Suffolk café chain with a farm in Kenya opens new branch in England

Paddy & Scott’s Riverside Leisure Centre
Paddy & Scott's in the refurbished Riverside Leisure Centre Photo: Paddy & Scott's

A Suffolk café chain, which has its own coffee farm in Meru has opened its first café in Chelmsford, inside a newly-refurbished leisure centre.

The latest 100-cover Paddy & Scott’s café has been launched inside the town’s Riverside Leisure Centre, which reopened on in June following a £40m facelift.

Paddy & Scott’s was launched from the boot of Scott Russell’s car in 2007. They operate four cafes in Suffolk and one in Dorset, as well as more than 150 branded concessions in the UK, Hong Kong, Shanghai and the Middle East. 

In 2016, they took on their very own Kenyan coffee farm in Meru. Working closely with the Muchomba family, the company have created a unique project which has revolutionised how coffee is traded and gives more back to the families working hard to grow the coffee.

Paddy & Scott’s Kenya Coffee Farm
The coffee farm in Meru has become a second home for Paddy & Scott’s. Photo: Paddy & Scott’s

Through their close collaboration, the Meru Farm has become the second home of Paddy and Scott’s and this relationship has made it possible for the company to invest in the farm infrastructure and work with local schools to ensure sustainable change for the coffee growing community.

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