EDGCUMBES is open! Serving takeaway coffee, tea, cakes and pastries – 7 Days a week – 10am – 3pm from the EDGE Café next to our Roastery near Arundel. Don’t forget…we have a small farm shop onsite selling locally produced breads, jams, flour and eggs!
On average, UK charities state that they are expecting a 24% reduction in total income for the year which equates to a £12.4 billion loss in total! That is a huge loss.
This got us thinking…we have had to remove all collection pots from our till points and have heard of many local charity fundraisers being cancelled. so we thought we could help by donating 5% of ALL tea & coffee drink sales made in August, from the EDGE Café and our new beachside café EDGE by the Sea in sunny Littlehampton.
That means that next time you pop into one of our cafes for a freshly roasted coffee or loose leaf tea, 5% of your drink sale will be will be fairly split 50/50 between our two chosen charities – two very different charities and each one special in its own unique way.
The Sussex Snowdrop Trust is an incredible charity, providing ‘Nursing Care at Home’ for children with life-threatening illness or who may be terminally ill. Based in Chichester, West Sussex and the surrounding area, we have seen first-hand the inspirational work that The Sussex Snowdrop Trust has done for our local community. From day-to-day care, financial support and counselling, Snowdrop can currently support up to 76 families at one time.
Director Alice Rendle said “The Sussex Snowdrop Trust is an absolute pillar of our community and I am in complete awe of the incredible work they do for local families. Not only do they provide care, but also small things that we forget about – travel to and from appointments, support for siblings and assisting with family days out.”
Our second chosen charity is an international charity that sits very close to Director & Head Roaster Chris Rendle’s heart. The Gurkha WelfareTrust – providing financial, medical and community aid for Gurkha veterans, their widows and their wider communities so they are able to live with dignity in Nepal. Supported by Patron HRH the Prince of Wales and Vice-Patrons Joanna Lumley OBE and Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, The Gurkha Welfare Trust has been able to provide residential care for veterans and widows and lead clean water projects for remote Nepal communities.
“My father was in the Indian Army during the last war, and had huge respect for the troops, and in particular, the Ghurkhas who were as loyal and brave as any soldier could be. “Chris explains. ” We owe it to them and their families to help them in any way we can.”
The team at Edgcumbes are hoping to raise as much as we can for these two fantastic charities in order that they can continue their brilliant work.
Oh, and if you’re feeling generous you can always add a further £1 donation to your bill. Don’t forget, both cafes have signed up to the EAT OUT TO HELP OUT scheme, so you can save 50% already on your purchase!
Trying to make the perfect cup of barista coffee at home is a challenge. You could just go and buy it from your local coffee shop (which you should definitely support!) but the cost soon adds up. Not got the space for a fancy espresso machine? Not to fear – A Stove top percolator will answer all your prayers. You can finally make that same barista style, caffeine fix at home. We know – we know… we are not all skilled baristas! Luckily we have come up with six fool proof steps, to guide you through this process. Stove top/percolators/moka pots are super easy to use and you can get a great coffee in just 2 or 3 minutes.
Getting to know your coffee percolator:
Let’s start with the basics. Preppy Italian moka pots come in three parts, once it is taken apart. They are known as the bottom chamber, the filter basket and top chamber. Each part is essential for making that mouth-watering cup of Joe! You can use most stove top percolators on gas and electric hobs; just check the instructions of your moka pot.
How to use a coffee percolator:
Firstly, you need to fill the bottom chamber with hot water, just below the safety valve which you can see on the outside, and inside of the chamber.
Now grab one of your favourite Edgcumbes freshly roasted coffee! Take the filter basket and fill it to the top with a medium – fine grind size coffee. Don’t forget we can grind this for you – just select the Moka pot grind on the website.
Top Tip – You should not use espresso-fine grind coffee as this can clog up the filter whilst boiling. If you are using your own grinder, select a Medium to Fine Grind. It should resemble the texture of Table Salt! Medium-fine grind is typically used in Aero-presses. Do not tamp (press) it too hard, gently fill to the top and ensure the outside rim has no coffee grounds on it.
Time to put the stove pot back together – and be careful because the bottom chamber will be hot from the hot water. Make sure the pot is nice and tight (perhaps use a cloth for extra grip) before putting it on to heat.
Now whack your coffee percolator on a medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes! A medium heat ensures it will ease through the holes nicely, if it is too hot, this can splatter through and be dangerous. Leave it for 2-3 minutes to work its magic. To pass the time you can make some toast, do jumping jacks or you can quickly whack on a jazzy shirt ready for that zoom meeting.
You will hear it starting to fizzle – this is how you know the coffee is about to start coming through!
Carefully take it off the heat, handling it with a kitchen cloth. Now run the bottom chamber underneath a cold tap to stop further brewing. Over-brewing it will burn the coffee and that’s the last thing any of us want.
Whizz up some warm milk with a whisk and add – you can even attempt your own fancy latte art!
And there you have it!
Finally, A proper brew at home now made possible with a Stove Pot Percolator. You didn’t even have to leave the comfort of your own kitchen to achieve a coffee shop standard espresso drink.
Still unsure on how to use your swanky new stove top percolator? Watch this video to see Kit, Edgcumbes’ barista extraordinaire, demonstrate his skills for your delectation and delight….Sit back and enjoy!
Our ‘EDGEMart’ at the Roastery is still open with revised timings 10am-3pm and offering ESSENTIAL goods (milk, bread, eggs, beans etc…all sourced from local suppliers).
Our online shop remains open for orders.
Orders under 2kg are shipped via Royal Mail. Royal mail are currently experiencing delays due to staff sickness. Please contact your local depot or check online for area updates. Estimate delivery time: 7 working days.
Orders for online delivery may take longer than the usual estimate of 2-3 days.
Orders under 2kg are shipped via Royal Mail. Royal mail are currently experiencing delays due to staff sickness. Please contact your local depot or check online for area updates.
Although we do not want to encourage unnecessary trips, our Roastery is open for Click & Collect orders if you are local.
Back in December 2019, our Directors Alice and Chris Edgcumbe-Rendle returned to Colombia to visit a clutch of extraordinary coffee plantations whilst taking the opportunity to soak up some of the vibrant Colombian culture. From the hustle and bustle of the huge capital Bogota, to the epic mountain range of Sierra Nevada, Alice and Chris explored the lush tropical jungles and spent many afternoons doing what they enjoy best: confirming that Colombia really IS home to some of the world’s best coffees…(just to save the suspense, the coffee didn’t, ever, disappoint!).
To give you a full and in-depth account of all things Colombia, Coffee and Culture, our directors wanted to share their travel blog with you. Read about their wild adventures hiking to the most picturesque and inaccessible points and relaxing in traditional and modern cafes. But, most importantly, getting to know the welcoming farming communities that grow the amazing Colombian coffees we all enjoy and love here in the UK.
“Edgcumbes sources speciality beans from far-flung locations” Alice explains. “We roast them in our Dutch barn close to the historic town of Arundel in the UK, serving coffee loving customers and visitors in Sussex and beyond!
There is something that draws me to Colombia. Myriad reasons – its people who are unfailingly warm hearted and welcoming to visitors. Its culture of art, design and music; its architecture from the Havanesque Cartagena to the hip streets of Medellin.
But above all it has to be the land –imposing mountainous ranges, rainforests, inaccessible small holdings, babbling brooks and languid rivers…. Aaah!! Have I set the scene?
We decided to return to visit some of the coffee people with whom we work on a regular basis. We were excited to cup new crop samples and order pallets of green beans, which are destined to be shipped half way across the world back home to our Sussex Roastery.
The coffee supply chain is a long one. Starting with the farmer, who grows the tree from seed, harvests and processes it. The receiving mill prepares the coffee ready for export to the world. Followed by shippers who bring it to our shores, then roasters (us!) who morph the hard green bean into that tantalising, aroma-filled final result…and then, the barista (also us!) who turns the bean into the cup of Joe that we all love and recognise.
The trip we planned was going to mean 9 flights in 2 weeks. It is hard to imagine sometimes just how large Colombia is! From the Caribbean coastline to high up in the Andes where the air is as thin as you will find in the Alps – Colombia has it all.
Bogota, the capital of Colombia was our initial destination. Vibrant, with a population of over 10 million, it is perched high in the Andes where the air is clear and the nights are cold!
We realised that our arrival had coincided with a major round of street protests which kept us busy, huddled in some of the local coffee shops. I must say, they have hugely improved since my last visit in 2015.
is great news that the speciality coffee scene is now flourishing in the
countries of origin. For far too many years they had the worst, while the rest
of the world got the pick of the crop. Mind you, one of the cafes had a rather
lovely blend all the way from Australia! Such is the power of the speciality
truly is a global product.
Escape to the mountains:
The next day it was an early flight to Valledupar for our Sierra Nevada
adventure. We landed in searing heat and bounced our way from the airport in
one of the many taxis for whom decent suspension is an alien concept.
The views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains surround this small town and they are truly spectacular. It felt almost as if we had fallen straight into a David Attenborough documentary with the edginess of a Steven Spielberg movie. Indeed, this is one of the highest coastal mountains range in the world and is the home to 4 indigenous tribes, some members of whom we had arranged to meet.
Coffee & Climate:
The small town of Pueblo Bello was our destination – an hour from the
plains of Valledupar, climbing steeply on a well-constructed road (a welcome
change from the Costa Rican roads which are atrocious!). We first stopped off
at one of the Coffee Research Stations which are owned and managed by the
National Federation of Coffee Growers.
The station is invaluable as a weather-vane for monitoring the effects
of climate change which is a hot topic in the area. They have seen temperatures
rising, which means that coffee has to be grown in higher altitudes. This in
itself is not a bad thing for lovers of quality, for speciality coffee thrives
in these conditions. However, it makes the process harder, less accessible and
ultimately more expensive. With the current low prices being paid for coffee,
the status quo will have to change if we are to have a strong coffee economy in
the future. Many young people are deciding against a career in coffee which will
have long term ramifications for the whole supply chain in coming years.
This is why we believe that these trips to meet the growers are of
significance as they help to foster links and build trade that will hopefully
encourage more farmers to grow coffee.
Just as we in the UK are starting to realise the value of genuine collaboration on a local level, so the coffee industry is developing ties and links with coffee roasters in the consuming countries all over the world. This breaks down barriers and keeps the issue of sustainability and provenance high on the agenda.
The Research Station is a working farm and we were given a tour of the coffee nursery. We were fascinated to see where the seedlings are grown and propagated. Moving on to the compost farm where specially imported Californian worms do their bit to break down the ‘cascara’ (the outer skin of the coffee cherry that is discarded in the process of obtaining the coffee beans). Finally, we were welcomed into living quarters for itinerant workers who visit at harvest time. By the way, Colombia is one of the few coffee-producing countries that has two annual harvests, rather than the more common single annual one.
That evening, we sat in the beautiful hotel garden sipping tea (yes, I do carry my own tea and teapot with me) and reflecting on what we had seen so far.
Even after many years in the
industry, we are still amazed at the investment of time and energy in coffee
processing. We never tire of learning and the opportunity it gives us to share
that knowledge back home. The next day was going to be particularly exciting as
we were going to have a meeting with some very special people- the coffee
growing Arhuaco Tribe. We felt like children on Christmas Eve! We couldn’t wait
to visit Wilbur Mestre…”
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;
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.
EDGE CAFÉ & SHOP
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!
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! TheWINTER 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!
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 .”
SUSSEX BARN ★★
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.”
DARK SIDE OF THE EDGE ★★
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.
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?
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!”
TAPROOM & COFFEEHOUSE
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).