Coffee Sourcing

Our sourcing policy is built around relationships, working collaboratively throughout our supply chain to ensure we can source high quality coffees over the long term. We work closely with key producer partners, frequently travelling to origin as well as supporting programmes with producers to create shared value.

Sourcing green coffees from small farm level lots, to container lots, to certified coffees can require different approaches. Through many years of experience we adapt our approach accordingly whilst ensuring quality and sustainability are still at the forefront of every purchase.

'Hours and (many) hours of roasting and sampling of many varieties of coffee from all over the globe are evaluated in our cupping room by our experienced sensory team before selecting only the very best and most interesting coffees to offer our customers in this range. These are all about their stand out flavour'

- Estelle MacGilp, Green Coffee Buyer' 

 

Visits To Origin 

It’s essential to understand the context on the ground, meet with producers face-to-face and listen to their challenges. This is why we frequently travel to origin.  

 We carefully select the producers we work with based on their commitment to high quality coffee whilst meeting our full traceability requirements. 

Programmes 

Our strong supplier relationships open up opportunities for collaborative programmes. We take a holistic approach, planning initiatives that meet local needs and will help further improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of our coffee supply chains. 

Fair Pay 

Many of our coffee purchases are Fairtrade certified which in itself guarantees a minimum price to coffee farmers.

In addition, some are also organic certified adding a further price premium for producers. Our focus is always on long term consistent quality and we understand that the only way to guarantee quality regardless of certification is to ensure we pay a fair price.

 

Quality 

Coffee quality is at the heart of what we do and we work very closely with our supply chain to ensure we receive consistent deliveries of high quality coffee. 

Our micro lots are carefully selected during our extensive speciality cupping sessions in the UK. All our coffee is then cupped again before it enters the roastery and is then tested by our quality team in our UK lab.

Once roasted, the coffee is then subject to further testing and only when each individual lot has passed our rigorous quality controls will it be dispatched to our customers.