Our Story

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Our story

Excitement, passion, partnership. All these have defined Union. For over 15 years since we were founded by Jeremy Torz and Steven Macatonia, we've been a proud part of the story of UK coffee. And a proud partner to hundreds of coffee farmers, worldwide.

Don't drink and walk

It's hard to imagine today, but in Britain a few decades ago, you’d never see someone drinking a takeaway coffee in the street. There were no baristas. There was no café culture. No-one paid much attention to the quality of their coffee.

So our story begins in San Francisco, where Steven and Jeremy were working. One day, they ducked into a tiny café. Inside, they were roasting fresh coffee. They watched the beans come tumbling out of the roaster: hot, fresh, aromatic. And that was that.

Self-confessed coffee obsessives

Inspired, they threw themselves into the world of coffee, learning anything and everything they could.

Then they decided to bring that West Coast inspiration to London.

So they quit their day jobs. Packed up, shipped out, settled in, started pitching. Sold everything they had to rent a workshop and buy a roaster. And a fax machine (cutting edge, back then).

In good taste

Union was stirring – in more ways than one.

It was a whole new approach to coffee. Buying great coffee, roasting it in small batches, creating a more flavourful cup. Even talking about a more flavourful cup - and introducing flavour profiles - was new.

Little did we know: an even more meaningful union was waiting to be discovered.

Jeremy - Union Coffee

Steven and Jeremy saw, first hand, fourth generation farmers pull up their coffee trees - their birthright - with their own hands.

The coffee farmers who stopped farming coffee

In 2001 Steven and Jeremy were in Guatemala, on a research trip, when Arabica prices fell to their lowest point in 30 years. They saw, first hand, the impact on farmers, who now couldn’t earn a living from coffee. They saw fourth generation farmers pull up their coffee trees - their birthright - with their own hands.

Farmers had never been part of the coffee story. They were anonymous even to exporters, combining their crop into one mill.

Steven and Jeremy wanted to do things differently. They bypassed the brokers. Invested long-term in farming communities. Paid farmers not just a minimum wage - but a living one.

Telling new coffee stories - together

Today, Union does more than tell our farmers' stories: we create new stories together.

We work together, long-term, pooling our knowledge - on coffee varieties, harvesting techniques, sustainable farming, washing and drying - to create the perfect cup of coffee.

Because great coffee doesn't just make conversation. Great coffee is made from conversation.

That's why we've introduced CoffeeClub. So coffee lovers can get a constant stream of new flavours and styles to talk about, as often as they like.

Ours is a worldwide union - one of farmers, roasters, and all lovers of great coffee. All living, loving and speaking coffee.

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Red apple, Raspberry Jam, Sticky toffee
Light Roast
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Morello Cherry, Macadamia, Milk Chocolate
Light Roast
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Macadamia, Fig, Red Grape
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Lemon Toddy, Orange Zest, Floral
Light Roast
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Tangerine, Fudge, Demerara Sugar
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Orange Gumdrop, Roasted Almond, Dark Chocolate
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Blueberry Chocolate, Hibiscus, Chewy Caramel
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Yellow Plum, Passion Fruit, Orange Pastilles
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Blood orange , Marmalade, Cocoa
Light Roast
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Muscavado, Cane Sugar, Cocoa
Dark Roast
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Dark Chocolate, Grapefruit, Treacle
Dark Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Red berries, Demerara sugar, Caramel
Light Roast
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Dried Fruit, Roasted Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate
Medium Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Tangerine, Redcurrant, Toffee
Light Roast
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red grape, dark chocolate, custard cream
Medium Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Plum, Raisin, Maple Syrup
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Red Grapes, Blackcurrant, Sweet Crumble
Light Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Raspberry, Cherry Liquor, Dark Chocolate
Light Roast
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Citrus, Redcurrant, Toffee
Medium Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Chocolate Truffle, Fudge, Candied Lemon
Medium Roast
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Treacle, Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon
Dark Roast
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Plum, Orange Blossom, Maple Syrup
Light Roast
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Citrus, Marzipan, Bourbon Biscuit
Medium Roast
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Fine & Rare
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Kumquat, Peach, Toffee
Light Roast
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