10 Hour Shift 500g
About the Bean
TYPICA | FINCA RAMBANALES | FRAIJANES PLATEA 86 GRADE SHB GUATEMALA | NUEVA ERA CO-OPERATIVE | SANTA ROSA
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MIX PREMIUM 86 GRADE TYPICA WITH FRUITY DELICIOUS SHB GUATEMALA? A DAMN GOOD COFFEE!
Finca Rambanales Coffee Farm produces this super special typica. humidity, volcanic soil and an erupting volcano enhance these beans regional characteristics. This paired with the sweet chocolate and zest of Nueva Era make this coffee complex and satisfying. Full-bodied with rich dark chocolate, forrest berries and toasted nuts
About the name
As our house blend it seemed only fitting that this coffee honoured the Canary Girls themselves. Women like my great grandmother who worked day and night producing munitions for the war effort. These women shattered the glass ceiling. At a time when a “woman's place” was assumed by society to belong in the home, they took on industrial, blue-collar work like a duck to water. The hours were long, the work was dirty and repetitive and one mistake could result in an explosion. Not only could this lead to the death of factory workers, but it could also potentially cripple Britain's war effort. Now that’s pressure! During World War Two, in Glasgow some of the bomb girls used a powder which turned everything it came into contact with yellow, just like the canary girls of WW1, continuing the use of the term Canary Girl. My granny used this chemical for a time during her service, as I vividly remember her scratching her wrists and forearms when she spoke about the yellowing substance. It wasn’t all bad though, most of her stories were about nightly dances and piano singalongs in the tea room, bantering with men in a way which hadn’t existed before the war and keeping one another's spirits up during the difficulties of the war. What is even more interesting is how secretive the munitions work was during WW2. Ensuring the Nazis didn’t work out where munitions were being made, there were no uniforms to identify factory workers, unlike all other wartime workers. Trying to keep secrets is difficult when you don’t know what parts of your job were secretive.
What was gossip in the tea room and what was exposing military secrets?
It can be assumed that tea time in the factories helped spread the fashion of gossip, leading the Armed Forces to crack down on gossip, releasing propaganda like “Tittle Tattle Lost the Battle” and “Loose Lips Sink Ships”. The Canary Girls not only fuelled the war effort and kept the country running. They proved that women are capable of doing what men do and in many ways, their contribution pathed the way for the equality movement. Not only did they work 10-hour shifts throughout the war, but they also shifted societies view of women from domestic housewives to captains of industry.