Meet the Climpsons
Our team of dedicated and passionate individuals make Climpsons a very interesting and diverse group of people. Hailing from all over the world, our team has developed and changed as has the communities we are a part of. Starting from the one man band of Ian Burgess to now just shy of 50 people across two cafes, roasting and production, training, account management, business development, marketing and events and operations. We have learnt a lot along the way from and alongside a whole host of amazing people who have left their mark over the years.
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 of Production
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.
Logistics & Customer Experience Manager
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.
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.
Marketing & E-commerce Manager
Jayeeta (prefers being called Jo) was Introduced to coffee in 2021, learning everything like a fresher she says, with 14 years of marketing experience. Originally from Kolkata, a city in the eastern part of India, known for its food, heritage and warmth, she shifted base to London in the middle of the pandemic to pursue her dream of doing a second Master's degree, in the UK. Jayeeta loves to cook, travel, dance, watch movies, and listens to all kinds of music and stand-up comedy.
Product and Sales Manager - Midnight Oil
A fully-fledged hospitality veteran who has been in the industry for over 15 years covering all sectors from restaurants to bars and cafes. Brodie began his career in Wellington, New Zealand and a few years in Melbourne. After travelling, Brodie set foot in London and eventually found himself at Climpsons. Brodie has a lovely staffy called Freddie and enjoys nothing more than a peaceful snowboard down the slopes of the Alps, he calls this his moment of clarity.
Production Manager & 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...
National Account Manager
Born and raised just outside of London, Stacey started working in specialty coffee back in 2012 as a barista at Harris + Hoole like many in the industry. Having worked her way up into the coffee team involved in all areas from training, QC, barista development, coffee events and the rest as a Coffee Operations Manager. Shes always been passionate about everything specialty coffee since finding it in 2012 especially the coffee community. Has judged at many SCA UK competitions since 2015 as a sensory judge and has previously been an SCA Authorised Trainer. Aside from coffee being essentially the core of her world she enjoys spending time with her three cats, visiting different coffee spots, movies, gaming, crafty stuff and an unhealthy amount of house plants.
Aristotle moved to London from Greece in 2014 after completing his BA in Photography and Audiovisual Arts. While navigating towards a freelance photographer career, he started working in the production of a specialty coffee roastery. His enthusiasm towards the specialty coffee industry led him to work with a plethora of London based roasteries. In 2020 he decided to go back to academia and complete his Master of Business Administration degree. Aristotle loves training in martial arts, especially Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling. He is a thallasophile, training from a young age in competitive sailing, he also used to live on a canal boat for many years, and his last name means "ship" in Greek.
Lucy started making coffee for her family which is where her coffee journey began. In her spare time, Lucy loves games, animals and nature restoration. Born and raised in London, Lucy became part of the Climpsons team in 2021.Lucy is a joy in the office. If you need a good story she certainly has some good ones to tell!
Trainer & Account Manager
10 years ago, Roz jumped into the coffee industry straight from the circus where she flew about on the trapeze. Since then, she's become a huge coffee nerd and made coffee all around Cardiff and London with a passion for making the industry more accessible for all. In her free time she loves to crochet, nap with her cat and go cafe hopping with pals and their pooches.
Business Development Executive
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.
Nil's coffee journey started with a Nescafé and Coca-Cola on ice made by her aunt. Throughout her journey between that and specialty coffee, she found herself playing bass for rockabilly punk bands in Tokyo, practising contract bridge in her local member's club andmarketing bling working in fine jewellery. Nil gets nerdy over making music, particle physics, fantastic horror cinema and speaking four languages fluently.
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 one of our sales executive. Outside of work Joe enjoys reading, gyming and sees himself as a crypto guru.
Marketing & Design Coordinator
Darryl who is originally from Malaysia was introduced to the coffee scene 2 years ago where he found his passion for coffee while working at Mukha Cafe where his favourite thing to do was experimenting with coffee making. Outside of work Darryl is an avid chef and enjoys his culinary adventures in the comfort of his own kitchen, but also loves to dine out and enjoys his favourite meal sushi.
Equipment & Logistics Administrator
After managing a tea shop- Bird & Blend in Islington for a number of years, Gina decided to move over to the dark side to develop new skills and learn all she can about coffee. Outside of work, you will find her mainly walking her retired racing greyhound Chester in Epping Forest, growing her own veggies (with varying amounts of success) and cooking with friends.
Trainer & Account Executive
Ben was first introduced into speciality coffee around 5-6 years ago. 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. As an avid learner, he says: "There's always more to learn." Besides coffee Ben loves to search and visit the best bakeries, spend time in nature and practice photography.
Equipment & Logistics Administrator
One Christmas out of the blue Jonny received a gift for Introduction to Coffee course at Artisan Coffee School which really kicked off his interest in the world of coffee prior to that Jonny had absolutely zero knowledge. Also during this time Jonny went travelling around South East Asia and gradually began to develop an interest in the art and science of coffee. He now decided to experience what it'll be like behind the scenes working for a coffee roasters.
Akiine Kivelä Ngarambe
Akiine has worked in hospitality for over 10 years now and has always had a little dream when she was younger, working in a cafe or a diner as if she were a teenager in an American 90’s tv show. Her time with Climpson's started 3 years ago in the cafe where you might have seen her dancing or getting excited about cute dogs. In her non-working time, she makes music and tries to not overwhelm herself with new passions such as rollerskating or doing handstands.
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, also the proud owner of an Ooni woodfired pizza oven.
Midnight Oil 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.
Tech Support Manager
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 anddoes lots of the quality controland is partly responsible for maintaining all the equipment we own.
Account Executive & Tech
Demi's first passion would definitely be Riley, (her beautiful Staffordshire bull terrier). Originally from London Demi first heard about Climpson and Sons when working in hairdressing. She spent most days off work visiting Climpson & Sons and walking along the canal dreaming of a career in coffee. She just needed the experience and the mission was set, Demi worked in the cafe for 3 1/2 years, and now represents Climpson & Sons through her role as a Brand Ambassador.
Roaster & Production Assistant Manager
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. In his spare time Ivan volunteers for local community gardens and likes to watch a good boxing match.
Bruno Oliveira de Almeida
Bruno is originally from Rio de Janeiro. He started to work with coffee in Brazil 6 years ago in a friends pop up business. He has been working at climpsons since 2019 when he started as a barista and then head barista for almost 2 years. Then started in the production department and now Bruno is in the roasting team as well. Bruno loves baseball(Go Red Sox!) and his main hobby is to go to record shops to dig some out some vinyls.