Nov 18, 2015

Risk Capital Partners invests in Small Batch Coffee, the independent coffee roastery and retail coffee chain

Risk Capital Partners today announces that it has bought a majority stake in Brighton based Small Batch Coffee Company the artisan coffee business.

Small Batch began roasting in 2006 and has since developed its own retail concept, growing to 5 stores across Brighton and Hove, together with two railway kiosks.  Its successful wholesale business provides branded and bespoke blends to an expanding list of leading restaurants, coffee shops and cafes throughout the UK.

Risk Capital Partners is supporting the existing management team, led by Nigel Lambe as Chief Executive, who has worked alongside the exiting founder, Brad Jacobsen, for the past 5 years. Co-founder Alan Tomlins, runner up in the 2015 SCAE UK National Championship Roaster awards, will continue to head up the coffee and roasting side of the business, and existing operations manager, Kris Katin, will head up the retail business.

Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, commented: “I am a huge fan of Small Batch Coffee, not just their delicious coffee but also their cool spaces, friendly staff and meticulous attention to detail.  We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Nigel and his team to help bring Small Batch to a wider audience.”

Nigel Lambe, Chief Executive of Small Batch said: “I am delighted to be teaming up with Risk Capital Partners, who have unrivalled experience in retail and wholesale food and café businesses.  We have great ambition for the Small Batch brand and sought out Luke and his team when the opportunity arose.”