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The Cornico Coffee Company was formed by Andrew Tobin and Martyn Fraser in 2011, between them they have over 55 years of experience in the beverage industry. They are known to love their Italian coffee but are moving forward and they have opened their first roastery on the 27th September 2019 near Padstow. 

With Andrew's daughters and Martyn's son being part of the company, together they are bringing new and exciting things to Cornwall. 

Martyn Fraser and Andrew Tobin of Cornico Coffee
Above: Martyn Fraser and Andrew Tobin, Company Directors.


Martyn Fraser

“My role in the company involves every aspect of running a successful business, from accounts, new systems, project development, sales and training. Being a Company Director is tiring but I have coffee running through my veins to keep me going.”

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?

Meeting people of many diverse cultures in the catering trade has been one of the many things I enjoy. Everyone has different expectations and goals and I love helping them achieve this. I’ve worked in the coffee business since 1980 starting with Kenco in London’s West End which was predominately selling filter coffee. In 1986 I founded a company called Cornish Coffee which became the largest independent coffee business in the south-west and then sold this to a company based in Belgium.

I’ve seen so many changes in the coffee trade over the last 40 years from filter coffee being the coffee to have, then it was espresso, cappuccino coffee made badly. Suddenly the high street coffee boom arrived, and the barista was born, with consumers asking for higher quality produced drinks. However, over the last 5 years there has been a move to lighter roast coffees and single origins which bring out more diverse flavours, even the Italians are experimenting with this.

It’s great to see how the coffee industry is growing and being a part of that progression has been instrumental as to why I enjoy working in speciality coffee.

Can you give us a Barista Top Tip?
You can have the best quality coffee and a top of the range machine but produce awful coffee, if you’ve not been trained properly.

We spend a lot of money and effort on training our customers which incidentally is free, so please use the facility. My pet hate is over heated milk which changes the taste of the coffee making it bitter.

Favourite Brew Method and why?
It must be a correctly extracted Italian espresso made into a flat white, intense, smooth and creamy.

Andrew Tobin

“As a Director I do almost everything except training: I don’t do that!"

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee? 
There is always something new, my kitchen is an Aladdin`s cave of coffee equipment.

Can you give us a Barista Top Tip?
Use the best quality ingredients and equipment that you can afford. The results are so much better.

Favourite Brew Method and why?
Espresso, still the best despite what the hipsters have to say - It’s so versatile.


Tom Chambers

"My role at Cornico Coffee consists of being responsible for curating and sourcing green coffee, quality control in the roastery and leading barista training sessions."

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?
My favourite part about working with speciality coffee is just how dynamic the product and the industry are. Working with such an interesting and complex product, I’m always learning more and discovering new things! The Industry itself is also very friendly and welcomes people keen to learn into the industry with open arms.

Can you give us a Barista top tip?
Sometimes when you have been very busy and have made hundreds of espressos you may notice that the grind setting that was correct in the morning, no longer produces that sweet espresso it previously did. This is due to the grinder chamber heating up (among other factors) and causing the coffee to become more soluble in water. To rectify this you may need to adjust your grinder a few micro adjustments finer to compensate for the change in environmental factors. 

Favourite brew method and why?
My favourite brew method would have to the Kalita Wave. I love the resulting brew as it often delivers very even extraction alongside balanced body, acidity and sweetness.


Briony Tobin 

"My role is to ensure the running of the office is smooth and efficient, I also like to get creative running the social media pages, send me your best coffee photos to be featured. You may also recognise me as the friendly voice on the end of the phone!" 

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?
The best thing about working in speciality coffee for me is meeting people in the industry including customers and suppliers at trade shows and seeing how coffee trends change so quickly.

Can you give us a Barista top tip?
My top tip is to keep your machine nice and clean! Not only does it effect the quality of the espresso you produce but also the way you present yourself and your business to the customers you have worked hard for. 

Favourite brew method and why? 
My favourite brewing method has to be the Chemex, when it has finished brewing it is the perfect temperature, full of flavour and... it looks pretty.


Sean Fraser

"I run the engineering department making sure our customers machines keep running and tracking service calls to ensure machines are brewing correctly and above all, safe."

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?
Since I was a youngster, I have always had a passion for coffee machines and how they work. Equipment is always evolving, and I love taking them apart to see how they are put together.

I’m the one everyone loves to see when their machine goes down, it’s very satisfying to see happy customers.

Can you give us a Barista Top Tip?
My top tip is to have an annual service and pressure test, quality water filters are a must. Keep the machine and grinder clean, inside and out, it’s a focal point and often centre stage. If it’s not cleaned and serviced it will produce bad coffee, it’s as simple as that.

Favourite Brew Method and why?
I like cappuccino, so it will have to be espresso, nothing like a frothy coffee.


Paul Redfern

"I see myself as the smiling face of the company, there’s nothing worse than a grumpy delivery driver."

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?
Our customers are what I enjoy the most they are like family, so friendly and chatty like me. I didn’t realise that there was so much to know about coffee, it’s been a real eye opener.

Can you give us a Barista Top Tip?
Don’t try to adjust the grinder or machine settings unless you have been fully trained to do so.

Favourite Brew Method and why?
I would say it’s the French press with a lovely rich coffee, so simple to use and with great results.

Tony Randle

"As the Company accountant, it’s my role to ensure the accounts system runs efficiently".

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?
Recently I have enjoyed the challenges that our new roastery has brought with percentage moisture loss in coffee and how to cost everything out, I learn something new every day in this industry.

Favourite Brew Method and why?
I like a good filter coffee so I’m going to say drip coffee is my tipple, well during working hours anyway.

Can you give us a Barista Top Tip?
Use fresh coffee and don’t leave it in a hot handle for more than 5 seconds before brewing.

Kathryn Tobin

"I am a trainee coffee roaster, on days we aren’t roasting you will find me behind the machine serving our latest roasts."

What do you enjoy most about working in speciality coffee?
I find it really interesting! There is so much to learn every day, I am currently completing several coffee courses. 

Can you give us a Barista top tip?
If doesn’t matter how well you have dialled in your coffee or how fresh your coffee is - if you leave the portafilter in the machine your coffee will burn! Start brewing your espresso immediately.

Favourite brew method and why?
My favourite brewing method is the Aeropress - I love traveling and I can take it everywhere with me! 


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