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Caffeine Magazine: How Fair is Fairtrade?

Be sure to pick up your copy of the latest Caffeine Magazine, as I talk to David Burrows about Fairtrade certified coffee, why we don't buy it, and our focus on a cycle of quality instead. Additional insights from Steve Leighton and Tim Wendelboe make it an informative article for those confused about the role of certifications in specialty coffee today.

“I see better quality coffee and better prices for producers as being inextricably linked,” says Williams. “Without us committing to providing a reliable and appropriately priced market for the best quality coffees, we can’t expect farmers to go to the extra efforts and lengths that the production of that quality requires."

Caffeine Magazine is stocked at all Workshop Coffee Co. locations, and many other quality purveyors throughout the UK.

Fresh Crops: Cult Of Done Espresso v.17

As Cult of Done v.16 coffees turn their final batches in our Probat we obviously cannot stop the supply of tasty espresso to you, wherever you may be in the world. We therefore have been working hard over the past four weeks on the next two components and are pleased to announce that v.17 is ready for release.

A 65/35% split between Aricha, a coffee from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, and San Francisco, from the Apaneca-Ilamatepec region in Western El Salvador, both coffees have had extensive test roasts performed, many shots have been pulled and consumed, and the best of each have been paired to create the final version. What we have got is a gloriously thick espresso with black cherry and dark chocolate in abundance with a rich, praline sweetness and long finish.

Each component has been sourced on recent trips to origin in February this year and we are pleased to have gotten what we went for. The chance to meet the producers, see production facilities, tour the farms and cup is worth it when you pick up great coffees such as these.

One terrace of many in the shade covered nursery at San Francisco.




June 10, 2014

Wholesale ›

Wholesale: Open for Business

Workshop Coffee is extremely pleased to announce that we are again accepting Wholesale customers.

For those unaware, a few months ago we put a stop on all new wholesale accounts. We chose to put the stoppage in place in order to ensure that the quality of our coffee did not deteriorate off the back of growing interest in our roastery.

You might be wondering what has changed? In short, we have made a range of small changes, allocated more time to roast coffee and have hired additional staff. We are now more than confident that we are ready for our new wholesale partners while maintaining the quality and consistency we pride ourselves on.

If you run or are planning to open a cafe or restaurant and would like to work with Workshop Coffee, we would love to talk to you.

May 28, 2014

Ethiopia › Fresh Crops ›

Fresh Crops: Duromina

The name “Duromina” means “improve their lives” in the local Ethiopian language of Afan Oromo, an apt name considering what the Duromina Cooperative has achieved in its short history. Since being established in 2010 the cooperative has, amongst things other than just producing delicious coffee, paid off a 4-year bank loan after the first year, built a bridge over the river and a local road infrastructure to combat the rainy season, provided electricity to the village, fitted tin roofs on most of the member’s houses and created a local health clinic to bring essential services to those in the area.

Not content with improving their locality, the cooperative turned their attention to its own growth. A second washing station has opened to increase capacity, allowing them to buy and process non-members' cherries on top of their own. Working together, output and quality has increased so much so that coffee from the cooperative now sells for nearly five times as much as was received before the creation of Duromina, leading to roughly a 50% increase to each member’s income. All this means coffee is now a viable and rewarding way to make a living for the smallholders of the Duromina cooperative. Workshop are proud to be part of their story and we hope you enjoy this, our first Ethiopian of the season.



May 21, 2014

Where To Drink It › Wholesale ›

Where to Drink It: The Wren

uih4djBk1oCYOeJCSOLbhR18jeMaEYR7RzwBMq6nLrMMany people have remarked that this might be the ‘grandest’ or most interesting space to enjoy speciality coffee in London. There is no denying that when we were approached by the team behind The Wren we were very excited to see their venue. The cafe is part of a St. Nicholas Cole Abbey that lies just South of St. Paul’s Cathedral. In fact, the church and the cathedral were both designed by Sir Christopher Wren - hence the name. 

The high ceilings and tall stained glass windows create an a level of light incomparable with any other coffee shop we know. The open space is great for larger gatherings or just a solitary flat white while admiring the finer details of the stain glass windows. As the summer rolls in the outdoor mezzanine, set away and above from the street, is the one of the best places to watch the bustle of The City of London while you enjoy a Cult of Done espresso or V60 filter brew.

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The Wren

114 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BJ


Monday to Friday – 7am to 5pm
Saturday and Sunday – 10am to 4pm

Where to Drink It: The Association


The Association London  Architects: Herbet & Mason

Based in the City of London, The Association is a respite from the banality of the average commercial cafe. High design and impeccable service, alongside well brewed espresso and filter coffees make The Association a focal point of London’s coffee scene. The care and attention that Sam and his team put into each element of service is phenomenal.

With a selection of Workshop Coffee espressos and filter coffee on offer The Association is one of the best places within the square mile to grab a coffee. Make sure to pick up a bag of filter coffee before you leave because the shop is only open Monday through Friday.

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The Association

No. 10/12 Creechurch Lane, London, EC3A 5AY

020 7283 1155


Mon to Fri – 7.30am to 5pm
Sat and Sun - Closed

May 08, 2014

Where To Drink It › Wholesale ›

Where to Drink It: Embassy East

embassyeastA bastion of good coffee in East London, Embassy East has received high praise since its opening in spring 2013. Headed up by Chris, Lehi and Tommy of Flat White fame, they have brought everything that is great about the Antipodean coffee shop to Hoxton Street. Simple pegboard design walls, open kitchen and exposed lighting make Embassy East an unpretentious and warm venue for meeting friends or having lunch.

With Chemex brews to share, bags of retail coffee and our Cult of Done Espresso there is enough choice to please any coffee enthusiast. What's more the team at Embassy East prepare some of the most outstanding toasted sandwiches and salads in London. 

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Embassy East

285 Hoxton Street, N1 5JX

020 7739 8340


Mon to Fri – 9am to 6pm
Sat to Sun – 10am to 6pm

May 01, 2014

Where To Drink It › Wholesale ›

Where to Drink It: Full Court Press

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 18.01.50Small but perfectly formed, Full Court Press is Bristol's answer to the multi-roaster coffee bar. The name itself - a reference to a defensive tactic used in basketball - indicates a no compromise approach. For Mat North and his team at Full Court Press, this means an emphasis on great espresso and filter coffee, served with honest, informative and exemplary service.

We have been really excited to work more and more with Full Court Press and were lucky enough to take part in one of their takeover weeks, during which Full Court Press served exclusively Workshop Coffee filter and espresso coffees, putting a special emphasis on the origin of our coffees. We are really excited to develop this partnership further and have no doubt that the people of Bristol will be enjoying more excellent Workshop Coffee at Full Court Press in the coming weeks, months and hopefully years!

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Full Court Press

59 Broad Street, Bristol, BS1 2EJ

07794 808 552


Mon to Fri – 7.30am to 5pm
Sat – 9am to 5pm

Sunday – 10am to 4pm
April 30, 2014

Fitzrovia › New Store ›

Proudly Announcing: Our Fitzrovia Coffeebar

This focused space will open at the end of June, and is located just off Regent Street in Central London. The space will take inspiration from the surrounding neighbourhood's 19th Century British heritage with its Victorian Bohemia design, arrived at in conjunction with our partners at Ink Associates.

Fitzrovia was historically one of London’s most avant garde neighbourhoods, and its coffee houses and pubs served as intellectual meeting points for writers, politicians and artists alike. With our new store, we aim to draw on this with our use of eclectic materials that provide a decorative element, underpinned by a traditional look and feel.

The bar itself will be comprised of Madagascan granite with stunning pearl blue highlights, finished with a La Marzocco Linea PB espresso machine and the ever faithful collection of Mazzer grinders. The Fitzrovia Coffeebar will be open seven days a week, serving both an espresso-based menu, alongside filter offerings through the Aeropress and Fetco CBS brewers, and a concise but delicious range of food items.

With standing room in the front of the space, and a secluded seating nook at the rear, we're looking forward to serving as our neighbourhood's connection to the lively and discursive meeting spaces of yesteryear.

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Fitzrovia Coffeebar
80A Mortimer Street

April 28, 2014

Aeropress › Events › UKAC ›

2014 UK Aeropress Championships


** Tickets on sale 9:00am Thursday, May 1st through CoffeeHit **

Good news, lovers of coffee,

The team at Workshop Coffee Co. are very pleased to be hosting this year’s UK Aeropress Championship, alongside our friends from Square Mile Coffee Roasters and CoffeeHit. We’ll be opening up our new Holborn Coffeebar to host the event on May 24th, starting at 3:00pm, with spectators welcome to attend.

Bigger and badder than last year’s competition, the 2014 event will be open to 36 competitors, vying for the chance to represent the United Kingdom at the World Aeropress Championships being held in Rimini, Italy during the World of Coffee event in June.

This year’s event will see the introduction of a competition coffee that all competitors must use for their brews. Half will be roasted by Workshop Coffee Co. in Clerkenwell, the other half will be roasted by Square Mile in Bethnal Green and the roasters will meet somewhere in the middle to blend the roasts together. Maybe on the Old Street roundabout, we’re not sure yet.

At the judging table will be Workshop Coffee Co. Head of Quality, James Bailey, Square Mile Coffee Roasters Managing Director, James Hoffmannn and, special guest judge all the way from Copenhagen’s venerable The Coffee Collective, Klaus Thomsen. Sweet funk tunes all evening long from DJ Wet Process, and compere duties from the incomparable, Ross Brownsofbrockley will ensure it’s an unmissable event.

Our first place winner will receive return flights to Italy to represent the UK in the World Aeropress Championships, with accommodation and a little spending money for Aperol spritzes and Caprese salads by the beach. Second place will receive a twelve month coffee subscription from both Workshop Coffee Co. and Square Mile, while third place will take a six month coffee subscription from both the roasters. All three place winners will also receive prizes from CoffeeHit and trophies from Aerobie.

Tickets for competitors cost £10 with the entire amount being donated to CoffeeKids. Tickets will go on sale May 1st through the CoffeeHit website ( Competitors will be furnished with more detailed rules, practice coffee and a competition schedule closer to the event date.

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May 24th, 2014 @ 3pm

Workshop Coffee Co.
Holborn Coffeebar
60A Holborn Viaduct

Brought to you by:
Workshop Coffee Co.
Square Mile Coffee Roasters
Aeropress UK

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