It took three months, but the arrival of the precious cargo marked a milestone for a sustainable coffee company after it began shipping beans to Scotland from Colombia by sailboat.
Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters is collaborating with New Dawn Traders for its new Colombia Las Brisas, crossing the Atlantic carried only by wind power aboard the schooner De Gallant, and arriving at the company’s Aberfeldy roastery offering “a a taste of a possible future less dependent on carbon emissions shipping goods”.
New Dawn Traders, a broker and importer based in Falmouth in Cornwall, partners with various vessels to ship olive oil, wine, honey and coffee around the world.
Las Brisas comes from the department of Tolima in the Andes, the third largest coffee producing region in Colombia.
Glen Lyon Coffee Roasters said: “The coffee left Colombia in early February, crossing the Caribbean and the Atlantic before arriving in the port of Penzance in late April.
“He was flown aboard De Gallant, a characterful schooner built in the Netherlands and first launched in 1916.”
He continued: “De Gallant has lived many lives over the last century, originally working as a herring lugger before becoming a freighter, then being completely restored and transformed into its present form at the end of the years. 80. Today, it transports goods across the Atlantic while also offering sailing courses and scientific missions.
“It’s been a long journey, but we’re thrilled to have partnered with New Dawn Traders to bring this delicious coffee to our community. We only have a limited amount available, so don’t miss your chance to taste one. good and lasting. shipped—coffee.”
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The company said that while sailing ships may never replace freighters as the main mode of coffee transport, forward-looking experiments like the one Glen Lyon Coffee and New Dawn Traders are embarking on aim to demonstrate the potential options.
Las Brisas means “the breezes” and designates the winds of the Rio Blanco river. Produced by a cooperative of 15 farmers who are paid significantly above market price for coffee, which is grown using methods that promote biodiversity and reduce the need for fertilization.
“Reducing our carbon footprint is a big priority for the team here at Glen Lyon, from packaging to solar panels to our recent B Corp certification,” said Fiona Grant, founder of Glen Lyon Coffee. “We were thrilled to discover New Dawn Traders and their sailboat Colombia Las Brisas, and we can’t wait for our customers and community to try this exceptional, forward-looking cafe.”