Coaltown coffee; a Welsh speciality coffee roaster helping being jobs back to Ammanford
Coaltown is based in Ammanford, Wales which is a small town of 5400 people. A former mining community where anthracite coal (Black Gold) used to fuel the local economy. Unfortunately in 2003, the last of the local collieries closed, bringing with it a slow demise with high unemployment with no prospect for the school leavers of today. Coaltown set out to do something about this; to bring back an industry & get the town producing a new form of black gold. Coffee.
They focus on sustainable and transparent trade with small farms from across the coffee growing regions of the world, and aim to uphold quality at every stage of their production. They are passionate about remaining ethical and by a desire to roast delicious coffee that’s full of personality.
Coaltown has become one of the first b-Corp certified coffee companies in the UK. They are now morally and legally committed to prioritising responsibility to the environment and society, from the experts who produce the coffee in the roastery to the baristas and front of house teams based in the cafes. Certified B Corporations meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
“Coaltown is B-corp and B-corp is Coaltown. Our founding principles were to be ethical, transparent and sustainable, and B-corp has allowed us to follow set guidelines to ensure that we keep this promise. It’s been a massive achievement to receive this commendation and all companies should strive for this as a standard for our future.”
SCOTT JAMES, Founder