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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by LeroyC on 17/12/2019, 04:45 AM »
I told you someone more learned would know more about it than me. And yes, MTC Group have an office in Auckland to supply the NZ market. As do Langdon Coffee Merchants since earlier this year. (They’re a Melbourne based broker of some very nice specialty coffee).
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by Simon on 16/12/2019, 10:58 PM »
Ah fascinating Jeff... cheers for that!
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by Brett H on 16/12/2019, 10:49 PM »
Amazing insight... thank you Jeff!
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by mycuppa on 16/12/2019, 08:59 PM »
MTC Group was started by Andrew Ford who was originally involved in Mountain Top Estate, the Australian coffee grower.

MTC have been around for a while and typically supply specialty grade. Yes, their coffees are nice, as are many brokers.

We do buy coffees from them and have done for more than 6 years. They typically have a larger presence in Sydney, but there are roasters all around Australia and to a lesser extent NZ that use them.

Andrew moved to Asia to develop that market for MTC and the local Australian team has been working quite well, although the segment is still small compared to the broader market.

Around 10 months ago MTC was sold to Sucafina who is a global trader, say tier 2. It’s a really good fit and Andrew deserves to be applauded as Sucafina has strong depth in Europe and some parts of Asia, along with excellent sourcing from Africa, which is really a strength for Sucafina.

It’s almost a perfect fit. All the MTC Australian team inherit a larger portfolio and broader source channel and Sucafina gets exposure to the somewhat influential Aussie roasting market and some greater emphasis on specialty.

There are also other really good brokers in Australia that have exceptional coffees, often these are not published or hyped. Let me tell you the game of coffee is really tough....when I find a nice coffee I buy the lot to prevent anyone else getting hold of it......and plenty do the same trick.

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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by Simon on 16/12/2019, 12:54 PM »
A pity really as the coffee from the farm was superb!
I actually think the farm is still running, the website is still going.. though the last post in the news section is there from a year ago... but it seems to still be running.. maybe by different folk?
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by Brett H on 16/12/2019, 11:54 AM »
A pity really as the coffee from the farm was superb!
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by LeroyC on 16/12/2019, 10:48 AM »
Just looked into it, yep you're right!

"MTC originally evolved out of the successful Australian coffee plantation Mountain Top Estate. We no longer run the farm, as our importing and trading operations have grown to encompass a much more global focus."

Well there you go.
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by Simon on 16/12/2019, 10:41 AM »
I think there was some interrelation between the two at some stage, but not anymore. I could be wrong about that, not sure. Someone more learned than me here might know.
Just looked into it, yep you're right!

"MTC originally evolved out of the successful Australian coffee plantation Mountain Top Estate. We no longer run the farm, as our importing and trading operations have grown to encompass a much more global focus."
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by LeroyC on 16/12/2019, 10:20 AM »
Ah nice, just looked them up as haven't heard of them, thought MTC Group was the same as Mountain Top Coffee but they are indeed different haha.

Sounds good, MTC have quite a range available! Will definitely keep it in mind.

I think there was some interrelation between the two at some stage, but not anymore. I could be wrong about that, not sure. Someone more learned than me here might know.
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Green Beans / Re: 2019 Green Beans
« Last post by Simon on 16/12/2019, 10:04 AM »
A friend of mine recently bought 12kg of an amazing Honduras from MTC Group. He has a boutique roasting business here in NZ and roasted them on a Loring. I scored a bag and they were seriously good. It was the first time he’d ever bought from MTC Group and they were good to deal with apparently.
I also grabbed a couple of kg of this year’s harvest of the peaberry from Mountain Top Coffee and that’s been a good one. Might be all gone now but if they’ve still got some it’s worth a look.

Ah nice, just looked them up as haven't heard of them, thought MTC Group was the same as Mountain Top Coffee but they are indeed different haha.

Sounds good, MTC have quite a range available! Will definitely keep it in mind.
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