Ffa Da Coffee is the new local coffee that everyone is talking about. The Snowdonia mountains are not the obvious place you would think of as the birthplace for a coffee brand. But Harlech ladies, Sarah and Sioned have done just that and we’re all very excited. To find out how the new local coffee brand launched at the Royal Welsh came to be, read on….
Friends from school in Harlech, Sarah and Sioned both pursued careers away from the area before returning home to start their families. Sarah is mum to boys James and Eddie and Sioned is mum to Isla. Ffa Da, which means ‘good beans’ in Welsh was born after a morning swim in the beautiful waters of cardigan bay. When the thought of sitting and drinking their own freshly roasted coffee after a swim would be amazing – little did they know, a year later they would be doing just that!
Having spent the last year learning how to roast, blend and brew coffee, Sarah and Sioned are now fully accredited by the SCA (Speciality Coffee Association). The roastery is based on the family farm and is where all the magic takes place – it could not be a more idyllic set up.
The Ffa Da coffee range consists of three single origin blends; Bore Da (Good Morning) is from Brazil, Halibalŵ (Hullabaloo) is from Peru, Gwyl (Festival) is from Rwanda. The decaf offering, aptly named Nos Da (Goodnight) is a blend from El Salvador and Nicaragua. So whether it’s an espresso, americano, latte, cappuccino or flat white you like, you can sit back and enjoy a wonderful coffee blended with beans from around the world.
All environmental factors have also been covered. The coffee bags are fully compostable. All the coffee grounds and chaff are used in compost which is then used on the farm and there are no single use plastics in sight!
The coffee is sourced ethically and bought through suppliers who have a great commitment to sustainability which includes personally visit the farms where the coffee is grown. They ensure a fair price is paid which in turn encourages great coffee beans in return as farmers are rewarded with excellent prices for coffee that is of exceptional quality. If you want to try Ffa Da coffee for yourself, a 200g bag retails between £5.80- £6.50. The range is currently available to buy at a couple of local cafes; Llew Glas in Harlech being one. Their website is currently under construction, but if you want to find out more, head over to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ffadacoffi/?ref=br_rs