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Job Vancancy – Part Time Bookkeeper

Do you want to join #TeamEDGE? Edgcumbes are expanding and we’re looking for an experienced Part Time Bookkeeper (minimum: 15hrs/week) to join our growing team!

A family business with over three decades of experience, we are wholesalers to the hospitality trade, online retailers and have an on-site Roastery and Café. The company has grown significantly in the past few years and we now have an opportunity for an experienced Bookkeeper who relishes the challenges of a dynamic and forward- thinking business. You will be working at our Lodge Offices with the admin team based at our Roastery near Arundel.

Our usual office working hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm – although the Café is open 7 days a week and we are dispatching coffee and tea to our online customers 24/7!
You will be involved in all areas of the business and reporting to the company accountant and MD.

Sound like just your cuppa? Fancy being part of a fab, friendly team? Then, we’d love to hear from you! For more info and to apply, please email your full CV and covering letter giving details of why you feel you are ideal for the position to : [email protected]

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Have excellent understanding of, and skills in, working with cloud-based software. We use the Xero accounting and Unleashed Inventory management systems;
  • Daily bookkeeping and bank reconciliations on Xero accounting software;
  • Assist the company accountant in producing monthly management accounts;
  • Raising purchase orders on Unleashed Inventory Management system;
  • Reconcile supplier invoices and accurately input on to the Xero accounting system;
  • Pay purchase invoices on the Xero system through the automated bank feed;
  • Reconcile customer receipts with the sales invoices on the Xero system automated bank feed;
  • Reconcile the purchase ledger on a monthly basis and liaise accordingly with suppliers;
  • Handle communications and correspondence in a timely and efficient manner;
  • Answer telephone calls from suppliers and customers, responding appropriately and liaising with managers as required
  • Assist and support other staff workloads at peak times;
  • Ensure office computer technology, machinery and equipment systems are operated efficiently;
  • Proactively seek creative ways to reduce administrative costs and increase profitability;
  • Effectively manage any allocated assignments or tasks within agreed time frames;
  • Actively participate in any internal and/or external meetings, as required, to improve job performance;
  • Follow all relevant company policies and procedures;
  • Communicate with and advise a Director of any departmental events which may affect the growth and well-being of the company, whether positive or negative;
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as directed by a Director or Line Manager;


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Christmas Info


To make sure your festive fuel is with you by Christmas, please make sure to place your order by Wednesday 18th December.

However…the Edgcumbes elves will still be hard at work in our warehouse sending orders out until 2pm Monday 23rd December – any orders placed after this time will be dispatched from Friday 27th December onwards.

For click & collect, please place your orders up until Monday 23rd Dec for collection until 16.00 Christmas Eve.


Christmas Eve: 08.30-16.00

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

Fri 27th – Tues 31st Dec: 08.30-16.00

New Years Day: Closed


For all wholesale customers, we are closed for the Christmas period from midday Tuesday 24th December and will be reopen at 08.30 on Thursday 2nd January.

We will be doing our usual deliveries up until Friday 20th December but our Café/Shop will be open for collection up until midday on Christmas Eve.

Please can you ensure that any orders that you place will cover you for the duration of our closure.

Thank you for all your support  during 2019 and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
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Are you coming to our Winter Market?

We are thrilled to be hosting a WINTER MARKET day on Saturday 30th November 2019. Not only do you get to meet some of our favourite local businesses and make a start on your Christmas shopping, it is all for a good cause – to raise money for The Sussex Snowdrop Trust who provide exceptional care for children with life threatening or terminal illnesses.

Over 16 local businesses will be selling their unique products and giving away free samples! The WINTER MARKET will be located in our Roastery and EDGE Café courtyard from 10am-3pm. For you newbies, we’re just outside of Arundel, West Sussex – find our address here.

Here at Edgcumbes we pride ourselves in using local suppliers, all of the EDGE Café ingredients are sourced locally, meaning they are much fresher and produces less carbon footprint! We are so excited for you to come along and meet some of the businesses that are the heart of our community and try their fabulous products. There will be such a broad range of stalls, we promise you’ll struggle to find these unique items in-store.

We will also have our expert team on hand to talk you through our amazing selection of speciality loose leaf tea and freshly roasted coffee – perfect for stocking fillers or as a treat to yourself.

  • Big Spoon – creative and 100% natural cake kits including everything you need to make a delicious show-stopping celebration cake!
  • Kits Chutney – a totally different chutney to anything you’ve ever tasted before!
  • Paws Pantry – the raw and natural pet food store, ensuring your pets are happy and healthy!
  • Magpie Crafts and Gifts – local handmade bath bombs, wax melts, decoupage and more! The perfect treat!
  • Arundel Brewery – modern craft beer growing out of a traditional cask brewery!
  • Lucy Deedes Marmalade – proper marmalade made locally in Petworth
  • Cure your own ham, bacon & salmon with Surfy’s Home Curing Supplies and sausage seasonings!
  • Juno Skincare – 100% luxury skincare, handmade in Brighton using carefully develop recipes!
  • Noble & Stace Chocolatiers – Luxury handmade small batch chocolates and truffles made by our great friend Mike Noble – check out the espresso truffles, made with our very our Dark Side of the EDGE
  • Shoreline Sally – Cards & artwork created with impromptu images made entirely of found objects on the beach that wash away with the tide on our Sussex shorelines
  • Tarring Bee Master – Sweet tooth? Stock up on this delicious local Sussex honey
  • Desirable Wood Crafts – From handmade furniture to bespoke unique gifts using 100% reclaimed timber (you’ll spot much of Darren’s work around the EDGE Café!)
  • Pinks Vintage Ice-cream – Local favourites, serving up their signature ice-cream flavours from their famous Tricycle ‘Rosey’ (P.S. We’re not sure if she’ll be illuminated!)
  • Rendle’s Gin – The secret recipe of our founder Frank Edgcumbe-Rendle, made from a heady blend of herbs & spices – a discerning taste for today’s gin connoisseur! And yes, it’s pink!
  • SODT – Hygge Bakery – Traditional artisan breads and pastries baked locally in Petworth by award winning and passionate Danish baker Troel Bendix
  • Hearty and Healthy – Vegan street food – serving up hot tasty stews to warm your bellies!
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2019 Great Taste Award results are in…

We are thrilled to announce that we have won stars yet again at this years prestigious Great Taste Awards for not just ONE, but TWO of our freshly roasted speciality coffees!

Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of 2019. Out of 12,772 products sent in from over 100 different countries, Edgcumbes has been awarded TWO 2-star Great Taste awards, which means judges dubbed our coffees above and beyond delicious for our ‘Sussex Barn’ and ‘Dark Side of the Edge’ speciality grade coffee bean blends!

Judged by over 500 of the most demanding palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists, Great Taste is widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. As well as a badge of honour, the unmistakeable black and gold Great Taste label is a signpost to a wonderful tasting product, which has been discovered through hours and hours of blind tasting by hundreds of judges.

Our director, Alice Rendle explains: “We believe that FRESH is BEST and by choosing the best speciality grade beans and carefully roasting them fresh every day at our Sussex Roastery, means our customers can enjoy coffee at its very best! Customers recognise the Great Taste award as a mark of quality and to have TWO winners this year is especially welcome for our team and for so many of our customers – both the home-user and our many hospitality customers who want to offer something special .”

Back in 2015 Edgcumbes roasted a coffee and called it Sussex Barn, named after the lovely Dutch barn in which all the roasting and blending takes place. They sent it to the Great Taste Guild of Fine Food competition for the first time in 2016 and have been rewarded with stars ever since! It is their house speciality blend and served at their on-site EDGE Café at the roastery near Arundel to their many happy customers!

Hear what the judges had to say: “A really good example of a light roast that has developed with lots of body and a great finish. This begins with just the right acidity without any sourness. Light and breezy with layers of flavour that just keep changing into something else: cranberries, walnuts, chocolate. Really clean, well-balanced and evidences clever blending.”

Life on the dark side! This blend was developed for those seeking intensity – a blend of three different beautiful darker roasted speciality coffees hailing from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia. Dark Side of the EDGE has been freshly roasted for espresso but can be equally enjoyed slow brewed for filter or cafetière.

Hear what the judges had to say: “Well roasted with chocolate on the nose. Good bright notes on the palate with a balanced acidity. Tried with warm milk we found pleasant chocolate notes, rounded and we agree there is a pleasing intensity on the finish.”

Recognised as a stamp of excellence among consumers and retailers alike, Great Taste values taste above all else, with no regard for branding and packaging. Whether it is vinegar, granola, bacon or cheese being judged, all products are removed from their wrapper, jar, box or bottle before being tasted. The judges then savour, confer and re-taste to decide which products are worthy of a 1-, 2- or 3-star award.

There were 12,772 entries into Great Taste this year and of those products, 208 have been awarded a 3-star, 1,326 received a 2-star and 3,409 were awarded a 1-star accolade. The panel of judges this year included; cook, writer and champion of sustainable food, Melissa Hemsley, Kenny Tutt, MasterChef 2018 champion, author, Olia Hercules, chef and food writer, Gill Meller, Kavi Thakar from Dishoom, food writer and stylist, Georgina Hayden and author and chef, Zoe Adjonyoh, as well as food buyers from Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Sourced Market and Partridges. These esteemed palates have together tasted and re-judged the 3-star winners to finally agree on the Golden Fork Trophy winners and the Great Taste 2019 Supreme Champion.

Grab a bag of our AWARD WINNING Sussex Barn and Dark Side of the Edge online now or pop in to the EDGE Café and pick some up today!


For media enquiries, please download our Edgcumbes – Great Taste 2019 – Press Release
Please contact Vicki Isted – Marketing Dept. Edgcumbe Tea & Coffee Co. Ltd
Email: [email protected] Phone: 01243 555775
The Old Barn, Ford Lane, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0DF


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Time for Tea? – Feature in Boughton’s Coffee House

Tea – our favourite daily ritual at Edgcumbes HQ (along with our fab freshly roasted coffees of course!)

…we were delighted to be asked to ‘talk tea’ recently for one of the nations’s most respected trade magazines. As a passionate advocate of loose leaf tea, read what our director Alice Rendle had to say about the UK’s favourite brew…can we inspire you too?


Subscribe to Boughton’s Coffee House to read the full article and get in touch with us and we’ll send you a sample of one of our lovely teas, along with some tips to help you ‘go loose’!

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The Brewhouse Project

The Brewhouse Project opens its doors on Friday 12th April 2019!

Caffeine addicts and craft beer lovers will shortly be able to enjoy their favourite brews at the same site.

The brainchild of two local businesses, Arundel Brewery & Edgcumbes Coffee Roasters, The Brewhouse, located near the picturesque town of Arundel in West Sussex, is set to become THE venue for lovers of handcrafted beer and freshly roasted coffee.

A former farm building has been lovingly restored and refurbished with plenty of areas inside and outside for everyone to enjoy. Edgcumbes Director Alice Rendle comments,  “Our focus is on creating a welcoming and innovatively designed space for everyone – families, walkers, locals, visitors to the area, commuters, cyclists, dog lovers… we have something for everyone!”


Complementing the drinks menu will be a range of delicious local foods – including pastries, cakes, and moreish toasties – all prepared on site with locally sourced ingredients. Additionally, The Brewhouse will be featuring its own hand made pizzas on select evenings!

Open every day except Monday, serving a range of premium craft beers brewed a few miles down the road at the Arundel Brewery HQ, along with a range of speciality grade freshly roasted  coffees from Edgcumbes Coffee Roasters who are also based close by.

There will even be an opportunity to watch coffee being roasted on the little ‘Red Roaster’ machine which is sited in the main area for everyone to see!

As Stuart Walker, Director of Arundel Brewery explains: “The Brewhouse was born out of a desire to bring together two local, established family businesses, showcasing the best of beer and coffee. It is a continually evolving project and our intention is to bring beer brewing on to the site in due course, so both processes can be viewed while enjoying a beer or a cup of coffee. This is truly a place in which to learn, taste and relax!”

THE Brewhouse SHOP

Not only can customers enjoy a drink at the Brewhouse but all our products will be available in our Brewhouse Shop, which will be stocked with premium craft beers and freshly roasted coffee (freshly ground to customers’ preference for home use).


Tues-Thurs: 8am-6pm | Fri-Sat: 8am-9pm | Sun: 10am-4pm


We hope to see you there – but fear not, the EDGE Café is still very much alive and kicking! We’re not going anywhere so don’t forget to stop by for your regular caffeine fix in Ford Lane too!

Follow the Brewhouse on social media or head to the new website www.brewhouseproject.co.uk

Facebook: The Brewhouse Project Arundel

Twitter: @BrewhseProject

Instagram: @thebrewhouseprojectarundel




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The Edgcumbes Story

Since opening the small takeaway EDGE Café on the side of Roastery back in 2015 we have seen Edgcumbes grow and develop more than we could have ever imagined from when it was founded back in 1981 on our kitchen table.

Last year, in 2018, we opened our brand new and larger EDGE Café and retail shop – directly opposite the Roastery, along with our Stables course room where we run a range of different events.

To mark this events we invited back our talented friend and filmmaker, Joe Cannon to update and refresh the ‘Edgcumbes Story’.


So this is who we are: Edgcumbes – coffee roasters, tea blenders, wholesalers, retailers, online sellers and educators… We have some simple, but passionately held beliefs;

  • We believe that fresh is best and that buying local is better for everyone
  • That our quality products should be enjoyed by everyone, so we’re open, transparent and accessible; our café is vegan-friendly and welcomes commuters, cyclists, ramblers and dog-walkers alike.
  • Sustainability is essential to us, so being as eco-friendly as possible is part of our everyday job.
  • Education is important and we share our knowledge and expertise to demystify the world of coffee and tea. 

We’ve been described as ‘the very definition of a destination’ venue – somewhere to sit and relax with a book, a lovely hand made drink and a bite to eat, perhaps watch the coffee roasting in action and take a bag of coffee or tea home with you. 

We hope you enjoy the new film -and do pop in on your next trip to the South Coast or when you’re passing to visit nearby Arundel.

Keep an eye out, we’ll shortly be launching a new look website and our collaboration with Arundel Brewery, ‘The Brewhouse Project’ – a brand new coffeehouse and taproom experience opens in Arundel this FRIDAY 12TH APRIL!


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Christmas 2018

Please note our Christmas 2018 opening hours for the Edge Café!

Open as normal and CLOSED only on Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day!


Ordering online? For delivery by Christmas, we recommend orders are placed by: MIDDAY – WEDNESDAY 19TH DECEMBER.

Please note that orders placed after MIDDAY FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER will be dispatched from WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2019.


Please note ‘Click & Collect’ will only be available until MIDDAY FRIDAY 21ST DECEMBER restarting from  from WEDNESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2019.


We would like to thank all our wonderful customers for your support this last year and look forward to all that 2019 will bring!

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team here at Edgcumbes x


Please note: The office will be closed from 4pm Friday 21st December, reopening at 8.30am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

Office: 01243 555775

EDGE Café: 01243 219995

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Spend just £40.00 and get a FREE Christmas Stocking!

Just add the item to your basket and enter coupon code “FREESTOCKING” at the checkout!

Reworked Coffee Sacks Handmade In Sussex By The Sea

Christmas 2018 is nearly here and we are proud to present our brand new Hessian Christmas Stockings! All of our stockings are originals and hand made by one of our regular customers, Cathy Tiley…. her son Ollie joined Edgcumbes as a barista when we first opened our takeaway café (he is now our head roaster!) and was shortly followed by his sister Zoe who is now one of the team in the new Edge Café.

Cathy saw all the green bean coffee sacks lying around and asked if she could do something with them – when she showed us what she could do, we swiftly commissioned her to create some beautiful bags which have been developed over time into our brilliant ‘BagEDGE’ tote bags – available for sale both in the shop and online.

One of our customers later asked if we could make some stockings and it all went from there….we now have our beautiful Hessian BagEDGE Christmas Stockings and you can be proud of the fact that these are made from material that would otherwise be thrown away!

Either edged with faux fur or fully-lined with either African designs or original Edgcumbes prints by recently graduated designer Thea Wright – plus leather offcuts as handles making it easy to hang them up above the fireplace! Each stocking is completely unique and finished off with our embroidered BagEDGE label.

Spending more than £40.00? Add the Christmas Stocking to your basket along with the coupon code “FREESTOCKING” at the checkout and we’ll make sure to add one in with your order….or grab one here for just £12.00 each!

(Offer available online until 20.12.18 and in the shop until 24.12.18 – coupon cannot be used in conjunction with other coupons.)

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The Great Taste results are in…

We are thrilled to announce that we have won stars yet again at this year’s prestigious Great Taste Awards for not just ONE, but THREE of our freshly roasted speciality coffees!


Back in 2015 we roasted a coffee and called it Sussex Barn, named after the lovely Dutch barn in which our Coffee Roaster resides. We sent it to the Great Taste Guild of Fine Foods competition and were rewarded with a 2 STAR award, which tickled us pink! It has been our house speciality blend and served at the Edge Café for our many happy customers, and winning the coveted award every year since then. Once again we have been awarded another 2 STARS in 2018..

Hear what the judges had to say:

“Light, full, round, deep, creamy and a great balance. Berry notes with hints of dark chocolate which were pleasing and a long, balanced finish which we enjoyed!” 

“A good heavy crema. There is a spicy fruitiness with a degree of buttery biscuit. The balance is well judged with the characteristics of the different beans all playing a complex part. A coffee for all seasons to satisy the true coffee aficionado.”


Coffee from the fields of Colombia to make up the Sussex Barn Blend.


The name ‘Cerro Dragon’  comes from one of the biggest mountains in front of the small farm where this coffee is produced. Visited earlier this year by our directors, Chris & Alice Rendle, this microlot has been awarded 2 STARS by the Guild of Fine Food. The judges said:

“There is a good medium body to this coffee and a subtle toastiness and jammed peach flavour!” 


Alice at the entrance to the Cerro Dragon farm!


Live life on the dark side! This blend was developed for those seeking a bit of intensity – It is a blend of three beautiful darker roasted speciality coffees hailing from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia. Dark Side of the EDGE coffee blend has been freshly roasted for espresso but can be equally enjoyed slow brewed for filter or cafetiere – receiving it’s first award of 1 STAR by the Guild of Fine Food, the judges said:

“Heavy, dark and intense – this espresso has a great crema and a long draw out and indulgent finish!”






Enter the code: GTA2018 at checkout!
*Offer available online only until 31.8.18