Tea & Coffee
Merchants Est. 1819
We’ve been roasting fresh artisan coffee and blending fine teas since 1819 in the market town of Kendal – ‘the Gateway to the Lakes’.
Our craft artisan coffee roastery is dedicated to fresh roasting craft coffee of uncompromising quality.
We’re the oldest coffee roaster in the UK with over 200 years of roasting experience; we offer a vast range of tea and coffee by growing region, variety and processing method.
John Farrer & Co (Kendal) Ltd or, as we’re better known, Farrer’s is amongst the UK’s oldest coffee roasters. In 1819, we began supplying tea and coffee on Stricklandgate in Kendal, where we blended tea and roasted coffee in the shop. The aroma of fresh roasting beans captivated those who passed by.
Many of our recipes, including our Farrer’s No.1 and our legendary Lakeland Special tea, date back to bygone days – they’d probably be familiar to John himself. These secret recipes, passed down through the generations are available to buy now in our online shop.
Today at 13 Stricklandgate, you can find the Farrer’s Tea & Coffee House, which boasts a whole range of our teas & coffees, attracting visitors from all over the world.
As we’ve grown, we moved to a purpose designed Roastery on the outskirts of Kendal – from where we supply customers across the North West of England and beyond.
We still carry John’s passion into everything we do, bringing you the highest quality tea and fresh roasted coffee sourced meticulously from all over the world, to cater for a wide variety of tastes.
Meet our Coffee Roasters
Find out who roasts our beans and what makes them tick
Role: Master Coffee Roaster
Employed: 34 years
Experience: Steve’s experience, in his own words, is “wide and varied”. After roasting artisan coffee for the last 30 years he knows a thing or two about coffee. Over his career he’s used roasters from the absolutely sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Steve’s knowledge and dedication ensures that every bag of coffee we roast is nothing short of perfect.
Aspirations: To be happy, wealthy, and live to be a hundred… and maybe enjoy some freshly roasted coffee along the way.
Role: Operations Manager
Employed: 22 years
Experience: Rob has held almost every job in the roastery and has roasted coffee from all over the world. He completed his advanced roasting course with Probat roasters in Germany and trained in coffee cupping with the London School of Coffee. Rob has expertise in packing coffee on many different machines, from Rovema to Webb Bean fillers. He’s also an Espresso Machine engineer, working on Sanremo, La Marzocco, Expobar and is our machine engineer for all our coffee equipment.
Aspirations: Rob would love to visit coffee farms to meet the farmers and witness coffee processing first-hand.
Role: Coffee Roaster/Production Operative
Employed: 1 year
Experience: Jen has over 10 years roasting experience with speciality coffee on various roasters, including Probat and Deidrichs. Competed in Roasters Guild competitions, with her team winning a first place and grand prize. She also took an opportunity to visit the coffee farmers that they worked with in Bolivia.
Aspirations: To showcase the hard work & dedication the coffee farmers put in with the coffee we roast. From the naturally sweet, smooth notes of a Colombian to the delicately complex fruity notes of an exceptional Ethiopian.
Role: Production Supervisor/Coffee Roaster
Employed: 4 Years
Experience: Che’ (think Shay) our resident New Zealander was trained and guided by our Master Roaster. He was trained in coffee cupping and quality control and holds a City & Guilds Barista level 2 qualification.
Aspirations: After completing his coffee cupping training, Che’ would like to develop his skills further. His ultimate aspiration is to reach the pinnacle as a qualified ‘Q Grader’.
We could tell you that our business is inspired by the third wave of the coffee industry a recent phenomenon, but the reality is we have been dedicated to crafting artisan tea and coffee since 1819.
We take time to source the best coffee beans and finest teas from across the globe to ensure that we deliver the very best fresh product to every one of our customers.
Our dedicated team of craft roasters produce artisan coffee with amazing credentials; they know their trade inside out. Our master roaster has been with us for over 30 years. This experience coupled with the latest technology ensures that our quality standards are unrivalled. We offer freshly roasted coffee straight to your doorstep ensuring the best coffee and service every time with the taste that you expect from an artisan brand.
You can sum up our philosophy in the phrase: QUALITY, CONSISTENCY AND GREAT FRESH TASTE.
For years we have been committed to ensuring that the people who devote their lives to growing, tending, harvesting, milling and transporting coffee have a better quality of life both for themselves and their families. That’s why we are a Fairtrade Licensee.
Buying Fairtrade coffee is more than just ensuring a fair wage for coffee farmers – you’re directly helping to support them in overcoming the challenges that life presents them. The premium you pay helps to improve their own prosperity with education, greater harvests, better quality coffee and ultimately more food on their table.
We offer courses suitable for complete beginners; latte art courses and the most professional industry recognized qualifications available in the UK with BSA and City & Guilds certifications. Our training facility is rated as one of the best in the UK and with our friendly and professional instructors we can guide you in making better coffee no matter your ability.
If you’re planning a trip to the Lake District we can help make it memorable with a “red letter day” barista course and a tour of our artisan roastery, where you can learn how to make coffee to barista standard.
What our customers think…
Our customers’ enjoy a Farrer’s brew or two.
If you would like any further information about our products or to arrange for a ‘tasting’ visit, please contact us and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
John Farrer & Co (Kendal) Ltd.
9 Shap Road Industrial Estate, Kendal. LA9 6NZ
Tel: +44 (0)1539 720020
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