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In their garage in Cottam the father-and-son duo of Lewis Duffy and Steve Duffy are planning a coffee enterprise.
30-year-old Lewis said: “At the moment we don’t have a walk in shop. We source some of the best Arabica coffee from around the world and roast it in Cottam, Preston.
“We develop a roast profile, that in our opinion gets the best out of each particular coffee. We then offer these as single origins for filter/espresso or blends for filter/espresso via our website and through specialist coffee groups on social media.
“Hopefully we can interest some local cafes to buy from us in the near future. We’ve recently been featured as a speciality roaster in the Northern Independent Coffee guide and we’re on the lookout for cafes especially in the local area to work with and serve our coffee.
“Currently there isn’t a cafe in Preston that we know of that uses a Preston coffee roaster.
Asked about the city’s coffee scene Lewis said it has certainly been on the rise.
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He said: “I don’t think we have reached peak good coffee yet.
“There are lots of places to get a coffee in Preston but we think there is a lot of opportunity still out there for great coffee. There aren’t many places where you can get a good filter coffee at all in Preston, Jonah’s and Townhouse are the only ones we can think of. As we said above no cafes we know of brew coffee roasted in Preston yet.
“We must say the newer cafes we’ve seen pop up in the last year or two have certainly raised the standard.”
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Lewis and his father turned their hobby and passion for coffee into an online business – although they both work full-time in other careers at the moment. The pair have been roasting coffee for the last 18 months since they got their current coffee roaster installed.
The pair currently sell their roasted coffee via their Pocoespresso website.
Asked about the best coffee he’s ever tasted Lewis said: “This is a difficult one, there are some fantastic coffees from nearly all the world’s growing regions. Steve and I are both big fans of naturally processed African coffees so I would have to say the first time I tasted an Ethiopian natural from the Yirgacheffe region.
“It helped me realise how good filter coffee could be. We have roasted and tasted some of the best coffees from around the world and we’ve even had orders for our own beans shipped to the Kona region in Hawaii which is known for its excellent coffee. We regularly send our roasted coffee all around the world including the regions where it was grown.”