About Us

Blair

Born and raised in New Zealand, 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.

Jo

Jo has returned to her rural roots in Cheshire after spending 9 years in Australia following a career in Architectural Design and Project Management. Whilst living in the vibrant city of Melbourne, Jo developed a love for the fine, speciality coffee scene the city is famous for.
Now back surrounded by the fields of her childhood, Jo brings her creative and project skills to The Lost Barn.

Martyn

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 an integral part of setting up the ecommerce side of the business and now looks after wholesale distribution throughout South East England from our base in Kent.

Faye

Faye has always been a weaver of words and has a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling which complements her talent for creating beautiful imagery. Her career background in fashion journalism and styling allowed her to explore this, and she brings to the team her knowledge of PR, marketing and digital media.
As a mother of four little wildlings, coffee has played a rather large part in her life over the past decade. Luckily the Melbourne café scene was on hand and there is no better place to develop an appreciation for a well-crafted coffee. She and Curt have called New Zealand and then Australia home for the past 11 years but she is happy to be back and surrounded by beautiful countryside on her native Cheshire soil again.

Curt

Something of a globetrotter, Curt is South African but has spent time living in Denmark, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. With a successful career in environmental consultancy and project management in some of the biggest global consultancies behind him, Curt is focused on developing the best sustainable practices for the roastery and implementing our strategy and systems.
Curt was a later-in-life coffee convert and up until three years ago, he didn’t drink hot drinks. However the sleep deprivation after the birth of his fourth child drove him to seek caffeine and whilst in Australia he well and truly picked up the coffee bug. He has been making up for lost time ever since. His other big passion in life is surfing and when not in the roastery you’ll find him chasing waves on the North Wales coast.

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