Nightingale Coffee – Our Pledge To The NHS

Over the last few weeks, we have been doing our best to keep local NHS services well-caffeinated. Given the circumstances they find themselves in, a good cup of coffee is the very least we can do for them.

Back in March, before we entered lockdown, we pledged to give free coffee to NHS staff, from our two shops in Middlesbrough. With the support of Drew Rowley of React Nutrition, we had the equivalent of 500 coffees behind the bars. 

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to give all of these coffees away before we closed our shops, so we quickly looked towards the next way we could help. We knew that the staff at Middlesbrough’s James Cook University Hospital were in need of as much help as possible; fortunately, we were in a position to help. We donated a grinder and brewer, and a selection of coffees, so that staff could find some respite with a decent brew.

The next step for us was to make a plan and to see how far afield we could help. In the meantime, another care package made its way to the Friary Community Hospital in Richmond.

We reached out to Falcon Coffees, who are responsible for the sourcing and importing of the majority of the coffees that we roast. Falcon’s Mike Riley, a long-time friend of Rounton Coffee, suggested that we could put together a blend for the NHS, comprised of green coffee donated by Falcon.

The components of the blend were familiar to us: 2 bags from Pedro Gabarra Teixiera (the man behind our Brazilian coffees) and 2 from Mustefa Abakeno (whose natural lot has been the best Ethiopian we’ve had in a long time). Falcon’s generous donation means that we can now roast enough to make around 20,000 cups of coffee, right on the NHS front line. There was only one choice for the name – Nightingale Coffee.

Now we have the task ahead of us of roasting, grinding and sending out as much Nightingale Coffee out as we possibly can. It’s a challenge well worth having. We’ll be sending it out to local NHS sites like Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital, as well as places like Harrogate’s Nightingale Hospital.

We are a relatively small team, who will always try to do more than we can physically manage, but that won’t stop us from trying!

We are currently making a plan of how to tackle the logistics of our new mission. If you can think of any NHS sites that would appreciate some Nightingale Coffee, we’d love to hear from you. Likewise, if you think you might be able to help provide some insight or help in further supporting the NHS, let us know.

Contact us at info@rountoncoffee.co.uk

Thank you. 

5 Comments

  • Stephanie Wylie

    I’m a community midwife at Warwick Hospital
    Our way of working had dramatically changed due to Covid19 and our amazing home births figures are increasing by the day
    Some of your delicious amazing coffee could be of great help to keep up alert and hydrated during the early hours!
    Thank you
    Good luck with your amazing gestures
    Regards
    Stephanie Wylie xxx
    Diamond Team
    Community midwife
    Bluebell birthing centre
    Warwick Hospital
    Lakin Road
    Warwickshire

    • Rounton Coffee

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks so much for your message, and for the amazing work you and your team are doing! Drop us an email at info@rountoncoffee.co.uk and we’ll find a way to help you out.

      All the best,

      The Rounton Coffee Team

      • Ann Martin

        What a lovely gesture!!!
        I work on the Maternity Centre at the Friarage Hospital Northallerton and very much hoping I’m lucky enough to sample some of this nightingale coffee that you are sending to the Friarage as I have loved each and every coffee I’ve had from you, never disappointed.
        Thank you xx

        • Heather Robinson

          I’m a nurse at James Cook and an avid aeropress fan! I love your blends and would love to nominate colleagues at Coulby Medical Practice to receive some Nightingale Coffee. The team have totally adapted their services at very short notice, to ensure patients and carers are well looked after and supported whatever their health needs. I know they’ve had some very late nights to achieve this and I’m sure some coffee would be much appreciated!
          Thank you!

  • Smith Maureen

    Lovely idea. Try Coronation Hospital in Ilkley and Ilkley Moor Medical Practice. I use both facilities and they are deserving of support or a treat. Airedale Hospital serves our area and it’s been very hard for them very deserving