“Even bad coffee is better than no coffee at all.” So said filmmaker, visual artist, and all-around weird guy David Lynch. Well, at least that’s what he said according to a quick Google search I did for ‘good coffee quotes’. While Lynch might have been onto something, and I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t function at 100% without a bit of caffeine in my system, we’re also firm believers here at MOB Kitchen that life is too short for bad coffee.
More specifically than that, we believe that life is too precious for bad coffee. The coffee industry has long been tied to a history of colonialism and slavery and there are still many companies (far too many for comfort, to be honest) that are happy exploiting workers to make a profit. That is bad coffee. You should not be drinking that coffee. You should be drinking coffee that’s been ethically sourced and roasted by people dedicated to supporting and championing the growers and communities who have worked so hard to get that java into your morning mug.
If you’re looking to support independent businesses who actually give a shit – which we sincerely hope you are – then you’ve come to the right place. From Calendar Coffee to Perky Blenders and Girls Who Grind Coffee, these are 12 independent coffee roasters (based in the UK and Ireland) that should be on your radar.