TeamMeet our team
Jamie previously lived and worked as a barista in Melbourne before moving back to Ancoats and is where his passion for coffee really began. A certified Q-Grader, Jamie’s focus is now to grow the company further, source the best coffees from origin and maintain overall coffee-quality whilst helping the roasting team with profile development. Jamie hopes to complete the CQI Processing qualification soon.
Helena arrived in Manchester two years ago and has already become a recognisable face on the coffee scene here in the north. Her passion for coffee is only exceeded by that for her elderly, but spider munching, cat Maggie.
However these are not the only facets of this magnificent midlands mademoiselle, she also makes a mean organic coffee scrub as well as some superb homemade jams!
Jake joined the company as a Barista in late 2016 having worked at several speciality coffee businesses over the years. Jake’s focus and success in developing our wholesale customer accounts, equipment sales and customer training is an invaluable part of our operation. Jake has competed over the last two years in the UK Brewers Cup Championship. With an eye for detail and brewing experience, he wants to bring brewed coffee to the forefront of Manchester’s coffee scene.
Tereza is are self confessed, always happy and positive Operations manager. Originally from the Czech Republic, she joined the company in late 2018 and has continually wowed us with her hard work, creativity and all round amazingness. When not slinging shots in the cafe or baking sweet treats she is making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. She is also a keen skater and when not here at Ancoats she can often be found down at the pump cage honing her kickflips instead of cakes.
Luke’s three true loves are cycling, coffee and doggos.This Sheffield lad found his passion for coffee while cycling the length of New Zealand. If he’s not out on an adventure, cycling gravel trails or camping, you’ll find him behind the machine making oat flat whites. He REALLY likes doggos so please bring in your fluffers and puppers to keep our boy happy! Please.
Our cafe manager Alex joined the ancoats team back in 2018. Alex spent his formative years in the australian outback but his heart has always been here in the northwest. When not serving you an early morning batch, he can be found tending our small but growing plant family, with a passion and expertise unrivalled in the speciality coffee community. Nevertheless it is his musical mastery, wisdom and scholarship that is his trump card, as he is also a well renowned DJ on the Manchester circuit and a bonafide music aficionado. So if you fancy a chat on the finer points of Alice Coltrane’s back catalogue, Alex is your man!
Will is our, Macclesfield born and bred, chatterbox. This former break dancer is never with out a kind word or question for all our regulars, He brings the positive vibes and cliched barista good looks, every self respecting millennial run cafe needs in this day and age. He is a traveller at heart and it was travelling that he discovered a passion for coffee by helping workers pick cherries in a farm in Indonesia in 2017. Will’s only other true love is that of Manchester City football club, a citizen till he die’s, cut him and he will bleed blue, though he is still waiting for pep’s call.
Chelsie joined us in September 2019, migrating from her beloved Liverpool and transferring from the beautiful coffee babes of Bold Street Coffee. She made the move to Manchester to study for a part time masters degree in Contemporary Curating. Since her arrival, she has not just wowed us with her coffee skills but also her baking prowess and the creation of some amazing sweet treats. Nevertheless her real passion lies in both plants and pups, always with a dog treat in hand or camera in tow snapping pics of plants.
Dave a chesterfield boy born and bred moved to Manchester back in 2011 but has only been with us since late 2019. Dave has brought a smile and an eclectic playlist to Ancoats.
He is a keen drummer and counts himself as a member of 3 seperate bands. However he is far too interesting to be pigeonholed as just a musician he holds a degree in audio engineering, is a keen history buff, a amateur carpenter and possesses the front crawl of an olympian!
Omir is one of two true mancunians among our ranks. He arrived on our Ancoats doorstep in late 2019 having travelled the world and found his way home . Our self appointed “grill master” is not just a slick coffee slinging barista but has years of cheffing experience under his, now retired, mixed martial arts belt. Having spent time in the world of fine dining on the south coast back in the early 2010’s he headed down under and spent 3 1/2 years learning his coffee trade in the speciality coffee proving ground, that is Australia. Having returned to Manchester he can now be found, when not behind our bar, freelance illustrating and doing a damn fine job at it too!
Ben our latest recruit is the ancoats team’s brilliant bagging busker. A Wiltshire native, who arrived in Manchester in late 2019, he has provided us with a much needed influx of jazzy printed shirts we were sorely missing as a team. Before arriving in Ancoats Ben has forged a successful career as a musician/busker for over 10 years! Not content with that though he is a dab hand at ping pong and claims to have perfected the Italian pasta sauce soffritto to a level never before seen! (A taste test has yet to be performed)