ABOUT US

             

Our Approach

Our characterful speciality coffee is ethically sourced from sustainable, eco-conscious growers from around the world. With an adventurous range of blends and single origins, our beans are the perfect choice for cultured coffee drinkers who appreciate something different. Sales of our coffee help support the creative community through our Art + Industry Programme. 

             

Farming Partners

Inspired by Farmers

We buy from the most dedicated farmers, predominantly from Africa and Central or South America. Based within the rurality of the Welsh Borders, we are committed to dialogues that contribute to a healthier and more productive synthesis of communities across the globe, reflecting the rural ecosystem that we live in, the heart of local produce and food in the UK.

Ethical Practices

We are committed to provenance, sustainability, freshness and fair relationships with the growers; ensuring the farmers get paid a good price for a good product and that the relationships are long term, not just seasonal. For these reasons, we believe in sourcing from farmers we know and who are using processes and methods we are familiar with.

             

Provenance

Head Roaster Matt Wade has been in the coffee industry for 20 years and has visited or met many of the origins and often the farmers we buy from. 

We work largely through direct trade wherever possible and then a close selection of green suppliers, guaranteeing the farmers a price irrespective of market fluctuations and before a harvest is complete. They also pay the farmer before coffee is shipped, in this way supporting the small farm holds and facilitating them to run as independent businesses. With this recognition to the farmers arises a freedom and commitment to develop unique coffees of distinction and often, the funds to improve their post-harvest processes so that they live up to the quality of the cherries.

 

             

Founders

MATTHEW WADE

Matthew Wade has been roasting speciality coffee for over 18 years. After graduating in Fine Art, he moved to New Zealand where he worked as a barista at a number of different coffee houses and roasters, across the North and South islands. Bringing this knowledge back with him to London, he played a leading role in the rapidly emerging coffee scene that began ascending in the city from 2002 onwards, becoming one of the UK’s first licensed Q-Graders and a graduate of LA’s Coffee Chemistry. Matt has won a number of awards and worked at several key roasters internationally including Head Roaster at Union Hand Roasted. He is the co-founder of Nightjar Coffee, Dubai.

ANABELLE DE GERSIGNY

Anabelle de Gersigny manages the roastery, working closely and creatively with clients and building on our community projects. Within her role at the roastery, she implements the company's drive to bring art to industry. She was the founder of Art-iculate.org and the Safina Radio Project. Previous creative roles have been with Hauser + Wirth (London), Phaidon Press (London) and CAPHouse Studios (Japan), Guggenheim, Louvre and Zayed National Museum (Abu Dhabi). She has curated numerous art and design exhibitions, working on publications, online platforms, magazines and directly with artists and designers. She completed her MA in Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art in 2020.

             

The Hundred House

The Hundred House was traditionally the meeting place for every hundredth of land – before the existence of shires or counties. These places, or spaces, were used by the community for everything from casual gatherings to weddings, funerals and administration. 

Based within an area of deep cultural references, embedded within the farming industry, we place importance on our local role as a window to seasonal farming practices around the world. The Hundred House, traditionally a place that drew the community together, is here a symbol of a collective space, where conversation, art and industry meet, over a cup of coffee.

             
                  
                  

ART + INDUSTRY

             

Intrinsic to our ethos

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A core part of our approach is supporting the arts through industry. We work with a variety of artists and designers – allocating a portion of our profits to art and design initiatives. Our collaborations include working with public galleries, along with art and design entities, to create spaces that invite social and cultural dialogue, coupled with great coffee. We run education programmes in inner-city schools along with commissioning community projects and creating site specific and interactive installations within coffee events. 

             

JOURNALS

Learn more about speciality share our passion for music and learn more about speciality through our journals

             

Art + Culture

Our creative journal ranges from origin inspired interviews to city culture and coffee guides
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Music

We are regularly making new mixes for the roastery, find your music backdrop for the day here
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