We're not cool.
But our coffee is.
What do you look for in your coffee?
A piping hot, aromatic swirl of floral and lemony notes, with undertones of ironic “mum” tattoos?
Maybe a dark, intense shot of liquorice, with a hint of well-groomed man-bun is more your thing?
We can certainly deliver on that…well, some of that.
You see, when it comes to coffee, we know how to source, roast and create some of the most deliciously crafted cups around.
We’ve been doing it for over 15 years.
When it comes to looking the part of the “cool” coffee guys…we gotta hold our hands up. That’s not us.
Only one of us has a tattoo…and no one would say it’s a cool one.
Not even the one who got it done. (It’s a long story, don’t ask).
Neither of us has enough hair to scrape into a baby pigtail, let alone an impressive hairy orb to crown our heads.
There’s not a piercing to be found.
No Antepodian accents to be heard.
No man-jewellery is sported.
No edgy nicknames-Not that we haven’t tried to give ourselves one.
Oh, we’ve tried, believe us.
They just didn’t stick. No idea why…
You’ll never even hear us utter “dude”, ever.
It just doesn’t sound that cool in an Italian accent.
We know who we are, and we know what we are about.
We know coffee.
We love coffee.
We make great coffee.
If you’re looking for partners who have an innate understanding of what it takes to create beautiful coffee, with unique beans and blends, we’re your coffee guys.
We focus on substance, and put the style in our beans.
The 'uncool' characters behind their cool coffee
80 Stone Coffee Roasters are a duo who are more than a little obsessed with all things coffee-related.
Simone and Roberto’s story started in London, back in the glory days of 2006, while working together in a restaurant.
But let’s go back to the beginning… Roberto grew up in his family run coffee shop in Verona, and has always been in hospitality. He also happens to be a whiz at financial management and with finely-tuned organisational skills. Roberto left London in 2008 and started running his own busy coffee & wine bar in Verona.
Simone has spent over 17 years in the coffee industry, in everything from barista training, speciality coffee roasting and coffee exporting. He even upped sticks from his London life in 2010, after finishing in 6th place at the UK Barista Championship, and moved to Guatemala to learn more tricks of the trade. He got involved with a coffee exporting company and judged barista competitions throughout Central America.
He also secured 2nd place at the Italian coffee cupping competition in 2012.
While they have different backgrounds, they make a team as balanced as their tastiest blends.
How 80 Stone Coffee
After taking time out to spread their coffee-learning wings, the guys returned to the UK in 2012, reunited and 80 Stone began to form. They dove right back into the coffee industry, opening a buzzy cafe in Fulham. They christened it “Chairs and coffee”…because, well, it’s a long story…ask them nicely, and maybe they’ll tell you. Maybe.
They transformed a small area of Chairs and Coffee to roast coffee beans, buying a 5kg coffee roasting machine, the F.I.M.T (Fabbrica Italiana Macchine Tostatrici) from the 60’s . It’s pictured here, wasn’t she a beauty? Being dab hands at refurbishing, they brought the machine back to life and started a mission to roast and distribute their own coffee. And “80 Stone Coffee” was born. If you think “Chairs and coffee” was an inspired name, wait ‘til you hear how they came up with this one…
In July 2017, their second cafe 80 Stone Cafe in Elephant and Castle was opened.
As 80 Stone grew, the guys soon saw room for potential to bring even better experiences to the coffee lovers of London, and beyond.
In December 2018, 80 Stone moved their entire roasting production to brand-spanking, shiny new industrial unit in Croydon. The guys upgraded their roasting equipment, adding a 30Kg Petroncini roaster to join the 5Kg F.I.M.T. (which is still in use today for roasting very small batches of beans). The new roaster arrived in March 2019, along with a new coffee destoning machine and storing tanks. This allows them to roast larger, more consistent quantities of beans-To you, and I, that means even more delicious cups of coffee!
Expanding in size, means that 80 Stone have greater space for their corporate training sessions, offering more regular and intensive training courses to make sure that all baristas can make the best cups of coffee possible.