I have always loved the social nature of coffee. Whether it's being out with friends and enjoying a cup, or just at home with family. Coffee brings people together in many ways. The joy of being in this business is that I get to meet so many different people. Even if they don’t know it, all of them are connected to one another.
As a roaster, I get to develop the flavours from the beans we source from many different farms and co-operatives across 4 continents. Since travel became so difficult, it has been a while since I met any of our farmers. But the person relationships within the coffee business have never been stronger.
Guatemala Nueva Granada
My father and I first met Dieter and Holly Nottebohm in London in 2002. We were attending an event promoting Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees. Dieter and Holly own and run the Finca Nueva Granada in Guatemala. For the last 19 years, they have been supplying us with their finest coffee beans.
Dieter’s family have a long historical connection with Guatemalan coffee, dating back to the 1800s. They were part of the development of the export industry from its infancy. When we met them, we were impressed with their passion. They take a lot of care, not only in the coffee itself, but to support the local economy and their employees and their families.