Our Philosophy

Roastworks is a small, independent speciality coffee roaster based in Devon dedicated to bringing speciality coffee to more people. We want to make speciality coffee more accessible by clearly highlighting the tangible, qualities of high-grade coffees imparted by growing region, variety and processing method. Our coffees are not defined by strength, but by flavour, so you’ll never see strength scales on our bags.

Just like with wine, the type of coffee variety, where it’s grown and how it’s processed will have a profound impact on the way it tastes. It’s time we celebrate and talk about this.

Our business is heavily retail-focused. We’ve always wanted to bring better coffee to the consumer market. It strikes us as strange that speciality coffee is still under-represented in the retail sector and we’re taking strides to redress this balance.

Our Coffees

We select coffees that are vivid and characterful that describe a terroir, varietal and processing method. All our coffees are ethically sourced from single farms, cooperatives or producers who have committed themselves to quality, and it’s our aim to build long-term relationships with our producers.

We also specialise in a range of speciality grade 100% aluminium, 100% recyclable Nespresso® compatible capsules. We roast these coffees in a way which highlight their intrinsic qualities using our vintage German roasting machine. The coffee is then precisely ground and packed into oxygen-free aluminium capsules so you can enjoy exceptional coffee at the touch of a button.

As well as the Nespresso® compatible capsules our comprehensive retail range consists of nine single-origin coffees and two blends available as beans and ground.

Our Roasting

At the heart of our roastery is our 1958 G.W. Barth Menado 60kg roaster.  In 2016, we gave this intimidating beast a full refurb to bring it back to its former glory. Thanks to its design, the way hot air flows through the drum, and its vast amounts of cast iron, we believe it’s one of the best roasting machines ever built. We’ve fitted it with precise temperature-logging equipment which allows us to monitor exactly what’s happening to the beans during the roast, allowing us to replicate each roast exactly.  We also have a 1971 Probat 12 kg roaster which we use for smaller batches of single-origin coffees.

We don’t have a roasting “style” as such. We believe speciality coffee beans need to be roasted in a way that highlights their unique qualities while balancing sweetness, acidity and bitterness. The way we apply heat over the course of the roast will have a profound impact on taste, so it’s our job to understand our craft and do the coffee justice.

Our Philosophy
Our Coffees
Our Roasting