How did your journey at Three Ridings begin?I met Jordan when I worked as a barista at rock city climbing wall, we got chatting and he mentioned that he had started Three Ridings Coffee so I connected him with a local opportunity for a new machine, wholesale coffee and new starter kit, I was offered a job in-between lockdowns last year and I was delighted to join the team.
What’s your role at Three Ridings Coffee?Predominantly sales, bringing in new customers and trying to expand our presence in Yorkshire and beyond as much as possible. There's a little bit of barista training of clients when we're allowed to get back into customer sites again. You will also see my words on the mlkwood website when ordering coffee as I do the guest roastery write up and descriptions.
What do you like about the coffee industry?It's always evolving - relatively speaking speciality coffee is in its infancy and we're at the beginning of some really innovative developments in processing methods and I find it fascinating how the same coffee beans processed in two different ways can yield two totally different taste profiles.
What don’t you like about the coffee industry?There are many social and environmental issues with coffee especially in in the commodity market. Clearing of lands, use of pesticides and issues with cheap labour and exploitation of farmers. Thankfully many speciality coffee importers and roasters are working hard to address some of the issues via cooperatives to endure a fairer chain from farm to cup!
Favourite Brewing Method?Aeropress - it's the easiest and quickest way to produce filter style coffee especially when on the move. The flexibility of this brewing methods
means you can really mix up and change how you brew depending on beans and your mood.