Caravan Coffee Roasters has today announced it will open a stand-alone specialty coffee roastery in London, this September. Having outgrown the roastery space to the rear of the restaurant in Caravan King’s Cross, on Granary Square, Caravan Coffee Roasters is set to open a new dedicated roastery just north of King’s Cross. Housed in an 8,500 square foot Victorian warehouse with a pitched glazed atrium and original architectural features, the new roastery will include a coffee education studio, as well as a brew bar and café, serving daily baked goods, daily changing filter and espresso coffee, and a retail shop. With sustainability at the core of the design, build and operations, the roastery will also feature a roof top garden, solar panels, vertical planting and wormery and pilot the very first SKA industrial sustainable scheme in the country. The team will also produce its own range of housemade cold-press juices, house tonics, sodas and cold brew coffee, all of which will be available at Caravan restaurants and in the onsite café and shop.
Caravan Coffee Roasters was set up by New Zealanders and Caravan co-founders Miles Kirby, Laura Harper-Hinton and Chris Ammermann and began life in the basement of their first restaurant in Exmouth Market when it opened in 2010. The team then opened the Caravan King’s Cross restaurant in 2012 and roastery operations followed suit, taking pride of place at the back of the restaurant; which offered a larger space for roasting, training and tasting Caravan Coffee Roasters’ signature blends and single origin coffees.
Over the last six years Caravan Coffee Roasters has gone from strength to strength, receiving accolades for its coffee and the skill of its roasting team and baristas; this includes winning ‘Best Independent Coffee Shop’ at the European Coffee Awards 2015, offering ongoing support to London Coffee Week and lead sponsor and coffee partner for Coffee Masters, as well as recent collaborations with likeminded brands such as Crosstown Doughnuts and Beavertown brewery. The team’s aim to provide coffee from single farms and producers where the focus is on the quality, provenance, sustainability and fair relationships with growers has been a winning formula in a growing specialty coffee market within the UK. Having now outgrown its current King’s Cross home and the new site is the natural move for the team to expand.
The Caravan Coffee Roasters’ team includes experienced coffee professionals Mike Logue as Head of Operations and Sam Langdon as Head of Coffee, along with a crew of coffee experts who will all move over to the new roastery from the current King’s Cross location. The larger space will allow room for a bigger and more diverse roasting operation with a new environmentally friendly Loring 70kg roaster, a separate Q-grading and quality control room, technical servicing workshop and climate-controlled green bean storage. Alongside the roasting facilities, the new site will house a dedicated coffee education studio with custom built training pods for both Caravan Coffee Roasters’ coffee partners as well as providing space to host coffee workshops and talks for the public. Staff facilities will include a club room with a pantry and craft drinks on tap, bike storage, showers and grooming space. A custom-designed brew bar and café, overlooking the roasting floor, will be open daily from 9am to 5pm serving a rotating selection of the freshest crop; carefully sourced filter and espresso coffees, including cold-brew coffee, kombucha, coffee sodas and tonics. Customers will also be able to choose from a range of Caravan’s much-loved ‘daily bakes’ including tamarind date ‘morning buns’, jalapeño cornbread muffins and chocolate espresso brownies.
Additionally, customers can now purchase Caravan Coffee Roasters’ products including Acme cups and saucers, Caravan tote bags and the ever-popular Caravan coffee spoons online at the new Caravan Coffee Roasters website (www.caravancoffeeroasters.co.uk).
Speaking on the new roastery, Caravan Coffee Roasters’ co-founder Laura Harper-Hinton commented, “Having outgrown our current roasting operations, we have been on the hunt for a dedicated stand-alone roastery space in the capital for some time now. We have located the perfect site in a beautiful disused Victorian warehouse just north of our King’s Cross restaurant and feel that with London’s growing thirst for quality, carefully produced coffee from independent suppliers showing no signs of waning, it is an exciting time for us to open our new coffee roastery and coffee education centre, this September.”