Monmouth Coffee started roasting and retailing coffee in 1978. At the beginning They roasted in the basement of our shop on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, using rather old‑fashioned, direct-flame machines, first a small UNO and then a 1930s Whitmee. Almost thirty years later in 2007, having opened another shop in Borough Market and outgrown their basement in Covent Garden, they moved into three converted railway arches in Bermondsey. And now after ten years, they have moved their roasting site again, just a little further east to Spa Terminus in Bermondsey where they have converted five arches into a roasting, tasting and office space. In the new roastery they have installed two roasters from Loring in California, USA. Loring roasters combine air roasting technology with energy efficient design.
The Company source and roast coffee from single farms, estates and cooperatives. When they taste a coffee that they like, they want to know where it comes from and who grows, picks and processes it. They travel extensively throughout the year, visiting the producers and cooperatives with whom they currently work and looking for interesting varietals of coffee and new farms from which to buy. During these visits they talk to farmers and cooperative members, learning more about the coffee they grow and process and the challenges that they face. They then look to establish a relationship with the grower and exporter of that coffee. They believe that where such a relationship exists, quality, quantity and price requirements can be discussed in an open and equal way. They see this as sustainable, fair and equal trade.