News from the shops

Mel Evans Portraits

throwback final edit The keen eyed amongst you may have noticed a new label adorning our Throwback Espresso bags recently. The lovely artwork was done by the equally lovely Mel Evans, barista at our Norfolk Square café and a talented portrait artist. mel6 Mel specialises in figurative works and takes her inspiration from unusual and contrasting light and in capturing feel and emotion through a single look or expression. She has exhibited in Cardiff, London and Brighton and organises group exhibitions under the name Eine Frieda Vintage Ausstellung. mel2 Although Mel specialises in portraits, we asked her to work on an interpretation of traditional biological drawings of coffee cherries and trees for the Throwback label and we love the result! We have a number of talented artists working for us in various roles and we hope to be able to do more of these collaborative labels over the next few months. mel4 We will be hanging Mel’s original work in Norfolk Square and she is currently taking commissions for portraits. If you are interested then check out her work on her Facebook Page and get in touch on melevans24@yahoo.co.uk mel3

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Customer Spotlight: Tom’s Freshly Made Sandwiches

After featuring our newest customer last week it seems only fitting this week to talk about our longest standing wholesale relationship, Tom’s Freshly Made Sandwiches of Palmeira Square in Hove.
We met Tom way back in 2008 when we were still roasting our coffee over in Portslade and Tom’s was still a building site. Tom bought the first espresso machine we ever sold, a 2 group Gaggia that is still going strong, and was the first start up business we supplied with beans and coffee training.
Almost eight years later Tom’s is a fixture of central Hove and Tom has become a close friend. We’ve shared many a beer, attended his wedding and eaten lots and lots and lots of his delicious sandwiches (turkey, coleslaw and swiss cheese is the pick of the menu, trust me).
If you work in Hove I’m sure you know Tom’s and have almost certainly had many a tasty and nutritious lunch from the man and his team. Alongside the eponymous sandwiches they do a great line in salad boxes, soups, breakfasts, cakes and of course coffee. We can’t thank Tom enough for taking a punt on us when we were just starting out and it’s really cool to see both businesses still going strong eight years on.
Here’s to the next eight….. Tom’s Freshly Made Sandwiches 65 Western Road, Hove, BN3 2JQ 01273 748155 Twitter: @tomssandwiches Facebook

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Dawson Denim

If you’ve been in a Small Batch over the last couple of years, seen us at a trade show or been to several other quality coffee shops such Bold Street Coffee in Liverpool, Bulldog Edition in Shoreditch or Mrs Athas in Leeds, you will of noticed the beautiful British made denim aprons from Kelly and Scott at Dawson Denim.
Early in 2013 I was trawling the internet looking for high quality aprons for our shops when I stumbled across Dawson Denim. When I learned they were locals from Brighton everything fell into place. Soon enough Joe and I had some lovely full length work aprons for our roasting work while the staff at the brand new Norfolk Square shop had crisp new ‘prons to launch the shop with.
Husband and wife team Scott and Kelly have been working with denim for the past fifteen years and started Dawson Denim just over two years ago with the simple goal of producing high quality workwear from selvedge denim that is built to last. After going from strength to strength they have recently moved into a new workshop that Nick and I went to check out this week.
All of the sewing and hemming machines the guys use are vintage Union Special machines from the 50’s and 60’s that have been sourced and restored by themselves. The denim is all Red Line selvedge denim bought directly from Japan in huge (very heavy) rolls. Everything is cut by hand and stitched, hemmed and finished by Kelly and Scott on the beautiful old machines.
It’s pretty inspiring to see this level of craftsmanship going into the work and it is a pleasure to be able to use such high quality products on a daily basis. These aprons are built for the long haul; the denim ages beautifully and uniquely to each product and Kelly and Scott are always more than happy to fix up any wear and tear. They say, “the ideal of being built to last has long been forgotten but we are proud to offer a durability guarantee”. In today’s throwaway culture it is refreshing to work with producers that are committed to long-term quality and after sales service and the guys tap into a lot of the ideals we try to operate our business by.
Kelly and Scott are so nice they have given us one of their Mechanic aprons (RRP £95!) to give away to one of our lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question:
Which country do Dawson Denim import their selvage denim from? email your answer to competition@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk Competition closes Friday 13th (!) February Terms and conditions at the bottom of this blog post
We are really proud to be working with Dawson Denim another home grown Brighton company focusing on quality and service and cannot recommend them highly enough. Check them out at www.dawsondenim.com and @dawsondenim on Twitter and Instagram. You can also find stockists of their wonderful products here.

Competition Terms and Conditions Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter one of our competitions, we will assume that you have read these rules and that you agree to them. 1. To enter a competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry. 2. Competitions are not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Small Batch Coffee 3. No purchase necessary. 4. Only one entry per person. 5. If you want to enter a competition you may enter via the website on the applicable competition page, or you can also send your answer, detailing which competition you wish to enter, together with your name, address and e-mail address by e-mail to: competition@smallbatchcoffee.co.uk 6. Sending an e-mail is not proof that we have received your entry. No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason. 7. The closing date is as specified in each competition, and Small Batch reserves the right to amend the competition end date at any time. 8. If you win a competition, we will notify you by email, or social media if you entered the competition on a social media platform, within 48 working hours of the closing date. if you do not respond within 48 hours of being notified, you will forfeit your prize and Small Batch reserves the right to choose another winner. The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into. 9. By entering the competition the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as Macmillan may require. 10. The prize is not exchangeable for cash or any other prize 11. Incorrectly completed entries will be disqualified. 12. Small Batch reserves the right to amend these rules at any time. Small Batch may also create rules which will apply to a specific competition only. If we do this we will publish the amended competition rules and/or specific competition rules on the relevant competition page. 13. Never forget where you're coming from

Customer spotlight

Customer Spotlight: Hawksmoor

Hmoor1 We want to kick off a new series of blog posts on our wholesale customers and places you can drink Small Batch outside of Brighton with our newest customer, the Hawksmoor group of restaurants. Hawksmoor has become a fixture of the London food scene since their first restaurant opened in Spitalfields in 2006 and is now renowned for the best steaks in the capital. With five branches across London and a new one opening next month in Manchester we are delighted to be supplying the group with all their coffee needs. Hmoor2 Al spent last week setting up our coffee in the London branches as well as introducing Hawksmoor’s staff to Small Batch and giving them detailed information on where their coffee comes from. Hawksmoor are renowned for the quality and provenance of not just their meat (which comes from rare breed herds supplied by the Ginger Pig butchers) but all of their ingredients and suppliers. It was great fun explaining the different coffee processes to the team and introducing them to the Finca Muxbal, Santa Ana La Huerta and Yirgacheffe coffees they will be working with. After all the hard work we put in to sourcing these great coffees it is very gratifying to see the end user take such an interest in the product. hmoor 3 Hawksmoor are also renowned for being a great employer. They are the only restaurant to make the Times Best Companies to Work For list three years in a row and go to great lengths to retain their staff ensuring low employee turnover and professional, knowledgeable service. We are providing Goldstone Espresso to all of the restaurants and the Guildhall location, that serves one of the best and most popular breakfasts in London, will be serving different single origin filter coffees. We definitely recommend checking them out next time you are in London, just make sure you are hungry! Website www.thehawksmoor.com Twitter @HawksmoorLondon

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The House That Zac Built

logo3finHappy New Year everyone, we hope you all had a great Christmas break and are making the most of this beautiful January weather. We are really excited to start the year by partnering with what is frankly a pretty amazing charity initiative by one of our former baristas, Zacharia Lanza. The House that Zac Built is a charity that works in rural Tanzania to build safe and modern housing for people that do not have and cannot afford this basic human right. While doing volunteer work at a school in Arusha, Tanzania in 2011 Zac met and quickly befriended Mama Mary and her family and would spend his spare time and weekends visiting the family and helping out around the home. Mama Mary asked Zac if he could fix the leaky roof of her home that was causing great problems during the wet season. Zac saw from the state of the building it would likely collapse if the roof was removed and so decided to raise the money to build Mama Mary a brand new home. Zac returned to the UK to raise the money and eventually raised the funds himself by working in the mining towns of Australia.

He returned to Tanzania in September 2012 and completed Mama Marys brand new three-bedroom house in early 2013. The family now have a spacious and modern home with garden and vegetable patch that provides much needed income. On the back of this project Zac decided to carry on with this work and set up The House that Zac Built as a registered charity. He is currently working on a home for Bibi Mwanasifa, a 92 year old lady who has lost nearly all of her family to HIV/Aids and is returning to Tanzania in March to get the project underway. Zac is a pretty inspiring dude and what he has achieved with just his own determination and hard work is absolutely unbelievable. Africa is close to our heart as coffee people and Tanzania is one of the many origins we buy from. We hope to do some coffee projects with Zac in Tanzania in the future but right now we’re pretty pumped to help Zac build more houses for people that need them. Zac 3 Please watch the video above and for more information check out www.thehousethatzacbuilt.org and follow them on twitter @housethatZbuilt and Facebook

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