We Made The Local Paper
We finished 'phase one' of our new roastery and managed to get our mugs in the local paper!
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Roasters are aiming to put city on the coffee map
The Devon Coffee Company staff with the Roaster, including Andy Baker (right)
Here’s a businessman who enjoys the daily grind. Andy Baker has opened Plymouth’s only specialty coffee roastery and is now dreaming of teaching the city how to make the perfect cup of Joe.
Mr Baker, director and head roaster at The Devon Coffee Company, has completed the first phase of the company’s coffee roasting facility in Faraday Mill. He will be selling to the café and restaurant trade, offering seasonal espresso blends and single-origin coffee from around the world.
He’s also offering tasting sessions and bespoke coffee blending. And this spring phase two will begin with the expansion of a state-of-the-art training school and high tech "coffee lab". The University of Plymouth business graduate said: "We have enjoyed every step of our journey so far and we’re grateful for the support from all of our loyal customers – this really is just the beginning of what we’ve got planned". "Having built our dream roastery, our new goal is to grow and share our services with as many businesses across Plymouth and Devon as possible, supporting them with barista tuition, equipment, and most importantly, high-grade specialty coffee." He added: "Opening Plymouth’s first specialty coffee roastery was an ambition which could only have been achieved with the passionate work from our staff and the continued support from the city’s cafes and restaurants.
"With the huge demand for high-grade specialty coffee, it made perfect sense to invest in our own equipment and roast the coffee from right here in Plymouth."
Andy and his team moved into a unit at Faraday Mill Business Park in August 2016. Over the past year they’ve been busy transforming the empty industrial warehouse into a living, breathing space. As well as an impressive traditional drum coffee roaster, the site also features a barista training room for hands-on, one-to-one coaching and a coffee tasting area for sampling some of the finest coffees from around the world. Businesses within the industry are now being invited to take advantage of the facility to create their own coffee blends and advance their practical barista skills.
Andy with the roaster
"It’s an exciting time for those who enjoy good quality coffee," said Mr Baker.
"Our industry has an amazing culture, and with a number of new cafes offering specialty grade coffee, the people in Plymouth are clearly embracing it." "The coffee industry in the UK is booming. Devon based businesses are now joining this movement and seeking the high-grade coffees that before could only be found in the coffee capitals of the world." "We believe that with our unique style of roasting and high-grade coffee we are perfectly positioned to support the growth we are seeing around us." "Ultimately we hope to help put Plymouth on the coffee map by supplying and supporting the blossoming café culture within the city and surrounding area."
Andy picking out beans
The Devon Coffee Company ethically sources coffee beans through specialty importers and direct relationships with farms from around the world including Columbia, Brazil, Peru, Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Kenya. The coffee cherries are hand-picked by local farmers, who then separate the coffee seeds from the fruit, before shipping to the UK. The green seeds are then hand roasted in Plymouth and distributed to businesses on demand. To complement the trade-only Faraday Mill headquarters, the company has launched a new-look website offering the public everything they may need for brewing at home – from bags of speciality-grade coffee, teas and syrups, to barista tools, specialist guides, and home-brewing equipment.