Following a long career in pharmaceutical finance, Alan Phillips founded the STUDIO coffee roasters in 2017. Trained at Koffieschool Amsterdam under industry expert Kees Kraakmann. He is now a certified member of the European speciality coffee association.
Alan has long been passionate about food and flavour, evidence of this is a certificate from the London wine & spirit education trust where the sensory & tasting skills honed for wine tasting are now redeployed when carefully selecting what coffees to buy and roast. The product offering is impressive with a range of 10 single origin speciality grade coffees from Africa & Latin America in ground, wholebean, capsule and cold brew forms. The quality on offer has not gone un-noticed either, 4 UK Great Taste awards, 3 coffees honoured at the Irish food awards and 2019 & 2020 McKenna guide best in Ireland awards. The company now supplies B2B, to fine food restaurants, speciality café, fine food stores & B2C online to discerning customers across Ireland, UK, Germany & Czech Republic. In terms of distribution, the company partners with DPD, typical delivery time is within 3-5 days across Europe which includes consignment tracking & electronic proof of delivery. The ethos of the company extends into ethical and organic sourcing. There are plans this year to source direct from the farmer.
The companies’ sustainable approach to coffee sourcing is mirrored at the roastery which is largely powered by renewable energy. In terms of recycling, the company sends its used coffee sacks to a social enterprise in Malawi that makes lunch boxes and shopping bags which in turn creates jobs & develops production skills.