The journey began back in 2014, when we started a speciality coffee shop in Portsmouth called Canvas Coffee. Being a speciality coffee shop we wanted to showcase some really exciting speciality coffees from different roasters from across the world, so we started 'guesting' coffees from different roasters every couple of weeks.
Sometimes we'd get some really amazing tasting coffees which our customers at the cafe loved, but sometimes we got some fairly boring, flat ones that just didn't taste as good as the samples we tried.
At the beginning we figured it was down to our lack of experience as baristas, but after a while we started to get this sense that maybe it wasn't us and that made us curious.
So next we decided to go and do some courses on coffee roasting!
First an SCAE Foundation in Coffee Roasting, then a 3 day course on how to roast, then later an intimate workshop with the guy who wrote the book on coffee roasting - Scott Rao.
We got a small 2.4kg roaster, which we called Tony (after Tony the tiger) and began roasting when the coffee shop was closed - on a Sunday!
After 37kilos of practicing we finally had some coffee we really liked the taste off, so we started selling it.
Four years on our little hobby has grown a fair bit, we are stocked each week at Canvas Coffee in Portsmouth, have a few wholesale customers and have been guested by a number of speciality coffee shops in the UK.
After years of being asked by our customers we've finally made an online store - we hope you like it.