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  • Chris Mads

Chimney Fire Coffee is good for your morning and your soul

As coffee brands for the sustainably-minded, South East-based, millennial in search of a great brew go, there can be few better than Chimney Fire Coffee.

The Dorking-based roastery was set up in 2016 by Dan Webber, fresh back from several years working on coffee and cocoa traceability in Ghana.

Today, the company sources and roasts ShareTrade coffee, which gives farmers the chance to manage their farms as a business. The team also works with charity Re-Cycle to donate a portion of all their coffee sales to help provide bikes for rural communities in Africa.

But this is not just a company providing for the woke and right-minded Surrey dweller. Their sustainability and ethical credentials, which are much better explained by them right here, are a positive which stands alongside their core offer – a truly excellent cup of coffee.

Chimney Fire was recommended to me by a friend who knows far more about the making and tasting of coffee than I do. It was only when I said the name out loud that S pointed out I have driven past their roastery a few times en route to a friend’s house and she had already suggested it should be on my list to try. With that, I bumped them up my to-do list and ordered their Introductory Taster Roast Pack.

Chimney Fire offers at least nine different varieties, from countries including Ethiopia, Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia. The Introductory Tasters come with three or six small bags which allow you to get a feel of the product.

And what a feel it is.

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression and Chimney Fire’s was impeccable before I even smelled the first bean. The packs arrives in a small cardboard package, with tasting notes on a beautifully weighty piece of paper crafted from recycled coffee cups, which lends a real sense of something a bit special. Along with details of the Re-Cycle charity, the packet also contained a little card with a hand-written note of thanks.

I don’t mind admitting, I’m a sucker for the little touches.

On top of all this, the coffee itself its spectacular. My order contained Guatemala San Antonio, Ethiopia Biftu Gudina and Brazil Fazenda.

At time of writing, I have broken into the Guatemalan and Brazilian blends and I am delighted to report that the coffee is even better than the presentation. The Guatemala San Anotnio, with notes of cocoa nibs, cherry and brown sugar, is a lovely warming start to the day. Meanwhile, the Brazilian, with notes of praline, hazelnuts and snickers, packs a rich punch which has quickly made it one of my favourite blends.

Tomorrow morning, I will be warming up the filter and trying the Ethiopian blend and I am very excited.

For now, though, I suggest you swing over the Chimney Fire Coffee’s site yourself and take a look.

Your morning pick-me-up will thank you – as will your karma.

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