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Champion Cornish: Origin

Posted by Jessica Collins on October 19, 2016

The next installment of our Champion Cornish blog series focuses on Origin Coffee.

Origin are leaders in the field when it comes to producing artisan coffee. They certainly know their stuff with Dan Fellows being rated Number 1 in the 2016 UK Barista Championships, Number 2 in the 2015 UK Coffee in Good Spirits and Number 1 of the same accolade in 2012. It’s not just Dan either. Head of Coffee, Joshua Tarlo, gained Number 2 status last year for the UK Brewers Cup and Hugo Hercod from Relish in Wadebridge was awarded Number 1 in the 2008 UK Barista Championships.

Not only that, the coffee is actually incredible. You don’t have to worry about trekking to Cornwall to see for yourself, there are Origin hangouts in London including Shoreditch and Hammersmith. It’s not just about great coffee (although it is great coffee!), it’s about educating and focusing on working ethically. A big focus for Origin is about trading direct and cutting out the middle man which means a personally-selected quality coffee for the customers and a greater profit for the farmers: the name Origin says it all and these strong ethics and roots that trace back to the growers are what sets this company apart and has made them so successful.

The home of Origin HQ, the Roastery, is in Helston, not too far from Falmouth and also close to Porthleven where you’ll find The Brew House, the perfect place to enjoy an Espresso or two! Customers can visit the Roastery for tours, to see how the coffee is made and where the magic happens. Origin is headed up by chief coffee connoisseur and entrepreneur Tom Sobey. His parents ran the Cornish branch of the “Coffee Man” franchise and he started out selling coffee through his parents’ business before setting up Origin in 2005, over ten years ago!

Everybody in Cornwall knows and loves Origin and they are the coffee of choice in many hotels, restaurants, cafes and offices in the county. A truly impressive business that are renowned for great quality coffee, their inspirational way of working and an unrivalled passion and expertise for their trade. Well done to Tom and team for all that’s been achieved and for creating such a leading business, we’ll raise a perfectly brewed Origin Latte to that! #ChampionCornish



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