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ONA coffee - An innovative Aussie company is clean bean roasting from solar energy

ONA Coffee is a company exporting our coffee culture to the world. ONA’s journey started with founder, Saša Šestić designing a business model that cultivates sustainable, mutually beneficial direct trade relationships with coffee bean producers. This gave birth to Project Origin, an initiative and catalyst for ONA’s long-term sustainable coffee production.

Hugh Kelly, Training Manager, ONA Coffee. image courtesy of ONA Coffee.

The company imports beans from over 10 countries and reinvests in school and child-care facilities, water sanitation, infrastructure projects and farm facility upgrades. The producer communities become empowered to buy in across the global supply chain and achieve the highest- quality coffee and flavour profiles.

ONA’s specialty blends are increasingly in demand in several export markets across Asia. And the good news is … under Australia’s Free Trade agreements with South Korea (KAFTA), Japan (JAEPA), China (ChAFTA), Malaysia (MAFTA), the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) member countries, tariffs on Australian exports of roasted coffee beans have been completely eliminated.

ONA Coffee is hitting the high notes on the bean scene.

ONA began harnessing the power of the sun with newly installed panels covering the entire roof of their Canberra based head premises. The solar panels power the roastery, offices and adjacent café. The solar panels, installed throughout 2019, were part of ONA Coffee’s long-term plan to reduce its carbon footprint and work towards more sustainable practice, says General Manager Tom Beaumont.

We see it as a responsibility to make farmers able to grow coffee and sustain themselves, while allowing cafes to sell a high-quality product that makes them sustainable and profitable too.

Hugh Kelly, Training Manager, ONA Coffee

ONA Coffee is one of a collection of stories showing how Australian businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SME’s) and the communities in which they are based, benefit from international trade and/or foreign direct investment. Visit: www.dfat.gov.au/tradeandinvestmentstories

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