A family business, run by enthusiastic people such as head Roaster Dan and Owner Francis, who we have met several times and really love spending time with. The roastery is set on beautiful sprawling grounds, but is still a small batch coffee roastery based in the heart of rural Hampshire. Inspired by family heritage in the coffee and tea trades spanning four generations, Francis Bradshaw commissioned a Probat coffee roaster in a barn in his backyard back in 2012. Roasting began at night after work. Moon Roast began selecting coffee and developing roast profiles, supplying freshly roasted coffee to local people and businesses. Following steady growth, in 2017 grade 2 listed outbuildings were converted into a purpose built roastery two miles up the road on a working farm. An additional Probat roaster was installed as well as barista training facilities, provision for roastery tours and a retail shop where coffee enthusiasts now enjoy visiting and collecting their beans. The move facilitated increased production and efficiency, enabled further development of products and improved customer support.
The base of this coffee is a blend of lots from small producers in the Sul de Minas province of Minas Gerais- the largest coffee-growing region in Brazil. About 30% of the country's coffee is grown here, mostly on small farms of 10 to 100 hectares. Sophisticated growing and harvesting techniques have helped to make Brazil the world’s largest producer of Arabica. Alongside this the Ethiopia Adola coffee is produced in the Woreda of Adola, Guji region. The Adola Dry Mill has 360 raised beds and 385 members of staff during the harvest season. The contributing farmers are all registered and a part of the Kerchanshe support network set up by Israel Degfa. This network helps smallholders and their families with access to healthcare, education and agricultural support.
Brazil and Ethiopia
1950 - 2000 masl
Stone fruit, Toasted Nuts, Milk Chocolate Biscuits
Why we like it
This coffee is smooth, intense but "easy going" (in Moonroast's words) and we couldn't agree more).