• One hundred years of history in a cup

    Moonroast Coffee’s passion for fine coffee can actually be traced back to Mincing Lane, London where tea was once traded. But both have been in the family ever since, for four generations of Bradshaw's.

    It all began in the late 1800s when Richard Goodwin Bradshaw, the son of a London publican, swapped the family pub, The Shades Tavern, for a milder brew. ‘RGB’ joined Wilson Smithett, the principal City of London tea broker whose London offices still overlook The River Thames. 

               

    There, as a taster, then a broker, he became an expert in trading and blending tea from Ceylon. In those days, imported tea was auctioned at Plantation House in Mincing Lane, the ‘Street of Tea’, a tradition full of noise and colour. RGB's son Dorman Bradshaw, Francis’s grandfather, continued the gentlemanly charm and integrity of the honest-broker tradition.

    Then followed Dorman’s sons Richard, another tea-blending specialist who ran his own loose-leaf tea firm, and Haydon. First in tea, Haydon switched to coffee with Nestlé and became Britain’s leading coffee specialist. He also worked as a coffee consultant for famous brands like Waitrose and Greggs. Kathy Bradshaw, Francis’ Aunt and Richard’s wife, continued in the tea business.

         

    In 2014 the fourth generation of Bradshaws, Francis, Haydon’s son, followed his father into coffee and started roasting in a barn in delightfully rural surroundings, in the heart of the Candover Valley, Hampshire. Roasting by the light of the moon and watched by their barn owl, Francis Bradshaw created Moonroast Coffee.    

    Haydon, though retired, is now a consultant to Moonroast, where Francis carries on the Bradshaw spirit of quality tea and coffee excellence. Moonroast’s expert skills and pedigree in the very best roasting and blending techniques have recovered a lost brilliance for people who love fine coffee. The culmination has to be when Moonroast Coffee won four Great Taste Awards in 2016 including a 3-star accolade for its popular Ethiopia single origin. 

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