Nestling in the West Yorkshire Pennines, we are surrounded by dramatic moorland, dry-stone walls and ancient woods. We see reminders of the area's heritage, shaped by the Industrial Revolution; from the 18th Century canal locks to the remnants of old mills and weirs. It was this that gave birth to our river-side Victorian textile mill, where we roast our coffee on a vintage Probat drum roaster.
Dark Woods use specialty grade coffees, (scoring more than 80% in Specialty Coffee Association grading) which have cleaner more distinctive flavours than cheaper commercial coffees and are traceable to skilled farmers and their farms across the world. Carefully roasted to produce an array of flavours to suit a wide range of styles and tastes - which may be why Dark Woods were awarded more Great Taste Awards than any other coffee company this year, as well as another "Golden Fork" for Best Northern Product.
Dark Woods’ desire for inclusivity informs our roasting and blending philosophy.View blends
Snow Stone, our winter blend, evokes all the flavours of the season. Two natural processed coffee, one from Brazil and one from Ethiopia, that combine to give you a dried cherry sweetness and a smooth chestnut flavour. The fuller roast style adds dark chocolate overtones and a full body.
The coffee takes its name from one of the Stanza Stones, a series of poems carved into the rocks in the Pennine Hills. The Snow Stone itself sits in a long disused quarry at Pule Hill above the village of Marsden, etched with a verse from acclaimed poet Simon Armitage.
To be enjoyed in front of the fire when there’s crisp white snow outside.
The first of two articles in which I run down our new single estate coffees for October-November. This part features two single-farmer Ethiopian coffees and a delicious Costa-Rican natural from Finca Sabana Redonda whose Honey processed lot from our previous list proved a big hit9th October 2019
A new selection of limited edition, fresh-crop single estate coffees23rd August 2019
We are proud to support and be a part of the Marsden Jazz Festival once again this year. On Saturday 12th October, we will open for a special Jazz Fest Cafe Day pop-up.21st August 2019