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About Us

Story tells that the barn was ‘blown away’ in the catastrophic storm of January 1839. The Lost Barn became nothing more than an intriguing, noteworthy mention, scribed onto the old field maps of the historic Cheshire estate on which we’re sited.

A century and a half later, next to the site of The Lost Barn, our micro-roastery emerges amongst those ancient trees and pastures of the Cheshire countryside. With our hardworking, copper coffee roaster and skilled team, we are passionate about ethically sourcing top quality beans from far away continents and meticulously roasting them in small batches.

Bringing together many decades of experience immersed in the food and drink industry in both London and Melbourne, our team prides itself on its attention to detail and hand roasting techniques, creating coffee with mouth-watering depths of flavour and freshness.


Born and raised in New Zealand, co-founder Blair trained and worked as a Chef in Wellington, before relocating to London. After a number of years in an Executive Chef role overseeing a large group of restaurants, Blair moved to Australia, opening three cafes and restaurants in Melbourne. Here his interest and knowledge of the coffee industry really developed.

With over 20 years of cooking experience, Blair has a deep understanding of flavour and heads up the coffee roasting at The Lost Barn with meticulous care and passion for our coffee.


Co-founder of Lost Barn Coffee, Jo has seen the business sustainably grow from its roots in a converted shipping container on her family’s dairy farm to its new, purpose-built home.

Like many others in the UK coffee industry, Jo’s coffee journey began in Australia, after meeting her husband, Blair, who was already immersed in the hospitality industry in Melbourne. Jo draws on her experience in sustainable design and project management to bring a unique set of skills and a strong vision to Lost Barn Coffee.

When not at The Lost Barn, Jo can usually be found in the fields making the most of rural life with her young family, or creating with flowers and foliage.


Faye is a Co-Director of Lost Barn Coffee and brings her creative vision to the company and venue, inspired by her many travels and years spent living in New Zealand and Australia. She fuses these international influences with those of her farm childhood, the rural setting of which is now the home of The Lost Barn.

She has a passion for words, art and adventures and brings her background in styling and design to sourcing interesting and unique items for the on-site store.


Anna is our head chef bringing her creative culinary skills to The Lost Barn café with seasonal menu changes and specialities of the day. Having had a varied career including Virgin aircrew and running her own floristry business, Anna has returned to her roots within the hospitality industry after initially joining our team as front of house.

When not cooking for others, Anna enjoys eating out and pretending she knows more about wine than master sommeliers!


Julian joined us in 2022, wanting to build on his foundation of home barista skills and coffee knowledge; and soon formed a harmonious partnership with Kitty (our coffee machine).

Crafting a knowledge of the characteristics and flavours of our coffees, he is also happy to advise on our range for home use. He has also created a number of delicious seasonal drink concoctions, regularly available in the café.

Outside of hours, Julian can often be found tinkering with his car, sometimes resulting in the enforced use of his second passion (biking) for the daily commute. In Summer months he has also been spotted navigating local waters on his paddleboard.


Robert is a dedicated artisan. A key member of our roastery team, he meticulously roasts unique coffee, delivers to our wholesale customers and packages orders with attention to detail .

With a passion for bushcraft, he finds solace in the wilderness, honing his survival skills. And is happiest hanging in his hammock in the forest.

Prior to his coffee journey, Robert's culinary expertise as a former chef infused his roasting creations with a rich palette of flavours.


A co-founder of Lost Barn Coffee, Martyn began his career in London and spent several years managing some of London’s swankiest venues, before moving to Switzerland to launch an exclusive club in Verbier.

With dreams of owning his own venue Martyn headed to Melbourne, where he teamed up with Blair to open his own restaurant and became immersed in the world of truly delicious coffee.

After returning to England to be closer to family, Martyn was integral to the launch of our ecommerce set up, and now looks after wholesale distribution throughout South East England from our distribution outpost in Kent.