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Derbyshire entrepreneur believes ethical trading is a top priority

Greg Campher, an entrepreneur from Stanton-by-Dale, Derbyshire set up Outpost coffee roasters last year in order to provide customers with high-quality coffee that was fairly and ethically traded.

An issue with equipment meant that the firm was not happy with the quality of beans and had to upgrade it, meaning they only started to produce the quality they wanted last month.

“We wanted to get roasting pretty quickly but the roaster wasn’t producing the quality we wanted, so we had to upgrade equipment to a modulating burner. We have been like caged bulls desperate to get to the point we are at,” said the 33-year-old entrepreneur, Greg Campher.

The coffee is sourced from around the world by a small number of farmers and co-operatives.

Head of coffee Alex Bitsios-Esposito said that ensuring the farmers were paid fairly for their work was one of the highest priorities.

“Ultimately, it comes down to the taste and the quality of the coffee but we also look at whether it’s fairly ethically traded. If it doesn’t meet that [criteria] we will say ‘no’ to working with them unless there’s change.”