Ask the Roaster
Click the link to hear from coffee legend Dave Jameson about the Grumpy Mule story.
To say that Grumpy Mule only cares about coffee is not entirely fair. He, and we, also care about our farmers, our growers and our customers. And other mules. And carrots. And a well-placed scratch behind the ears.
But that’s about it.
Ever since we were founded in 2006 (becoming part of the Bewley’s family in 2013), the mission has been to fight the blight of bad coffee – coffee that’s throwaway, unethically sourced and tastes like an industrial accident.
So we source fairly and sustainably – making sure that our growers share in our success. We roast with precision and care – making sure that we get the very best flavour from each and every bean that our growers have worked so hard to produce. And then we sell – making sure our customers see the zealous gleam in the eye.
Because great coffees – truly great coffees – depend on every stage of the process being just right. That’s what drives Grumpy Mule.
Hail to the Mule.
Mules were once the great unsung heroes of the coffee trade. It might be mostly trucks and pick-ups now, but back in day it was the trusty mules that made the hard yards; trekking up to highest altitudes all over the world to be loaded up with the freshest coffee cherries and bringing ’em back down.
And yet, what do people say about them? They say they are stubborn. They say they are stupid. They say they are grumpy.
People who know coffee know that only one of those is true – and that’s why we’re called what we are.
Here’s to grumpy-ness in the cause of great coffee. Here’s to the mule!.
Dog and Hat
Grumpy Mule holds a very special place in our hearts here at Dog and Hat.
Everyone has that one roaster that really got them into speciality coffee and for us that roaster was Grumpy Mule back.
So much so that way back when, when Su and I moved in together, she even bought me a set of original Grumpy Mule coffee cups that still have pride of place at home.
We are so happy to finally have the chance to work with one of our coffee heroes.