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We are extremely proud to announce that we have tea-med up with Master Athlete (& 5th generation family member) Zoe Doyle, as she eyes up more medal wins in 2020!
Zoe is currently ranked W40 nationally for the 800m and 1500m. She holds the title of European 1500m Champion and World indoor Champion over 1500m and 3000m. She has most recently been selected to run cross country for England W40 Team and is eyeing up even more challenges as she looks ahead to 2020… Oh, and she just happens to love tea!
Despite her own health complications including an auto immune liver condition (which she is now in full remission from), several stress injuries and even being advised not to run by a specialist due to shallow hip sockets, Zoe has attributed her running success and overcoming medical concerns to her healthy lifestyle and positive attitude.
Zoe is based in Berkhamsted, but heralds from the north east of England where Ringtons was first founded by her great, great grandfather Samuel Smith in 1907. We sat down for a cup of tea with Zoe to chat about why a partnership with Ringtons makes the perfect blend:
Nigel Smith, Ringtons Chairman added: “My great-grandfather was a renowned philanthropist in the north east of England and was particularly well-known for supporting local sports clubs and there are a significant number of ‘Ringtons cups’ still being played for within a number of running, tennis, football and bowling clubs. As the fourth generation to head up Ringtons alongside my brothers Simon and Colin, we have continued this family tradition and also support several sports clubs, and we are delighted to be able to extend this to Zoe, not only as a family member but as a very talented athlete, as she strives to gain even more running titles and compete at an international level.”
Aside from her other commitments and busy lifestyle, Zoe is also a run ambassador for Ashmei and the fantastic photos in this blog article are courtesy of a recent photoshoot with Ashmei.
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There’s nothing quite like seeing a coffee harvest in action to get a true picture of the taste and quality of the year’s crop, which is why our Green Coffee Buyer and QC Manager Sadie recently travelled to Brazil to meet some of our producers.
Needless to say, it was a very busy and fruitful trip (pardon the pun) with Sadie travelling from farms to cupping labs to processing stations and meeting the people behind the coffee as she went.
Heading to origin is always exciting and inspiring, so here we challenged Sadie to pick out the three things that she loved most about the trip:
As I’m writing this, a shipment of coffee from a cooperative I visited in Brazil is on the water making its way to the Port of Tyne which is a pretty cool thought. From here, we will blend, roast, pack and deliver it to our customers to enjoy across the country. Having recently seen the coffee production myself up close in Brazil, the sheer size and scale of coffee growing never ceases to amaze me. Being able to track the process, getting to know the people behind the scenes and to witness all the hard work that goes into growing and producing the coffee that ultimately ends up in your cup, is fascinating.
I mused in my recent in conversation piece (click here to read) that coffee is a constant education. Its journey is so complex and touches the lives of so many people, from the tired mum drinking her instant coffee at 5am to the small holder farmers handpicking their coffee cherries in the rolling hills. It connects people from all across the globe and is always full of surprises – origin trips continue to remind me of this.
It was great to see producers taking control and making decisions to overcome the challenges currently faced in coffee production. Minas Gerais, the region we visited is prolific for cultivating the varietal Mundo Novo, which is a high yielding coffee plant but vulnerable to pests and weather patterns. Rain and temperature triggers coffee plants to flower, which results in coffee cherries that contain two coffee beans/seeds within them. If rainfall is erratic multiple flowerings can occur, meaning that by the time harvest comes around the tree contains fruit which has ripened at different times, leading to unripe and overripe cherries on the same branch. This then leads to a reduction in the quality. In addition, cold weather during this time can also be a threat, as leaves are susceptible to rust brought on by harsh frosts, which can stall the development of the coffee cherry and in extreme cases, stop the tree flowering completely that year.
I was encouraged to see many farms are looking to the future by introducing Arara as an alternative varietal. One of the benefits is that it tends to flower fairly slowly, meaning cherries ripen more steadily but it’s higher yielding. It also is proving to be hardier than Mundo Novo and more resistant to disease and rust. Plus, the flavour qualities are proving to be excellent, so it is no surprise on many of the farms I visited, I saw nurseries full of Arara, rather than Mundo Novo.
Brazil has benefitted hugely from a national programme of agricultural research carried out by the Agronomic Institute of Campinas (IAC). This has allowed scientists to invest in coffee plant research, which they can then roll out across the country to support producers.
The need for a collective, collaborative and inclusive approach led to the development of World Coffee Research in 2012, which works with the in-country organisations to focus on specific problems their coffee industry faces – whether it be choosing the right variety of coffee to grow, or how to reduce the impact of plant disease. Ringtons have pledged to support this work by joining its Check Off program, which we’ll tell you more about in the coming weeks.
I have to say the hospitality on this trip was incredible – the people I met throughout my time in Brazil were warm and welcoming…and even better, I was treated to some delicious food… I can’t stop thinking about the p֮ao de queijo (Brazilian cheese breads)!
It’s always great to meet people who are just as passionate about coffee as me, now I’m back here in the UK I’m already looking forward to the next trip. Want to read more about Sadie’s trip? Read the travel diary here: https://ringtons.co.uk/blog/ringtons-travel-diaries-sadies-south-american-coffee-conquest/