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April 09, 2014

Behind the Curtain › Clerkenwell ›


Shops You Must Visit. - Londonist

"What we particularly like here is the fact that, should you want to, you can prop up the bar and talk to one of the team about the nerdy details of coffee until the cows come home. But equally you could just have a latte crammed full of the cows’ milk without a single disapproving glare."

 

Easily one of the most gratifying comments we've received in a review, perfectly encapsulating everything we try to instil in our Baristas, thanks to the good folks at Londonist

April 01, 2014

Where To Drink It ›


Where to Drink It: M1LK

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One of our first wholesale partners, M1LK is a small brunch style cafe that has gone from strength to strength. Famous nowadays for its stunning breakfasts and sweet cakes, it has also long prided itself the quality of its Workshop Coffee.

Accessible and honest, M1LK epitomises the ideal of commonplace quality. With a playful and bright interior and friendly service, this is a great place to relax during a day. Continually looking to develop what they are doing, M1LK have recently begun running popup dinners - welcoming in exciting new food entrepreneurs.

If you are looking for a reliably exciting place to grab some breakfast or lunch, there are few places we could suggest that would be better than M1LK.

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M1LK

Address
20 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9RG

Phone
020 7494 9831

Email
lauren@m1lk.co.uk

Hours
Mon to Sat – 8am to 5pm
Sun – 9am to 5pm

March 28, 2014

Behind the Curtain › Wholesale ›


Wholesale: New Partners

For those of you on the pulse, you may have noticed that we put a temporary stop on accepting any new wholesale customers. We thought we should take the time to explain the thinking behind this decision.

As you may have noticed from our ‘Where to Drink It’ blog posts, we are working with more and more exciting new cafes around the UK and also internationally. In recent weeks we have been fortunate enough to work with cafes and coffee bars in Oslo, Dublin, Budapest, Stockholm and even further afield. The feedback overall has been very positive and that is something we would like to be able to maintain. 

However, as our presence in the coffee industry has grown we have begun to feel the strain. We pride ourselves on the quality and consistency of our coffee and would rather see these standards maintained than suffer at the expense of growing volume. We put a great deal of time and effort into sourcing outstanding green coffee and want to be sure we are always getting the most from it; for ourselves and for our wholesale partners. To do any less would be an injustice to all the care and the hundreds of man hours farmers have put into growing and producing their coffee. 

At the moment we feel we can still maintain these high standards, but we are aware that any further growth without a change to our systems may impact upon quality. In terms of quality, first of all we mean the coffee, but secondly and importantly, we also mean that quality of work that our team enjoy. We aim to be a progressive and modern employer; overworking your team for the sake of profit is not a route we ever want to go down. 

For those who are keen to stock our coffee at their cafes, restaurants or coffee bars, please do not fret. We are working towards expanding what we can offer and are confident that soon enough we will be opening new accounts again. In the meantime feel free to get in touch with us, as we are still very keen to have those conversations and continue to support those people who appreciate our coffee.

 

 

Our Holborn Coffeebar: Open For Business.

At 7 o'clock this morning, we opened the doors of our third location; our Holborn Coffeebar. Situated at the new Amazon Headquarters, but open to the public, we're looking forward to welcoming guests from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday to Friday.

 

 

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Holborn Coffeebar
60a Holborn Viaduct
London, EC1A 2FD

March 18, 2014

Fresh Crops ›


Fresh Crops: Two New Colombias Are In.

In November last year, during a trip to the Huila region of Colombia, a pair of coffees jumped out at us from the cupping table.

Ticking all the boxes that we look for, being clean, sweet and complex, enquiries were immediately made, even whilst they were still clearing away the cupping, as to farm information and the availability of the coffees. It came as a pleasant surprise to find that the two coffees came not only from neighbouring farms, but farms owned by a brother and sister respectively.

It was obvious that a lot of hard work had been put in to the growing, harvesting and processing of these coffees, and the results really shone in the cup. We snapped them both up, and are very excited to introduce them into our range today. Please meet Finca El Agrado and Finca La Esmeralda, from Edilma and Libardo Piedrahita (respectively) in the Huila region of Colombia.

Available in the Dispensary now: www.workshopcoffee.com

February 18, 2014

Behind the Curtain › News ›


Despacio Is Happiness.

A lovely little video of the Despacio Soundsystem event we helped with in December, featuring our very own Sara and Nico serving drinks (@ 0:33s).

 

February 17, 2014

Behind the Curtain › News ›


Now Shipping Globally.

For the longest time, we've had enquiries from around the world asking if and when we'd be able to ship our coffee outside the United Kingdom. And for an equally long time we've wanted to be able to accommodate.

We're very pleased to say that now, we can.

As of this morning, whether you're in Birmingham or Belarus, Uxbridge or Uganda, or any other place around the world, we can take your order, roast your coffee, and send it on.

What are you waiting for? Our Dispensary is open 24/7 at http://www.workshopcoffee.com.

February 03, 2014

Behind the Curtain › News ›


Proudly Announcing: Our Holborn Coffeebar.

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Since April 2011, we at Workshop Coffee Co. have been dedicated to operating at the forefront of London’s coffee community; sourcing, roasting and serving the best coffee possible at our Clerkenwell and Marylebone locations. In March this year -- just six weeks from now -- we’ll be taking the next big step in our journey, opening our Holborn Coffeebar, located at the newly constructed Amazon Headquarters, situated at 60 Holborn Viaduct.

The 1,200 square foot, bisected store space will be dominated by a horseshoe-shaped bar clad in sixteen square metres of Calcutta marble and adorned with twin La Marzocco Linea PBs and an array of Mazzer grinders. A combination of Aeropress brewing, utilising Marco Uber boilers, as well as the addition of the best in Fetco batch brewing and a smattering of EK-43Ts will round out our coffee offering.

With the ability to draw a sliding, lattice-work wall closed through the centre of the bar, dividing the space into stand up coffeebar and a seated gathering area, companies will have the opportunity to hire a meeting or event room, complete with their own bar and Baristas.

A simple, clean and beautiful food offering, coupled with a wall of Workshop Coffee Co. retail coffee, brewers and merchandise will complete the product range. At the heart of the operation, as with everything we do, is our dedication to sourcing, roasting and serving the best coffee possible, to even more of our valued guests across the capital.

We're looking forward to seeing you,
James & Tim.

February 03, 2014

Partner Profile › Where To Drink It ›


Where To Drink It: Hoxton North

Hoxton North

We were thrilled when we first met Tim and Vicky, who had grand plans to return to their hometown of Harrogate and take a little of bit of London with them. Hoxton North - a espresso bar and cafe - is the culmination of many months planning and hard work.

Hoxton North has a unique design with dark wood and Victorian brass antiques that bridge the gap between the history of the location and the modernity of the coffee scene. Elegant corner window seats allow you to admire the stone architecture of Parliament Street. Of particular note is ‘the Snug’: a large wooden table in a private booth  inset into the wall opposite the bar. This distinct area of the cafe is an intimate location from which to watch the preparation of your Cult of Done Espresso or enjoy a private chat with friends.

The team at Hoxton North have already begun running regular coffee tasting events and are more than happy to chat with you about the different Workshop espresso and filter they have available from a regularly changing menu.

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Hoxton North

Address
52 Parliament Street, Harrogate HG1 2RL

Email
info@hoxtonnorth.com

Hours

Mon – Closed
Tues to Fri - 8.30am to 5pm
Sat – 9.30am to 5pm
Sunday – 10am to 4pm

January 23, 2014

Jobs ›


We're Hiring: A Part-time Production Assistant.

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As our production department grows, we are looking for a dedicated and motivated individual to join us in a Production Assistant role. For the right candidate, this role will turn into a roasting position, however it will be several months to a year before hands-on roasting begins.

If successful, you'll be weighing out both green and roasted coffee, packing retail coffee bags in a pristine fashion, setting up and breaking down cupping tables, keeping the Production Department neat and organised, and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning.

If you're looking to get a foot in the door for a future roasting position, and have the patience to learn and develop over time, you should be getting in touch.

Read more at London Coffee Jobs.

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