WELCOME TO IKAWA
Inventors of the world’s first digital micro coffee roasters.
If you’re a coffee grower, trader, roaster, geek or lover, our roasting systems will enable you to get the best from your green beans
CHOOSE YOUR IKAWA
Our coffee roasters are proudly manufactured by IKAWA in London
They combine award winning design, precision engineering and cutting-edge
app technology to allow you to roast coffee however you like.
Our vision is to improve the value chain for smallholder producers and benefit the global coffee industry and drinkers by improving quality and appreciation of excellent coffee.
Read more about the team and what makes us tick here
IKAWA was the brainchild of founders Andrew Stordy and Rombout Frieling who had
the idea while studying Industrial Design at London’s Royal College of Art.
We’re proud to have thousands of fantastic professional customs using the
Sample Roaster every day and can’t wait for the worlds coffee lovers to have
our Home Coffee Roasters in their kitchens.
Andrew’s final year project at RCA was the Roaster Grinder Brewer back in 2008.
The coffee didn’t taste too good + grinders and filter machines have been invented already, so they decided to focus on making an awesome roaster.
Andrew and Rombout took a trip to Burundi to understand what it takes to create an excellent quality coffee, and followed it right through to the port at Dar es Salaam.
During the process, we learned how IKAWA could help coffee growers by being able to roast coffee in origin. It’s a bit dated, but you can watch the video here
Our first professional customers received their Sample Roasters in 2013.
We’re proud to say there are now thousands of professionals using our Sample Roasters all over the world.
With the help of 366 fantastic backers we got the support we needed (and more!), to fund the development of the IKAWA At Home and embarked on our journey to bring the project to life.
This included trips across continents to meet suppliers, tens of thousands of test roasts, more late nights than we’d care to remember, and culminated with us moving to our new workshop in London Fields where we manufacture all our coffee roasting machines.
A very proud moment that shifted our own mind-set about how we view the Sample Roaster for professionals – from a product for coffee innovators, to an industry standard piece of kit.
And allowed Tony to spend a weekend in Glasgow which apparently is his second favourite city!
We’ve always said that a successful Kickstarter campaign isn’t about hitting (or exceeding) the fundraising target, it’s about delivering a product that exceeds our backers’ expectations.
We’re super excited to be dispatching the Home Coffee Roasters, along with our green coffees and tailored roast recipes and look forward to hearing about the fantastic coffee experience that result.