My wife and I are from very different backgrounds; me being born and raised in North Wales, and she in Bali. We had an unusual start to our marriage as we had to cancel our wedding in Indonesia three days before the special day, due to the Covid pandemic. Just a week later, after six years of living in Indonesia, we returned to Wales to help care for my father in his final stage of life. It was a challenging time, but we wanted to take positive steps.
After all, life is full of little perks :)
So we brainstormed some ideas and eventually came up with Derw Coffee, for 3 reasons...
Natural Ingredients = Good Coffee
Firstly, we both love good coffee, whether in a flat white, a liqueur, or a tiramisu. Some of our favourite memories are of queuing for (and sipping on) ‘the best coffee in London’, or roasting local Indonesian beans in a frying pan to see how it would taste. We also love quality, natural ingredients. We knew we had to do something that we care about, and our cold brew products ticked all the boxes.
Grandmothers Know Best
We wanted to connect our two backgrounds. My wife’s Ninik (grandmother) makes a health shot concoction every day from fresh turmeric, ginger, and other amazing ingredients which she says keeps her energetic and witty. I believe it.
We created Derw’s ready to drink blends to bring these fantastic flavours and health benefits to you, in a unique and delicious way. Our liqueurs' flavours pays homage to Bali with tasting notes of coconut and clove, and they're healthier by having 75% less sugar than most liqueurs. Ninik also enjoys a good tipple, so we're sure she would love our liqueurs too ;)
The Land Of My Father
I wanted to contribute to Wales in a way that would have made my father proud, with a business that promotes an ethical and sustainable lifestyle. He enjoyed building people up, supporting individuals and communities, and making people happy. He was a great lover of trees and oak was his favourite, and so we named our coffee Derw, which means ‘oak’ in Welsh. We know that he would be proud of us.