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Finder Green Fave: DHUWA coffee

Posted: 12 July 2021 5:30 pm

DHUWA is an Indigenous-owned coffee company that supports connections to community and country.

If you're making coffee at home, there are plenty of different styles and brands you can choose from, including ethical and sustainable ones.

DHUWA is the first Indigenous-owned and operated coffee brand to become available at a major supermarket (Woolworths).

It was created through a partnership with Indigenous company Supply Aus and Australian coffee company Griffiths Bros, which has been roasting coffee on Wurundjeri Country since 1879. Pronounced dee-wah, the name means "to feel alive" in Bidjara language.

I saw it in my local Woolworths a couple of weeks ago and decided to find out more.

What makes DHUWA coffee green?

DHUWA donates 5% of each product sold to its charity partner Dreaming Futures.

This Australian not-for-profit supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who live in out-of-home care to connect to country. This includes activities such as community days and on-country camps, as well as mentoring and long-term support.

Unlike most coffee you buy at the supermarket, you can also recycle the DHUWA coffee packet through the REDcycle program.

Just drop the empty packet into a REDcycle bin at Woolworths or Coles and it will be used to create outdoor furniture, signs, asphalt and other products.

As far as the actual coffee goes, there aren't a lot of specific details or certifications listed on the website yet (DHUWA only launched in June 2021).

But partner Griffiths Bros Coffee has a state-of-the-art production facility that includes sustainability initiatives and goals.

"Committed to employing green initiatives to run a low-impact and highly efficient business, Griffiths Bros Coffee are future focused on the economic, environmental, and social health of the coffee industry," the DHUWA website said.

We tried it and loved it

The first thing I noticed about DHUWA coffee was its colourful packaging, which really stood out on the shelf at my local Woolworths.

Created by artist Jyi Lawton, it is inspired by the sandstone cliff of Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland's central highlands, as the coffee packet explains.

"The long, sinuous form throughout the painting represents the rainbow serpent Mundgarra, one of the creation ancestors. Mundgarra created the cliffs, mountains and rivers of Carnarvon Gorge and embodies the true sense of DHUWA."

The coffee itself is delicious – I've actually tried two varieties.

First up was Bigshot Blend, which is rich and strong. The second one I tried was First Light Blend, which has a much lighter flavour and is very easy to drink. I'd buy both again and there's another blend, Kickstart, that I'd also like to try.

Where can I get it?

DHUWA is available at select Woolworths stores around Australia, and has a map on its website so you can see if it's in a store near you.

Finder Green Fave is a regular column that highlights our favourite sustainable, eco-friendly, ethical and cruelty-free products. Looking for more information about eco-friendly choices? Check out Finder Green .

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