About Us – Sea Island Coffee

About Us


The world’s very finest coffees tend to come from high altitudes on tropical islands such as St Helena, Jamaica, Hawaii, New Caledonia, and the Canary Islands, and it was in recognition of this agricultural phenomenon that we named our company Sea Island Coffee when we first started trading in 2007. Our vision was to source rare coffees from around the world and to sell them direct to consumers via our online store and in our flagship retail showroom in South Kensington, London. We are now in our 12th year of operation and currently export to more than 70 different countries around the world.

As coffee increases in popularity, many consumers enjoy sampling coffees from different exotic origins. The “cup” quality varies dramatically and is correlated very closely with price. Thus, the more expensive coffees which we offer tend to be the ones that taste the best and are almost always consumed Black (no milk or sugar) as they are naturally sweet, with amazing floral and fruity overtones, a lovely finish and no bitter aftertaste.

To ensure maximum freshness and flavour, we roast in 1kg batches, often several times a week depending on demand for a particular coffee.


Our mission is to responsibly and ethically source our coffees directly from “origin”, insuring that as much of the value accrues directly to the farmers. We visit origin regularly and have invested in the upstream production in some cases such as St Helena and Jamaica.


The price of our coffees reflects the labour-intensive nature of growing and reaping small batches of artisanal processed coffees in extremely remote locations. Because the best coffees tend to come from islands with small populations, very limited acreage and subjected to a range of natural hazards such as typhoons and hurricanes, and because shipping the coffee is only viable by airfreight from origin, the costs are very substantial and quantities necessarily very limited.