Surrey, UK

Chimney Fire Coffee

I spent several years working in coffee and cocoa traceability before moving back from Ghana to my garden shed and setting up Chimney Fire Coffee in 2016. A year later, with a touch of cabin fever and moving full time on the business, it was time to move the roastery to a converted stables with a 15kg small-batch roaster in the Surrey Hills. 

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How did Chimney Fire Coffee get started?

I spent several years working in coffee and cocoa traceability before moving back from Ghana to my garden shed and setting up Chimney Fire Coffee in 2016. A year later, with a touch of cabin fever and moving full time on the business, it was time to move the roastery to a converted stables with a 15kg small-batch roaster in the Surrey Hills. After many chance encounters (including a shared TV debut on BBC’s Top of the Shop), Elizabeth joined the company, bringing in her roasting expertise to help consistently produce exceptional speciality coffee.

A couple of Great Taste Awards, hosting regular coffee experiences through Airbnb and an early loyal customer base from online subscribers, local farmers markets and wholesale partners (No.97, Wags N Tales, Miss Polly Cafe, Rosie Q’s and Crossroads to name but a few) enabled us to grow and increase our range of coffees to suit different tastes.

In 2018 we teamed up with Alistair and Dean to source and roast ShareTrade coffee. Starting in Colombia, this innovative sourcing model enables farmers to manage their farm as a proper business with access to investment and professional advice to ensure that the farm is capable of becoming economically and environmentally sustainable, and not just a subsistence operation.

Last year we won a Time & Leisure Taste Award, served our coffee to HRH the Earl of Wessex and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for a new concept designed to make ethically sourced specialty coffee more accessible in the workplace. The Office Coffee Club was born, enabling members to split the cost of, vote for and enjoy their favourite Chimney Fire Coffee everyday at work.

Fast forward to 2020 and although it’s been an odd year to say the least, we’ve loved all the feedback for our Discovery Coffee range and have been proud to form a charity partnership with Re-Cycle, donating 25p / 250g & £1 / kg of all Discovery Coffee sales to support their work across Africa. A few other highlights over the last few months include The Independent picking our Guatemala single origin as one of the best independent coffees in the UK, a collaboration with Etsy and Tan France, and the opening of our new tasting room and packing area.

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