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Awards, Peru trip and anniversaries - the first six months of 2022 have been a coffee lover's dream says Lauren Small



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We can now officially say that half of 2022 is well and truly behind us. . . and what a six months it’s ‘bean’!

I thought a little round-up of everything would be a perfect start to the rest of the year.

January was the month we celebrated Tom, our head roaster and mastermind behind all the business’s artwork. His ten year anniversary with Butterworth and Son crept up on us fast and is a true testament to “time flies”. . . I can’t even begin to imagine how many kilos of beans have been roasted by Tom.

Butterworth and Son (57796395)
Butterworth and Son (57796395)

In February, Rob made his way across the ocean to Guatemala where he paid a visit to a couple of our favourite producers – producers who have been integral parts in our consistent stock of quality beans. Plus, who wouldn’t want to visit South America during the end of the cold English weather.

March and April was full of the London Coffee Festival buzz. The excitement in the lead up to it was tangible, and the continued celebration afterwards was something true to the coffee industry. Butterworth and Son were nominated, along with a bunch of other incredible names in the industry, for all-round best roaster award. To be placed up against such players in the game was a real honour.

The festival was as caffeinated as expected and the weather ensured everyone brewed with a smile on their face.

Butterworth and Son (57796388)
Butterworth and Son (57796388)

When May came round, we thought the nicest thing we could do for you lot was to upgrade our subscription offerings. We know how hard it is to make a decision when stuck for choices, so our new surprise subscriptions catered to your specific brews to take away that decision for you: we choose your bean and it’s never a disappointment.

Finally, it was June and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee was celebrated in classic English style. Pub gardens were overflowing, tea was on every table and cake was lining the stomach of every person in town.

At the end of the month, Rob picked up his suitcase once more and journeyed to Peru, where he currently remains and continues to update us on the socials. Not sure about you, but I think Rob has a very promising career in presenting!

That’s it you lot, halfway through and closer to Christmas 2022 than we are to Christmas 2021. Wild.

Keep brewing and stay caffeinated, because we have another crazy six months ahead.

Lauren Small

Butterworth & Son coffee roasters and tea smiths are based on Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds.

Owner Rob Butterworth’s job takes him around the world visiting coffee farms to source great coffees.

Visit butterworthandson.co.uk