I realised today that this section of the website is very much out of date, so here we go with an update, particularly as we are at the moment exploring some new roasters. I thought I’d share our philosophy and motivation in terms of speciality coffee.
People are becoming increasingly interested in the provenance of their food, and the craft involved in producing it. At Seibiant, we want to work with roasters who share our philosophy, focussing on direct trade with farms wherever possible. This provides the means to uphold and build quality at every stage of the coffee production, from farm to cup – in the words of Poblado, one of the roasters we work with – “Teg, o’r llwyn i’r felin” – “fair, from grower to grind”. The ethical nature of the coffee industry has created a culture of international collaboration and knowledge-sharing, led by innovative, vibrant young businesses. At Seibiant, we are proud to be involved with some of those – local roasters Heartland from Llandudno, and Poblado from Groeslon, were the first roasters who provided us with much needed guidance on coffee, machines, and the speciality coffee world.
We’re proud to be supplying you with Coaltown Coffee Roasters, from Ammanford, who are doing great things in the coffee world, both locally, setting up espresso bars, and expanding their range. I’m working my way through our selection from them, the Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil and the amazing Decaff, Jenkin Jones. Regulars will know that in winter, our house blend is Black Gold, and in the summer – from Easter until Autumn Half Term, we switch to that other stunner, Pit Prop. At the moment, the Pit Prop is amazing, and we are selling so many espressos that we’re becoming more of an espresso bar ourselves!
Along with the changes in the shop layout, we’re giving you the opportunity to try some new roasters, some brand new, such as Coffi Eryri, others which have been around a bit longer, such as Mug Run. Mug Run have a couple of coffees which particularly appeal in terms of the ethics, and one is grown and processed by a women’s co-operative. We realise that we focus much more on the teas in the shop regarding the organic and biodiversity angle but we have now found an Indian coffee which is grown on a farm that is both organic and farms to biodiversity standards, so we’re very excited to get that coffee in this week, roasted by Manumit, who if you recall, train people who have been rescued from modern slavery to work in the coffee industry.. If you find that your favourite is no longer on the shelf, and you don’t feel like trying one of the new ones, don’t worry, we can easily get your favourite in, assuming it’s in season of course, and the roaster has it in stock.
We have a plan to stock some particularly fine coffees, for those of you who fancy doing a bit more exploring. We’ll have to go a little further afield for those coffees of course, but I think they’ll be worth trying!