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, 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 gained another 13 awards in 2020's Great Taste Awards.
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.
That's a bold claim; but, the outstanding work of the women farmers in Peru, supported by Cafe Femenino, means that it has become a reality. This International Women's Day, we recognise their amazing achievements over the last 16 years and highlight why we all need to keep supporting their efforts.8th March 2021
Returning for a second successive year we have a fruity and fun natural from Kenya's Kamundu Estate near Nairobi15th July 2020
"At first we didn't know what we were doing! We were just experimenting." - Oscar Chacon15th July 2020