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Our History

1970

DRWakefield and Company is officially registered by Derrick Wakefield and trade commences.

1971

The tight-knit team of three handle everything from trading and quality through to logistics and the overall running of the business.

1973

Expanding in size and ambition, the team move to Lloyds Avenue, London.

1984

Simon is sent to Papua New Guinea to learn all things coffee. And some things not all coffee.

1986

The further expanding business moves to larger premises in Mitre Street and Simon moves to Australia to learn all things wine. But his passion for coffee pulls stronger and he returns to the UK to join Derrick at DRW HQ in October of ‘86.

1988

The dot.com revolution finds its roots in the coffee industry and computers first enter DRW.

1993

DRW starts on the road of pioneering certifications in the UK coffee industry and secures both its Fairtrade and Organic licenses this year.

1997

DRW launches its online presence with its first website.

2003

DRW’s support for certifications continues and DRW secures is Rainforest Alliance Certification.

2006

Ever expanding, the team move to the current premises in London’s Southwark at Thompson House on Dolben Street.

2016

And ten years later, with a team of 16, DRW moves upstairs and refurbishes the sampling room on the ground floor into a state-of-the-art coffee lab.

2017

DRW launches it's fourth website.

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