Our Story

History

Lincoln & York was founded in January 1994 by coffee buyer, James Sweeting and coffee trader Simon Herring, who named the business after their two home cities.

The pair started out hand roasting coffee in the garden shed before selling into local coffee shops, golf clubs and even hairdressers. With extensive knowledge of coffee and a few trips to origin under their belt, the pair set out to become the region’s premier coffee supplier.

Today, over 20 years on, almost 19,000 coffee shop outlets exist in the UK and Lincoln & York has grown from a pop-up roastery at the bottom of Simon’s garden to a 6,000m2 state-of-the-art facility – with two roasteries, 11 packing lines and a 70-strong team.

1994

1994

Coffee Buyer James Sweeting & Trader Simon Herring join forces to found a coffee roasting business, naming it Lincoln & York in tribute to their home cities.

1995

1995

We install our first ‘proper roaster’, a 90kg second hand drum roaster into our new Brigg HQ and employ two new members of staff, bring us to a team of four.

1999

1999

Staff numbers double following new customer wins and we move headquarters to the Elsham Wold Industrial Estate. We are distributing coffee across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire as well as supplying distributors across the country with private label products.

2004

2004

Following further growth, Lincoln & York opens Wellington House on the Elsham Wold Industrial Estate.

2005

2005

James and Simon sell the distributor wing of the business to focus on supplying private and own label coffee to the European market with Lincoln & York.

2009

2009

Our now 40-strong team moves a few doors down to a new purpose-built coffee roastery, Kahawa House.

2014

2014

Lincoln & York celebrates its 20th birthday with staff, customers and suppliers during the London Coffee Festival. The roastery doubles in capacity. We install the UK’s largest coffee roaster and open a state-of-the-art contingency roastery.

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