wet hulling” is used. Instead of drying clean coffee beans after they’ve been harvested and the beans are shelled while they are moist. A green bean is produced, resulting in a thick and rich cup laced with notes of cured tobacco and tropical scents.

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