Common Grounds has won a coveted 3-star Gold award in both the 2017 & 2018 Great Taste Awards. GTA judges commented that it “has great nose; feels like you can taste the barrels in the aroma. It delivers a big hit of blackcurrants and forest fruits. With milk, the fruits are even more pronounced. Funky, sweet, rich, and smooth. Delicious. 3 star.”


Last year saw the launch of Common Grounds, a collaboration with ourselves and Magic Rock Brewery, to make the the ultimate triple coffee porter. This collaboration has now gone even further.


Magic Rock use whiskey barrels to age some of their beers in. This mellows the flavours of the beer and adds complexity from the wood and the traces of whiskey. The same effect can be found when you store green beans in the barrels. We use washed Ethiopian coffee from Yirgacheffe, that is “aged” in a Bourbon barrel for a couple of week before roasting


The results are stunning. A faint aroma of the whiskey (especially when you grind it!) gives way to a sweet smooth vanilla flavour. Just delicious.


Please note that, as each batch has to be aged in the barrel for up to two weeks, there can sometimes be a short wait for coffee to be roasted. Also the intensity and flavour may vary as different barrels affect the coffee in their own unique way, just like a single cask whisky has its own unique signature.


Dark Woods use specialty grade coffees, (scoring more than 80% in Specialty Coffee Association grading) which have cleaner more distinctive flavours than cheaper commercial coffees and are traceable to skilled farmers and their farms across the world. Carefully roasted to produce an array of flavours to suit a wide range of styles and tastes — which may be why Dark Woods were awarded more Great Taste Awards than any other coffee company this year, as well as another "Golden Fork" for Best Northern Product.

Dark Woods Coffee - Common Grounds Barrel Aged Coffee - 250g (Beans)

  • Dark Woods Coffee is an adventurous coffee roaster nestled on the edge of Marsden village in the West Yorkshire Pennines. They roast their coffee by hand on a 1950’s Probat drum roaster in a beautifully refurbished Victorian textile mill beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and River Colne. The dramatic, windswept valley inspires the mood and flavours of their exceptional coffees. 

  • We are really excited to add Dark Woods Coffee to our store. Their coffee is absolutely exquiste and we can't recommend it enough. To ensure we do justice to their range, we only carry 'beans' and limited stock. Whilst this means you need to order a few days before you require your coffee, it does ensure it reaches you in the best possible condition.