The UK's Oldest Coffee Roaster Est 1819
Farrer's have been blending tea and roasting coffee in the English market town of Kendal since 1819.
200 years of coffee roasting experience later and we continue to follow the traditions laid down by our founder John Farrer.
Our coffee is freshly roasted to order to ensure you can enjoy aromatic & delicious coffee beans as fresh online as if you had bought them from our historic shop.
Our Story of Freshly Roasted Coffee
John Farrer & Co (Kendal) Ltd or, as we’re better known, Farrer’s is the UK’s oldest coffee roaster. Many of our recipes, including our Farrer’s No. 1 and Lakeland Special tea date back to bygone days.
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.
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 coffee roastery on the outskirts of Kendal – where we supply customers across the North West of England and beyond.
Meet our Roasters
Find out who roasts our beans and what makes them tick...
Steve - “THE CUMBRIAN”
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.
ROB - “THE LANCASTRIAN”
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.
CHE’ - “THE KIWI”
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’.
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