Meet the Climpsons
These are the people that source, roast, and brew your coffee.
Owner & Founder
Ian started Climpson & Sons as Burgil Coffee in the early 2000s after moving back to the UK from Australia and seeing a lack of decent coffee in London. The initial years’ operating a market stall on Broadway Market (which you can still go to today), before setting up a cafe - taking on the name Climpson & Sons, the old Butchers shop. A big fan of DIY he started roasting coffee for himself and his mates started a brewery and then created the concept of Climpson's Arch by building his own bbq!
Danny is an old hand in coffee; dating back to pre-2000 days making coffee in Melbourne, before arriving hot on the UK scene initially selling coffee to Ian. Danny has been with Climpson & Sons since 2010 and is known to be the culinary king and Head of Wine Club. Always exploring new cuisines, fermentations and recipes he brings a wealth of knowledge to Climpsons and is your go to if you need cooking, wine or travel advice!
Nicole joined the company in 2011, fresh off the boat & in need of a job. After a chance meeting with a Climpson on the side of the road in Brazil she hasn't looked back working her way through various roles, creating a marketing department and developing other areas of the business. Also quite the cupper Nicole 'the palate' Ferris came 2nd in UK Cup Tasters Competition for 2017.
Head Roaster & Production Manager
Simon moved from New Zealand to the UK in 2013 and has been part of the Climpson roastery team ever since. In that time he has taken on the running of the roastery, green buying, and broken the same knee twice. With his football career now on hold, he has more time to dedicate to sourcing and roasting our delicious range of coffees.
Lena has been with Climpson & Sons since 2011, and has worked about every job you can do here. Starting on the till in the cafe, moving to the arch to work on the bar at Burnt Enz, packing beans, all before landing in the office to oversee logistics and finance! Now she's our resident number cruncher. More wine and tea than coffee, find her propping up any bar in E8.
Assistant Financial Controller
Vern joined the finance team in September 2018. His favourite coffee origin is Ethiopia and you can usually catch him sampling wines around Hackney on the weekends. Vern spends his spare time reading, drawing and Thai boxing.
Logistics Operations Manager
Jen joined the Climpson’s party in 2017 after making the leap from running an independent café in Bristol, she now heads up our logistics team. You wouldn’t know it, but Jen hails from Scarborough and her barista life began hurling frothy caps at age 14. Like a lot of people at Climpsons, the big move to Melbourne opened her eyes to the potential of hospitality – with top quality coffee, food and booze. Jen is our in house Yogi and ever reliable in sinful office snacking.
Admin & Logistics Assistant
Matthew joins the logistics team from a life behind the bar, looking forward to the challenge of sitting down and being quiet all day after years of making coffee. Matthew currently lives in a south-east bubble but is looking forward to exploring Hackney. He loves a Kenyan V60 and you'll often find him in the kitchen. One time Matthew overdosed on caffeine at an advanced espresso training course and nearly had a heart attack on the train home.
Lead Trainer & Technician
Daniels experience started in Pubs and restaurants then he worked in shops. Daniel is an integral part of the Climpsons business with his expertise in equipment repair and training. Problem with your coffee machine, then this is the guy to call. Daniel plays guitar for a punk band, he loves playing punk, watching punk and listening to punk… he likes punk. Originally from Yorkshire, Daniel also enjoys cycling.
Trainer & Account Manager
Ben was first introduced into speciality coffee around 5-6 years ago, he is a very passionate and hungry to learn anything new about his industry. Ben hopped the channel from France to London in the search of a barista job and now forged his way to become our trainer & account manager. If he's not leading a cupping session then you'll perhaps catch Ben at various cuppings and events as an avid learner as he says: "There's always more to learn." Beside coffee Ben loves to search and visit the best bakeries, spend time in nature and practice photography.
UK Sales Manager
Originally from Budapest, Denes moved to London in 2014. After 10 steady years working in advertising he found himself moving into the much more exciting world of coffee. Master of the senses, Denes has regularly ranked 7th in UK Cuptasters (can't argue with his consistency) since 2017. The thing he's most excited about in coffee? The development of more sustainable espresso machines and the potential few trillion kWh's to be saved across the industry.
In 2016 Ivan ended up helping his flatmate in competing in the UK Barista Championship. Ivan started his career in the front (Old's Broadway Market Trench cafe) then he stepped into the luxurious production department and has been roasting beans since last May and is a key member of the roasting team. From Sardinian/Italian and proud European. Ivan started working at Climpsons in February 2018. He was quite late to his first interview because it was badly snowing. In his spare time Ivan volunteers for local community gardens, likes to watch a good boxing match, is a big fan of documentaries, photojournalism and exploring around.
Alex joins us in the sales department from Belgium. She's been in coffee for 8 years, in everything from quality control for green coffee trading, to owning her own brunch spot — she's also judged national competitions in Belgium. She enjoys brewing an Ethiopian or a Kenyan, usually on a V60. Alex has only just arrived in London, but loves exploring all the best food spots — especially if they involve natural wine.
Equipment & Logistics Assistant
Olga joins us in the Equipment and Logistics department having worked in coffee for 5 years. She likes to brew an Ethiopian coffee on a V60 and her secret spot, hidden in the corner of London Fields, is the lido. In her spare time you'll find her climbing, eating, and reading.
Production Roaster / Quality & Equipment Lead
Kieran joined the company in 2016, and dived head first into the Climpson's lifestyle, taking on a role in our incredibly professional 5 a side squad. Which is mainly why we hired him as he was top goal scorer this past season! Kieran is originally from Bath, started off as a trainee espresso technician in Bristol. Now Kieran roasts and does lots of the quality control and is partly responsible for maintaining all the equipment we own.
Lead Production Roaster
Emily joined the roastery team after working as a barista with Climpson beans and wanting to take the leap into production. Her Hackney secret spot is Casey's in Clapton, independently owned and everything made by the woman who runs it. Emily loves a Kenyan V60 and spends her spare time climbing, cycling, and cooking. She once served a customer who brought their own pint glass to have a macchiato in...
Webshop & Roastery Admin
Ellie joined our roastery team having trained with Well Grounded in 2020; where roasting and grading coffee first sparked their interest, as well as wanting to dig deeper into the world of sourcing and sustainability. Our resident linguist, they are fluent in French and German and are now learning Haitian Creole! Over lockdown, they’ve been trying to up their bread-making game (unsuccessfully) as well as making and eating way too many pistachio éclairs (much more successfully).
Dispatch & Shipping
An East London original himself, hailing from Leytonstone, Saleem joins the roastery team having trained with Well Grounded, before working as both a barista and in production for the last two years. He’s tried his hand at pretty much every brew method out there and is excited to learn more about the sensory aspect of working at the roastery. A keen foodie, he started his own lockdown charcuterie business last year, drying and curing meats from his own kitchen. He’s also the proud owner of an Ooni woodfired pizza oven.
Joel manages the cafe. He likes to spend all his money eating out at the best restaurants in the UK and his pub football team recently won the BT Sport Pub Cup — he had to sit out the Coffee Roasters Cup due to injury but will be gunning for us next year — watch out.
Junior Sales Executive
Introduced to coffee from Harris and Hoole in 2015, where Joe found the art of flavour. He moved to Climpsons in June of 2016 where the world of specialty opened up. From Ireland now moved to the UK. Joe started as a barista for Climpsons and now works as junior sales executive. Outside of work Joe enjoys reading, gyming and sees himself as a crypto guru.
After Hours Production Manager
Fed joins us in the After Hours department. His Hackney secret spot is Prince George for drinks and Franco on Broadway Market for pizza – you'll find him making Ethiopian coffee on his Aeropress. Fed was born 79 days before the third World Cup won by the Italian team in Spain. He's a vegetarian, ex ex graphic designer / ex fashion photographer, perfume lover (but not allowed to wear it cause the coffee would absorb it), edible mushrooms picker and can’t say no to a party.
After Hours Sales & Accounts Executive
Late to the coffee-party, Reg has only been interested in coffee for the last few years, but it's fair to say the interest grew quickly! Fittingly as Reg works for the After Hours team he comes from the world of cocktails and spirits, spending many years behind the bar before working for a distillery. He joined the Climpsons family in September and looks after our fantastic Midnight Oil and Espresso Martini. When not hanging out in London’s best bars, you’ll find Reg at just about any gig he can get tickets for.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Introduced into coffee many years back, Calum started working as a barista in 2014 and continued to love the experience. Calum’s background is in journalism and now finds himself writing journal posts for Climpsons. Calum is also responsible for the organisation of events. From Worcester in the Midlands he moved to London back in 2015. Hobbies outside of work include football, all sorts of sports from running to squash. A big music fan and regularly attends gigs and enjoys visiting galleries.