Our featured bean is Sumatra Orang Utan!
Orang Utan Coffee’s origin lies in the Gayo Highlands in Central Aceh, just north of the Equator. It is a rare and absolute delicacy in any form, whether served as drip coffee or espresso. Vast tropical rainforests provide the special climate that Sumatra needs for its unique Arabica coffee to thrive. Outstanding Arabica coffee primarily flourishes on the steep slopes of the crater thanks to the foggy, misty conditions created by the adjoining rainforest.
The rainforest is also the habitat of the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. The advancing destruction of tropical rainforests is threatening the existence of both orangutans and farmers alike. This is why our coffee plantations are owned by smallholders who recognize the importance of rainforests as the basis for their livelihoods. Orang Utan Coffee Growers cultivate their coffee farms according to the strict Orang Utan Guidelines, which are a combination of the Indonesian National Standards for Organic Farming SNI and essentially similar to Swiss organic farming standards
Zuzu’s Fresh Roast Coffee is owned and operated by Dave and Laura Helbling of Springfield, Illinois. Zuzu's Fresh Roast Coffee was started in 2018, in Mahomet, Champaign County, IL. Dave and I enjoy roasting FRESH coffee beans and brewing a FRESH cup of coffee.
We love providing a local and personal micro-roastery where the community can experience FRESH roasted, high quality coffee beans. Our roastery offers FRESH coffee beans from our roaster to your cup within 24 hours of roasting. As a matter of fact, within minutes you can have your FRESH roasted coffee beans!
Owning a business like Zuzu’s has been a long overdue dream for Laura that was inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of her late father Ismael S. Juarez and brother Ismael Juarez Jr. Thanks to Megan and Mark (Dave and Laura’s kids) who proposed the idea that kicked off the business!
We love our family and community; and we love the opportunity to give back because much has been given to us. We also love our coffee and hope you will too!
Single Origin, 100% Arabica Beans from Around the Globe
SPECIALTY COFFEE STARTS WITH SPECIAL BEANS
The great, smooth taste of our coffee comes from our special roasting method and technique but it first starts with our BEANS. We use only 100% Arabica, single-source green beans grown all around the Equatorial zone called “The Bean Belt”. The nuanced flavor of coffee is affected by several growing factors: soil type, elevation, rainfall, humidity, amount of shade, temperature, plant variety, farming practices...and that’s before it’s even processed, dried, bagged, shipped, roasted, and finally brewed. In the near future you will be able to click on each country to the right to learn a bit about the unique qualities of each region.
WHO IS ZUZU?
The mascot for Zuzu’s Fresh Roast Coffee is our Welsh Terrier, Zuzu! She was born on Christmas day so we thought that she should have a Christmas related name. Zuzu is a character from our favorite holiday movie, It’s A Wonderful Life! Zuzu is a lot of fun and is full of so much energy, constantly zooming here and there. She doesn’t need any coffee to keep her going! Zuzu is not allowed in the roast room but a design of her is on every coffee bag.