Fish River Roasters started in my garage, by the Fish River, in 2006. However the idea to start roasting coffee really started in London in 1995. Coffee was pretty poor in London then. I was working at a very posh hotel and there was an older Italian guy on staff who was not impressed with the standard of coffee he was finding. When we would knock off work he would take me to Bar Italia in Soho for a “real coffee” from their classic lever group espresso machine. He only drank espressos. They were short, they were sweet and they transformed my view of what coffee could be.