Our Sourcing Policies
You'll find all the buzz words here! Ethical. Sustainable. Traceable. Speciality. We tick all of these boxes and more. But how is this quantifiable? How can we justify our sourcing? Well we can't, nobody can! But we try our hardest to be as fully informed and educated as we possibly can be and can pass this knowledge on along the supply chain with complete transparency. Not only are we committed to always having direct trade links and to personally visiting the coffee origins to form and maintain relationships with importers, exporters and producers, we also look after the other side of our supply chain by being SALSA accredited ensuring a 'food safe' and fully traceable product with the audits and record keeping to justify the hashtags! And if that third party audit isn't good enough we're also proudly a certified B Corp ensuring we are held accountable for all our business practices and giving us a framework to be even better in all we do!
Sourcing through direct trade links allows us to pay a premium above the commodity price and allows absolute transparency and integrity in all we do, whilst also overcoming structural issues of traceability within the industry. Check out our blog on some of our origin trips to find out more about how we can proudly and honestly state that we source directly, ethically, seasonally and in support of the future of coffee growing communities.
We declare full transparency on our blog posts following our trips to Colombia, Burundi and Brazil.
Quality and Sustainability
We only source, roast and supply 'specialty grade' coffee. This is coffee which has a minimum score of 80/100 when graded for attributes such as aroma, flavour and uniformity. By having a Q Grader in our team, licensed by the Coffee Quality Institute, we know for absolute sure that we are investing in the right beans! We know that by investing in quality we are investing in a sustainable future for coffee producers and we are confident in the sourcing choices we make for you! This is our contribution to the future. By donating to World Coffee Research annually we are able to fund programs to identify barriers to quality for producers, the effects of climate change, disease, pests and low yields. We want to help find solutions to ensure the future of coffee for us all!
Completing the Supply Chain
It's not just about the sourcing! Roasting and brewing are also where our specialism shines! We're fortunate enough to be able to tap into the endless knowledge, science and education from the Speciality Coffee Association through being members of the Coffee Roasters Guild and Barista Guild. You can even come to our roastery to be trained by our Authorised Trainers (ASTs) to advance your own knowledge and education and be confident in our commitment to training with the most up to date research, theory and qualifications available from our international network of coffee pros! Ethical training anyone?! Get in touch or check out our classes here!