Artisan Roasted Coffee

We are a small, independent company dedicated to roasting coffees of uncompromising quality. It is our aim to engage consumers in the third wave coffee movement by highlighting intrinsic qualities imparted by growing region, varietal and processing method. We roast our coffees on a German vintage 60kg drum roaster built in 1958 by GW Barth, which we believe to be the best roasting machine ever built.

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  • Whole Beans
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About Us

  • Our Philosophy
  • Our Story
  • Roasting

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple; we want to get more people drinking speciality coffee. Despite the recent spike in the popularity in speciality coffee there’s still a great deal of bad coffee being consumed, and we need to change that. The range of flavours in coffee can vary enormously depending on varietal, processing method and growing region (even more so than wine). We want to take consumers on a journey and demonstrate how these factors effect the taste of coffee.

Speciality coffee still only accounts for about 5% of all the coffee produced globally, and we believe increasing this would have a positive effect across the industry. Not only does well cultivated, well roasted coffee provide you with a better cup of coffee it also ensures a more sustainable business model for growers. Farmers and producers who grow speciality grade beans are able to command a premium for their crops and reinvest to improve their practices. Furthermore, farms that produce speciality coffee tend to adopt a more ecological approach to their farming practices.

Our Story

When I was young I used to get so frustrated when I was carted around to my parents’ friends’ houses and all they’d talk about was coffee. I guess you could say my childhood was a tad unusual. As the child of two artisan roasters, I grew up surrounded by coffee sacks and beans. My parents were at the forefront of the Second Wave in artisan coffee, starting roasting in the late eighties. I was adamant “not to do the coffee thing” and instead became a graphic designer. But, while working in London, I became inspired by the work of roasters like Monmouth and Square Mile and the emerging Third Wave coffee scene. My parents sold their business and I was getting sick of London so I moved back to Devon with my wife Caroline, asked my parents if I could use their roasting machine and we set up an artisan roastery based on the Third Wave coffee revival. Roastworks Coffee Co was born. Since our conception in 2014 we’ve learnt a lot and achieved even more. We now proudly supply Marks & Spencer, Wholefoods, Harvey Nichols as well as numerous independent shops and cafes.

Roasting

There’s nothing complicated about roasting. Essentially it’s all about taking a raw, inconsumable seed and adding heat over a period of between 11 and 15 minutes to reveal its intrinsic and (hopefully) delicious qualities. That’s where it becomes a little more complicated. The line we as artisan coffee roasters tread between maximising sweetness, balancing acidity and highlighting intrinsic flavours is quite tricky. Get it right and your coffee will shine, and its intrinsic qualities will be palpable. Get it wrong and your coffee will taste flat, bitter or even burnt. We’d like to think we get it right. This is partly because we use our intuition, knowledge and senses, and partly because of our awesome artisan coffee roasting machine – a 60kg GW Barth Menado cast iron drum roaster built in 1958. We have painstakingly refurbished this roaster and returned it to its former glory, and we believe it’s the best roasting machine ever built. We’ve fitted with precise temperature monitoring instruments so we accurately measure what’s going on during the roast, and by logging the data we can replicate the perfect roast.

Our aim is to get more people drinking speciality coffee. By doing so we are improving conditions for farmers, building a more sustainable industry and giving you a better tasting cup of coffee.

Wholesale

  • Coffee
  • Equipment
  • Support

Coffee

We are interested in working with businesses who wish to raise the standard of their coffee offering. Whether you are a café, restaurant, pub or hotel we can help you. We have a range of products from house blends that make killer flat whites to an ever changing selection of single origin coffees, so whatever your requirements we have the right coffee for you. Want your own bespoke blend? No problem. Providing your volumes are half decent we can do this too.

If you’re interested in becoming a wholesale customer just send us a message on the form below.

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Equipment

Having the right equipment is vital for preparing high quality drinks. We work with a number of industry leading manufacturers including La Spaziale, La Marzocco, Mazzer, Mahlkonig, Anfim, Marco, and Fetco. If you’re after something that isn’t in this list, chances are we can get it for you – just ask.

If you’re interested in becoming a wholesale customer just send us a message on the form below.

Support

So, you have a killer coffee and an impressive new machine. That’s great, but if you don’t know what you’re doing your drinks aren’t going to impress anyone. That’s where training and support comes in. If you’re serving our coffee we want to make sure you have as much knowledge about coffee and how to prepare it so that you do us, and yourselves proud. After all, we’re here to raise the bar, right?

If you’re interested in becoming a wholesale customer just send us a message on the form below.

Contact Us



 

Address:

Unit 7, Blackdown Park, Willand, Devon EX15 2FS, England

 

Phone:

+44 (0)1884 829 400