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.
Dark Woods’ desire for inclusivity informs our roasting and blending philosophy.View blends
Dark yet bright, Crow Tree is a rarity amongst speciality coffees. Top quality, high altitude Arabicas are more commonly left light but we felt that this only tells half their story. By using the cleanest available green coffee we are able to roast darker to develop bold yet defined flavours that match those found in the very best single estate chocolate.
Crow Tree utilises coffees sourced from farms closely involved with the Café Femenino Project. This ground-breaking organisation supports women farmers and producers in what can be a challenging and male-dominated industry.
This month we say goodbye to coffees from Tanzania, Dr Congo and Burundi and welcome in a directly traded Rwanda, a stunning all-rounder from Nicaragua and a most unusual naturally processed coffee from Kenya.24th May 2019
Summer is almost upon us and if it's going to be even half as hot as last year then you'd be advised to start thinking about adding some iced options to your tea and coffee menus. In order to give you some inspiration I've put together a few simple and tasty options that all use existing products in the Dark Woods range. Enjoy!23rd May 2019
In my last journal post I talked about the importance of your grinder and suggested that for long term consistency and quality, a regular schedule of maintenance was required. In this follow-up post I'll discuss how to do just that!21st May 2019