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
Not so much stuck between extremes as offering the best of both, Milk Wood was not only the first blend we roasted but the concept around which Dark Woods was built. A medium roast delivers familiar caramel sweetness but adventurous sourcing takes it beyond the perceived limits of this style. Validation of our approach arrived in 2016 when Milk Wood won a prestigious Golden Fork for best Northern Product in the Great Taste Awards.
My lockdown has been hugely helped by regular care packages from my colleagues at the roastery and this new coffee from Fazenda Rio Verde in Brazil has been a particular highlight. I hope you're all well and safe out there and enjoying your home-brewing experiences!4th May 2020
It's out with our Colombian micro-lot, our Brazil from Serra E Leite and El Salvador Honey Pacamara and in with three African stunners from Rwanda and Burundi.11th March 2020
Introducing 5 new coffees for 2020. This latest list from our seasonal coffees programme features plenty of variety for single estate espresso fans and another wonderful single farmer lot from Yemen.29th January 2020