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Our accreditations

We strive to be experts in our field through education, training and certification

We support our team to gain professional qualifications within the coffee industry and actively encourage them to enter competitions and share their expertise where they can.

Coffee Quality Institute (CQI)

We recognise the importance of accurately assessing the coffee we buy and sell, and have six Q-graders and two of which also have the level 1 Q-Processing qualification.

Q – Grader Arabica

Thierry Akroman – Quality
Philip Searle – Senior Trader
Priscilla Daniel – Senior Trader
Henry Clifford – Senior Trader
Mantvydas Trainavicius – Senior Trader
Jamie Treby – Trader, Speciality

Q – Processing Level 1 : Generalist   

Priscilla Daniel – Senior Trader
Philip Searle – Senior Trader

Coffee Chemistry

The industry’s first and only program of understanding aimed at providing a greater technical understanding of overall coffee science.

Coffee Science Certificate Level 1

Philip Searle – Senior Trader
Jamie Treby –Trader, Speciality

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)

Part of the coffee skills program, these courses offer in-depth training on specific specialist modules.

Sensory Skills Foundation

Diana Johnston – Head of Quality Control
Henry Clifford – Senior Trader

Sensory Skills Intermediate

Diana Johnston – Head of Quality Control
Henry Clifford – Senior Trader

Sensory Skills Professional

Diana Johnston – Head of Quality Control

Green Coffee Intermediate

Diana Johnston – Head of Quality Control

Green Coffee Professional

Diana Johnston – Head of Quality Control

Brewing Skills Intermediate

Henry Clifford – Senior Trader

The Specialty Coffee Association
Authorised Training (AST)

Our Head of Quality, Diana Johnston, is a registered AST and qualified to teach the following courses:

Introduction to Coffee
Green Coffee
Sensory Skills

Our Quality Lab is a certified Premier Training Campus for Sensory, Green and Q-grading qualifications.

 

Competitions and judging

Diana Johnston – Head of Quality Control:

UK Roasting Championship 2019 – 1st, CHAMPION
UK Brewers Cup Championship 2018 – 3rd place
UK Coffee in Good Spirits 2017 – 3rd place
Scottish AeroPress Championship 2014 – 3rd place

UK Barista Competition Head Judge – 2014 to 2016

Jamie Treby –Trader, Speciality

Industry Involvement and achievements

We have been a member of the British Coffee Association (BCA)
since its conception and contribute to the following:

Member Services Committee
Trade & logistics meetings
Technical and Quality Arbitration
Sustainability Committee

We have been a member of the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA)
since its conception:

Forming part of the first Board of Directors and were the first UK Coordinator

Certifications

In 1993 we become the first independent coffee importer to gain a Fairtrade licence and the first to gain an Organic licence in the UK.

In 2003 we secured Rainforest Alliance certification and are presented with the Rainforest Alliance’s prestigious “Corporate Green Globe Award” for introducing and promoting their programme in the UK