For a while we have been struggling with the space we have. We seem to have more and more coffee (last count we have around 100 bags at any one point) and more and more equipment. I’ve visited a lot of roastery’s and I can tell you I couldn’t work in most of them, its all to claustrophobic for me.
I spend a lot of time at the roastery and I have to be comfortable in my space. I am also a little anal about areas for specific tasks. We have a cupping area at the moment but its in the open roastery and its difficult with everything going on to really talk think and asses the coffees. We have a bar area but again its a little cramped. Add to this our team are tripping over each others feet, its been on my mind for a while to look at some more space. So when next door to where we are now became available its to good an opportunity to turn down. It means we will have double the space (and double the costs) but I will get a dedicated cupping room, and a completely separate packing and sorting area. Our landlord is going to knock through for us, which will be great.
As you can see its a bit of a shell at the moment, but work is starting over the next few weeks, and I want it up and running mid / end of may. It would be sooner but the trip to El Salvador will mean its a few weeks behind.
I’ll keep posting updates if its not to boring, and once it is done we will have to have another open day so you can come and see it.