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Norwich coffee roaster helps Brazilian student bring his family’s beans to UK market

Strangers Coffee managing director Alex Sargeant, right, has joined forces with Brazilian student, Callum Brough, to sell his coffee from his family's farm. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Strangers Coffee managing director Alex Sargeant, right, has joined forces with Brazilian student, Callum Brough, to sell his coffee from his family's farm. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Strangers Coffee has joined forces with UEA student Callum Brough to help him import his family’s coffee to England, after sampling the award-winning bean.

The company has bought around 80 bags of coffee from Callum’s family farm so far and eventually hopes to source all its Brazilian coffee from them. The beans are also being stocked by the UEA and Unthank Kitchen.

Strangers has helped Callum find storage facilities and roasted around 50% of the beans he has brought into the UK in the past three months, but the 20-year-old plans to sell his family’s produce to more roasters around the UK.

Strangers director Al Sargeant said: “It’s really brave for Callum to do this. When you are a small producer it is not always easy to get your coffee to market – you generally have to join a co-operative. Getting your coffee into another country without a co-op is a good scenario because the farmer can get the best price for it.”

He added that he hopes to visit the farm in Brazil with Callum in future to source the coffee directly.

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