Dark Woods Coffee is an adventurous coffee roaster, barista school, and pop-up café nestled on the edge of Marsden village in the West Yorkshire Pennines
They roast their coffee by hand on a 1950’s Probat drum roaster in a beautifully refurbished Victorian textile mill beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and River Colne. The dramatic, windswept valley inspires the mood and flavours of their exceptional seasonal coffees.
Though Dark Woods was born in 2015, the history of its founding partners takes in many years’ experience in roasting, sourcing, consultancy, training and machine development within the UK coffee industry. It is this collective knowledge and expertise that has allowed them to rapidly establish a growing customer base that includes some of the country’s top cafes and restaurants.
More than anything they want the finest coffee to be enjoyable and accessible to everyone by offering a range of roasts and styles that truly reflects what people want to drink. Dark Woods desire for inclusivity informs their roasting and blending philosophy. Though all speciality roasters aim to source the best green coffees from great producers, not all explore the full range of flavours locked within them. Lighter roasting retains fruit, brightness and origin character but often misses the kind of nutty, caramel and chocolate sweetness developed by longer and fuller roasts. By roasting at a range of levels from light to dark, they aim to deliver familiar flavours but with an unfamiliar vibrancy and depth.