Dark Woods Coffee was born in 2013 when three locals with a passion for coffee brought their unique skills together. Damien, Ian and Paul created their combined roastery, Barista School and pop-up café in a beautiful refurbished mill by the canal near Marsden, West Yorkshire. Here they craft-roast a seasonal range of products from espresso coffee beans to decaffeinated and classic all-day filter coffees and characterful single-origin coffees from their trusted farms, estates and smallholder producers across the Tropics. All the coffee beans are imported on fair trade terms and include Indian, Brazilian, Sumatran, Columbian, Peruvian, Bolivian and Rwandan.
The company is committed to minimising its environmental footprint.
650 solar panels on the mill roof provide electricity and there are plans to install a woodburner to provide heating which will consume old wooden pallets and other waste generated on the adjoining industrial estate.
A cyclone removes chaff released from the beans during roasting and this is used for composting by a local permaculture unit.
Along with providing fine coffees and associated support for the wholesale and retail trades, Damien, Ian and Paul present a host of events at the Dark Woods Coffee Mill, including open days and tastings, food and drink presentations, music, art and literature events, often with a local and Yorkshire twist.