Like all good ideas, we began with one simple mission; make coffee better. Make coffee as good as it can possibly be, even. We’re by no means the kind of trumpet blowers who would admit to already achieving this kind of impossible feat. But, with more knowledge, passion, and great sourcing, we find better coffees, roast them better, and ultimately brew better. It is an unending endeavour, and one we love being a part of.
Nine years ago, we started our journey in the most humble of roasteries, our garden shed. As we have grown over the years, our roastery has moved twice. We are currently based deep in the heart of Bristol, a city we are proud to call home.
The roastery is home to the workhorses of our business, our roasters. From our 5kg Ozturk ‘James’, through to our 120kg Probat ‘Bertha’, our head roaster and co-founder Dave knows these machines inside out, quite literally, as he has lovingly brought each one back to life through a series of restoration projects. It is this level of care and attention to every aspect of our craft that we believe sets us apart from the rest.
Betty is our 60kg Probat roaster, built in 1955 and diligently restored many times since. She has become the heart and soul of the roastery, both the face and the back-bone of the business. And now, alongside Bertha, our 120kg roaster, Barry and James, they make a formidable team!
At Extract, we want to get you drinking better coffee. Sourced ethically and responsibly from farmers around the world, we roast with both a passion and respect for the raw product. We believe that great coffee should be available to everyone. Our vision is to provide world-class coffee that will be a part of your daily life. From the morning ritual, to catching up with a friend. If we can make these moments in our day great, and succeed in passing this greatness on to others, we can be proud to call it what we do.
Here are three things we consider to be at the heart of what we do.
Coffee is an incredibly powerful thing. Not only does it have the power to bring people together in our local community, it also provides us with an opportunity to have a positive impact on the farms we buy our coffee from. We take this responsibility extremely seriously, and choose coffees that promote good practices on the farms. We can help provide growing communities with better income and better opportunities in life. We want to create the bridge between these different communities in all that we do, and show people the amazing power of their morning cup.
We don’t believe that speciality coffee should be intimidating, or exclusive. We want to hold coffee in that fine balance between giving it the respect it deserves as a luxury product, and the responsibility to share this goodness with as many people as we can. We try to do this by making everything we do accessible to everyone, from the aficionado to the first time drinker.
Education is truly at the heart of what we do. We are on an unending journey to push the boundaries of what we know about coffee, and sharing this information with as many people as possible. The world of speciality coffee can sometimes be a confusing place, and we aim to help you in your understanding as we constantly push our own learning forward. Good stuff.
In 2007, we started this company as 3 best friends with a mission. 10 years later, we have grown a little, but are still a small team of 20-odd people, centered around our common passion for great coffee and pushing boundaries. We are a tight-knit group who work hard and play hard.
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