Small Business Heroes

Triumph of the Artisan Coffee Roaster

02 Dec 2013

Nowadays, coffee shops are dominated by the big corporate names like Starbucks and Costa and it feels like traditional independent coffee shops are slowly disappearing from our high streets.

And it’s even harder to find local coffee bean roaster.

Wandering the streets of Camden Town I stumbled across the Camden Coffee Shop. Established in 1978 by Cypriot George Constantinou it is a coffee shop with a unique difference. George roasts the coffee beans manually using traditional methods and hand operated machines.

This makes the quality of the coffee beans superior in comparison to factory processed beans and means that George is able to deliver his freshly roasted beans to his customers within hours rather than months. No freezing or vacuum packing needed here.


A Step Back in Time to a By Gone Era…

Walking into George’s shop is like stepping back in time. The whole shop has a nostalgic feel to it which brings the past into the present. The aroma of coffee beans is overwhelming and hits you as soon as you walk in the door. I was welcomed by George with a friendly smile while I looked around his shop and noticed the coffee beans in large hessian sacks and the old coffee roaster.

The interior and equipment reminded me of something that would not look out of place in pre-war Britain.

Whilst I was waiting for George to prepare my order I watched as he was roasting his coffee beans in an old coffee roaster which George believes is between 85 and 90 years old. He also told me about the various blends of coffee he can make to suit a customer’s preference. His knowledge of roasting coffee beans is exceptional and his method of roasting coffee beans is distinctive. No wonder that he has attracted the attention of the people of Camden and beyond.   


Keir Wright-Whyte


Managing Director

0207 043 4000

About the author

Originally graduating with a degree in geography from Edinburgh University, Keir claims that he was then tricked into becoming an accountant by one of the UK's top 5 accountancy practices.The deception extended to the usual training in audit and associated activities.

Keir subsequently worked in a number of advisory roles with clients including in the energy trading, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.

He loves working at Accounts & Legal because of the variety of work and clients, the excellent team ethos and morale, the importance placed on genuinely helping and being useful for clients and because he believes what he does matters to clients and helps the firm.

Keir's primary role is to ensure that new clients with complex businesses or needs are on-boarded in the best way and he is a "trouble shooter" both for clients and where complex issues arise internally. He also helps the accounting teams strive to improve what we do for clients, whether processes or services.

When not debiting or crediting, Keir has a penchant for fixing old buildings, skiing, surfing and cycling.


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