Somers Vintage Tea Rooms – It’s Not Just About Tea

Somers Cafe, in Haywards Heath, is a Blendly customer, with recent reviews listing its coffee as “the best for miles around!” We’re very pleased about that!

Run by Madeleine Somerville for the past four years, Madi, as she is known, has worked with Blendly for a year now, developing her own bespoke coffee blend called Somers.


The consistent pricing from Blendly is something Madi is really happy with, having found that previous coffee suppliers were not only erratic when it came to pricing, but were also guilty of real dips in standard of the quality of the product.

“When you’re really busy running a cafe, you want to know that your coffee will arrive on time each time, be of the same high quality each time, and be at a price you were expecting each time – not get any unpleasant surprises! Blendly ticks all the boxes in these important points,” said Madi.

“They are a very realistic supplier, easy to engage with,” she continued. “Their ethics in business really impressed me, and their approach to the task. That’s why I’m delighted to be one of their customers, and to recommend them to others.”

“My coffee is often mentioned in reviews, and we get positive comments in the cafe when serving it to customers – they love it.”

“Researching different types and blends of coffee at various other cafes in my area is so important to me – I spent a bit of time visiting other businesses to see what I think of their coffee,” said Madi.

“We do a lot of afternoon teas here, but of course , some customers prefer to have coffee, not tea, with it. For me, it’s the whole experience, the hot drinks must be as good as the sandwiches and the cakes.”

“We’re really pleased to have found Blendly, and look forward to a long relationship with them. I certainly want to go on and develop more blends when I can, as it really makes your cafe stand out from others.”

Blendly Hopes to Becomes the First Coffee Company in the World to Establish a New Digital Academy Training Coffee Baristas of the Future

We’ve applied to the Government’s KickStart Scheme to use our existing online platform which taps into a vibrant COVID19-proof food & drink infrastructure!

We’re hoping to become the first online coffee business in the world to offer a digital training environment to Coffee Baristas who have lost their jobs in the ongoing covid19 pandemic.

Under the Government’s KickStart Programme we hope to train and employ up to thirty Baristas, over a six month period, to become Blendly Distributors, learning more about the vibrant new digital food and drink infrastructure, in which coffee, as a valued commodity, is a major player. These Baristas will be chosen from candidates throughout the UK.

Our map showing the distributor areas in the UK

We’ve recently secured a five figure Scottish Government funded Digital Development Loan from DSL, a Glasgow based Responsible Finance Provider, to be invested in Sensor Technology & Predictive Ordering. This is an important step for us, meaning we are now perfectly placed to facilitate and run a digital training school. It will give the unemployed an opportunity to convert, upgrade, and develop new skills!


Our successful Barista Distributor platform provides the opportunity to manage and grow a coffee business. It can be done entirely from home, making it ideal for the current Covid19 inflicted world.

Blendly is growing into new markets, with new digital technology playing a huge part. We look forward to helping those in the hospitality sector gain new employment, and knowledge, which will see them running their own coffee businesses. We need to focus on a more positive future.


Helping Baristas to add greater value to customers is at the heart of Blendly. They can enjoy an extended choice of distribution, product flavours, and tastes that they can then access and pass to customers. Our existing Baristas manage a network of coffee drinkers. Their businesses grow based on their own expertise, commitment, and knowledge of the coffee industry. We all must now engage with the modern digital economy.

All parts of the UK are available for Baristas to take as territoryostas

Under the KickStart training, those taking part will be paid for twenty five hours of work per week. Topics covered will include sales, account management, IT, and marketing, with our new employees given ample time to find roles which fit with their skills and experience. At the end of the training they will achieve an Accredited Company Certification in recognition of their skills, which also provides access to ongoing skill development and opportunities.

Our new Barista Graduates will have the option to stay with Blendly as part of our inhouse team, or as a Barista Distributor. Or they can make their own way into the business world, equipped with the skills needed to succeed in a modern digital economy. We’re waiting to hear over the next four weeks when this can start – keep you posted!

Gordon Brings New Zealand Coffee Culture to the Beautiful Scottish Borders

Gordon Smith was keen to bring the vibrant Kiwi Coffee Culture he had experienced for the last 38 years to his new cafe venture in the Scottish Borders, and decided that Blendly was the perfect coffee partner to work with to achieve his goals.

Having returned to Scotland 2 years ago, after his many years in New Zealand, Gordon, known locally as Gordon the Grocer, set up his cafe which is part of the Melrose Cricket Club in the grounds of Borders General Hospital.

Having found Blendly online, he asked company founder Mark Wilson and his team to create what he called a “no bitterness” coffee, as he felt that many UK coffee blends were too bitter for his liking.

Gordon also bakes delicious pies

The resultant blend, called May All Your Balls Be Yonkers, is now an extremely popular blend, not just in Gordon’s cafe, but with Blendly’s online customers who can buy blends created by others to enjoy at home.

“My customers sing the praises of this lovely blend,” said Gordon. “They say it’s one of the best coffees they have ever tasted, so that is praise indeed, and shows you that Mark and his team really knew what they were doing when they created this exclusively for me.”

“I’m starting to get a coffee culture here in my cafe, which is exactly what I wanted , I’m really pleased.”

Gordon added that he had tried to create a cafe which offered customers a real quality experience, from the coffee, to the food, to the ambiance.

“We are near the hospital so many people pop in who have been visiting and are looking for a calm oasis – it’s very peaceful and quiet here.”

“I want to continue to work with Blendly to refine my blend even more,” said Gordon. “I also want to continue to grow my customer base locally.”

“Blendy certainly takes you on the very best coffee journey,” finished Gordon. “I’m happy to recommend Blendly to any other cafe owners who want to create something really special to make your cafe stand out from the crowd!”

Coffee is certainly up there as one of Gordon’s main passions, but the other is sport, namely rugby and cricket. He currently coaches players at Melrose Rugby Club and is involved in the development of cricket in the Borders, by working with Melrose Cricket Club.

Gordon is also a cricket and rugby coach

A very busy man! We wish him well from us all at Blendly!