At Barannes we are proud to be the sole distributor of Grumpy Mule, organic fair trade coffee, in the Channel Islands. We've been serving it fresh and selling packs of ground Grumpy Mule in both our juice bars for over a year and we are getting quite a local following. Have you tried it yet?
In this blog I'll tell you a bit more about the Grumpy Mule brand.
WHY SO GRUMPY?
Here is a mule who wants to look on the bright side of things. He does. He's tried really hard to be that little ray of sunshine, to be fine with it all.
But he's not really that type. The mere sight of robusta beans or instant coffee he crumples his brow and clenches his jaw.
After all, good coffee is never a matter of taking it easy - flavour doesn't just 'turn up'. It needs to be cultivated by expert growers, coaxed by obsessive roasters, and given the 'hooves up' by the fussiest critic there is.
The Grumpy way
To say that Grumpy Mule only cares about coffee is not entirely fair. He also cares about the farmers, the growers and of course, you the customer. And other mules. And carrots. And a well-placed scratch behind the ears.
But that’s about it.
Ever since Grumpy Mule was founded in 2006, the mission has been to fight the blight of bad coffee – coffee that’s throwaway, unethically sourced and tastes like an industrial accident.
So Grumpy Mule coffee is sourced fairly and sustainably – making sure that the growers share in the success. We roast with precision and care – making sure that we get the very best flavour from each and every bean that our growers have worked so hard to produce. And then we sell – making sure our customers see the zealous gleam in the eye.
Because great coffees – truly great coffees – depend on every stage of the process being just right. That’s what drives Grumpy Mule.
Why a Mule?
Mules were once the great unsung heroes of the coffee trade. It might be mostly trucks and pick-ups now, but back in day it was the trusty mules that made the hard yards; trekking up to highest altitudes all over the world to be loaded up with the freshest coffee cherries and bringing ’em back down.
And yet, what do people say about them? They say they are stubborn. They say they are stupid. They say they are grumpy.
People who know coffee know that only one of those is true – and that’s why we’re called what we are.
Here’s to grumpy-ness in the cause of great coffee. Here’s to the mule!
The Mule Rules
Brewing the perfect cup of coffee isn’t easy. It’s also not as hard as some people make out.
Click here for your quick Grumpy guide to the perfect coffee.
Grumpy Mule at Barannes
You can purchase fresh Grumpy Mule coffee from both our Juice Bars. We've invested in high quality barista coffee machines to bring you the best tasting coffee. Continuing the organic theme we serve coffee with Organic Jersey Milk or a range of non-dairy alternatives including almond or coconut milk.
If you prefer to make your coffee at home or in the office then we sell three varieties of Grumpy Mule ground coffee, including decaf.
Whilst you will find Grumpy Mule on the shelf at other local stores, including Waitrose, ours is usually cheaper!
Grumpy Mule barista coffee is also served in Jersey at The Belle Gourmande delicatessen in St Aubin.