I spent several years working in coffee and cocoa traceability before moving back from Ghana to my garden shed and setting up Chimney Fire Coffee. In 2017, after a year of testing, tweaking and many after-work home roasting sessions, it was time to launch the business from a converted stables in the Surrey Hills. Elizabeth joined the company as Head Roaster, bringing in her roasting expertise to help consistently produce exceptional speciality coffee.
From the outset we were fortunate to work with some incredible partners who shared our passion for quality. Working with local independent businesses and receiving lots of feedback from early online subscribers and coffee experience visitors enabled us to grow and increase our range of coffees to suit different tastes. In 2018, we became the first UK company to source and roast ShareTrade coffee and formed several direct sourcing relationships with coffee farmers, cooperatives and exporters. Making direct, long-term commitments provides farmers with a better income, a sustainable business model and ensures that the farm is economically and environmentally sustainable and not just a subsistence operation.
In 2019 we won a Time & Leisure Taste Award, served our coffee to HRH the Earl of Wessex and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign for a new concept designed to make ethically sourced specialty coffee more accessible in the workplace. The Office Coffee Club was born, enabling members to split the cost of, vote for and enjoy their favourite Chimney Fire Coffee everyday at work.
Fast forward to 2020 and although it was an odd year to say the least, we loved all the feedback for our Discovery Coffee range and were proud to form a charity partnership with Re-Cycle, donating 25p / 250g & £1 / kg of all Discovery Coffee sales to support their work across Africa. A few other highlights included The Independent picking our Guatemala single origin as one of the best independent coffees in the UK, a collaboration with Etsy and Tan France, and the opening of our new tasting room and packing area.
We are now a team of 5, all extremely passionate about coffee, enterprise and positive impact. If you’d like to find out more about our subscription service, where to grab your nearest cup of Chimney Fire or how to safely visit our roastery, please get in touch - email@example.com
Dan & the CF Team
A masters in Sustainable Development, several years working in cocoa and coffee traceability and plenty of coffee slurping in Kenya led to launching Chimney Fire Coffee in 2017. Responsible for sourcing and managing the business.
A passionate coffee blogger and roaster for nearly 10 years, Elizabeth's coffee journey started in 2011 when her brother set up a speciality coffee roasting business in Vienna. Oversees all roasting and quality control processes.
Row has a bucket load of industry experience having worked for a coffee roaster / social enterprise and a coffee importer. Passionate about operational processes & customer service, Row helps ensure every single bean arrives safely at your door.
Cephas is a musician by trade and has a lot of experience as a top barista in London and Surrey. Learning the ropes from Elizabeth, Cephas is our second roaster, barista trainer and in charge of the roastery playlist.
Sam loves cycling and running…to the point where you’ll find him pedaling through the Surrey Hills under 3 feet of water ignoring all Met Office weather warnings. Sam keeps an eye on all new and existing partners and supports many of our roastery activities from production to barista support.