What’s behind 80 Stone Coffee
Our Ethos Behind
80 Stone are a wholesale coffee supplier based in London. Everyone involved here has a long and passionate history with all things coffee. The founders have been in the coffee industry for over 15 years and worked with the best coffee roasting companies and distributors in the UK, giving you an unparalleled coffee experience. As well as supplying cafes and businesses with wholesale coffee beans, 80 Stone also provides barista training and supply high-quality coffee making equipment.
80 Stone are dedicated to sourcing and roasting some of the best quality coffee beans from around the world. The small team package the roasted beans by hand, minutes after they have been roasted ensuring each bag is full of delicious taste and rich aroma. They only use the latest technologies and equipment to give you consistently amazing roasted coffee beans.
The Characters Behind
80 Stone Coffee is a dedicated team who are passionate about all things coffee. Firstly we have Roberto who possesses strong financial management and organisation skills. We also have Simone, who has extensive experience in the coffee industry, namely in barista training, coffee roasting and coffee exporting from his time in Guatemala. Roberto grew up in a coffee shop in Verona and has always worked in hospitality. Simone has also always worked with coffee; roasting, engineering and barista training. While they have different backgrounds, they make a great team.
Their professional relationship began in 2006 when Simone and Roberto met in London while working together in a restaurant. Roberto left London in 2008 and started running his own busy coffee & wine bar in Verona.
After finishing in 6th place at the 2010 UK Barista Championship, Simone moved to Central America, where he worked in a coffee exporting company and judged barista competitions in Guatemala and El Salvador. He also secured 2nd place at the Italian coffee cupping competition in 2012.
How 80 Stone Coffee
After taking this time out to progress in their careers, they returned to the UK and the business of 80 Stone began to form. When they crossed paths again, they were ready to take on bigger challenges together. The two friends met again in London in mid-2012 and decided to open a coffee shop in Fulham (West London) in June 2013.
Following the opening of that cafe, the two of them decided to dedicate a small area of their first cafe to roast coffee beans and bought a 5kg coffee roasting machine. This was the F.I.M.T (Fabbrica Italiana Macchine Tostatrici) which was produced in Turin, north of Italy 1960c. This is where the brand of 80 Stone Coffee really started to take shape. They refurbished the machine together and started a mission to roast and distribute their own coffee at the beginning of April 2015. They branded the product with the name “80 Stone Coffee” because their roaster weighs about 80 stone and they were both born in the 80s!!
In the meantime, they opened their flagship store in July 2017, 80 Stone Cafe in Elephant and Castle. The future is bright for 80 Stone!
How We Continue to
Better Our Coffee
As 80 Stone grew at a massive rate, they soon saw room for potential to bring even better experiences to the streets of London. It was in the middle of 2018 that they realised that the shop in Fulham was too small to cope with the big demand for roasting coffee and the original 5 kg roaster was just not big enough to be able to roast consistently and in large quantities.
The decision was made In December 2018 for the production to be moved to an industrial unit in Croydon (South London.) This also meant that they could upgrade their roasting equipment, adding a 30Kg Petroncini roaster to the 5Kg F.I.M.T. (which is still in use for roasting very small batches of beans.) This arrived in March 2019 along with a new coffee destoner machine and storing tanks. This allows them to roast in larger more consistently roasted quantities of beans. Giving you the best coffee, every time!
This change of location now 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.