Mauricio Velasquez may be one of the lowest-profile characters in the WA coffee community, but he’s one of its most passionate. In 2007 he started working for Asprounion, a cooperative of farmers and coffee producers based out of the town of La Union in southern Colombia. Where most coffee beans are sold through brokers, Asprounion sells directly to coffee roasters. It’s an example of direct trade, the aim being to return maximum profits to farmers.

Micro Lote Coffee is a personal venture for Velasquez and his way of showcasing the roasters that have supported the cause.

The modus operandi of the cafe is clear and unwavering: brew great coffee. If you’re hungry, there are a few sweet biscuits on offer, but don’t expect poached eggs on toast. You can, though, have your coffee any way you like. White, espresso, V60 or Chemex? No problem. Micro Lote uses La Jacoba Coffee, which is made by Asprounion.

Updated: December 22nd, 2020

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