Contact Coffee Co.

We deliver quality coffee to be brewed and enjoyed with minimal fuss in any environment.

The story begins with two serving Royal Marines frustrations of drinking our beloved coffee during operations and exercises around the world.

Difficult resupply and low budgets resulted in either no coffee or freeze dried substandard instant coffee only reaching deployed soldiers.

Our mantra of “Quick Coffee” drives us to seek ways of brewing the best fresh coffee with minimal equipment and in the shortest amount of time.

Field testing every product to ensure its “soldier proof” and tastes delicious continues to take priority over aesthetics.

Contact Coffee Co co-founder as a special forces communicator in Afghanistan

Luke – Co Founder

I recently transitioned from the Royal Marines to 'Civvie Street' after serving 10 years. After deploying on Herrick, I completed a specialist communications course in 2014 spending the last 6 years working within the “Group” on further deployments. As I moved away from the military I continue to push myself by training for an Ironman.

I took the step into running Contact Coffee full time in 2020, this has enabled us as a business to grow by giving us less restrictions due to previous personal and operational security.

My Role is Managing Director, who actively chins off admin to our Operations Manager. Along with Si Lume, I am always looking forward to the future for opportunities and new avenues to explore.

Favourite Coffee: Flat White, Red On!

Method: Espresso Machine

Contact Coffee Co co-founder as a Royal Marine on a parachute exercise

Si Lume - Co-founder

Still serving but I continue to be at the core of what Contact Coffee strives to deliver to our customers.

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Favourite coffee: Americano with milk, Battle Prep blend
Method: Espresso created with an Aeropress

operations manager of contact coffee co

James – Operations manager

I served 12 years until leaving as a Sergeant in 2018. Like the founders, I had a passion for coffee early on in my Army career. I see the process of making and drinking a brew an opportunity to switch off from the Army pace of life for a short period.

I was blown up during Herrick 8 and flown back home after only 5 days deployment (easy way out). After rehabilitation at Sellyoak and then Headley court I was keen to get back to operational commitments. I completed a specialist communication course in 2012 and spent my final six years working in the “Group”.

My role in Contact Coffee is to keep the ship moving. I keep the owners in check with their ambitious ideas which in turn keeps the company grounded and running smoothly. Contact Coffee is now my passion and I enjoy welcoming other to embrace it.

Favourite Coffee: Americano, After Hours
Method: Bean to cup coffee machine