Journal

Our roastery manager is quietly awesome. Last week, Glen Lyon's Carol escaped out west to lead a seven day sea kayak expedition around the Isle of Skye. Here are her amazing photos and words...

We recently attended an inspiring talk by the Scottish snowboarder Lesley McKenna. Lesley competed in the Winter Olympic Games in 2002, 2006 and 2010 and is now the Team Manager for the GB Park and Pipe Team. She described what makes her tick at work...

School’s out, the midgies are biting and we’re barbecue-ing in the rain. It can only mean one thing – Summer’s here at last. Weather and midges aside, we love nothing more than the long days of a Highland summer when we can get the chance...

Last month our head roaster travelled to Antioquia, Colombia on a two-week skills exchange organised by the lovely people at De Los Andes Co-operativa. Hosted by the amazing guys at Cafelumbus, Dave had a wonderful adventure experiencing harvest, processing and milling at origin as well as taking part in...

Back in February we had a fantastic few days showing off our beautiful part of Scottish Highlands to Diego Robelo of Aquiares Estate. Hills were summited, kilts were donned and far too much whisky was drunk round the fire. We also cupped some spectacular samples from...

One of our favourite coffees of last year has returned to the roastery for Summer 2017. The Sipi Falls Organic Coffee Project was initiated in 1999 high on the slopes of Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda. The project promotes the cultivation of arabica, trains farmers in...

The Knoydart Peninsular is a spectacular haven for wild walking that has always captured my imagination. With 85 square miles of remote ground and no roads it feels more like a tide wracked Atlantic isle than part of the mainland. No wonder it is part...

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.” John Muir’s invitation echoes down the years and tugs at me every time I dip into one of his books. His enthusiasm for wild places is so irresistible, his faith in its restorative power so complete. He...

Standing in the middle of Plaza Botero, a plastic cup of fresh mango spiked with salt and lime in my hand, musica tropical blaring out from a passing taxi and Mercanta’s Juan Cano pointing out the city sights and I’m one very happy gringa. There...

We have such amazing memories of our origin trip to Rwanda last year and one of the highlights was hanging out with the awesome Sam Muhirwa of Buf cafe. When we visited his washing station at Nyarusiza we were super excited to see that he...