Ask the Roaster - Eloise Adler & Harry Parkes from Seamoor Coffee
How was the Roastery founded, what was the inspiration?
We’ve always enjoyed dabbling with producing and making (beer, bread, butter, cheese, ferments… you name it we’ve probably had a go at making it!) and had been roasting on a small 1kg machine that we’d bought of eBay for 6 months or so. It was during lockdown in April 2020 that we decided to start selling and see how it went down - things spiralled from there and in November 2020 we’d sold our house in order to purchase an old barn by the brook in Bradwell and set up a ‘proper’ roastery.
What's your favourite part about working at the Roastery?
Meeting people within the community and building relationships - and tasting loads of amazing coffee of course.
What's your proudest accomplishment?
Receiving 2 great taste stars in our first year for our Gritstone Espresso Blend.
What’s your favourite place to enjoy a coffee, and what coffee would that be?
Always outside, usually with a gang of friends on top of our local hill, ‘Rebellion Knoll’ watching the sun come up over the valley. Ideally drinking one of Cata Export’s incredible pink bourbon coffees.
What is your favourite snack or treat to have to accompany your coffee?
We roast in a building that was for over 100 years used for ice cream making - so it’s gotta be an affogato.
What would you drink if there was no coffee?
I’m loving the new Headstand drink make with coffee leaves.
What's your favourite tasting notes to find in coffee?
Floral, sparkling strawberry lemonade and blueberries.
Where would you recommend for food and drink in your local area?
Jolly’s coffee van on Curbar edge, Thornbridge taproom in Bakewell, and the Blind Bull pub in Little Hucklow are some of our favourite Peak District spots.
Finally, what Dog & Hat combination would you choose?
As we’ve got one… it’s got to be a Tibetan Terrier in a tiara (she’s an absolute diva!!).