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Leaving in 3 weeks.... Order before 31 Jan January 21 2020, 0 Comments

Hey Coconut friends!

We are heading away for 6 weeks in February/March and will be closing during this time.

We will have minimal stock, with our staff fulfilling online orders while we are away, but we will not be manufacturing orders during this time.

So - if you want coconut chips/granola/muesli, it's best to order before 31 January.

When we get back, it's back to work with HEAPS of new ideas... like new sugar-free coconut chip flavours, and digital products including recipe ebooks and entrepreneur-focused materials.  What do you think - sound good?

In the meantime, check out the online store here.  And here's a pic of my breakfast this morning - fresh pawpaw, coconut granola, and coconut yogurt.  This is delicious, healthy and ideal for the busy person - no washing up required!  Our Coconut Granola is our best seller so far for 2020 - have you tried it?

Coconut Granola with yogurt for breakfast

Thanks - I look forward to hearing from you before we leave.  I hope 2020 is treating you well.

Have a great day!

Casey

PS - If you have any ideas for coconuts products you'd like to see, I'd love to hear from you!

PPS - What are we doing for 6 weeks??  A whirlwind USA trip!  I am from USA (this is my 16th year living in Australia!), and we try to get back every 2 years.  It's a huge trip - we may even have some time to promote our coconut to American businesses (Amazon perhaps?), but our priority is quality time with family & friends.  Do you want me to share our adventures?  Let me know!


Recipe - Coconut Keto Muesli January 10 2020, 0 Comments

Coconut Keto Muesli, our most popular muesli, with a step by step process how to make (with photos).  Ingredients include coconut, macadamias, almonds, pecans, linseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.  Low carb & keto.

Koalas & Coconuts - why we aren't doing a bushfire donations appeal January 06 2020, 0 Comments

Hi Coconut Friends -

I hope this post finds you safe.

As the fires rage around Australia, most of us feel helpless, sad, desperate to do something. My family is lucky - we live in the tropics, where water is in abundance and fires are rare. For that I am thankful.

In the face of tragedy, our human compassion stirs us to do something.

In recent days, millions of dollars of donations are coming in from all over the world to RFS, Red Cross, Animal Hospitals, and others. This is wonderful! - and I understand that donating money is helpful while also helping us feel empowered to fight the problem.

Koala fire victims - let's all help

Our family donated to a Kangaroo Island wildlife charity. Like most people, we are saddened by the koala loss and visited Kangaroo Island years ago. We can all donate something, and every bit helps.

But I'm bothered about businesses that "donate X% of profits to charity" or "$1 from every item will go to charity." I, too, thought about doing this from Beach Harvest... but it rubs me the wrong way because I question if the motivations of the businesses are selfless and transparent.

Say a normal sales day is $100. But, if Business X advertises that they are donating some of their sales to charity, and the sales for the day increase to $500 as a result of this, isn't the business the one that profits? And where's the accountability about the charitable donation?

I could be pessimistic - I've previously heard scam stories of people claiming to raise money for "charity", only to find it was a con. And of course, I'm sure most businesses have good intentions - not all are bad.

So, Beach Harvest will not be doing any of these "buy from us and we will donate x" bushfire donation appeals. We are open for business as usual (and of course would love your support, as always), but I'm also taking the time to be thankful for my family, a roof over our heads, and the wet weather of the tropics. There are so many people & animals needing help, and, again, we can all donate something.

We also plan to donate again when the fires have settled - from our business. Maybe koalas like coconut chips? I'd love to send them some, but I have a feeling their human carers may appreciate them more. For now, the koalas need money for medical supplies, and that's something we can give.

Sending you love during this bushfire crisis,

Casey, Jesse, and kids


Update on Shipping - Happy Days December 10 2019, 0 Comments

I wanted to post about our updated shipping policy. After too many complaints about our courier service, I fired them.

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Good bye Courier (for professional reasons, I will not name them). Hello Australia Post.

We offer a flat $10.95 shipping rate up to 5 kgs anywhere in Australia. We've done this for years because the rates were more competitive with a courier company than with Australia Post.

However, over the past few months, these are some of the complaints I've received from my customers:

*items being delivered to wrong address

*items being 'return to sender' although customer gave 'authority to leave'

*items taking excessively long to be delivered (beyond the estimated times)

Now - I take a LOT of pride in our products and customer service - yet when another company literally FAILS TO DELIVER I get really annoyed. Not only that, but micromanaging another company's service is a waste of my time and the bad delivery makes my customers less likely to return to our business again.

In fact, one customer emailed me, "I love your products, but if you continue to use <courier company> I will not buy from you again."

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Whoa. That got my attention.

So, despite parcels costing more than $10.95 to ship, I will gladly absorb the difference because it means 1) my customers are happier and 2) I am spending less time chasing parcels.

Changing to Australia Post = Happy Days for everyone.

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What do you think? Have you experienced a bad delivery experience (with us or with another business)? What decision would you make if you were in my position?

Have a great day - I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Chat soon

Casey

Founder & CEO


Coconut Event for Corporate Clients - yes please! September 24 2019, 0 Comments

Beach Harvest Coconuts loved providing a unique Coconut Experience for corporate clients at Port Douglas brewery.  Read on for more info & photos!

After 6 years, it happened - how to handle a 1 star review September 11 2019, 0 Comments

After 6 years of making Coconut Chips, it happened.

We received our first 1 star review.

We've had hundreds of published 5-star reviews and thousands of happy customers. Most of the reviews give me the warm & fuzzies, but this one made me squirm.


Coconut and Caramel slice August 21 2019, 0 Comments

Here's another recipe from the wonderful people over @ketogang.

This time it's for a delicious coconut caramel slice. Doesn't it look great!

To make the base you need:

  • 200g almond meal
  • 30g nut butter of your choice
  • 50g butter

Melt the butter together, mix in the almond flour and then bake in a lined baking dish at 180 degrees for 10 min.

  • For the caramel sauce you need:
  • 1 cup thickened cream HWC 250g salted butter 
  • 4 tablespoons of brown sugar or substitute

Simply melt the ingredients and keep it on a simmer for about 15 minutes, then, once thickened, I like to turn it up to high for 5 min to let it really caramelise - make sure you stir it constantly while round this. Pour over the base then sprinkle with a packet of @beachharvest Himalayan pink salt coconut chips!


Low Carb Donut Recipe August 06 2019, 0 Comments

low carb donuts with beach harvest coconut

Low Carb Donuts?!?!

Recently, the folks @KetoGang developed some Keto-donuts as a competition sponsored by our friends @LowCarbEmporium. How amazing do these donuts look?!?

@KetoGang agreed to share the recipe & photos - enjoy below! They've used our coconut chips on the Banana Donuts, but I'm sure you could use our chips on any of them. If you make any of these donuts, please share them with us and tag us @beachharvest

Here is the recipe:

Makes 12 donuts

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup stevia
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (powder or essence)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 eggs

Sift dry ingredients and add sugar, then add wet ingredients and mix with a hand mixer.
Using a donut tin, only 1/4 fill the trays as will rise, bake at 180 fan forced for 15-20 minutes or until edges turn golden brown - remove and allow to cool.

Banana coconut donuts

To this mixture add 3-4 drops of banana flavoured liquid stevia, and to the cream - a couple of drops of yellow food colouring, dust the donuts in powdered erythritol and roll the sides in crushed @beachharvest coconut chips.

Chocolate donuts

Melt little zebra chocolate and dip 6 donuts in the chocolate and place in fridge to set, mix cream and cocoa powder, sandwhich the cream between donuts.

Cinnamon jam donuts

Mix stevia and cinnamon in a bowl.
In a small frying pan melt coconut oil and fry for 6 donuts for 10 seconds each side - drain and coat in cinnamon sugar, add cream and mixed berry jam ( from mystery box).

 

Casey
Founder CEO, Beach Harvest Australian Coconuts


Camping, Manu & Muesli July 08 2019, 0 Comments

You may have noticed our absence lately on Social Media.... we intentionally unplugged and 'went bush' with the kids.  We spent several days camping on the Mitchell River - enjoying the amazing tropical winter weather and quality time with the kiddos.

cool fresh water at the Mitchell River 

Ironically, my kids love food besides coconut chips, and camping tends to have a lot of junk-food. *sigh*

Before we left, I met Manu Feildel at the Sunday Port Douglas Markets.  I heard he was in town for a 'Chefs in Paradise' event, and sure enough I spotted him amongst the market crowds.  I used to watch him in the 'Ready Steady Cook' days, but I think he's best known for his role MKR My Kitchen Rules.  He graciously agreed to a pic with me and one of my staff Matthew - thanks Manu!

Manu at the Port Douglas Markets Manu and Casey at the Port Douglas Sunday Markets

Speaking of cooking, last month's $5 Muesli/Granola deal was a hit and the results are coming in!  Check out these reviews:

"​Omg this is a wonderful product for Keto peeps that have been missing muesli. The way the coconut is made makes it. Love love love - thank you" - Tania

"Best Muesli I’ve tasted .. just add or not want you want .. the shaved Coconut takes it to another level . A really natural, feel good , taste even better muesli . Well done"  - David B​

So I've made the Keto Muesli official - check it out here

Here's a final pic of my 8 year old daughter working with me at our seasonal Wednesday Marina Markets.  Yes, we pay our kids and she is our hardest worker.  Love! 
daughter loves working, coconuts
I hope the first week of July is going well for you, too!  I'd love to hear - drop me an email info@beachharvest.com.au or check us out on the socials @beachharvest

Vanilla Bean & Berry Coconut Tartlet Recipe June 06 2019, 0 Comments

food blogger @deliciouslyketo recipe for Low Carb Vanilla Bean & Berry Coconut Tarts