“The coffee I’ve enjoyed most since started at Mercanta is probably the Don Alfonso Entre Rios, from Aquiares Estate in Costa Rica. I love a naturally processed coffee, and this one doesn’t disappoint, bursting with strawberry, blueberry and boozy flavour notes. Aquiares Estate has been doing great work for the specialty coffee industry for years, and are constantly working on ways to improve their sustainability, and better the lives of the community around them.”
Originally from Gloucester, Rowanna (formally known as Row) graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Psychology. Drawn in by the thick smoke and bright lights of the capital, Row set sail for London, where she began working for a social enterprise that organised pop up cinemas! As cool as it sounds, UK weather does not shine favourably on outdoor social enterprises, so instead Row turned to her second love, coffee.
Continuing her dream of working for a social enterprise, Row managed to pair her two passions by joining Redemption Roasters; a coffee roaster based in HMP the Mount, Bovingdon, who help offenders successfully reintegrate into society, by training them in professional roastery and barista skills, with the goal to decrease reoffending rates. Not only did prison life shelter Row from the rain, but she also spent two and a half years honing her coffee skills and moving up the ladder to become Roaster Operations Manager. After deciding to look for a change of scenery (fewer bars on the windows), Row was released and joined the Coffee Hunter Team.
After unfortunately joining the team in March 2020 (one week in the office followed by 4 months of lockdown), Row is on what some might call the Mercanta ‘unofficial fast track’. This sees Row learning and working in many facets of the business; including, sales, logistics, marketing & the lab. Luckily for us, we are yet to find a task that Row isn’t able to conquer.