Fab Four: Coffee

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

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.

Recommended: Signature Blend. A smooth, rich taste, available in whole beans or ground. Buy from Amazon and online from £5.95

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

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

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.