Smith’s Coffee House is a family business which prides itself on their distinctive passion for tea and coffee roasting. They started off as a small local roaster in Mill Hill, operating out of a family-run grocery store serving the local Londoners, since 1936. Today, they operate a much larger factory in Hemel Hempstead, complete with state-of-the-art training and tasting facilities. They also supply coffee across the UK and Ireland, Central and Eastern Europe and the Far East.
Our club members had the unique privilege and opportunity of being invited to a private guided tour of this thriving Coffee House, by the owner himself. After receiving a rather warm and inviting ‘latte’ welcome, we were escorted on a fascinating tour of the Coffee House, factory and museum.
We certainly felt well informed after watching the video on the ‘Life of a Coffee Bean’, from the time they’re picked, planted and processed. What a fascinating journey!
Once inside the factory, we savoured the wonderful aroma of freshly roasted ground coffee beans. We definitely came away feeling rather enlightened on the various types of coffee including the complex roasting and blending processes. Our tour ended with a visit to the museum, where we had the opportunity to view some antiquated coffee machines and equipment.
Smiths Coffee House is definitely worth a visit…a massive thank you to the owner for inviting us and showing us around this impressive coffee house.
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