British roastery Hasbean


The founder of Hasbean, Stephen Leighton, started roasting coffee in his garage in 1999. The story of the roastery began to be written a few years before the official founding. Stephen found his love of coffee at a young age. Hewanted a drip coffee machinefor Christmas and started drinking coffee before the rest of his family. A few years later, when he was working as a gas station clerk, he would order green coffee online and then roast it at home in a skillet.

He then bought a small 1kg roaster and roasted the coffee in his garage. He and his wife also bought a small coffee shop in Stafford where he wanted to sell the coffee. At the time, however, awareness of choice coffee was not as widespread, so it was not easy to get a foothold, but Stephen went on to pursue his dream. In 2003, he and his wife bought a two-kilogram roaster and, with the help of his friend Pete, launched the e-shop. And he succeeded. Coffee started selling in bulk.

It was alsoa big step for him to sit on the jury of the 2005Cup of Excellencecompetition in Nicaragua.

In early 2021, founder Stephen Leighton left the roastery. However, Steve remains co-owner of 3fe Coffee and Drop Coffee Roasters. In addition, Hasbean has been part of Ozone Coffee Roasters since 2018.


Hasbean's green coffee is sourced from long-standing partners in Africa, Central and South America and Asia. To push the coffee selection even further, they connect their producers. They can then share their experiences. Founder Steve also writes about the importance of maintaining good relationships in the coffee world in his book Coffeeography.

Their range of coffees is really wide and they always offer around 30-40 coffees, this is also due to the size of the whole roastery.


Hasbean roasters roast coffee for espresso, filter or omni. In this case, it is suitable for both espresso and filter coffee. Customers can choose from two roasting grades, medium and medium dark. Beans that are roasted medium look a little uneven, usually with a few darker spots. They usually bring out fruity or simple sugar flavors. While roasting medium dark, which ends just before the second crack of the bean, produces a flavour profile that is usually balanced between fruitier and more chocolatey flavours.

There are always a few blends on offer. There's always a blend suitable for espresso, as well as filter coffees, which are complemented by some seasonal blend such as the Christmas blend that Hasbean has been creating for 15 years.

What is far less common than the blends, however, is green coffee. Every coffee Hasbean offers is also unroasted. This seems to hark back to the early days of founder Stephen Leighton, who used to buygreen coffeeonline himself .

Hasbean coffee is iconic for its red packaging. The only exceptions are the blends or seasonal specials. Source:

They roast their coffee on Probatroasters and they don't roast on just one or two, but four. The roasters come in different sizes. They have a capacity of 2 kg, 12 kg, 25 kg and 60 kg, which allows the roaster to roast exactly the amount they need that day and send it to customers and wholesale partners the very next day. Hasbean does not currently have its own café, but supplies its coffee to cafés across Europe.