Nestled within Prahan market lies an open bar coffee stall. Spreading its umbrellas up high, Jasper Coffee stands tall amongst its community of food and beverage connoisseurs. I accidentally stumbled upon Jasper's on my way in to the gym one morning, tired and in need of a wake me up fix. As it was my first time here, kind of a wild call really, I looked around inquisitively. I took in the rows of silver buckets filled with coffee beans emanating with aromas that were beginning to stimulate my taste buds, wondering whether my $4.00 for a small soy cappuccino was going to be justified. A couple of minutes later, the friendly lady at the counter took my order. She smiled first, which was a testament to better customer service. I ordered, still praying for a great first sip.
As with all great things in the world, it is the first sip that counts. I stumbled on the step in my morning half slumber and sat on one of their bar stools facing a map of the world. I'm a traveller and adventurer by nature so the world map caught my attention and my interest was peaked. As with any world map, I started looking at all the countries I have been to and did a count. This map seemed different though, it counted all the countries that Jasper coffee imported their coffee beans from. Mostly it was all of those countries we would consider 'developing countries'. Examples included Brazil, Mexico, India, (believe it or not – I was equally surprised), many countries in Africa and Jamaica just to name a few. Then it hit me. The labels on the various buckets filled with coffee beans were mapped to their countries of origin. Impressed with my deduction skills, I asked the lady at the counter (the one who smiled first), for more information. She handed me a couple of brochures, and, my soy cappuccino. Crossing my fingers, I inhaled the aroma and took my first sip. The first thing I remember was the smooth taste and roasted flavour. Surprised, yet equally impressed, I took another sip to retest the coffee, and my taste buds. The coffee was delicious, and I knew that this being the first time, was going to be the best. So as I started visiting regularly every morning, (or as often as my daily routine would allow), the coffee consistently remained a little bit of heaven in my day.
Given that Jasper coffee uses different blends every day, I allowed the liquid gold take me to places all over the globe. Outside of it's amazing taste and great customer service the guys provide at the Prahan Store, Jasper coffee is a considerate place filled with intrinsic value. Their shade grown coffee provides a natural habitat and food for local wildlife. Their sustainable coffee crops protect a bio-diverse environment and can be the sole source of income for the indigenous populations that produce them. I was especially impressed with their Peru exclusive release, which was grown, harvested and roasted only by women in that community. The purpose of which is to break the cycle of abuse and poverty by providing direct income to those women by raising their self esteem.
Jasper coffee is also organic, based on Fair Trade, carbon neutral and 100% shade grown.