Here at Hani Coffee Co., we believe that by using only the highest-quality products and fostering a culture of passion for coffee among our customers and staff, we can achieve so much more than just a great cup of coffee. This month, our company is maintaining these values by continuing to learn and grow.
Tim Heinze recently attended a two and a half week coffee training in Pu’er, put on by Greenhouse Coffee Lab in association with the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The SCAA is one of the leading entities in the world that provides specialized training and certifications within the coffee industry. Andrea Allen and Esther Shaw, SCAA certified instructors, came from the States to teach about a variety of complex topics ranging from roasting to barista. Esther previously ran the quality control lab for Intelligentsia Coffee and now has her own company training, sourcing green bean, and roasting coffee. Andrea is an internationally-renown barista and leader of Onyx Coffee. She was recently featured on the cover of Barista Magazine and brings incredible experience behind the bar and running a cafe. During the training, Tim earned Roaster Level 1 and 2, Coffee Taster’s Level 1 and 2, Golden Cup Technician, Lead Instructor, and Barista Level 1 certifications. These classes and certifications benefit the Hani Coffee crew through providing knowledge that we can share to enhance what our partners are doing in their cafes as well as a set of tools to enrich the excellent product we offer. By learning from experts in the field how to deliver exceptional products and customer experience, we can continue to flourish as a company and expand our presence in the international market.
One example is this year’s shipment of unroasted, green beans that arrived in Australia the last week of August. At just over 42,000 pounds, this export is the largest our company has ever done. Our partner, Saxon Wright, is the main buyer of this lot, but he has also decided to serve as a warehouse for all of the Yunnan Coffee sales into Australia. Saxon has been involved in the coffee industry for over 15 years and is the founder and owner of Pablo & Rusty’s Specialty Coffee. He has been a head judge in the National, World, and Australian Barista Championships; his expertise and partnership are invaluable to our company. With the support of other partners like Saxon, we can continue to see a major expansion of Yunnan Coffee into new regions around the world. As more people come into contact with these beans, they hear the story of the farmers we work with and the investment we are making into their lives. This is how coffee stretches beyond the mug in your hand. More knowledge. Better coffee. Changed lives.