How it all began…
After a decade immersed in London’s coffee culture as a professional barista, and travelling to coffee origin, Emily moved back home to Oxfordshire.
Knowing how good coffee could be, she wanted to share it. The goal: to make delicious and sustainable coffee available and accessible to anyone who simply wanted a wholesome brew, carefully crafted and full of character.
She didn’t have the funds to set up a café, but she did have the know-how, and she did have a retired horsebox.
3 years later, our converted Horsebox and vintage 2CV van (dubbed Deux Chevaux Espresso) have become a welcome sight for commuters and festival-goers across the county to whom we reliably provide delicious coffee on the move.
We’ve also opened our Horsebox roastery. Here we roast our house brew, signature blends and seasonal, single origins to order and supply them to other independent shops, cafés and everyday folk who want to join in on our wholesome coffee movement.
At the end of the day, what’s important to us is that when our customers see us or a cafe serving our beans, they know they’re going to get a confident smile, some good coffee banter and, most importantly, a delicious brew.
The horsebox was built in 1976 by Rice of Leicestershire and sold by a Newbury dealer soon afterwards to Emily’s mother when Emily was just a little girl. It was well used throughout the 1980s and 90s by Solomon (Dark Horse), Joker and Brightstar, travelling to local shows and cross country events.
After many years together, very sadly all three horses, best friends, passed away in the early noughties. The horsebox spent the next 15 years in a dry barn where, luckily, although a little rusty and shabby, it remained in excellent working order.