The idea of ‘going for a coffee’ is certainly no new concept. The first coffeehouses began in Mecca as early as the 14th century and soon spread throughout the Arab world. The idea of coffeehouses, where anyone could go to discuss culture and conduct business for the price of a coffee, flourished in Venice, Paris, London and North America in the 1600’s. Things have no doubt changed slightly since then, it is unlikely anyone was ordering a caramel frappacino in 17th century London, or that there was an American coffeeshop chain on every high street corner, however the culture of enjoying a good quality cup of coffee while socialising has remained a consistently popular activity.
Whilst a perfectly decent cup of coffee can be made from beans which have been sourced, roasted and ground elsewhere, at Waterhead we wanted to be able to create the perfect coffee, which means using the freshest and best quality beans. After much research by General Manager Mark Needham (who, having two children under the age of 2 sees coffee as a lifeline) it was decided that the best way to achieve this would be to roast our own coffee in house, something that very few establishments in this country do, most choosing to buy pre-roasted beans from their suppliers. (more…)