Jericho Coffee Traders started five years ago when New Zealander James Armitage saw a three wheeled Vespa Piaggio Ape for sale on the side of the road, bought it, and decided it needed a coffee machine on the back of it! He served coffee on the Magdalen Bridge, and then later in the Radcliffe Camera Square. The vivid turquoise coffee truck has become quite iconic amongst the people of Oxford, serving coffee at markets, festivals and even delivering their coffee beans, which they roast in a warehouse in Jericho. For a while JCT hosted their own pop-up shop on King Edward Street, with plans for another shop set in motion.
James and his wife Lizzie supply coffee to many different cafes within Oxford, including Barefoot Bakery in Jericho, Turl Street Kitchen, Society Cafe and the Bear and the Bean on the Cowley Road. The beans are sourced directly from the farms by a coffee trader and come from a number of countries, the most popular roasts currently being from Rwanda and Kenya.
James and Lizzie are passionate about coffee, and are constantly experimenting and changing the way they roast and brew. They have recently started an online subscription service where you can sign up for weekly or monthly coffee. This can be found at www.jerichocoffeetraders.com. More than anything, the team at JCT love talking everything coffee. They are always keen for people to drop in and chat with them at their roastery in Jericho, which is just off Adelaide Street.