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.