Coffee. Carvetii Coffee Roasters

Set up in 2011 by Gareth Kemble and Angharad MacDonald, and finalists at the Great British Food Awards 2020 for two of its coffees, Carvetii was also judged Best Drinks Producer at the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards in 2018. 

The two coffees which made it onto the shortlist for the former were the seasonal Latitude Espresso blend and a limited edition, fruity Ethiopian coffee called Guji Uraga Gomoro, Ethiopia being one of the countries from where the couple's small batches of fresh crop coffee beans originate before roasting them at their roastery in Threlkeld.  

Brazil, Rwanda, Kenya, Mexico and Guatemala are five other countries where Carvetii’s coffee originates and if you read the notes on the website you’ll find out plenty of information about the area from where the coffee comes, the farm itself, its altitude and the processing. And you’ll get a hint of the flavour (‘peanut, chocolate. caramel’; ‘chocolate, vanilla, butter toffee’; or ‘cherry, pomegranate, almond’, for instance).

The notes on the website make for fascinating reading and also make you appreciate the care and dedication that goes into the whole process, from the picking of the coffee ‘cherry’ to the finished coffee bean.

Gareth and Angharad took the name Carvetii from the Iron Age peoples who once populated this north western part of England. Largely self-taught, their interest has expanded into tea and hot chocolate as well, both drinks sold online along with coffee, brewing equipment, grinders, reusable cups and Espresso machines.

Coffee subscriptions are available for those who receive a regular supply of coffee and that includes ‘the limited release coffee subscription’ with its different coffee each month. Carvetii usually supplies the drink in bean form only but at the moment you can buy it in ground form as well. 

And if you want to ‘try before you buy’ there are plenty of cafés and restaurants in Cumbria which serve Carvetii Coffee including Mathilde’s in Grasmere, Homeground in Windermere, Yard 46 in Kendal, the Black Bull in Sedbergh and Wild Zucchinis in Cockermouth. 

Carvetii Coffee Roasters, Unit 3c, Threlkeld Business Park, Threlkeld, near Keswick CA12 4SU: 017687 76979, www.carvetiicoffee.co.uk

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