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The Heritage of John Farrer & Co. Est. 1819

Farrer's is one of the oldest blenders and roasters of the finest teas and coffee in the United Kingdom, established back in 1819. With our state of the art coffee roasting plant, we can guarantee consistency and quality of every blend, for every piece of coffee making equipment. Our artisan coffees are roasted in small batches and packed in a foil bags which have a special valve to keep the roasted coffee fresh.

We have alliances with all major coffee machine manufacturers so we can offer a wide range of machines, from a simple filter machine to a fully automatic espresso machine. These machines are reliable and efficient, producing fantastic cups of coffee sought after by coffee connoisseurs worldwide. We have a dedicated and highly experienced technical specialist to service your espresso machine.

Farrer's tea and coffee merchants has established an impressive reputation as the Lake District’s leading supplier to the most discerning caterers. We offer a reliable personal delivery service and can tailor products to meet your needs. We endeavour to meet all of your requirements, source products we don’t currently stock and use our vast experience to help you serve your customers with top quality drinks. To see our full range of espresso machines, ancillary products and coffee roasting plant, please visit us at our showroom on Shap Road Industrial Estate in Kendal.

Our History

From 1819, when John Farrer started a family business of specialist tea and coffee merchant at Stricklandgate, the tantalizing aroma of roasting coffee became a feature of daily life in the market town of Kendal.

In today’s modern times the coffee is now roasted in our modern unit on the outskirts of Kendal. Farrer's primarily sells pure origin specially graded beans, a high percentage of which is high altitude grown Arabica, which comprises 70% of the world's coffee production and is renowned for its flavour and complexity. We buy our green beans from a broker in London who Richard Powell, the director of the company, has had an association with for more than 40 years.

Farrer's prides itself on the provenance of its sourcing: all of our coffee is purchased from a known source and the London broker knows the families of the farmers personally. The brokers make regular trip to the farms to ensure that quality of the conditions for the workers is of a high standard. The farmers are also brought over to England to see the results of their hard work.

As well as our fairly sourced coffee we also supply Fair Trade Coffee.