The last five years have seen a boom in coffee, lovingly sourced, roasted and sold by West Country independent businesses. Coffee used to be seen as a commodity but has been transformed by the High Street experience and movements like the Third Wave, that views coffee as an artisanal product, much like wine or cheese, with a focus on quality in every part of the supply chain. With wonderful aromas and invigorating taste, here are All Things Artisan’s top four coffees.
Spiller and Tait – Devon
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Simon Spiller and David Tait formed Spiller & Tait in 2012 to enable consumers to recreate a High Street experience with great tasting coffee at home. They personally select beans and growers in producing countries and use their own micro-roaster to develop coffees with great taste. They ship coffee within days of roasting for optimum freshness, aroma and flavour.
Reads Coffee Roasters, Dorset
Giles Read purchased his first roaster in 1998, founding Reads Coffee. Now an award-winning family-run business, Reads specialises in the traditional roasting of Single Estate Arabica coffees and their unique Espresso Blends.
Highly recommended: Sumatra Bourbon Espresso. A bold espresso that will produce deliciously smooth cappuccinos and lattes. Buy online from £5.50
Roastworks Coffee Co, Devon
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Will and Caroline Little set up Roastworks three years ago with a mission to redefine the way people drink coffee at home. Roastworks want to make speciality coffee accessible to everyone, with the focus on flavour and why it tastes a certain way rather than on strength and type of drink. All their coffees are roasted on a vintage German drum roaster.
Recommended: The Espresso. The beans are roasted relatively light to balance sweetness, acidity and bitterness, and to highlight their intrinsic qualities. Expect notes of milk chocolate and ripe red fruit with a long, clean finish. Buy as whole beans or pre-ground from Waitrose for £5.50.
Miles Tea & Coffee, Somerset
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John Halls and Derek Miles have run the business since the 1970s after they bought Henry Miles & Co – a business established by Derek’s grandfather in 1888. All coffee is made completely in house by a small knit team of coffee experts guaranteeing a reliable and consistent taste.
Recommended: Bright & Breezy Ground coffee. Miles’s signature medium roast coffee. Great value, with a blend of mostly Central American Arabica coffee beans, giving a real coffee flavour without pronounced acidity. Available in whole beans or ground. Buy online from £3.69.