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Producer Focus - Serra e Leite

Sitio Serra e Leite is located in the coffee growing region of Poços de Caldas, renowned for its high quality, volcanic soil and unique micro-climates. This is a relatively small coffee farm compared to others in the Serra do Selado micro-region and the easy-going Luiz Zanetti focuses on using hands-on, traditional techniques rather than a mechanised approach.

15th March 2024

Funded Projects 2023 : Community Small Grants Programme

In 2023, we launched our Community Small Grants Programme, providing a more transparent, accessible and equitable approach to our local giving. We allocated £10,000 and opened for applications from any grass-roots community organisation within our local area, adopting a simple application process, offering grants of £100 to £500.

14th March 2024

April 2024 at the Mill

Are you ready for a jampacked April of exciting events at the mill, and that’s not even mentioning our Open Days coming back! A series of collaboration with promoters, music lovers, farmers markets and more – there’s something for everyone – we advise to get booking those tickets as spaces are limited, unfortunately due to popular demand the Coffee and Calligraphy event has already sold out. Hope to see you soon.

8th March 2024

Casa Café Femenino - International Women’s Day 2024

B- Corp Month continues throughout March and to coincide with this week’s International Women’s Day we would like to talk about our investment in our supply chain partners and for this amazing project in Peru. During 2024 we are funding the construction of Casa Café Femenino in the Jose Huanama Community. This will be a community centre for gatherings and will also be used as a temporary shelter for women and children fleeing abuse or violence.

5th March 2024

Community Small Grants Programme 2024

We are thrilled to re-launch our Community Small Grants Programme; this year now expanded to encompass all areas of Kirklees * During 2024 we are inviting grass-roots community groups and organisations within the Kirklees area to apply for a share of the £10,000 we have made available. As a local business, we aim to support community activities and groups within the area, but we recognise that this can be a little hit-and-miss and unfocused

29th February 2024

Dark Woods Coffee / B Corp Score 147.4

This is big news! This week we have been recertified as a B Corp, with an outstanding score of 147.4, reflecting our commitment to environmental and social sustainability.  

23rd February 2024

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

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