Meet our Suppliers - Origin Coffee
We are very pleased to now be using Cornish based Origin Coffee in the Terrace Bar - find out more about the bean to brew process.
Could you tell us a brief history of how Origin began?
We started roasting coffee in 2007 on the basis of providing direct trade with coffee producers, so we can have more control over things such as worker pay and what happens to waste materials, as well as access to healthcare and for their children, education. Today more than 90% of Origin’s trade is direct, and the green beans are all roasted at our state-of-the-art facility in Helston, Cornwall.
Where does your coffee come from?
Big farms and small we work with producers all over Latin America and East Africa. Specifically all our direct trade coffee comes from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Brazil, Kenya, and Rwanda.
How do you source your coffee beans?
We work directly coffee farmers, co-operatives, and mills all over the world. From Brazil to Kenya, from Nicaragua to Rwanda. To build our list we start by packing our backpacks and hopping on a plane right to the source. Finding coffee often feels like detective work with tasting sessions a mix of speed dating and a marathon. We taste through over a thousand different coffees each year to select the ones we think taste just the way we want. From there we pile into pickup trucks and 4x4s to visit the mills and farms where the coffee comes from to connect the cup to the people.
Can you tell us the process from bean to brew?
After the coffee we select gets unloaded off the boat in the UK it heads to the roastery where we dive into figuring out how to roast it just right. Each time we roast we look to capture the inherent flavour of the coffee, the flavours shaped by the people and place that it is produced. This process is created on the back of years of experience with different coffee varietals, processing’s and origins that tells us how to bring out each coffees identity.
What would be your top-tips for picking the perfect coffee?
Find transparently sourced and sustainable seasonably traded freshly roasted coffee. Grind your coffee fresh using a burr grinder and use filtered or bottled spring water high in magnesium to brew. With so many ways of making coffee each person usually has their own preference and each way has its own techniques to learn but if you start with best ingredients you’ll be lightyears ahead of where you started.
Where can you be found when you are not working with coffee?
Cornwall has some of the best restaurants, and suppliers of food and drink in the country. If we’re not enjoying a good meal with friends we’ll be on our bikes or donning wetsuits, and heading into the water for a sail or a surf.
What are your favourite things about living and working in Cornwall?
There is an abundance of innovative and creative businesses in Cornwall, which make the county a fantastic place to build a career. It’s an inspirational place to live and work, emphasised by the enchanting countryside, sandy beaches and strong local communities.
Describe Cornwall in three words