Red Bank is guided by three core principles: Quality, Traceability, Sustainability.
Quality / When sourcing coffee, we are always looking for incredible cup quality. That doesn’t mean we are always looking for 90+ scoring fruit-bombs, but the coffee must be grown and processed with care, and be clean and expressive in the cup. For us, a well-sorted and beautifully balanced 86 point washed community lot has as much merit as a 90 point anaerobically fermented single-farmer micro-lot bursting with tropical fruit flavour. We aim to offer excellent coffees representative of both ends of this spectrum. Outside of the coffee itself, our commitment to quality extends to all other aspects of our work, be it investing in what we consider the best roaster in its class (the Loring S15 Falcon), or working only with wholesale partners who are as committed to quality as we are.
Traceability / We like to know exactly where our coffee comes from, and to share as much information with you as possible. If it is from a single farm or estate, we want to be able to pinpoint this on the map. We want to tell you the story of the farm and its owners, what ethos drives them, and how the farm is managed. If a community lot, we want assurances that the cooperatives or washing stations that represent them and process their coffees are operating with the prosperity of their members and contributors as their primary motivation. We want to have access to as much information as possible, including how many farmers contributed to the lot, the area in which their farms are located, how the coffee is delivered and processed, and how the farmers are remunerated. Only by asking these questions, and having this information available can we be confident that we are supporting sustainable supply chains.
Sustainability / This overarching principle applies to every aspect of what we do. At a farm level, we like to support producers that implement sustainable agricultural practices that respect and regenerate the land that they farm. We like to work with cooperatives, exporters, and importers that have an interest in the long-term wellbeing of the farmers and communities that they buy from, through payment of fair prices, and facilitating improvements to living standards and agricultural practices. Closer to home, we have invested in the most eco-friendly roaster in its class, with the lowest energy consumption and emissions, and are constantly reviewing our packaging materials to make sure we are using the most sustainable options available to us. We are continually looking at ways in which we can reduce our impact on the planet, and look forward to sharing news of any developments with you as and when they occur. If you have any ideas as to how we might reduce our footprint further please don’t hesitate to get in touch.