January 17, 2023 3 min read

We recently had the pleasure of meeting one of our specialty roasters on site when Garage Coffee generously offered up their Whitstable coffee shop for a location shoot for some publicity photography we’ve been working on. They say not to mix business with pleasure but what if they’re the same thing?! There are certainly worse places to shoot in! Who doesn’t love coffee and cakes on tap when working?

Garage Coffee

So, who are Garage Coffee?

They’re one of the latest UK artisan roasters to join our coffee subscription platform, and were founded by Luke Underdown in 2015. Located in a stunning village just outside Canterbury, Kent, they focus on delivering the best quality coffee whilst also being sustainable and positively impacting local communities. Best coffee? Tick! Sustainable? Tick! Positively impacting local communities? Tick! What’s not to love?!

Their first flagship shop and training room was opened in the heart of Canterbury in 2017 and they’ve since expanded opening more glorious coffee shops in Whitstable and Margate.  

Why the name Garage we hear you ask? Well, the team has quite literally transformed a garage into a roasting labyrinth, combined with office and training room space. Not only are they passionate about the coffee they produce but they go above and beyond to train and master the coffee components needed to get the best quality from them, straight to your cup.

Their commitment to the grind is clearly present right the way through to their coffee shops - we know because the diligence shown by their baristas when we visited was second to none.

Fair Trade and Traceable Speciality Grade Coffee.

We know that being sustainable and knowing where your produce comes from has become a big thing for conscious consumers in recent times, and rightly so. People want to feel like they’re doing good at the same time as treating themselves. Garage Coffee feels the same way and their roasts of small 12kg batches of speciality grade coffees are completely traceable and fairly traded. The farmers they source from get paid on average more than 25% higher than the Fair Trade rate. By supporting these farms, Garage Coffee is ultimately helping to give families a better quality of life and improve the local community.

They’re also big on helping charities where they can. They support the Kent-based Children's Charity Demelza, which helps families with children who have a serious or terminal conditions. Earlier this year the Garage Coffee team hosted a corporate sponsorship event by teaching a virtual hand brew class and raised over £1,800.

And what about their coffee and how can you get your hands on it athome?

Creamy flavour you’ll love

Garage Coffee has the following delicious coffee available through our store:

Maypole Coffee – Mexico/ Colombia

Flavour notes – Milk chocolate, hazelnut and figs

This coffee is from the beautiful Finca Guadalupe Zaja, harvested along the Guatemalan border by Mexico’s most famous farms. The area has a reputation for outstanding coffee and we can see why when we drink this, it’s delicious.

You also don’t have to worry that you’re adding to the never-ending mass of waste when you buy their coffee, as all their packaging is sustainable and fully recyclable in both the 250g and 2.5kg bags. Once finished with you can pop the rubbish in your recycle bin with peace of mind it’s going to the right place.

All in all they’re good eggs! And we want to thank them for having us. We’ll most certainly be back, though maybe next time without the cameras.

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