David Kemble runs the micro roastery, Black Cat Coffee, in mid Norfolk
Former chef David Kemble set up his artisan coffee business four years ago, swapping his chef’s whites for a more family-friendly lifestyle. ‘Working in kitchens isn’t really conducive to family life,’ he says.
David is originally from Lincolnshire and worked in various leading establishments such as Gleneagles with Andrew Fairlie, and Winteringham Fields near Scunthorpe. Always fascinated by coffee, ‘us chefs do drink a lot of coffee,’ he laughs, he took himself on courses to develop his knowledge.
He and his wife, Sophie, a doctor at the University Hospital, opted to set up home in Norfolk and now have two daughters, Jasmine, aged 20 months, and Poppy, who is just four months old.
He runs Black Cat Coffee, named in honour of Oliver, a much loved family pet, which produces small batch, high quality coffee. He roasts, three times a week, green beans from all over the world, from Africa to China, to produce ultra fresh coffee. ‘That’s the key,’ he says. ‘We have total control as we hand select the beans and roast them ourselves – we work by sight, sound and smell.’
David, who has also worked locally in the kitchens of Strattons in Swaffham and The Lodge at Old Hunstanton, tries to deal directly with farmers, to ensure sustainable sourcing and environmental responsibility. ‘It’s fundamental to what we do. I’m hoping to travel next year, to establish relationships, to our farmers in Brazil, and maybe also to Nicaragua.’
He’s always interested in seeking out new and unusual coffees, mentioning one which tastes of pineapple, and also says that Columbia is producing some excellent beans at present. ‘I’d always recommend that people just try new coffees – you never know what you are going to like. My 250g bags can range from £5 to £25, and there is always something new to try.’
He says that he is constantly learning his trade as developments are on-going. ‘We are looking at how beans are processed post harvest. Can they be fermented, inoculated with yeast – all manner of things. It is an exciting time to be involved. Coffee making equipment is also developing at a rapid pace, too.’
David has just rebranded his packaging but don’t worry, it still features Oliver!
Where you can try Black Cat Coffee:
- Titchwell Manor, Titchwell
- Creake Abbey, North Creake
- Strattons, Swaffham
- Ground by Bringing The Outside In, Wells
- Back to the Garden, Letheringsett
Where can you buy:
- Visit the company’s website. David also sells coffee making equipment, imported from Italy.
- We have an exclusive offer for Feast readers, 10 per cent off all coffee orders until November 31, 2020.