About us

A family of coffee roasters

We’re easy-going coffee experts who take serious pride in sourcing, roasting and packing the best coffee for customers across the globe.

Our passion for coffee is matched by our endless curiosity to learn more about coffee consumers and the coffee market. We provide more than coffee to our partners, offering industry leading data, consumer insight and market expertise.

We’re proud to have the same family values and personal touch that we had when the business was founded 30 years ago. From independent coffee shops to high street brands, retail to wholesale, we have always been – and will always be – committed to going above and beyond and finding the perfect solution for your customers.

We’ve come a long way since our founders James Sweeting and Simon Herring began hand-roasting beans in a garden shed in 1994, and selling them to local golf clubs and we can’t wait to see what the next 30 years brings.

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The story of Lincoln & York

1994
Once upon a coffee

Our story began when coffee buyer James Sweeting and coffee trader Simon Herring combined their expertise and began hand roasting coffee in a garden shed.

1994
1995
Lincoln & York

We moved into our new HQ in Brigg – located between Lincoln and York – and the company got a new name!

1995
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'Proper roaster'

With our new 90kg drum roaster, the business quickly became the region’s premier supplier into local coffee shops, golf clubs and garden centres.

1995
Coffee beans being roasted in a coffee roasting machine.
Focusing on roasting

The distributor arm of the business was sold and we put all our focus into roasting great coffee.

2005
Illuminated building facade at night with a prominent sign that says "Lincoln & York." The building's exterior is made of red brick with large windows.
A new home

The now 40-strong team moved into another new premises – Kahawa House – where we are based today.

2009
Industrial scale coffee roaster inside a warehouse.
A birthday roast

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we installed a 600kg roaster – the largest in the UK – and opened our state-of-the-art contingency roastery.

2014
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On the right track

The business continued to go from strength to strength, winning first place in the Sunday Times International Track 200 awards, in recognition of our growing international and export business.

2017
Industrial building with red brick walls, a large metal silo, and pipes running along the exterior.
Capacity and flexibility

Two new coffee silos installed to double our capacity for green bean storage and allowing even more flexibility to create bespoke blends for our customers.

2019
Three sealed bags of Lincoln & York coffee beans sit on a wooden table.
Recyclable packaging

We were one of the first roasters in the UK to launch recyclable coffee packaging in LDPE4 film for 1kg bags, 500g bags and 60g filter sachets.

2019
A selection of coffee products on a table.
Going for gold

Our recyclable packaging wins gold in the Packaging Innovation awards and a Packaging Excellence at the Worldstar Global Packaging Awards.

2021
A paper bag on a conveyor belt inside a factory.
World class high-speed packing

In 2021, we invested £2m into a new 'world class' high speed retail packing line.

2021
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Office - and warehouse - space

The old roastery site is converted to expand warehousing and office space – with 1300 additional pallet spaces and solar panels to provide all electricity for the site.

2022
Bags of Lincoln and York coffee beans.
Packaging continuous improvement

We started the transition from PE (polyethylene) recyclable film to PP (polypropylene).

2023
A display of coffee flavors from around the world in a kitchen.
A matter of taste

We upgraded our coffee quality lab into an industry-leading customer experience and tasting space. Here, the coffee team quality check more than 150 cups a day and work on new blends for our customers.

2023