Lincoln & York provides a coffee-sourcing, roasting and packaging service to the out-of-home and foodservice, distributor and specialist retail markets in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Since founding the business in 1992, James Sweeting and Simon Herring have continually invested in and developed the Lincoln & York coffee-roasting business. This has involved significant investment in coffee roasting, handling and packaging systems.
Today the company has a modern and sophisticated roastery equipped to deal with the various product ranges and needs of the coffee market. The factory possesses BRC grade A accreditation and is also an approved City & Guilds training centre for baristas.
At the same time we have spent a great deal of time in coffee-growing communities in over 20 nations, developing contacts and understanding and building relationships with farmers, exporters and traders. This ensures we receive the right coffee quality at the right prices.
The strategy of combining excellent coffee sourcing and roasting with focused business development for private label customers in all sectors has been core to the success of Lincoln & York, and remains its primary focus.
There is a big team effort behind the success of Lincoln & York. We are very proud of our staff, a diverse and eclectic mix of individuals, collectively delivering the high standards and performance that our customers have come to expect. With continual investment in state-of-the-art coffee manufacturing equipment, combined with ongoing staff training and development, we have a factory team that is able to deliver consistency, quality and quantity every hour of the day.
At the beginning of the factory process is a fully integrated green bean cleaning and silo system capable of storing 120 tonnes of coffee, as well as the additional on-site capacity to store a further 90 tonnes.
A bespoke production planning software system is then key to allocating multiple green coffee blends and recipes to the correct roasting machines.
At the heart of the factory are four very modern fully automatic Brambati drum coffee roasters that can produce up to 3,600 kilos of coffee per hour.
The roasted coffee is then fed into 10 production-packing machines and lines. The pack variants range from 7 and 14 gram pod, to Stabilo-style retail grocery packs, whole beans in a range of pack sizes, catering packs for ground coffees and finally flavoured bean and ground assortments.
All the products and packaging formats can be bespoke and unique to individual customer requirements. We believe this high level of flexibility is unrivalled anywhere else in the UK and we have the scope and size to accommodate all our current and future customers.