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Tales from beyond the woods

Removing Caffeine With Kindness

For our much-loved Lamplight Decaf we have always used washed Central American coffees that have been "Swiss Water Processed". This means they are decaffeinated in fresh water without the use of the kind of harsh chemicals associated with cheaper processes. It is scary to think that many commercial grade decaf coffees have spent time in the kind of industrial solvents that you’d really prefer to be kept as far away from your kitchen as possible.

7th February 2024

Real Living Wage Employer - Third Year Running

We are proud to announce our third year as a real Living Wage employer. The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate based on the cost of living. It is voluntarily paid by over 14,000 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs - like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

6th February 2024

Producer Focus - Gui Ben (China)

At Dark Woods we are fortunate to work with some exceptional coffee producers and many of these become lasting relationships that we return to year on year. In the first of what we hope to be a monthly series we would like to share with you some of the stories behind the farmers and importers that make what we do possible. Focusing on a different Producer Series coffee each month I will explore the relationship history and share my thoughts on how best to brew and enjoy these ever changing and unique single estate coffees. -

22nd January 2024

Open Days 2024 at Dark Woods

Café Days are back for 2024! Running monthly on the third Saturday of the month, from April through to September. We have a very similar format to last year, however no bookings are required this time around. We have the following dates announced, please read the lovely FAQs below, it will help us immensely before visiting our wonderful space.

28th December 2023

Dark Woods Small-Grants Programme 2023

We are thrilled to launch of our new Community Small Grants Programme. During 2023 we are inviting grass-roots community groups and organisations within the HD postcode area to apply for a share of the £10,000 we have made available. As a local business, we have always tried to support community activities and groups within the area, but we recognise that this can be a little hit-and-miss and unfocused.

1st November 2023

Golden Fork Nominee- El Placer Yellow Fruits / Great Taste Awards 2023

Golden Fork Nominee! El Placer ‘Yellow Fruits’ scooped a 3-star award earlier this month, and it has now been announced that it was one of the highest scoring products, meaning Dark Woods Coffee is now in the running to win a Great Taste Golden Fork: the highest accolades in the food and drink world.

14th August 2023

Ethiopia Trip 2022 / Sidama Pinnacle Release

In the Autumn of 2022, I finally boarded my flight to Addis Ababa for my long-postponed visit to see our friend Ashenafi, and his team at Ardent Coffee in Ethiopia. This trip was originally planned and booked for March 2020 but, of course we all know what happened then…

31st July 2023

A Guide to Composting (for Food Service Businesses)

Here at Dark Woods, we have been getting very excited about compost – yes, you read it right. Let me explain. Everyone knows what composting is – chucking garden waste, food scraps, cardboard, and the like, into a container or pile at the end of the garden and hoping that, eventually, it turns into soil.

26th July 2023

Plastic-Free, Compostable, Kilogram Bags

This month is Plastic-Free July, a global initiative to highlight the need for, and progress towards, removing more plastic from our every-day lives. We are using Plastic-Free July to highlight some of the steps we, at Dark Woods Coffee, are taking towards becoming plastic-free.

24th July 2023

B Corp Report for 2021/22

Welcome to our B Corp Report for 2021/22. This was our second year as a certified B Corp, and our second Annual Report. In this report, we update progress on some of the work we started (and reported on) last year and highlight some of our plans for 2023 and beyond.

28th June 2023

This Coffee Empowers Women (2023 Update)

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. As part of B-Corp Month / International Women's Day, we recognise their amazing achievements over the last nineteen years and highlight why we all need to keep supporting their efforts.

8th March 2023

Reserve Series Tins - New additions

After offering the public a sneaky peek at Manchester Coffee Festival back in November last year, we are proud to announce the official launch of our Blue Tin “Reserve Series”.

9th January 2023

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