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.
Always behind the roaster, the computer or the cupping table, our Head Roaster defines herself as a backstage person, keeping busy behind the scenes. On her more sociable days you’ll find her organising events and workshops for the local coffee community.
(Photo by Rebecca Lupton)
Head of Wholesale Accounts and Training
Jake joined the company as a Barista in late 2016 having worked at several speciality coffee businesses over the years. First and foremost however Jake is an accomplished musician and while his knowledge of the minutiae of machines is unparalleled, it is his baseline hooks which will grab you first. Jake’s focus and success in developing our wholesale customer accounts, equipment sales and customer training is a invaluable part of our operation. Now I hear you say “my god this man is talented” and we agree, but where would he be if he could only learn to change the blue roll.
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!
Supervisor and Social Media Manager
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.
Head Baker and Barista
Tereza is are self confessed, always happy and positive Head Baker. 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, she is hard at work planning, crafting and baking every single, sweet treat and cake we sell here in the cafe. 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.
Will is a traveller at heart and it was travelling that he discovered his passion for coffee by helping workers pick cherries in a farm in Indonesia in 2017. Also a music journalist and organiser of club nights in Manchester, Will’s collective Ataraxia love to play strong House beats with soul and swing. He indulges in chatting to customers beyond the small talk and feels rewarded by every new personal connection.
The cafe’s latest recruit brings a wealth of experience to Ancoats. Born and raised on the mean streets of Nottingham, Helena arrived in Manchester two years ago and has already become a recognizable 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!