Espresso and beyond: 1995-today
Portland, Oregon: it was here that Matthew
Algie's Managing Director saw the light. After his visit, he was
going to start an espresso revolution in the
David Williamson was a direct descendant of
Matthew Algie, so maybe it was in his blood to see an opportunity
and wrestle it to the ground. Just two years later, we were well on
our way: we'd also just created Espresso Warehouse. The idea was
pretty simple - sell "everything but the coffee" to a growing
number of independent coffee bars.
Oh, and in 1997 we also introduced the UK's
first ever Fairtrade espresso bean.
Taste hadn't passed us by either: in 2003 we
launched our Roasted to Order range.
Then, in 2004, another UK-first: our triple
certified espresso that's Fairtrade, organic and Rainforest
Alliance Certified. In fact, the Fairtrade revolution we began in
1997 saw more than 90% of Matthew Algie coffee sales carrying the
Fairtrade logo by the start of 2013.