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John Watt and Son Blackfriars Street ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

12th of July 2018 – Thursday

Today is one year from the day we first opened our doors here at John Watt and Son’s Blackfriars St branch. With what used to be a Takeaway Chinese Shop, John Watt and Son directors Peter and Carol Johnston have turned the space into a place to roast and package coffee as well as a café for customers to enjoy a brew whilst seeing us roast! Open Monday – Saturday 8 am – 3:30 pm.

Customers can also buy coffee and teas for the home as well as look at the variety of hampers we sell. Customers can also pop by on a Saturday between 10:30 – 3:00 pm for our free Coffee Tasting Sessions.

Here are our before and after photos so you can see how much it has changed.


So what has happened so far one year on!

We got awarded Fairtrade Accreditation.

We have also hosted a variety of events from Women’s Network meetings, Coffee Roasting Experiences by winners of our annual Adult Colouring Competition and solicitors Cartmell Shepherd, Coffee & Tea Leaf Reading by Cara Hamilton and a Fairtrade Talk. We now also have items upcycled from our coffee sacks and palettes in use as décor too – kindly made by The Eden Workshop who do fantastic craft workshops.

We’ve also had up and downs and challenges with Victoria Viaduct being closed for 2 and half months which has affected trade but we are fortunate to have very supportive customers- we are delighted that it is now back open and nice to see our neighbours Tesco open once again.


The ups include doubling the amount of coffee beans we are roasting. We send our coffee and teas through our Coffee and Tea club out to customers nationwide and across the globe as well as via wholesale to various establishments around Cumbria, South West Scotland, North East and a place in Midhurst as they saw that we won the Great Taste award on our Espresso Coffee last year!

We wish to thank all our customers, staff and suppliers for their continued support and look forward to many more years to come!

One Year Blackfriars St Anniversary Competition

We are marking our One Year Anniversary with a competition where if you take a photo inside our Blackfriars St branch enjoying or buying any of our products between today, Thursday 12th of July until Thursday, 19th of July and post it on either Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (make sure to tag us – so we know you entered- use hashtag #JWBLACKFRIARSANNIVERSARY ) – you will get entered into a competition to win 1 kilo of our Costa Rica coffee- you can choose to have it as bean, ground for cafetiere or filter! Winner drawn and announced on Friday 20th of July.

John Watt and Son, 49-53 Blackfriars St, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8HB.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 8am – 3:30pm