Coffee by Tate

Photo of Tate coffee packs

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Photo of Thomas Haigh (Tate coffee) with Gloria Esperanza Mejia

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Photo of the Red de Mujeres Womens Group

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Photo of Thomas Haigh (Tate coffee) with Yolanda Urrea Arita

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About Tate coffee

All of our coffee roasted is in a 2nd World War Nissen Hut within the historic grounds of Tate Britain and here each batch is carefully hand crafted to perfection by our team. For us, a skilled roast is about fully developing the potential of a coffee. Our aim is to highlight the personality of each and every coffee we roast so not to cloud or interfere with its natural taste.

Understanding the cost of production in each producing country we buy from allows us to be certain that we are paying a fair and sustainable price that shows respect to the dedicated producer who made it taste so delicious. This, together with visiting the farms each year and agreeing the price we pay directly with the producer, ensures we simplify and make more transparent a sometimes complicated supply chain.

Every coffee you drink is a combination of hard work between Producer, Roaster and Barista. It is our firm belief that quality can only improve the more transparent this chain becomes.

All of our blends and single origins are available in the Tate Modern and Tate Britain shops.

Our coffee

Tate Coffee Gender Equality Project (GEP)

The global coffee supply chain sees women do 70% of the work, agriculturally, managerially and on the farmstead, yet they receive minimal relative compensation, owning just 15% of the land and traded beans; in some countries, up to 75% of the work is carried out by women, although only 40% of the income is earned by these workers - five times less than men*. Women make up at least half of the global coffee workforce and play a crucial role in the production system that often goes unnoticed.

Given that coffee producers comprise communities in some of the poorest areas of the world, the added challenges that female producers face in the coffee chain are real, deep rooted in socio-cultural traditions and place women at a significant disadvantage through inequity and inequality. Social and cultural biases in favour of men reduce women’s access to land, Inheritance, credit, finance, agricultural inputs, education, training, healthcare, leadership opportunities and access to direct and indirect coffee markets. Women coffee producers are also less likely to have a say in household matters and are more likely to suffer from sexual, physical and psychological violence.

* Stats taken from CQI Partnership for Gender Equity: The Way Forward, 2015

At Tate Coffee, we are attempting to raise the agenda of gender equality by championing women coffee producers. We aim to create a more level trading platform for all genders through our Gender Equality Project (GEP) and, since launching our GEP last year, we have worked with cooperatives and organisations, travelling to farms around the world to engage with and support both women and men in coffee growing communities. By purposefully seeking out female producers who otherwise wouldn’t have import opportunities into the UK market, we are presenting a voice and a platform for women, building sustainable, ethical relationships that will withstand the test of time. When working with family producers, we support joint decision-making and ownership of income and resources, recognising and acknowledging the crucial roles of women in coffee producing households and farmsteads.

Our ethos when it comes to sourcing and purchasing Specialty raw coffee is focused on Quality, Equality and Sustainability and our seasonal rotational single estate and single farm coffees are sourced equally between male and female producers. Currently 75% of our coffee range is represented by independent female coffee producers, all of whom we have made the effort to visit and instigate direct relationships with, which we see as a fair representation of the percentage of work carried out globally by women in the coffee chain.

Gallery Espresso

A blend of female and family produced Guatemalan and Nicaraguan coffee, this espresso is sweet and balanced with notes of kiwi, chocolate lime, summer fruits and orange

70% Guatemala - Red De Mujeres Women’s Group

Producer:Red De Mujeres Women’s Group

Cooperative: Acodhiue  
Location: San Antonio Huista, Huehuetenango
Altitude: 1600 - 1850 Masl                         
Process: Washed                                             
Variety: Pache, Bourbon, Caturra, Typica

30% Nicaragua – Finca el Bosque

Producer: The Peralta Family

Farm: Finca El Bosque
Location: Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
Altitude: 1250 - 1560 Masl
Process: Washed
Variety: Caturra, Catuai

Honduras – Gloria Esperanza Mejia

Gloria Esperanza Mejia’s Washed Ihcafe90 Microlot is clean and sparkling with notes of pink lemonade, grapefruit, rose and mandarin

Producer: Gloria Esperanza Mejia

Farm: Finca Las Palmas
Location: Yaruchel, Belen, Ocotepeque
Altitude: 1450 Masl
Process: 48hr Maceration And Washed
Variety: Ihcafe90

Honduras – Yolanda Urrea Arita

This Red Honey Processed Red Catuai Microlot from female producer Yolanda Urea Arita is sweet and balanced, with notes of red fruits, pineapple and cherry

Producer: Yolanda Urrea Arita

Farm: El Triunfo Estate
Location: Las Pacayas, Corquin, Copan
Altitude: 1275 Masl
Process: Red Honey Process
Variety: Red Catuai

Honduras – Norma Iris Fiallos

Norma Iris Fiallos’ Red Catuai Microlot involves 90 hours of anaerobic maceration,

which brings out intense tropical, coconut, peach and white tea flavours

Producer: Norma Iris Fiallos

Farm: San Rafael

Location: Los Limos, Corquin, Copan

Altitude: 1350 Masl

Varietal: Red Catuai

Process: 90 Hour Maceration And Pulped

Drying: Raised Beds Over 16 Days 

Rwanda – Nkora Decaf

An all-natural and organic Sparkling Water Red Bourbon Decaf with rounded acidity and sweetness and notes of orange, clove, stone fruit and cacao Producer: Various Smallholders
Washing Station: Nkora Location:Rutsiro District, Mushonyi, Kaguriro
Altitude: 1500 – 1750 Masl
Process: Washed
Variety: Red Bourbon

Wholesale and slot roasting

Tate Coffee Roastery with team

Tate Roastery operates primarily as the in-house roasting operation for the Tate, sourcing and roasting sustainable specialty coffee on our Probatone 25kg roaster. Alongside production for the Tate we offer a roasting space and training for enthusiasts and professionals, as well as offering our blends and single origins for wholesale, sourcing and profiling for white-label, bespoke and contract-roasted coffee. We tailor our coffee sourcing and roasting to each customer, understanding the need for creativity in a competitive industry. 

As part of Tate Catering all profits made by the roastery are donated to the gallery. Each roaster, coffee shop or customer purchasing any of Tate’s coffee or services are directly supporting, not only the farmers we work with in our Direct Trade programme, but also the gallery itself. 

If you are interested in any of the coffees or services Tate Roastery can offer, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tom, our Head of Coffee: