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Rise in Local Coffee Beans

The South Pacific Coffee Company (SPCC) has noted an increase in locally grown coffee beans. The company currently source their coffee beans from Sabeto in Nadi, Abaca in Lautoka, Sigatoka
10 Sep 2021 12:00
Rise in Local Coffee Beans
Drying of coffee beans at the South Pacific Coffee Company in Nadi.

The South Pacific Coffee Company (SPCC) has noted an increase in locally grown coffee beans.

The company currently source their coffee beans from Sabeto in Nadi, Abaca in Lautoka, Sigatoka Valley and Taveuni.

This was revealed by SPCC owner Michael Dennis.

Towards the end of July, the company had collected 8000 kilograms of beans and counting.

Mr Dennis said it was wonderful to see farmers who had come on board to supply locally grown coffee to the company to process and roast.

“What is even more exciting is that new farmers in different areas are now recognising wild coffee growing in their forests and reaching out to us in order to understand how they can harvest the coffee and work with us to supply.

“We are enjoying receiving local coffee as well as educating new and interested farmers on how to add coffee to their crop.”

Mr Dennis said SPCC receives wild grown Arabica and Robusta coffee beans from the local farmers.

More than 200 farmers had been positively impacted by SPCC.

 

Operations in light of COVID-19
“Operations have been extremely challenging, to be honest, but one way or another, we’ve managed to keep ourselves alive,” Mr Dennis said.

“We are fortunate to have the support and work with people that believe in our journey.”

“Most rewarding part of this journey is receiving the support from the farmers.”

“Despite only operating as SPCC for one year, it’s rewarding to know the farmers believe in us as a coffee company and choose to supply to us.”

“It motivates us to continue the good fight to survive.”

Mr Dennis thanked the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport and Business Link Pacific for the funding assistance.

It is understood that SPCC was one of the first recipients of the Business Link Pacific’s Adaptation Grant.

 

Refurbishments
Mr Dennis said SPCC had almost completed refurbishment works.

“We’ve done upgrades and refurbishments.”

“We are very blessed with our landlords and the support they give us.”

“Now you can sit outside, drink your coffee and watch the beans you are drinking process right in front of you, in style and in the shade.”

“It’s cool to be a transparent manufacturing company, it’s something different for Fiji.”

He said there were plans to have a larger kitchen facility soon along with full meals menu and catering.

The South Pacific Coffee Company café and roasting facility is located in Nadi Back Road.

 

Feedback: shreya.kumar@fijisun.com.fj



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