Roasting on Sacred Ground
- Jay Thundercliffe
- 30 June 2017
Could Sacred Grounds in Arbroath, Angus' first roastery, be the start of a caffeine revolution?
Brother and sister Ian and Kathryn Baker and trained roaster Jamie Simpson set up Sacred Grounds Coffee Company in late 2015 in Arbroath, making them Angus's sole roastery. 'There was a huge gap in the north east, a real dearth,' explains Kathryn, 'even though the people of Angus are showing a real appreciation and understanding of coffee.'
Sacred Grounds is a founding member of The Food Life, an Angus collective of small-scale food businesses intent on promoting local produce, good living and social initiatives. 'A big part of what we do and enjoy is collaborative,' explains Baker. 'Working with other local producers at events and festivals to showcase and enjoy what's on our doorstep.'
There's one more important member of the company – the 5kg Toper roaster. 'She's a big part of the team. People think she's real because we call her Fatima,' says Baker. Something of a celebrity on the Scottish coffee scene, Fatima is the very roaster that Simpson trained on about a decade ago at Artisan Roast in Glasgow. 'She's an iconic machine, one of the first speciality roasters in Scotland – so she kind of led the coffee revolution in this country.'