Black Sheep Coffee was started in London by friends who were flatmates at uni and decided to quit their jobs on the same day to #LeaveTheHerdBehind and stay awake for the rest of their lives. Co-founders Gabriel and Eirik still run the business today and made it their mission to challenge the establishment, take down the big corporate brands, and rid the world of boring, average-tasting coffee.
They travel to the plantations throughout the year to monitor the growing, picking and drying process, ensuring local farmers share the benefits of our trade and only the best quality beans make it into your cup.
Whether it be our famous Robusta Revival (the first and only Specialty-grade 100% Robusta on the market), or our delicious Blue Volcano from a plantation in Papua New Guinea at the flank of an active volcano, all our coffees have a unique story to tell.
Black Sheep comes from humble beginnings and a boot-strapped approach to starting a business. When the company was founded in 2013, Gabriel and Eirik served coffee from a trestle table and a rented espresso machine in Camden Town and later from a small coffee van on Leather Lane. It took two long years with a series of pop-ups throughout London and a Kickstarter campaign for them to gather enough money to open their first kiosk in Aldgate East. Since then they have refused to raise any money from Private Equity houses, Venture Capital funds, or any other form of institutional backers to preserve the independence of the Black Sheep brand. To this day, the business has been funded by customers and our founders remain the only two board members of our company. So what's our secret?
- πOnly source the best beans in the world
- πͺOnly hire the best baristas in town
- π±Get rid of plastic
- π§¦Support our homeless community
- π€Never fear competition, open right next door instead
- π£Leave The Herd Behind