We meet artisan coffee roasters Javabean who are situated in The Broads
Who are you and what do you do?
We are Hayley Horwell and Dominic Marshall and we run Javabean Limited, an independent small-batch, speciality coffee roasting company. We provide single origin or bespoke blends of freshly roasted beans to cafes, restaurants and pubs that share our passion for great coffee. Our coffee is also available in retail packs through local shops, delicatessens and our online shop.
Where are you based?
Our roastery is in the beautiful Broadland village of Rollesby, located on the Trinity Broads.
What is your background?
Dom has always had a passion for great coffee. Roasting his own green coffee beans in a modified popcorn popper became a Sunday morning obsession, which later developed into a fully fledged coffee roasting business. Having studied mechanical engineering for a number of years, the technical side of the coffee roasting process was compelling.
Where do you get your beans from?
Our beans are sourced directly from coffee farmers around the world and we only buy coffees with a transparent supply chain. By sourcing from small, independent farms, we can provide something unique and special to our customers. We like all of our coffees to have a story behind them.
What is your favourite coffee?
Well, how do you choose a favourite amongst so many? Each single origin coffee has a unique character and this can be further enhanced by the way it is roasted. Blending coffees is another way to create new flavours. We were approached by the White Horse Inn, in Neatishead, to develop a custom coffee blend for their sister company, Pell & Co Spirits. Together, we tasted a number of coffees and created their Brewers Blend, which we always love roasting and drinking. To help you choose your favourite, we provide selection packs and tasting notes for our exciting range of coffees.
Where can we try your coffees?
We’re proud to supply an increasing number of Norfolk cafes, restaurants and pubs. The Garden Kitchen Cafe, set in the beautiful grounds of the Hoveton Hall Estate, will be serving a new bespoke blend this season. Kenninghall Bistro near Attleborough is a much loved community hub serving fantastic food and, of course, our delicious coffee. You can also try our coffee in the comfort of your own home. Look out for our coffee in independent shops, such as Truly Local in Stalham and Scrummy Pig in Wroxham, or buy direct from our online shop.
How do you make the perfect cup of coffee – any tips?
The freshness of the coffee, the temperature of the water and matching the grind size to the brew method are all key factors in making a delicious cup of coffee. Adjust the amount of coffee you use to suit your personal taste. You can find more information in the brew guides on our website.
Any future plans?
We want to grow our business by following our founding principles: fantastic coffee, sourced ethically; outstanding customer service; and understanding and working with our customers. Our continuing success means that we plan to expand our existing roastery later this year.
How has Norfolk Food and Drink been able to help you?
We are delighted to be part of an organisation dedicated to supporting Norfolk producers. Norfolk Food and Drink provides a network of like-minded businesses for us to work with for mutual benefit. As well as promoting local produce, it gives us the opportunity to call on a wealth of business experience when needed.
Published in Feast issue 26 – May 2018