It’s about gathering around an idea or ideal that you’re passionate about – for us that special something is organic, specialty grade coffee.
When we founded Apostle Coffee in 2016 our ambition was to produce the very finest organic coffee, but without the excessive environmental costs that are associated with the industry.
We’ve gone on to meet that challenge and can proudly say that we are an award-winning, family-run roastery that is carbon negative, our packaging is fully recyclable or compostable and we have a traceable coffee supply that is committed to sustainable practices, fair prices and regenerative agriculture.
We even plant endangered Black Poplar trees on land surrounding the roastery for our regular coffee subscribers – or Coffee Apostles – to help inset some of their own carbon emissions.
Ultimately we base all of our operations around three key aims
Investing in sustainable communities
Investing in regenerative agriculture
Investing in improving our environment
And how do we this?
By buying coffee beans from growers who follow organic practices.
By roasting our beans with renewable energy.
By off-setting our carbon footprint by planting native trees.
By using 100% compostable packaging.
By being “plastic-free”.
By supporting rural coffee producers through initiatives that empower the workforce.
Based in Shropshire
Apostle Coffee operates from a converted stable, just a stone’s throw from the small hamlet of Middlehope, where the family have lived for over twenty years.
Our unique location provides the ability to ‘inset’ our carbon emissions associated with our practices through a woodland regeration and tree planting scheme on land surrounding the roastery.We have already planted over 300 native broadleaf species and over 100 endangered Black Poplar trees for our regular subscribers or Coffee Apostles as they’re loving known.
To further our rewilding ambitions, we have also begun collaborating with local permaculture and wildlife reserve Pam’s Pools – a stunning conservation area outside the historic market town of Bridgnorth, where we have sponsored a number of sites, assisting in the planting of yet more native trees and flora to protect and preserve this stunning area of countryside.
Organic, Sustainable & Fair Prices Guaranteed
Organic, Sustainable & Fairtrade
We source our coffee from farmers who uphold organic and sustainable practices, where fair prices are guaranteed.
Apostle partners with coffee farms whose practices are regenerative and sustainable; working only with producers who are committed to following organic and bio-diverse farming practices, who are actively educating and empowering their workforces and are continuing to reduce their own environmental impact through reforestation projects, improved irrigation and more efficient transportation.
We ensure that the prices being paid to our coffee producers are well above local market rates, with these amounts often being above the Fairtrade standard.
Fully Recyclable & Compostable
As Great Taste award-winners, every Apostle Coffee bean is bursting with character and flavour and by focusing on a core range of coffees – and only roasting to order – Apostle is able to perfect each batch and ensure that your cup is filled with fantastic tasting coffee, which also happens to be the most environmentally friendly coffee around.
With each passing harvest we select the very highest grade coffee from producers across the world to ensure that your coffee is always tasting great and sourced from fantastic new producers with a range of coffee varieties. This means that our core coffees are regularly changing and evolving and we work hard to maintain a consistency in tasting profiles and characteristics to help avoid any unwelcome surprises.
The Needle’s Eye - Mountain Water Decaf
Our Mountain Water Decaf has a pleasing sweetness, with notes of Butterscotch, Mango and Citrus.
Forget about weak and lacklustre decaf, our Mountain Water Decaf is packed with bold flavours and a rich, creamy body. It’s perfect served black, although its light body and unpronounced acidity are greatly enhanced with milk.
Profile: Butterscotch, Mango and Citrus
Certificate: Organic & Decaffeinated via Sparkling Mountain Water
Country of Origin: Mexico
Farm/Producer: Jorge Arreola Nava / Santa Fé
Coffee Species: Arabica
Varietal: Catimor, Red Caturra, Sarchimor, Costa Rica
Altitude: 1200 – 1320 m
Harvest period: August to December
Process: Fully Washed
Drying: On patios & Mechanical Dryer
Our Organic Mountain Water Decaf is grown in southern Mexico, in the Motozintla terroir, at an altitude of 1,200 metres. The region has a temperate climate, with mild temperatures in the winter and warmer in the summer.
This is a Mountain Water Decaf coffee that is decaffeinated naturally using water and without the use of any chemical processes or solvents, guaranteeing a pleasant sweetness in the cup. It is a process that preserves all the aromatic molecules and the full quality of its flavours. Produced by Jorge Arreola Nava at the Santa Fé farm, a place steeped in history and founded in 1855 by a Mexican family. It used to be a part of the Guatemalan zone, until Chiapas became Mexican in 1824.
Mountain Water Process coffee is sent for decaffeination at the Mountain Water facility in Veracruz, Mexico – also sometimes referred to as Mexican Water Process. This unique non-chemical decaffeination process uses the clear waters from the highest mountain in Mexico, the Pico de Orizaba to gently remove the caffeine from the green beans.
The process works by immersing the green beans in water in order to extract the caffeine content. The water preserves the soluble flavour components of the green beans and this protects the original characteristics of the coffee. In order to remove the caffeine from the water containing these soluble flavour elements, the water is passed through a filtration system. This produces a solution comprising the original mountain water and the soluble coffee flavours, now free from caffeine.
The resulting green coffee is 99.9% caffeine-free. The beans are then dried to the required moisture content prior to our importation. The Moutain Water Process is patented and is also organically certified in accordance with the regulations of OCIA, NOP and JAS. It is also Kosher certified.
The Devil’s Chair - Organic Espresso Blend
Our Organic Espresso Blend is an award-winning coffee with tasting notes of Caramel, Hazelnut and Cocoa.
This is a smooth and chocolatey cup, with a light acidity and hints of citrus. Perfect for those who like a well-balanced, full bodied coffee that is best brewed strong and with a splash of milk.
Profile: Caramel, Hazelnut and Cocoa
Certificate: Organic, Bird Friendly
Country of Origin: Colombia
Farms/Producers: Planadas & Gaitania, La Pradera & Santa Maria
Coffee Species: Arabica
Varietal: Red caturra, Typica, Castillo, Colombia
Altitude: 1600 – 2000m
Harvest Period: May to June & September to December
Process: Fully Washed
Drying: Sun Dried on Patios
Our Organic Espresso Blend comes from two areas of Colombia.
The first is grown at high altitudes by two cooperatives of indigenous coffee growers in Plandas and Gaitania south of Tolima – in what the locals call the ‘Factory of Clouds’. It is here that several rare and old varieties of coffee are produced by more than 240 families. They are the caretakers of one of the largest natural reserves in Colombia. This land and their beliefs, of caring for Mother Earth, make them the best allies to produce one of the most delicious coffees with organic principles in Colombia. They have associated, in several organizations of coffee producers, to promote the coffee culture, ensure the incomes of the families and strengthen the indigenous community.
The second is from the La Pradera and Santa Maria farms in Aratoca, in a region called Santander. In this stunning location, farmer Oscar Daza has taken the farm over from his father, José Rosario Daza and Oscar now heads a group of eight farms, four of which belong to his family. They all are certified organic and Bird Friendly.
Ippikin’s Rock - Organic Single Origin
Our Organic Single Origin comes from the Café Organico Marcala cooperative in the region of Marcala, Honduras, at altitudes of between 1,200 and 1,700 metres.
The cooperative also subsidises the education of local children through scholarships. In addition to organic coffee, the company actively promotes organic production techniques and the consumption of organic products in general.
Profile: Toffee Apple, Dates and Vanilla Fudge
Country of Origin: Guatemala
Farm/Producer: Café Organico Marcala
Coffee Species: Arabica
Varietal: Red Catuai, Icatu, Ihcafe 90
Altitude: 1200-1700 m
Harvest Period: December to March
Process: Fully washed
Drying: Sun dried on patios
Our Organic Single Origin comes from the Café Organico Marcala cooperative in the region of Marcala, Honduras. The Marcala appellation is characterised by its 2,354 producers and 19 municipalities all with a rich history of coffee production. These are coffees that always score more than 80 points.