The first Department of Coffee and Social Affairs opened in London’s iconic Leather Lane Market in late 2010. It was the culmination of 18 months work spent searching for the perfect shop and perfecting our craft. As we grew, we quickly understood that whilst a good shop and quality coffee were crucial, the key ingredient to success was our people. The enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism each member of our staff brings, help define and differentiate us in a rapidly growing market, as more people understand the pleasure derived from a ‘proper’ cup of coffee, rather than, well, that other stuff.
We are a growing business with locations across Central London and the UK. Our ambition has been to bring Department of Coffee and Social Affairs to more people every day. We want to continue to expand, not only providing London with a quality coffee experience but also other cities across the UK.
Each of our shops has its own personality. Our philosophy is that no two shops should ever look alike, but we believe that whenever you come to any Department of Coffee and Social Affairs coffee shop, the ‘constants’ will be great coffee and great people.
Prof. Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE, Chairman
Michael Chuter, Senior Non-Executive Director
Matthew Gill, Deputy Chairman
Ashley Lopez, Chief Executive Officer
James Grinnell, Operations Director
Nadeem Ashraf, Head of Retail Operations
Maryam A-Mazraei, Head of Marketing
Poppy Bruffell, Head of HR
Mark Jordan, Training / Barista Development
Rick Tipton, Roastery Operations Manager
Brenda Ty, Barista Trainer
Dumo Mathema, Head Roaster
Sharni Ruming, Sales & Product Development Manager