Glen Lyon Coffee is dedicated to sourcing the finest speciality beans from around the world. To us this means that all of the coffees we buy are seasonal, traceable and score a minimum of 80 out of 100 on an international scale for their flavours. We roast in small batches and check every batch for quality and consistency before sending it out. Final decisions on all the coffees we source and roast are made by our own in-house sensory professional and Q Grader.
WE WORK CLOSELY WITH FARMERS AND CO-OPERATIVES IN MORE THAN 12 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.
Our speciality arabica beans are typically shade grown at between 1400-2000m above sea level and hand-picked when ripe. A number of our coffees are also organically certified.
We work to form long-term, direct relationships with coffee farmers and our export partners. This means we can be confident that the amount we pay for our beans is much higher than the base rate (C Price) for coffee and significantly higher than the Fairtrade price. We travel to meet and buy coffee direct from farmers and love telling the stories of the individuals and families behind our amazing beans.
The coffee producing Foresti family from the Sul de Minas region of Brazil are a great example of this sourcing approach. In 2019 we made a long-term commitment to buy coffee from their farm, called Fazenda do Lobo (The Wolf). One of the sons, Guilherme Foresti, wrote this feedback:
“You can’t imagine how happy my family and I are with the business we have and we look forward to repeating it annually. I would like to take this moment to say that coffee prices in Brazil have not been fair a while and it is difficult for us growers to be recognised for our work hard. Business like this brings financial security for us to face the difficulties and keep fighting annually to produce great coffees and, obviously, work with partners like you.”
Our roastery in Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire is in a remote rural area of Scotland with limited work opportunities. We provide a relaxed and supportive work environment for our staff, pay well above the living wage and offer job security with permanent contracts.
As part of our community outreach work we are setting up a Barista Academy through our own charity Project Northern Lights. Working in partnership with Breadalbane Academy, in 2020 we will be mentoring school leavers though a programme of barista skills qualifications and work placements in cafes. Our aim is to support young people in our area into the food and drink industry in Scotland and beyond.
Every year we carry out a carbon audit of our business and offset our footprint by planting trees with Trees for Life in beautiful Glen Affric in Inverness-shire. In 2019 the team planted 155 Grey Willow. We also work hard to reduce our carbon footprint and use a company electric car for local deliveries and cafes visits (where possible). In 2020 we plan to put solar panels on the roof of our new roaster.
We have been committed to zero waste ever since we started roasting coffee in 2011. Positive steps we have taken towards this goal include: