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Thread: CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanna Island, Vanuatu

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    CoffeeSnobs FairCrack - Tanna Island, Vanuatu

    Well done CS'rs everywhere, thanks to FairCrack we have just organised delivery of a pile of equipment for the small holder farmers on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.

    Rex on the island has identified a need for distributed processing equipment for the locals who are scattered across a large area. Currently they need to haul picked coffee cherry to the village for processing which can result if a lot of effort for very little return.

    FairCrack is purchasing small hand pulping machines for processing, shade cloth and black plastic to make drying beds and hand sewing machines to seal bags.


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    4 x Hand Sewing Machines handsewer.jpg



    60 x Black Poly Rolls (50m x 4m) blackplastic.jpg



    20 x Shade Cloth Rolls (50m x 2m) shadecloth.jpg



    All this gear has been purchased and will ship for Vanuatu within the next month. If we can get some pictures back from the island after they take delivery I'll post them up here.

    This equipment will ensure that even the smallest coffee farming families on Tanna can create their own processing stations and mill the cherry earlier, faster, and better than they can currently.

    Next years crop should be even better for our near island neighbours!
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    Faircrack going global!
    You and your Faircrack initiative are amazing, Andy.
    Totally awesome to see Faircrack broaden its' horizons and come closer to home. ;-)

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    Well done Andy! Another very worthwhile project!

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    WooHoo!!! Yet another awesome FairCrack project!


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    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    Amazing! this will help the entire community for the better!

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    Fantastic mate...

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    Every time I see one of these threads updated, it's my first port of call on CoffeeSnobs!

    And I always end up with a big grin on my face.

    Great work Andy. And I'm proud to be a contributor--even if it's only financially.

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    To all home roasters...

    Here is the challenge..

    How about going one further and buying the beans.

    I have roasted about 10 kg of Tanna beans (not from CS, from a roaster in Mona Vale, and a slow roast up to 25 min) to 3 diff temps. (220, 223 and 225).
    Blend after roasting.

    All I can say is try and you will be amazed.

    Just ordered some more.

    happy roasting.
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    Hi All,

    I'm heading to Vanuatu later this week - Has anyone been and done the coffee tour?

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    Yes it is a great idea if you head down to Tanna Island. Down there you will see the farms and processing stations throughout the villages. The co operatives are currently hulling, there will be a lot of hand grading and hullin going on.

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    Definitely can vouch for the quality of this coffee. I was blown away by the body even in milk. Will one of my next purchases for sure.

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    Hi Andy,

    I was at the Tanna Island Coffee Factory a few weeks ago. Very friendly and hard working people! The coffee flavour is exceptional aswell. Great job helping out.

    GTIroller, the coffee factory is about 15 minutes outside of Port Villa next to the Cascade Waterfalls.

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    Welcome to CS twofruitz!

    Did you take any pics while there?

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    I don't drop in often these day's but the FairCrack threads are always a must read to catch up on, absolutely amazing as always. Andy, I know you do enough already but your FairCrack model need's more exposure, surely this would be worthy for a breakfast tv story, anyone work at Channel 7 or Channel 9 ?

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    Ive been to Tanna 3 times, my folks lived there for a while.... Wild place that is!
    Is anybody able to pm me the source of those hand pulpers or any varietal of small pulper. I have that many people approach me on the processing of coffee, plus im growing my own little plantation that im looking out for one of my own....
    Regards...

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    I was in Vanuatu recently also twofruitz and visited the Tanna Island Coffee Factory many times during our time in Vanuatu. The factory and cafe is in an old quaint rustic church, great atmosphere, great coffee and great staff all make it a great place to visit. We got to meet the owner, I can't remember his name, he was passionate about coffee, the farmers and the coffee industry and full of interesting history and stories. They also have free wifi which is an added bonus to catch up on emails, fb and news from home while enjoying one of the best coffees I've ever had.
    PS Great to see Coffee Snobs are also supporting the Ni-Vanuatu farmers
    Last edited by Janiewato; 16th March 2014 at 10:28 PM. Reason: I forgot to mention I think it is great what CS is doing.
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    Did you get photos of the farmers taking delivery, I would love to see them?

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    Nah (else I would have posted them here).
    I'm hoping we get sent pictures at some point with the equipment in use but its more important to me that they are using the gear for better production than seeing pics..... it would still be nice though.

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    I've been reading a lot of the Tanna Coffee info lately and I think I read somewhere that they are expecting a shipment of equipment soon, so maybe the stuff you donated hasn't arrived yet?

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    Puplers

    Quote Originally Posted by Darew View Post
    Ive been to Tanna 3 times, my folks lived there for a while.... Wild place that is!
    Is anybody able to pm me the source of those hand pulpers or any varietal of small pulper. I have that many people approach me on the processing of coffee, plus im growing my own little plantation that im looking out for one of my own....
    Regards...
    Hi Darew I saw your post, the guy at Tanna Coffee would know where to get puplers I checked his website Home and his email address is coffee@vanuatu.com.vu Good Luck with your coffee

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    Having just returned from Tanna Island, the ship carrying the equipment donated by you Andy was leaving port and arriving Sunday. It was to be unloaded on Monday. Speaking to the spokesman of the Co-operative they said they would take photos of the new installations which is looking to be all throughout the island. The cherries were coming on strong when we were there!
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    That's very promising- I'll be visiting Vanuatu for the first time in 2 mths - At least I know I'll get good coffee while I'm there !!

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    Arrived!

    Looks like the equipment has arrived!
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    Yes Andy had again done a great thing for the coffee industry in our world.
    His vision and generous donation has allowed the Small farmers community of Tanna Island to be provisioned in critical supplies ,that is making a difference right now!
    the items arrived last week ,after a 6 month journey ..which is a story in itself,and have been running out the door by way of a designated holding building , such was the volume of product purchased ...and needed.
    i know the Farmers will give Andy a great welcome when he Finally can find the time to get to the island and see the industry for himself , like so many other Australian coffee industry people.
    After discussing with Andy ,we decided to do something a wee bit different this time.
    because of the sheer volume of new coffee coming in and the way we have developed a wide spread approach for everyone to have access to coffee harvest receipts, we are using this most generous Fair Crack donation as a Revolving credit line..rather than a one off give away that is lost to those next season that Need this support
    So , next harvest season or when ever these supplies run out ,the items are re purchased and then make the lengthy and expensive trip from China to remote Tanna island and sold out again at great prices to cover all the costs..which are extreme.
    So thanks again to Andy Freeman And his Family for their support and any coffee snobs followers are always most welcome to travel and link up with our people and enjoy a first hand look at Tanna Island coffee project and the island's culture

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    Hi Darew..
    as you can see below the items have arrived on the island so feel free to contact 7772869 .
    Tanna Coffee does not supply items like this..however Andy does!
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    Hi sando - my son and I are going to start our home roasting adventure soon and have decided to take your advice and use the Tanna beans. Can't wait

    - Soj.

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    Hi Andy,
    Don't get here often enough, Congrats on another great Fair Crack venture. when can we get roasted Tanna beans?

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    Andy has the green beans but none roasted here on Beanbay.



    Barry

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    I'm currently in Port Vila.
    I dropped in to the roastery today.
    Sampled an espresso a long black and a flat white.
    I can say these were the best coffees I've had so far.
    The coffee at the Iririki Resort is OK but dependant on who makes it.
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    Love to see it and Tanna, I still haven't been there, but planning another trip for later this year

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    I've been combining a family holiday with a bit of work in Port Vila and we have visited the Tanna factory most days over the last 2 weeks. Great coffee and great people. The family went home today with 3 kgs of espresso blend beans roasted this morning.

    All Tanna coffee is roasted in 14 kg batches in a single 30-40 year old LPG fired Probat roaster. No temperature indication of fancy controls just regular inspection of the sampler. Beans are roasted to either medium of dark with the espresso blend being a combination of the two.

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