Time now for the Build-Outs of Summer to once again hop the pond and head over to merry old England and check back in with Origin Coffee Roasters in London. If you’re having a bit of déjà vu, it’s because we’ve been here before, a little over three years ago, when Origin opened one of their two Cornwall cafes. In those three years, Origin has continued to rack up wins at UK Barista Championships, remaining one of the heavy favorites year in and year out.
For their new cafe, Origin will be setting up inside a Network Rail archway and serving breakfast, lunch, and all day brunch. In short, you can expect nothing but continued excellence from one of England’s premier coffee roasters. So let’s go check it out, shall we?
As told to Sprudge by Luke Caddel.
For those who aren’t familiar, will you tell us about your company?
We’re a coffee roaster based in Cornwall, in South West England. We’ve been roasting for about 10 years and are proud to work with some of the UK’s leading baristas. Joshua Tarlo, our Head of Coffee, came 1st in the UK Barista Championship earlier this year. Dan Fellows, our Head of Wholesale also came 1st in the Coffee in Good Sprits Championship this year, and will go on to compete in the World Championship in Brazil this November.
We work with some of the finest independent coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels in the country. We also run our own coffee shops at two locations in Cornwall, and three in London; Southwark will be the fourth.
Can you tell us a bit about the new space?
It’s built inside a Network Rail archway, a stone’s throw from Southwark Underground Station and forms part of Bankside’s “low line” redevelopment. It will house a cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and evening refreshments during the week and all day brunch at the weekend. It will also house our SCA and wholesale training rooms and our London technical department.
What’s your approach to coffee?
We’re fortunate that being a roaster, we’re able to source exclusive lots for our coffee shops and keep our single-origin coffees frequently rotating. To let our customers experience amazing coffees from different countries, different processes and different brew methods. The coffee needs to be incredible but it’s testament to our baristas who are knowledgeable, approachable and passionate about their work.
Any machines, coffees, special equipment lined up?
Yes, we’re excited to feature the new Modbar Espresso AV with built-in scales.
What’s your hopeful target opening date/month?
Are you working with craftspeople, architects, and/or creatives that you’d like to mention?
Hart Miller Design—we’re advocates for their brilliant work, and they’ve designed the interiors for all of our coffee shops in Cornwall and London.
Thank you too!
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