Team

Meet our team
Jamie Boland

Jamie Boland

Owner, Head Roaster

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 as Head Roaster is now to grow the company further, source the best coffees from origin and maintain overall coffee-quality whilst helping with roast profile development. Jamie hopes to complete the CQI Processing qualification soon.

Favourite Origins: Ethiopia, Kenya, El Salvador
Favourite Processing Method: Natural or Honey
Favourite Brewing Method: Espresso

Mani Keleher

Mani Keleher

Roaster & Head Barista

Known to virtually every coffee-drinker in Manchester, Mani joined the company when moving to the new Roastery-Café in 2015. Mani’s Barista skills are up there with the best of them but he wished to develop his knowledge and skills further by roasting coffee and almost exclusively roasts coffee at Ancoats now. Mani hopes to complete the CQI Q-Grader qualification in the near future.

Favourite Origin: Colombia
Favourite Processing Method: Washed
Favourite Brewing Method: Pourover

Iga Wroblewska

Iga Wroblewska

Café Manager

Originally from Poland, Iga enjoys learning about sustainability in hospitality, as well as coffee and food production. She looks for innovative ideas for lessening the impact of the coffee industry on the planet. When Iga is not making coffee, she loves to cycle around Manchester.

Favourite Origin: Colombia, El Salvador

Favourite Processing Method: Colombia, El Salvador
Favourite Brewing Method: Batch Brew

Jake Taylor

Jake Taylor

Sales & Training Manager

Jake joined the company as a Barista in late 2016 having worked at several speciality coffee businesses over the years. An accomplished musician and Barista, Jake now focuses on developing our wholesale customer accounts, equipment sales and customer training.

Favourite Origin: Kenya, El Salvador
Favourite Processing Method: No Preference
Favourite Brewing Method: V60 / Aeropress

Luiza Furquim

Luiza Furquim

Trainee Roaster & Barista

A native Brazilian, you could say coffee is in her blood! Luiza began life as a regular customer of Ancoats before swiftly joining in 2016 to work as a Barista. Luiza quickly developed her skills and was keen to learn to roast and will gradually undertake some roasting duties. A qualified journalist, Luiza also writes the company blogs.

Favourite Origin: Kenya, Colombia, Brazil
Favourite Processing Method: Honey Process / Pulped Natural
Favourite Brewing Method: Batch Brew

Tom Houghton

Tom Houghton

Barista

Tom spent several years living in Japan and has lots of interesting insights into the country and coffee culture there. Upon returning to Manchester, Tom joined the company in early 2016 as a Barista and spends his other time in sound production, DJ-ing and selling vinyl.

Favourite Origin: Colombia, Ethiopia
Favourite Processing Method: Natural
Favourite Brewing Method: V60 / Nel Drip

Hazel Anson

Hazel Anson

Barista

Hazel also joined the company in early 2016 as a Barista and is qualified in film production and design. Hazel helps to develop the café menu with Iga and loves cooking, baking and also craft and design in her spare time.

Favourite Origin: Ethiopia & Kenya
Favourite Processing Method: No preference but Natural at a push
Favourite Brewing Method: Batch Brew & V60

Sara Kavanagh

Sara Kavanagh

Barista

Saara has been buying coffee through Ancoats for a few years and joined the company in 2016. Being from Finland, she is no stranger to coffee! Possibly the happiest person you are ever likely to meet, Saara also helps with cooking and baking in the café.

Favourite Origin: Ethiopia
Favourite Processing Method: Natural
Favourite Brewing Method: Aeropress