Smokey Barn About Us

New team, same legendary coffee – welcome to the Smokey Barn story!

When the two of us (Pete and Maggie) discovered Smokey Barn was up for a change in ownership, to say we were excited is an understatement. The company’s founder, Chris, was moving on to realise other ambitious business plans and we figured if anyone could keep things moving in their right direction, it was us.
We share the same passion for outstanding coffee using only high quality Arabica beans - a passion shared increasingly among coffee lovers. So with a little help from our dog Ronnie, we took the reins in December 2015 and couldn’t be prouder of the brand we’ve helped build.

That's Ronnie…in case you wondered.

A Brief History of Smokey Barn

The Smokey Barn story actually begins way back in 1993, when Chris’ parents opened their first coffee shop. "At 12 years old, I was too young to serve coffee, but when the shop was closed I would go along the bar smelling all the different coffees. I do remember being totally in owe of the many different coffees that were available to customers. The level of detail back then was nowhere near what we know speciality coffee to be today. Back then all we knew was ‘Colombian, Dark Roast’. This is where my coffee journey began." It wasn’t until 2011 that Chris made the decision to ditch the nine-to-five and get into roasting. Which he did…starting out in a pretty humble barn in his back yard which became his first roastery! As for the name…well, let’s just say while Chris did a great job with the coffee, his air ventilation, and extraction efforts were less impressive!

Two years later, Smokey Barn was a firm fixture on Norwich’s King Street and has been wowing coffee connoisseurs ever since.

Celebrating Diversity

We’re real believers in the importance of enjoying the wonderfully diverse flavours the world’s most incredible coffee beans have locked-up inside them. From Africa to the Americas and Asia, we’re proud to bring a taste of so many continents and cultures to our customers. We generally keep to a lighter roast, as we believe the more traditional dark roast tends to overshadow the taste with bitterness, overwhelming what should be a lighter and more refreshing experience.


The end result is a range of coffees which our customers agree are superior and for which they return, time and time again. We’re starting to find demand for our most popular beans outstrips supply before they’ve even arrived – Norfolk’s taste for the good stuff apparently holds no bounds!
We also share the same ethics as Chris - our beans are all sourced from fair trade producers, our wholesalers working hand-in-hand with the farmers from around the world to ensure a fairly-produced end product.

A Warm Welcome

Along with the best coffee beans money can buy, we also promise the warmest welcome and a relaxing atmosphere. We’ve developed Smokey Barn into an inviting and enjoyable café, giving our customers the opportunity to explore and sample the world’s best coffee in a friendly environment. We’re always looking for new and interesting beans to add to our selection, so feel free to drop us a line with any suggestions or recommendations. The two of us (or three if Ronnie shows up!) can’t wait to welcome you at Smokey Barn!
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