In Conversation with Stephen Drysdale, Head of Coffee
Stephen will be reaching his Ringtons decennial next year, he joined the business back in 2010 and is ultimately responsible for all things coffee – from sourcing, buying and quality control to the production of coffee and management of our multimillion pound roasting facility. It’s an exciting time for coffee here at Ringtons, so we caught up with Stephen about what’s on the cards for the division.
Describe a day at Ringtons in the life of Stephen Drysdale:
No two days are the same which is what I like the best. Currently I am finalising designs for a significant increase in roasting capacity and the purchase of an additional roaster which will be delivered in early 2020. I’m also working on a new strategic vision for the next five years, some branding work for a new coffee proposition and helping with some tenders for national account opportunities…there’s lots happening!
What’s the question people ask you most about your job? …and what’s your answer?
Ringtons make coffee? I thought they just made tea!! Yes, we have produced coffee for over 80 years and supply coffee to countless high-profile places throughout the country. I guarantee you will have drunk Ringtons coffee without knowing it.
What’s the best thing about the coffee industry at the moment?
The ease in which you can work directly with the actual producer, the farmer. For example, within the last four months we have had some pre-ship samples from a farm in Brazil we hadn’t heard of, but we loved the coffee, flew out and met the farmer and now awaiting our first shipment into the Port of Tyne – it’s direct trade at its best.
…and what gets on your nerves?
There is no X in Expresso 😉
So, why should people buy Ringtons coffee? What’s so special?
The care and attention that goes unnoticed to most people, anyone would be amazed at the touch points within the roaster’s supply chain. The sheer volume of quality checks and work that goes into creating your cup of coffee is amazing and the process is fascinating. From receiving samples to distributing the final coffee, we work tirelessly so you receive the freshest and most enjoyable product.
What’s your go-to Ringtons coffee product?
When you’re not drinking coffee, what are you drinking?
Gold tea obviously! Or a cheeky vodka and diet coke on a night out.
Ginger Snap or Sultana Cookie?