Sadly, so much of this sector is male dominated - but there is no reasoning behind this social barrier. It was time things changed! Enter the one woman band who owns, roasts and promotes Forest Edge.
After working in the coffee industry overseas and locally; I became aware of how much waste the coffee industry created. This too had to change. Creating a rare female run roastery, and a business that puts sustainability before profits.
What is Forest Edge Roasting about?
Forest Edge Roasting Co is a small batch, independent roastery based in the New Forest - built on a healthy obsession with great tasting coffee, and a refusal to accept that waste is simply a bi-product of 21st Century living.
Throughout all of my business decisions and operations I am committed to making choices that support our environment and reduce our impact - as well as showing the industry there are other ways.
At Forest Edge, the ethos is to be quality driven, value traceability of our beans, encourage sustainable practices from ground to cup and strive for a hand crafted artisan product than benefits everybody - farmer to consumer and of course the planet.
Cue the solar and wind powered coffee roastery - great taste, that doesn't cost the Earth.
Coffee with a story
When choosing my coffee suppliers I aim to support those that have projects within coffee communities - education on farming processes; those that encourage future generations to take up coffee growing, thus ensuring longevity of practices; and projects that support female farmers. For me it's about how the coffee got to me, not just what I do with it once its in my hands.
We are so almost there! With such a large piece of equipment that normally reallocateies so heavily on electricity or gas its been a challenge to ensure she has enough energy to run. One final piece is required to complete the circuit - a high poweredred inverter - to convert our renewable energy into something Ruby can use. Your donations through Side Hustle, will enable us to complete this and run solely on wind and solar.
Any leftovers we wish to put towards advertising and promoting this fabulous new enterprise. In addition we have been approached by the Winchester Homeless Shelter who struggle to raise funds for their cups - we would love to sponsor them and help out!
Please help Forest Edge take off and pledge today.