Girls Who Grind

Girls Who Grind

We've been loving Girls who Grind for a few years now: their ethos, brand and most importantly the coffees they roast. 

Started by Fi O'Brian and Casey LaLonde, GWGC is an all female speciality coffee roastery located in Frome, Somerset. The women who originally are from Melbourne, Australia and New York, USA met in the UK and as their children played discussed their love of coffee and experiences within the industry as female coffee professionals.

They decided to take positive action and start a coffee roasters and brand to made the changes they wanted to see; a place within a male dominated industry where women could be celebrated for everything they bring to coffee (did you know that in fact 70% of coffee is PRODUCED by women?!) with their skills and talents given the recognition that they deserve. 

Girls who Grind Coffee was born. A coffee roasting company that sources coffee specifically and exclusively from female producers, telling their stories and creating positive change through the empowerment of women. 

Fi is head of brand and creative director responsible for telling the stories of these women in the most captivating way alongside producing the packaging and merchandising (keeping it in family, the bold illustrations on the packaging are by her husband Ben).

Casey is head of coffee and a Q-grader and responsible for sourcing beans from some incredible women and then roasting them to make them taste great. 

"This coffee is for you. The female coffee farmers. 
The badass barista babes. The kicks coffee lovers.
Grind it. Make it".


We've had three new coffees in from the roastery - in their new updated packaging (loving the new boxes). Details below (including the stories of the women who make them): 

The Boza sisters, Natural 

Shade grown, rain forest alliance certified. 

We have two coffees from the Boza sisters.

This coffee is the NATURAL version. All fruits and sweetness, with a super pleasant body. 

The Boza sisters of Finca San Antonio Amatepec are ambitious change-makers carving a path for themselves and the next generation. 

Their farm was run solely by their father since the 1970s but over time he has broken with tradition and allowed the three sisters: Alexandra, Daniella and Karia to become more involved with the farm and its coffee production.

The sisters have overseen the farm being certified by the Rainforest Alliance, demonstrating their commitment to sustainable coffee practices. 

Girls who Grind have been working with these sisters and this farm to bring female produced coffee to us all for a number of years. Check out this video they made showing their farm here

COFFEE INFORMATION:
Origin: Finca San Antonio, Amatepec, San Salvador, El Salvador
Process: natural
Varietal: Bourbon
Flavour profile: pina colada, cherry on top.

The Boza sisters, Washed 

Shade grown, rain forest alliance certified. 

We have two coffees from the Boza sisters.

This coffee is the WASHED version. Creamy, fudgey chocolate notes with controlled apple-acidity. Delicious and ever-drinkable. 

 

COFFEE INFORMATION:
Origin: Finca San Antonio, Amatepec, San Salvador, El Salvador
Process: washed
Varietal: Bourbon
Flavour profile: chocolate nut fudge bar, red apple, smooth

 

 

Karin Hernandez

Toffee apple, clementine, milk chocolate 

Located in Antigua, Guatemala, in the region of Volcán Fuego and Volcán de Agua, the ‘Water and Fire Volcanoes’, lifelong coffee producer Karin Hernandez and her family not only run 2 coffee farms, but they also manage Cafe Kapeu, a company that supports 700 other coffee producers all over Ciudad Vieja and Antigua.

Karin works alongside her father (who founded the company) as Q Grader and Head of Quality Control, cupping coffees and advising small producers on the best processes and practices for their coffee production and then ensuring they earn the sale prices they deserve.

The coffees from both family farms, Finca Santa Isabel where this coffee is farmed and San José Buena Vista, are harvested entirely by women who take the utmost care to select the best cherries.

We rarely come across women in coffee producing coffees who are Q Graders, as well as being QC of two fantastic coffee farms, Karin is an inspiration and we wanted to not only support her efforts but also share her coffee with you all.

“As a woman I am proud to be able to support my family and small producers so that together we achieve that anyone in the world can have a good cup of Guatemalan coffee” Karin says.

COFFEE INFORMATION:
Origin: Finca Santa Isabel, Ciudad Vieja, Guatemala
Process: washed
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Flavour profile: toffee apple, clementine, milk chocolate 

 

 

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