If you’re a coffee fan you’ll love Golden Sheep Coffee, one of Stroud’s newest businesses. You may have seen them at the local farmers markets selling freshly hand roasted coffee, or noticed the growing buzz about them on social media.
I met up with Michael Rickatson, the man behind this new venture, at his purpose-built premises in Stroud to ask how he came to set up this exciting new venture.
Michael: When I was about 20 I dreamed of opening a coffee shop but at the time I had a good job in motorsport and my father advised me not to give it up on a whim. I always had a passion for coffee though, so about six years ago I bought myself a coffee roaster and took some classes to learn more about the art of coffee making. Eventually I realised that I was completely bored with my job and I began to think again about starting up my own business. I planned for about a year and then finally quit motorsport in April. Golden Sheep Coffee has been running for about seven weeks now and I haven’t looked back.
Where are your coffees sourced from?
Michael: I buy my coffee beans from an importer who deals directly with farmers all over Africa, Latin America and Asia. The business had to be ethical, that was always very important to me. I wouldn’t trade any other way. We can trace our coffee beans through every step of the supply chain and know that the money we have invested is going to the right people and supporting the farms and communities who produce our beans. In addition to that, all of the farms are certified by the rainforest alliance so we can be sure that the land is farmed in a sustainable manner.
That sounds brilliant and the coffee smells amazing! There’s nothing like the smell of fresh coffee
Michael: There are an incredible variety of aromas and flavours of coffee. I’m really keen to share that with people. We’ve set up a Taste Club for people who are interested in sampling and discussing our products, and we also sell tiny taster packs of coffees for people who’d like to experience our different flavours at home.
If you want to know more about Golden Sheep Coffee you can visit the website: www.goldensheepcoffee.co.uk or find them on facebook, Instagram or twitter. Better still, visit them at Nailsworth Farmers Market on the 4th Saturday of each month, Dursley Farmers market on the 2nd Saturday of each month, Stroud Farmers Market on an ad hoc basis at the moment or you can buy the coffee six days a week from Haberdashery Twist on Stroud High Street.