Hello and welcome to Coffeesmith! Rob & Sarah live locally with their young children (and various pets). Rob has worked in the hospitality industry for many years in Somerset, Cornwall, London and Oxfordshire & Sarah has accompanied him on many adventures around the world in search of the best coffee, wine and most of all, hospitality experiences! From a mad Juice Bar Odyssey in New York, to a Bolivian restaurant on the Old Kent Road; from eating far too many Cardamom buns in Southern Sweden to digging a fire pit in the back garden to cook an entire leg of beef, there have been many places & experiences that have shaped our attitude to food and hospitality along the way.
Coffeesmith was born out of a simple, selfish desire to drink really good coffee in our home town and have an independent, characterful environment in which to do so. Lots of elements in the shop are personal to us-like the 'Iff' or wine bottle drying rack we found in a junk yard in France, or the Charles Smith wines we discovered in the States; most things have a story behind them. They aren't meaningless props, because we are a local independent business, not a corporate chain. We love to discover new products and many of our suppliers are local to Witney and West Oxfordshire.
Last year we made the decision to take more control in sourcing our coffee beans. This was driven by our goal to continually offer the very best coffee, and to be absolutely sure of its provenance and quality.
The Coffeesmith House Blend is proving to be extremely popular and we also have a wonderful Coffeesmith Colombian Sugarcane Decaf which is an industry leading decaf and tastes absolutely wonderful. These are roasted for us by Lynsey Harley, a highly respected and popular figure in the UK coffee industry. We also use guest coffees from other independent micro-roasteries. We passionately seek out coffees that we find interesting, that are produced and roasted with care and enthusiasm. We sell coffee that is difficult to find elsewhere in this area as well as our own beans which are unique to Coffeesmith. All beans are available to buy and take home and we can grind the beans specifically for your home coffee maker. Speaking of which, we also sell the Aeropress coffee makers- fantastic, portable and they really do make a superior cup to a cafetiere.
We also sell foodie gifts such as the award winning fruit liqueurs made by Miles at Gibson Organics at Westwell Manor near Burford.
If you know a local producer and think that we should stock their wares, please speak-up!