Tongan coffee, Tahitian energy drink at Fine Food NZ show

Coffee from Tonga

Attention coffee lovers!  Tonga’s Tupu’anga Coffee will be back for this year’s Fine Food Auckland show 24-26 June 2018.Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand has once again invited the popular family-owned social enterprise run by Alipate Mafileo and Emeline Afeaki-Mafileo to be part of PTI NZ’s Pacific Hub located in the International section, S4.

Promoting the coffee’s origin is an important selling point for Tupu’anga Coffee who prides itself on its farm-to-cup production. The coffee is made from 100% Arabica coffee beans and roasted in a commercial coffee bean roaster.

Mr Mafileo who has a background in agriculture is the grower and farm manager, overseeing all aspects of the production of Tupu’anga coffee production. Under his watch, the beans are grown sustainably and organically with 5-6 other growers adding to the pot. The couple is planning to travel to co-operative farms on the Tongan islands of Ha’apai and ‘Eua later this year to help restore cyclone damaged farms. This year coffee comes from Tongatapu farms — Kolonga, Vaini, Pelehake and Houma.

The Tupu’anga Coffee website www.madeintonga.com sells a range of coffee beans, Extra Dark Roast, Ground Coffee and Vanilla flavoured coffee in 60g – 500g packs.

Tupu’anga Coffee and other products are also sold through their other social enterprises including Auckland City Community Cafes at the Mangere Arts Centre and Mt Roskill operating under the company name AW. Mrs Afeaki-Mafileo started Affirming Women (AW) in South Auckland as a mentoring and educational programme. The company name was then changed to Affirming Works otherwise known as AW.

Mrs Afeaki-Mafileo is a social entrepreneur, a trained social worker and the writer of the Tongan Family Violence Conceptual Framework and Training Manual for Family Violence Practitioners. Mrs Afeaki-Mafileo was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award in 2006 and more recently was recognised by the New Zealand Government and awarded a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Tahitian noni drinks

Noni Energy, a family business from Tahiti, French Polynesia, will showcase its range of natural energy drinks made from the Noni berry at the Fine Food New Zealand show Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand stand.

Noni Energy drinks are natural and free of preservatives or colouring. They are made in four flavours with Tahitian noni as the main ingredient. Noni fruit is mixed with fruits like blackcurrant and apple from New Zealand to produce different flavoured drinks. Noni Energy drinks are pasteurised and then sealed in attractive and distinctive 100g aluminium pouches.

The company is a family enterprise and though in business as Noni Energy since 2006, it has been selling noni-based products since the 1990s.

In 1994 Phineas Bambridge and his wife Teipora set up a laboratory in the outbuildings of their home to experiment and create the range of noni drinks. The family had first-hand experience of the beneficial health properties of noni for long and wanted the world to benefit from the goodness of the berry. Noni has been traditionally used to promote wellness for centuries.

The family claims to have mastered a secret method for creating Noni Energy drinks that is known only to family members. The drinks are HACCP compliant products and Noni Energy recipes guarantee a safe and healthy source of energy.

Noni Energy was one of five companies from Tahiti and other islands of French Polynesia that visited New Zealand as part of a trade mission organised by the Chamber of Commerce of French Polynesia from 24-27 October 2017. The companies also attended a Path to Market workshop at the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand offices in Auckland during their visit.

For more information please contact: Joe Fuavao, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager on joe.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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