by ANTONY CLAY
A SOUTH Yorkshire company is giving an extra boost to coffee connoisseurs thanks to a massive £250,000 investment.
Sheffield-based Cafeology has given its business-to-business coffee roasting and blending service Roastology an extra shot.
The ethical importer, roaster and distributor, which is based at the Acorn Business Park in Sheffield, is one of the UK’s largest independently-owned coffee companies.
The firm now boasts a new state-of-the art roastery with a £110,000 giant roaster, a coffee laboratory and a fully-equipped training academy which will provide baristas from across the country with the top skills they need.
Three new jobs have been created with more on the way.
Own-label Cafeology products are sold to the public via retailers, coffee shops and cafeology.com and supply over 50 cafes, restaurants and businesses.
Roastology creates artisan blends from ethically-sourced green coffee.
The hi-tech roastery is based at Cafeology’s new 10,000 sq ft distribution centre at Vantage Riverside Business Park near Meadowhall.
The site was developed on former brownfield land with an investment from the European Regional Development Fund.
The site has an Energy Performance Rate A and is solar-powered.
It officially launched on December 6 and features a 35 kilo Diedrich roaster which is three times the size of Roastology’s existing equipment.
The new tech is capable of roasting 35 kilos of Cafeology’s Fairtrade-certified beans at 430degC in 12 minutes, with a capacity of a tonne a day.
The training academy for baristas is expected to gain accreditation for excellence from the global Specialty Coffee Association.
There will also be coffee masterclasses and team-building events for the public.
Coffee lovers will visit the Coffee Laboratory to see how blends are created and do blind taste-testing to identify flavour characteristics, and learn the art of making a range of coffees.
Managing director Bryan Unkles, who launched Cafeology 15 years ago with business partner Andy McClatchey, said: “We have stayed true to our values of quality, ethical sourcing, full traceability and Yorkshire roots and poured our years of experience into our artisan service, Roastology.
“It has taken off at an unprecedented rate in just two years. Investing in a new site and the latest equipment is proof of our commitment to further expansion.
“We now have 16 staff and will be creating more jobs on that journey.”