From horsepower… to sheep power…
Golden Sheep Coffee is the product of Michael’s hopes and dreams for many years, but he just didn’t get around to doing anything about it for a long time. Working in F1 motorsport for 30+ years doesn’t give you much time to do anything else. Motorsport is a way of life rather than a job, with the intense long hours being par for the course.
In 2017, he decided it was time for a change and a new start… there’s only so much glitz and glamour a man can take, and he fancied a change from champagne every week!
He decided to follow his dreams and venture into roasting , took some professional training and bought a roaster… and Golden Sheep Coffee was born.
Starting up in our garage at home in Stroud, we soon outgrew it and after only a few months moved to a new commercial unit on the outskirts of Stonehouse.
Face to face selling started in May 2018 with a stall at the Shambles Market in Stroud every Friday and Saturday, and also at farmers markets in Nailsworth and Dursley each month. You can still find him at the Shambles market each week, so pop along and say hello!
Our continued growth has been through word of mouth and personal recommendation, so we must be doing something right.
Why Golden Sheep?
Our identity is firmly planted in the Stroud Valleys, with generations of our family born and living here, and so we adopted the Cotswold Lion with his golden fleece as our brand image. A tribute to his (or her) importance in the woollen & textile history of Stroud. We like to support the Cotswold Sheep Society who are working hard to save this beautiful rare breed.
We also like to keep things local by naming our own blends after local areas (Worley Ridge, Coaley Peak, Forty Acre Lane and Butterrow Hill).
We also offer personal Free delivery for GL5, GL6 & GL10 postcodes – about a 5 mile radius from the centre of Stroud – serving the local community. You can also collect from one of the markets, pick up from our local stockists, or even the roastery.
So what do we stand for?
Down to earth, plain and simple, great coffee without the snobbery nonsense. No cheap fillers or lower grade coffees to bulk out our blends – you get a blend of the same great coffee beans that you can also purchase as single origin. We don’t pretend to know everything about coffee, but we know how to do what we do and we are continually learning the rest.
We purchase our coffee beans from a Speciality team, who source the finest coffees from Africa, Latin America and Asia. We only buy Arabica beans graded 80 or above – Speciality coffee, and all of our coffee’s are fully traceable back to the farmer or co-operative. To make this easier to find, in 2018 we introduced QR codes on our labels so you can easily see who grew and processed your coffee by simply scanning it using your smartphone.
We are proud to say that our coffees are ethically sourced through our importer – Falcon Speciality. By sharing every detail about every coffee they source, they support everyone in the supply chain who are invested in Quality Coffee – from farmer, exporter, roaster to barista.
Better than Fairtrade
As a standard, Falcon Speciality pay premiums above the cost of production, regardless of the world price of coffee. They are transparent in their work and aim to have a positive impact wherever they trade, supporting projects at origin and channeling revenue back to coffee producing regions where it is often needed most.
This ethical supply chain behaves in a manner in-keeping with the principles of trust, transparency, and integrity. It is based on the idea of co-operation rather than competition. Nurturing rather than predatory.
We aim to be as environmentally aware and considerate as possible in everything we do, and we’re working to eradicate single-use plastic wherever possible. We are proud to say that in the summer of 2019, we achieved the first ‘Plastics-free Champion Award’ to be given to a business in Stroud. This award recognises our hard work in trying to eliminate single-use plastics from our business.
So how did we do this?
- We worked with ‘Living without plastic (pfree.co.uk) to identify way in which we can make small changes.
- We use hand-stamped, brown kraft paper packaging with a foil lining – all recyclable when separated. Coffee bags all have a plastic valve, which there is no getting away from. This is necessary to allow the gases to escape after roasting. Currently there isn’t a plastic-free alternative – but we won’t give up looking!
- Our single-use takeaway cups and lids are 100% fully compostable (tested in our own compost heap at home), and the lids are Vegware (made from vegetables).
- We offer a refill service for customers own containers, and in returnable jars – ditch the packaging.
- We offer used coffee grinds from our espresso machine, and chaff from our roaster – FREE for your garden or compost.
- We’ve used coffee grinds and ‘out-of-date’ beans in soapmaking.
- Our cardboard and paper goes into the compost or made into fire logs.