In a side street in Southwark, South London, beneath the railway tracks that carry trains between London Bridge and Waterloo East, passers-by can expect to catch the delightful aroma of roasted coffee in the air.

This is where Origin Coffee Roasters has its Scoresby Street location. It’s a character-loaded, modern speciality coffee shop situated in a spacious Victorian railway arch.

Origin Coffee Roasters was founded by Tom Sobey in 2004. Tom had been inspired on a trip to Australia in 1998, where he visited multiple coffee roasteries on the Gold Coast in his spare time, learning all the while and formulating his plan to establish his own speciality coffee roastery in his native Cornwall.

In addition to roasting and brewing speciality coffee, the company also works to empower and enthuse people about coffee. Its education team teaches the Speciality Coffee Association’s Coffee Diploma, training would-be baristas and enthusiasts alike to get the best from their beans. The company also offers specialist roasting equipment and technical support to wholesale customers, including some of the UK’s leading coffee shops and restaurants.

They have coffee shops showcasing quality and provenance in both coffee and food across London and Cornwall, with Shoreditch, Hammersmith, Kings Cross, Porthleven and Penryn locations.

Origin Coffee Roasters chose a railway arch location in the heart of Southwark because its iconic architecture offered a bold, confident location to house its latest speciality coffee ship. The interior of Scoresby Street was designed by Anna Hart of Hart Miller Design, who is a long-standing partner of Origin. Hart wanted to create an intimate space stamped with Origin’s hallmark creative influences.

“Working with Origin has always been about working with each individual building, starting with the architecture and making that part of the story,” Hart says. “For Southwark, we were delighted to have the railway arch which, in itself, is a big design feature.”

Origin wanted to retain the sense of space that the arch created for the café and balance that with creating a more intimate dining environment.

“In its simplest form, the space needed to be a great place to hang out, drink coffee and enjoy food,” Hart adds. “We know there’s a lot that an interior can do to influence that experience. Our ambition as to retain the original industrial feel but bring a softer human scale to the space through materials and furniture, a rich palette, both visual and tactile.”

Origin Coffee Roasters love being part of the wider regeneration of the Southwark area and are close to the Tube station, creating valuable footfall for the company.

The company employs the 2018 and 2019 World Coffee in Good Spirits barista champion, Dan Fellows, and has won several industry awards, including the Best Food & Beverage and Business of the Year categories at the Southwark Business Excellence awards 2019, underlining the important role Origin’s Scoresby Street arch plays in the local community. It is also involved in the Southwark Low Line and Better Bankside projects.

Origin’s customers enjoy the natural sense of light and high ceilings that the Scoresby Street location offers, and the inviting atmosphere it creates. Origin’s customers also enjoy the fact that the company prides itself on its sustainable credentials. Origin’s coffee is roasted in Cornwall using two environmentally friendly Loring Smart Roasts. Beans are sourced directly from farmers across the world, giving Origin’s customers full traceability over the coffee in their cup. When roasted, Origin’s team blend sensory skill and technical expertise to respect the individual characteristics of the coffee beans and highlight the flavours arising from country, terroir, varietal and processing method.

Origin’s success has helped the company grow to 76 staff across the country, and the Scoresby Street arch will form a key part of its continued advancement as it aspires to become the leading speciality coffee roaster in the UK with plans to expand into mainland Europe. 

Find out more about Origin Coffee Roasters at www.origincoffee.co.uk or follow the team at @OriginCoffee on Twitter, or look for ‘Origin Coffee Roasters’ on Instagram and Facebook.