Local Torquay Resident Delivers Hope To Uganda

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Local Torquay resident Ross Burrage’s passion for coffee and helping people, has seen him take a position with Mannya Trading Co. – a specialty coffee company that sources its beans from Uganda and distributes profits to a region in Southern Uganda called Mannya, helping create a sustainable economy where the Mannya community can produce and sell premium coffee beans.

Officially launched last year, Mannya Trading Co. started as a sustainability project funded by the Cotton On Foundation over five years ago, and has grown to support over 400 farmers and their families in Southern Uganda.

Stocked in Barwon Health’s Medical Centres and at other local businesses, Mannya Trading Co. is specialty grade coffee handpicked, cared for and made export ready by the finest craftsmen and women in Uganda.

The Cotton On Group’s own cafe, “The Common” now solely serves up Mannya Trading Co. coffee to its staff, selling over 2,000 cups per week.

In collaboration with Nathan Johnston from Cartel Coffee Roasters in Geelong, Mannya Trading Co roasts beans locally, and is available at local businesses including Barwon Health.

Whilst Ross oversees the management and operations of Mannya Trading Co., he is also currently the Finance and Merchandise Manager at the Cotton On Foundation. His prior roles include CEO of Driza-Bone and CFO at the Cotton On Group.

Passion for helping people doesn’t just stop at Ross in the Burrage family; his wife Rachel is Project Coordinator within Cotton On Foundation at the Cotton On Group, managing community projects in Uganda. Rachel and Ross have lived in Torquay for 11 years and have three children Ellen, Molly and Tom.

When he isn’t working on Mannya Trading Co, you can find Ross mountain biking through the Otways.

To stock Mannya Trading Co at your local business, please contact

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