OUR STORY

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, major cities across the UK and now in the US. 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 the UK with a quality coffee experience but also other cities across the US.

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.

  Stefan, is a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chairman, educator and philanthropist, with over 25 years’ experience of business startups, turnarounds and public companies. He has served on Boards in Europe and the USA as CEO, Chairman or Senior Non-Executive Director on both public and private companies.     Stefan is currently the Deputy Chairman of Action Hotels PLC; Co-founder and Supervisory Board Member of asset manager Global Evolution A/S and a Non-Executive Director of private equity firm Clearbrook Partners LLP. Stefan is authorised and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority; he is regulated by the Danish Financial Services Authority; and is also approved as a ‘controller’ of a German deposit-taking bank by the Bundesbank, BaFin and Germany’s Deposit Protection Fund. He currently oversees companies operating in 6 different sectors in 15 countries.    Stefan is the Founder and Chairman of South African registered The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’). The ACC also builds ECD preschool nurseries and provides over 900,000 Free School Breakfasts annually for the most vulnerable children in the townships of South Africa, over 3,500 pre-school children attend these nurseries.    Stefan is the Co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (‘CLRSC’), providing support for the homeless in Central London for over 10 years.    Stefan is the Chairman of Pump Aid, an award-winning UK based charity. Pump Aid was the UK Charity of The Year 2017 (Aid and Development) providing over 10% of the national rural water supplies for both Zimbabwe and Malawi combined with over 9,500 community partners serving over 1.35 million people.     In 2016, he was appointed the first Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at The Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London.     Stefan was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (‘CBE’) in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Stefan, is a London-based financier, entrepreneur, charity chairman, educator and philanthropist, with over 25 years’ experience of business startups, turnarounds and public companies. He has served on Boards in Europe and the USA as CEO, Chairman or Senior Non-Executive Director on both public and private companies.

Stefan is currently the Deputy Chairman of Action Hotels PLC; Co-founder and Supervisory Board Member of asset manager Global Evolution A/S and a Non-Executive Director of private equity firm Clearbrook Partners LLP. Stefan is authorised and regulated by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority; he is regulated by the Danish Financial Services Authority; and is also approved as a ‘controller’ of a German deposit-taking bank by the Bundesbank, BaFin and Germany’s Deposit Protection Fund. He currently oversees companies operating in 6 different sectors in 15 countries.

Stefan is the Founder and Chairman of South African registered The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’). The ACC also builds ECD preschool nurseries and provides over 900,000 Free School Breakfasts annually for the most vulnerable children in the townships of South Africa, over 3,500 pre-school children attend these nurseries.

Stefan is the Co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (‘CLRSC’), providing support for the homeless in Central London for over 10 years.

Stefan is the Chairman of Pump Aid, an award-winning UK based charity. Pump Aid was the UK Charity of The Year 2017 (Aid and Development) providing over 10% of the national rural water supplies for both Zimbabwe and Malawi combined with over 9,500 community partners serving over 1.35 million people.

In 2016, he was appointed the first Professor in the Practice of Entrepreneurship at The Entrepreneurship Institute, King’s College London.

Stefan was appointed a Commander of the Order of The British Empire (‘CBE’) in the 2014 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Stefan Allesch-Taylor CBE,
Chairman & CEO

 

  Matthew Gill has been an executive director and an investor of a number of organisations, both public and private over the last 15 years in the United States and United Kingdom. He has worked principally in corporate start-ups and turnarounds as a strategic advisor in a variety of sectors, including property, technology, food retail and financial services, helping to arrange finance when necessary.    He is a founding member of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (‘CLRSC’), providing free meals and support for the homeless in Central London and serving 10,000 meals since its inception in 2008.    He also serves as a Director of Pump Aid, an award winning UK charity as well as a Director of The Afri- CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’).

Matthew Gill has been an executive director and an investor of a number of organisations, both public and private over the last 15 years in the United States and United Kingdom. He has worked principally in corporate start-ups and turnarounds as a strategic advisor in a variety of sectors, including property, technology, food retail and financial services, helping to arrange finance when necessary.

He is a founding member of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (‘CLRSC’), providing free meals and support for the homeless in Central London and serving 10,000 meals since its inception in 2008.

He also serves as a Director of Pump Aid, an award winning UK charity as well as a Director of The Afri- CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’).

Matthew Gill, Deputy Chairman

 

  Ashley Lopez is a Chicago native who studied in Minnesota and subsequently in London. She became a Director of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in March 2012. After spending a year heading up Human Resources, Ashley moved to Chief Operating Officer and on 1 January 2014. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer until her promotion to Group CEO DOCASA, Inc. on 1st June 2018.    Ashley led and executed the growth plan for Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. She was responsible for taking the business from two locations and ten employees to twenty locations and two hundred employees within four years. In 2015, in order to meet the demands of the fast growing business, Ashley established the Roastery Department. This brought all coffee roasting services in house, creating the wholesale arm of the business.    She led the company’s entry in to the United States in October 2017, launching the first Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, in Chicago, IL and securing a further 5 locations. In November 2017, Ashley oversaw the acquisition and integration of TAP Coffee, adding 4 locations to the group.    In June 2015, she joined the Board of Business for Social Progress, a new forum established by UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity. Here, the business leaders discuss how to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in today’s business world. In January 2016, she was appointed as a Trustee of the award-winning UK based charity, Pump Aid. She is a Trustee of The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’) and is a founding Member of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (“CLRSC”).     Ashley provides mentorship to Girls United, a charity that establishes football academies for girls in low income areas. This enabled them to develop confidence and leadership skills through football.     Ashley holds a BA in Law from Winona State University, an MSc in Law & Finance from Queen Mary University, London and a MA in Management from the University of Westminster, London. In July 2016, she was chosen as one of the UK business magazine, Management Today’s, top 35 businesswomen in the UK under 35 years old.

Ashley Lopez is a Chicago native who studied in Minnesota and subsequently in London. She became a Director of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in March 2012. After spending a year heading up Human Resources, Ashley moved to Chief Operating Officer and on 1 January 2014. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer until her promotion to Group CEO DOCASA, Inc. on 1st June 2018.

Ashley led and executed the growth plan for Department of Coffee and Social Affairs. She was responsible for taking the business from two locations and ten employees to twenty locations and two hundred employees within four years. In 2015, in order to meet the demands of the fast growing business, Ashley established the Roastery Department. This brought all coffee roasting services in house, creating the wholesale arm of the business.

She led the company’s entry in to the United States in October 2017, launching the first Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, in Chicago, IL and securing a further 5 locations. In November 2017, Ashley oversaw the acquisition and integration of TAP Coffee, adding 4 locations to the group.

In June 2015, she joined the Board of Business for Social Progress, a new forum established by UCL’s Institute for Global Prosperity. Here, the business leaders discuss how to implement the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in today’s business world. In January 2016, she was appointed as a Trustee of the award-winning UK based charity, Pump Aid. She is a Trustee of The Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’) and is a founding Member of the Central London Rough Sleepers Committee (“CLRSC”).

Ashley provides mentorship to Girls United, a charity that establishes football academies for girls in low income areas. This enabled them to develop confidence and leadership skills through football.

Ashley holds a BA in Law from Winona State University, an MSc in Law & Finance from Queen Mary University, London and a MA in Management from the University of Westminster, London. In July 2016, she was chosen as one of the UK business magazine, Management Today’s, top 35 businesswomen in the UK under 35 years old.

Ashley Lopez, CEO DOCASA, Inc. & Head of Strategy, Department of Coffee and Social Affairs

  Phillip is a Board level CFO with a demonstrable track record of influencing strategic decisions within fast growth mid-market organisations that are expanding via a buy-and-build or international expansion. A South African native who was trained at BDO, subsequently moved to the UK in 2009 where he spent several years building his finance career within Tesco, Omnifone Group and more recently Paperhat Group. He joined Paperhat Group in 2014, sitting on the main Group Board and was pivotal in leading and growing the Group’s revenue from £11mil to £30mil and staff from 30 to 200 over 3 years. Phillip has a diverse skill set across fundraising, M&A and Due Diligence, commercial and strategic decision making and international expansion making him a valued addition to any business with an ambitious growth strategy.    Phillip has recently been appointed as CFO for Department of Coffee and Social Affairs and will be joining the team in September 2018. A key hire in which he will be instrumental in achieving their ambition to create the UK’s first national speciality coffee group.

Phillip is a Board level CFO with a demonstrable track record of influencing strategic decisions within fast growth mid-market organisations that are expanding via a buy-and-build or international expansion. A South African native who was trained at BDO, subsequently moved to the UK in 2009 where he spent several years building his finance career within Tesco, Omnifone Group and more recently Paperhat Group. He joined Paperhat Group in 2014, sitting on the main Group Board and was pivotal in leading and growing the Group’s revenue from £11mil to £30mil and staff from 30 to 200 over 3 years. Phillip has a diverse skill set across fundraising, M&A and Due Diligence, commercial and strategic decision making and international expansion making him a valued addition to any business with an ambitious growth strategy.

Phillip has recently been appointed as CFO for Department of Coffee and Social Affairs and will be joining the team in September 2018. A key hire in which he will be instrumental in achieving their ambition to create the UK’s first national speciality coffee group.

Phillip Maritz, CFO
 

  Jack is a Senior Retail Operations and Commercial Manager with over 10 years of experience in the retail sector, delivering business efficiency in-store and driving new initiatives. He has a track record of working in fast paced environments with the ability to manage a large team across multiple business units, a passion for people, driving process improvements and managing change effectively. He   possesses a strong appreciation for the balance between business success and customer experience.      Prior to joining Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Jack spent 11 years as the Deputy Store Manager at Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, with a 16.9% share of the supermarket sector in the United Kingdom. Jack went on to become the Commercial Manager at Marks & Spencer’s, a major British multinational retailer where he executed new customer experience concepts such as Love your Cafe.

Jack is a Senior Retail Operations and Commercial Manager with over 10 years of experience in the retail sector, delivering business efficiency in-store and driving new initiatives. He has a track record of working in fast paced environments with the ability to manage a large team across multiple business units, a passion for people, driving process improvements and managing change effectively. He possesses a strong appreciation for the balance between business success and customer experience.  

Prior to joining Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Jack spent 11 years as the Deputy Store Manager at Sainsbury’s, the second largest chain of supermarkets in the United Kingdom, with a 16.9% share of the supermarket sector in the United Kingdom. Jack went on to become the Commercial Manager at Marks & Spencer’s, a major British multinational retailer where he executed new customer experience concepts such as Love your Cafe.

Jack Turner, Director and Chief Operating Officer
 

  Rachel has over 9 years senior experience in leading the expansion, product and concept extension plans for brands in the UK and internationally. With a combination of advanced customer insight and commercial acumen, Rachel has a strong track record of developing a strategy and taking it from concept through to implementation.   Previously, as the International Head of Insight at Pret a Manger, she managed and implemented key customer insights for the Pret a Manger’s global business. Alongside, executing location and property selection processes and the planning and implementation of marketing campaigns in new markets and countries.   Previously, Rachel was the Head of Food and Beverage Development at Hotel Chocolat where she was responsible for managing the continual growth and development of the F&B business. Her remit also included leading the developments of new concepts for the company, site acquisition and ensuring that offer, marketing, communication, design and brand values were in line with their target audience.

Rachel has over 9 years senior experience in leading the expansion, product and concept extension plans for brands in the UK and internationally. With a combination of advanced customer insight and commercial acumen, Rachel has a strong track record of developing a strategy and taking it from concept through to implementation.
 
Previously, as the International Head of Insight at Pret a Manger, she managed and implemented key customer insights for the Pret a Manger’s global business. Alongside, executing location and property selection processes and the planning and implementation of marketing campaigns in new markets and countries.
 
Previously, Rachel was the Head of Food and Beverage Development at Hotel Chocolat where she was responsible for managing the continual growth and development of the F&B business. Her remit also included leading the developments of new concepts for the company, site acquisition and ensuring that offer, marketing, communication, design and brand values were in line with their target audience.

Rachel Hillel, Director of Concept Delivery
 

  Michael Chuter is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of   Internal Auditors, with board level experience across the public, private and third sectors.    He qualified in 1973, while working at a precursor to Chantry Vellacott, and his formative   career was spent among some of the biggest names in the UK commercial sector; including   Midland Bank, BAT, Wiggins Teape, Gillette, Spillers and Hertz.    In 1979 he moved into retail by joining ARCADIA (then known as the Burton Group), where his   first three years were spent working in the office of the Group’s then flamboyant Chairman   (Ralph Halpern). He ghost-wrote the Chairman’s reports, he prepared papers for the Board   and he accompanied the Chairman to meetings with brokers and stakeholders in the City.    In 1982 he moved into Evans, one of the Group’s major subsidiaries with 247 outlets and 2,400   staff, initially as Financial Controller, then Finance Director and finally Merchandising Director.   There his many achievements included overseeing Evans’ launch into Spain and developing a   stock size allocation system that reduced end-of- season markdowns by more than a third.    In 1993 he joined a Chinese entrepreneur and, as the sole finance and legal member of a four-  person team, brought an Asian retail brand to Europe, creating trading companies in the UK,   France, Germany and Spain and opening 174 outlets in 14 different countries. Subsequently;   he created an international holding structure, reducing EU withholding taxes, eliminating an   unnecessary layer of European management and saving £500k in annual overheads.     In 2003 he took his retail and commercial acumen into the not for profit sector; first as Head   of Finance and Enterprise at the Foyer Federation, then as Director of Finance and Resources   at the National Children’s Bureau and then to Pump Aid, where he is presently Chief   Executive. He joined Pump Aid in 2014 at a point of significant challenge and, under his   leadership, the charity has doubled its annual income, moved from deficit into surplus, raised   more than £500k from funders entirely new to the organisation and developed a forward   strategy that will secure its future for many years ahead.

Michael Chuter is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors, with board level experience across the public, private and third sectors.

He qualified in 1973, while working at a precursor to Chantry Vellacott, and his formative career was spent among some of the biggest names in the UK commercial sector; including Midland Bank, BAT, Wiggins Teape, Gillette, Spillers and Hertz.

In 1979 he moved into retail by joining ARCADIA (then known as the Burton Group), where his first three years were spent working in the office of the Group’s then flamboyant Chairman (Ralph Halpern). He ghost-wrote the Chairman’s reports, he prepared papers for the Board and he accompanied the Chairman to meetings with brokers and stakeholders in the City.

In 1982 he moved into Evans, one of the Group’s major subsidiaries with 247 outlets and 2,400 staff, initially as Financial Controller, then Finance Director and finally Merchandising Director. There his many achievements included overseeing Evans’ launch into Spain and developing a stock size allocation system that reduced end-of- season markdowns by more than a third.

In 1993 he joined a Chinese entrepreneur and, as the sole finance and legal member of a four-person team, brought an Asian retail brand to Europe, creating trading companies in the UK, France, Germany and Spain and opening 174 outlets in 14 different countries. Subsequently; he created an international holding structure, reducing EU withholding taxes, eliminating an unnecessary layer of European management and saving £500k in annual overheads. 

In 2003 he took his retail and commercial acumen into the not for profit sector; first as Head of Finance and Enterprise at the Foyer Federation, then as Director of Finance and Resources at the National Children’s Bureau and then to Pump Aid, where he is presently Chief Executive. He joined Pump Aid in 2014 at a point of significant challenge and, under his leadership, the charity has doubled its annual income, moved from deficit into surplus, raised more than £500k from funders entirely new to the organisation and developed a forward strategy that will secure its future for many years ahead.

Michael Chuter, Senior Non-Executive Director & Chairman of the Finance Committee

  Rupert was educated at Oxford Brookes University and Cranfield School of Management. He is currently Head of Marketing Communications at Waitrose, the UK’s premium food retailer with annual sales in excess of £6 billion, 91,000 staff in 350 locations.    Rupert is a recognised expert in marketing through his work and development of the Waitrose brand, operating across all channels including core supermarkets, convenience, e-commerce and international. Waitrose has consistently outperformed the market since 2008 and has a market share of 5.2%. Before taking on responsibility for Marketing Communications at Waitrose, Rupert looked after International Growth and a Retail Operations group in the South East. At Waitrose, he has built a strong team that includes Customer Planning and Strategy, Advertising, Content, In-store communications, Local Marketing Sponsorship, and Events. He also holds the highest partner survey scores across the division due to his ability to get to know each member of his team, motivating them and deploying them according to their strengths.

Rupert was educated at Oxford Brookes University and Cranfield School of Management. He is currently Head of Marketing Communications at Waitrose, the UK’s premium food retailer with annual sales in excess of £6 billion, 91,000 staff in 350 locations.

Rupert is a recognised expert in marketing through his work and development of the Waitrose brand, operating across all channels including core supermarkets, convenience, e-commerce and international. Waitrose has consistently outperformed the market since 2008 and has a market share of 5.2%. Before taking on responsibility for Marketing Communications at Waitrose, Rupert looked after International Growth and a Retail Operations group in the South East. At Waitrose, he has built a strong team that includes Customer Planning and Strategy, Advertising, Content, In-store communications, Local Marketing Sponsorship, and Events. He also holds the highest partner survey scores across the division due to his ability to get to know each member of his team, motivating them and deploying them according to their strengths.

Rupert Ellwood, Non Executive Director & Chairman of the Marketing & Customer Engagement Committee

  Adam is an innovative and exciting marketeer and problem solver. He started his career managing and owning businesses in the on-trade sector in Oxford at the age of 19 after moving there to study. Later he joined healthy-Asian chain itsu where he successfully launched multiple new sites, managed campaigns from conception to implementation and fixed sites that were not reaching their full potential as the marketing operations manager.

Adam is an innovative and exciting marketeer and problem solver. He started his career managing and owning businesses in the on-trade sector in Oxford at the age of 19 after moving there to study. Later he joined healthy-Asian chain itsu where he successfully launched multiple new sites, managed campaigns from conception to implementation and fixed sites that were not reaching their full potential as the marketing operations manager.

Adam Bridle, Head of Marketing
 

  Manan holds an MSc in Finance from London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor degree in Advance Accounting & Auditing.   Manan's career in accounting and finance commenced in 2007 working with a firm of accountants.    Before joining Department of Coffee and Social Affairs as the Financial Controller in 2017, he spent 8 years as a Management Accountant for Le Pain Quotidien, a chain of bakery-restaurants across the UK.   Throughout his time as the Management Accountant, Manan gained extensive knowledge of accounting and finance within the hospitality industry.

Manan holds an MSc in Finance from London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor degree in Advance Accounting & Auditing. 

Manan's career in accounting and finance commenced in 2007 working with a firm of accountants.

Before joining Department of Coffee and Social Affairs as the Financial Controller in 2017, he spent 8 years as a Management Accountant for Le Pain Quotidien, a chain of bakery-restaurants across the UK. Throughout his time as the Management Accountant, Manan gained extensive knowledge of accounting and finance within the hospitality industry.

Manan Trivedi, Financial Controller
 

  James is from Sheffield and went on to study in Leeds and Glasgow. James joined Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in June 2012, overseeing operations and logistics. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013 and took over as the Estate Director in 2017.    James started off as the chef and cycle courier, he has worked his way up the organisation by being instrumental in the daily operations of the business. In his five years at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, James has opened 9 new coffee shops and has been intrinsic in ensuring all systems and process within the shops work seamlessly.

James is from Sheffield and went on to study in Leeds and Glasgow. James joined Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in June 2012, overseeing operations and logistics. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in October 2013 and took over as the Estate Director in 2017.

James started off as the chef and cycle courier, he has worked his way up the organisation by being instrumental in the daily operations of the business. In his five years at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, James has opened 9 new coffee shops and has been intrinsic in ensuring all systems and process within the shops work seamlessly.

James Grinnell, Estate Director
 

  Justin is an Operations Manager with over 12 years of experience in every area of hospitality working in both the branded and independent sectors. Most recently Justin has been responsible for various restaurant/stores openings and overseen operations in a number of different stores driving profit and managing and developing people, processes and compliance in the businesses he works for.     Before joining Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Justin spent 8 years at Frankie Benny’s where he began life as a head chef before working his way up to Area Manager. Justin then went on to join Boston Tea Party, an independent food and coffee chain based in the South West as Bristol Operations Manager. During the 4 years he spent at Boston Tea Party, the business grew from 13 to 20 stores and Justin was involved in the growth and development in this period.  It was during this time that Justin developed his passion for coffee, realising it's not just a drink but a lifestyle and more importantly it's not the machine that makes coffee taste great, but the Barista behind the machine.     Justin lives in Bristol which has a vibrant independent food and coffee scene which led to his interest in all things food and drink, in particular influencing his passion for local and ethical sourcing.

Justin is an Operations Manager with over 12 years of experience in every area of hospitality working in both the branded and independent sectors. Most recently Justin has been responsible for various restaurant/stores openings and overseen operations in a number of different stores driving profit and managing and developing people, processes and compliance in the businesses he works for.

Before joining Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, Justin spent 8 years at Frankie Benny’s where he began life as a head chef before working his way up to Area Manager. Justin then went on to join Boston Tea Party, an independent food and coffee chain based in the South West as Bristol Operations Manager. During the 4 years he spent at Boston Tea Party, the business grew from 13 to 20 stores and Justin was involved in the growth and development in this period.  It was during this time that Justin developed his passion for coffee, realising it's not just a drink but a lifestyle and more importantly it's not the machine that makes coffee taste great, but the Barista behind the machine.

Justin lives in Bristol which has a vibrant independent food and coffee scene which led to his interest in all things food and drink, in particular influencing his passion for local and ethical sourcing.

Justin Ward, Head of Operations (Regional)
 

  Lenka is originally from the Czech Republic and moved to London in September 2011 to take a year break after her first degree. Heading towards a successful career in public relations whilst applying to study anthropology, she had no clue that the trip would turn her life upside down.     Upon arrival she entered the hospitality industry and discovered speciality coffee which completely changed her plans. Suddenly, a perfect flat white became paramount and good customer service a highlight of her day. She fell in love with London and its people and discovered that a job can mean so much more than sitting in an office chair occupied by the same set of mundane tasks every day.     She joined Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in September 2014 as a junior barista and worked her way up the ladder to Training Manager. She loves to inspire people and pass on the knowledge and love of coffee she’s acquired during the years. Meanwhile, she graduated with an MSc in Environmental Health, fell in love with South London and got a cat named Biscuit.

Lenka is originally from the Czech Republic and moved to London in September 2011 to take a year break after her first degree. Heading towards a successful career in public relations whilst applying to study anthropology, she had no clue that the trip would turn her life upside down.

Upon arrival she entered the hospitality industry and discovered speciality coffee which completely changed her plans. Suddenly, a perfect flat white became paramount and good customer service a highlight of her day. She fell in love with London and its people and discovered that a job can mean so much more than sitting in an office chair occupied by the same set of mundane tasks every day.

She joined Department of Coffee and Social Affairs in September 2014 as a junior barista and worked her way up the ladder to Training Manager. She loves to inspire people and pass on the knowledge and love of coffee she’s acquired during the years. Meanwhile, she graduated with an MSc in Environmental Health, fell in love with South London and got a cat named Biscuit.

Lenka Tvaruzkova, Training Manager
 

  Originally from Zimbabwe, Dumo moved to London at the age of 9. When not behind the roaster or in the cupping lab Dumo is either on the basketball court, drumming, wearing a bowtie, drinking some kind of beverage (preferably something cheeky), cooking, or trying to be creative. Dumo first joined Department of Coffee back in August 2012, working as a barista. Fast forward to present day and he now oversees The Roastery Department.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Dumo moved to London at the age of 9. When not behind the roaster or in the cupping lab Dumo is either on the basketball court, drumming, wearing a bowtie, drinking some kind of beverage (preferably something cheeky), cooking, or trying to be creative. Dumo first joined Department of Coffee back in August 2012, working as a barista. Fast forward to present day and he now oversees The Roastery Department.

Dumo Mathema, Head Roaster

   Rick   Tipton, hails from the quietude of the West Midlands countryside. His first cup of coffee was from a vending machine at a mechanics, as a young boy. At that very moment, he knew he had his work cut out for him.    After establishing a passion for food early on, during years spent growing up in Spain,   Rick   found his love for speciality coffee living in the South Island of New Zealand, where he managed an award-winning restaurant in the lakeside town of Wanaka.       Upon returning to the Northern Hemisphere, he furthered his experience in hospitality, working on super yachts around the Mediterranean, before moving to London to pursue a career in coffee, starting as a barista at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs several years ago.       He also has a dog, called Rufio.

Rick Tipton, hails from the quietude of the West Midlands countryside. His first cup of coffee was from a vending machine at a mechanics, as a young boy. At that very moment, he knew he had his work cut out for him.

After establishing a passion for food early on, during years spent growing up in Spain, Rick found his love for speciality coffee living in the South Island of New Zealand, where he managed an award-winning restaurant in the lakeside town of Wanaka.

Upon returning to the Northern Hemisphere, he furthered his experience in hospitality, working on super yachts around the Mediterranean, before moving to London to pursue a career in coffee, starting as a barista at Department of Coffee and Social Affairs several years ago.

He also has a dog, called Rufio.

Rick Tipton, Roastery Operations Manager
 

  Benjamin made his way across the pond from Seattle, Washington, USA in   September 2016 and is in his 20th year in the coffee industry. Department of Coffee was the perfect fit, bringing with him two decades of experience as a barista, in shop management and barista training for various US coffee firms.    His passion outside of coffee has always been within graphic design and web development. For 15 years he has worked as a freelance designer specialising in identity, branding and marketing for small business clients.    For Department he started as a Barista, and in short order has worked his way through many facets of the company to become the Digital Marketing Manager.  In February of 2018 he redeveloped the Department's Coffee Subscription programme and commerce site from the ground up. He also developed the updated website for   Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’).

Benjamin made his way across the pond from Seattle, Washington, USA in September 2016 and is in his 20th year in the coffee industry. Department of Coffee was the perfect fit, bringing with him two decades of experience as a barista, in shop management and barista training for various US coffee firms.

His passion outside of coffee has always been within graphic design and web development. For 15 years he has worked as a freelance designer specialising in identity, branding and marketing for small business clients.

For Department he started as a Barista, and in short order has worked his way through many facets of the company to become the Digital Marketing Manager.  In February of 2018 he redeveloped the Department's Coffee Subscription programme and commerce site from the ground up. He also developed the updated website for Afri-CAN Children’s Charity (‘ACC’).

Benjamin Shelton, Digital Marketing Manager

  Richard founded TAP Coffee from his kitchen table, much like the TAP Brand itself now joins the team. His experience spans 15 years in the service industry with 10 years in the coffee industry giving him a depth of experience matched by few. With experience in all areas of the business he works with the wider team on both operational and commercial projects.    Co-founder of the running community @reprunners in his spare time is a keen marathon runner and occasional Ironman triathlete.

Richard founded TAP Coffee from his kitchen table, much like the TAP Brand itself now joins the team. His experience spans 15 years in the service industry with 10 years in the coffee industry giving him a depth of experience matched by few. With experience in all areas of the business he works with the wider team on both operational and commercial projects.

Co-founder of the running community @reprunners in his spare time is a keen marathon runner and occasional Ironman triathlete.

Richard Lilley, Minister Without Portfolio