Level Ground works with progressive co-ops focused on coffee & Tea quality, environmental sustainability and fair income for farmers.
With gratitude, we acknowledge that we roast and package coffee on the traditional territory of the W̱SÁNEĆ people.
COFFEE & TEA ORIGINS
Our long-standing trade relationships mean consistent quality and the pleasure of seeing the results of fair trade premiums invested over time.
We source coffee from co-operatives of small-scale farmers who promote; Premium Quality Coffee & Tea Positive Social Impact Organic Certification
THE LAB & ROASTERY
After sourcing great coffees, our mission is to roast & blend so that the amazing characteristics of the beans shine through in your cup. The coffee lab is a dynamic place where Q graders and roasters cup daily to produce taste reports, develop roast profiles and check for consistency – a lot of coffee is consumed here! We roast using small-batch, fluid-bed roasters which produce an incredibly smooth and consistent coffees.
Our Fair Trade tea is ethically sourced and grown using organic practice from the world renowned northeastern region of Assam in India.
Fine-plucking and careful rolling of the leaf are the cornerstones of quality tea. The tea growers in Assam select only the youngest two leaves and a bud from their tea plants, returning to the plant every few days for fresh new leaves.
Tea is a labour-intensive endeavour and is often dominated by large estates and huge factories. Level Ground's tea comes from a new movement in Assam - small tea growers running their own micro-enterprise. This model of business builds opportunity within the village through entrepreneurial efforts.
Fair Trade Premiums for tea go entirely to the labourers and the decision as to what the money is put towards is determined by the labourers in an open meeting. Historically, premiums have gone towards water filtration for each home and piglets to raise and sell for profit.
Curious about our Tea Farmers?Watchone of our founders, Stacey, as he gives some insight and info about Tenzing's tea garden in Assam, India.
You’ll find a common thread among Level Ground staff; kind-hearted, sincere and keenly interested in delivering excellent coffee from outstanding farm communities.