Yorks coffee roaster secures ‘major contract’

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Yorks coffee roaster secures ‘major contract’
Castle Howard and The Atlas Fountain. Credit: Mike Kipling

A specially-created artisan coffee is being served to thousands of visitors to one of the North’s biggest tourism destinations after the appointment of York Coffee Emporium.

The special coffee was specially blended by York Coffee Emporium in its tasting laboratory at York Business Park for stately home Castle Howard in York, which is serving it in its two cafes and two restaurants.

The coffee – Castle Howard Expresso Blend – is available in Castle Howard’s Courtyard Café, Coffee Shop, Boathouse Café and Fitzroy Restaurant and is also being sold in packs in the estate’s farm shop along with other special blends.

York Coffee Emporium first started to supply the Boathouse and Courtyard cafes in 2014 but has now also been contracted to supply the Coffee Shop and Fitzroy Restaurant, for which it is also supplying hot chocolate, making it the first hot beverage company to supply all the food outlets at Castle Howard which opened to the public in 1952 and had more than 270,000 visitors in 2016.

The company has also supplied Castle Howard with three automatic Expresso coffee machines, two hot coffee machines and a bulk filter machine for coffee, as well as providing barista training to café and restaurant staff. Vending machine and refreshments systems company, Upton Group, which acquired York Coffee Emporium last year, will service the machines.

Laurence Beardmore, York Coffee Emporium Director, said: “Supplying Castle Howard will involve at least two tonnes of specially-roasted and blended coffee beans each year. We are able to do this as part of Upton Group which allows us to create consistent, very high-quality coffees in large volumes with the service back-up of a big company experienced in handling large contracts.”

Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: “It’s great to see two local businesses teaming up to offer visitors such a wholesome Yorkshire experience.

“Yorkshire has a huge variety of homegrown produce, so it makes sense for one of the region’s top attractions, Castle Howard, to be supplied by York Coffee Emporium.

“It’s important that the millions of people who visit Yorkshire annually get to sample the region’s fantastic produce.”