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OUR STORY

JAVA Coffee Company began as a chain of cafes in Warsaw, called Stoney Point Java, in 1999. Stoney was founded by a group of American and British expats at a time when cafe culture was beginning to take off in a big way in the United States. The Polish winter could be harsh, being plunged into sub zero temperatures for long periods of time without good coffee to drink was completely unacceptable so these guys decided to do something about it. Indeed it was the first cafe chain in Warsaw to focus on fresh roasted coffee and delicious sandwiches inspired by a sister chef who worked at Spago in Los Angeles. The house speciality was a tortilla wrap made with scrambled egg using the steam wand of the espresso machine. Funny customers never complained about burnt eggs. The dream was to sell out to Starbucks on one fine day, but if it didnt happen... everyone would still have had a lot of fun along the way. The coffee was roasted on a Probat 5KG located in a ruin of a boat shed close to the Vistula river. Come rain, snow, and the occasional flood, the Probat never stopped purring like a kitten whilst it kept the Warsaw cafes well stocked on a daily basis.

It was not long before the coffee became more famous than Stoney and they began supplying the other pioneers in the nascent Warsaw cafe sector. They discovered that they liked roasting coffee more than they liked running cafes because roasting is what connected them to the coffee. So Glen and Nick gave up on the original Stoney dream and rebranded as the JAVA Coffee Company. Glen and Nick's mission: just to roast great coffees and service the growing demand from hotels, restaurants and cafes.... not just in Warsaw, but all over Poland. JAVA became the first local pioneer in this new niche. In 2005, Glen was the first roaster in Poland to participate in the Cup of Excellence programs. In 2006 Glen put the Probat into retirement with the installation of Eastern Europe's first fluid bed process Sivets roaster with a capacity of 15KG, a technology more ecological and cleaner, the end result being a tastier coffee. Seven years later the Sivets had a companion, a Loring Kestrel capable of 35KG loads, and an even cleaner brighter tasting coffee... and an 80% reduction in energy bills.

Since 2005, our mentor has been Glasgow based Matthew Algie, the UK's oldest independent coffee roaster. They introduced us to Mercanta, an important source of consistent quality green bean. When Matthew Algie invested in SUKI Tea premium loose leaf tea they let us be the distributor for Poland. So JAVA not only supplies great coffee, it could follow up with some pretty good tea too.

Over the years JAVA has gained extensive experience in selecting the best arabica greens and profiling the optimum roast and blends. We take very seriously the freshness and quality of the beans, fair treatment of suppliers and ecological approach to life. We support the Fairtrade and Direct Trade movement as well as promoting organic coffees. 
 
In January, 2014, we launched our first joint venture in Serbia... a fascinating and beautiful country on the cusp of joining the European Union. In 12 months JAVA Coffee Serbia achieved a volume milestone that JAVA Coffee Polska took 4 years to achieve, a huge achievement and a testimony to the power of teamwork, belief and trust in one another. Just now we have taken the old Probat out of retirement and sent her south to begin a new life roasting in the Balkans.

Our plan is to grow the business by building on a team of highly motivated individuals all passionate about coffee and staying true to our objectives: sustainable, fair and equal trade with suppliers whilst roasting great quality coffee and providing good service to our clients.
 
Oh I almost forgot, one Stoney still survives until this day but you are unlikely to find it. We gave it to Kasia, the wife of our operations man, and it can be found deep inside Warsaw's American Embassy.

We’ve never worried about being trendy or not. Our key focus has always been the same, high quality arabica coffees, perfectly roasted and packaged with the complete story told. The fact that today’s trends seem to have caught up with us and what matters, well that’s just an added bonus we think.
Fresh roasted, quality beans, fair treatment of suppliers, ecological approach to life and a good customer experience are always naturally trendy, the JAVA way.
Simple really!