A lifelong passion for food, wine and coffee eventually led Alan Phillips to trade in his high-flying career in the pharmaceutical industry in order to roast beans by the sea in County Meath.
Alan learnt his craft from one of the best in the business and trained under Kees Kraakman of Amsterdam’s Keppler Coffee. And when he launched The Studio in 2017 it was very much in line with Kees’ ethos of quality and consistency.
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‘As volume grows, quality almost always declines so we avoid this problem by only roasting in small batches,’ explains Alan.
Green beans are ethically sourced from farms across the coffee growing belt and roasted as single origin lots on the 15kg Giesen. Trips to origin – Ethiopia and Kenya – are scheduled for late 2018 and promise to expand the online and wholesale (cafes, hotels and events) retail offering even further.
The Studio’s sustainable approach to coffee sourcing is mirrored at the roastery which is largely powered by renewable energy.