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Citrus: The History of our Little Coffee shop in Kelsall, Chester

Citrus is a partnership between co-owners, Jake and Ross, both fully-trained Baristas. In 2017, they happened across a small business in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Kelsall where the owner was looking to sell in order to relocate.

Back then, The Greedy Pig was a small village cafe, only a couple of miles from the centre of the historic, walled city of Chester, popular with cyclists and walkers, run by the then owner, Raina. While returning a refurbished laptop to one of Ross’s computer support customers, Jake noticed the ‘For Sale’ sign in the shop window.

As circumstances had it, Jake was facing redundancy from his managerial position running a chain of fitness centres and Ross was looking to leave his supervisory role at Costa in one of the UK’s business stores.

After some very clever under cover investigations and many conversations at home, the pair decided to invest Jake’s recent inheritance from his uncle investing in buying the business.

Jake and Ross began making their mark and making improvements to the store. Using Ross’s extensive combined experience within IT and the Coffee Industry (over 23 years combined) he began to forge a new brand, make use of technology to improve efficiency and the customer experience.

Within twelve months, Citrus has become multi award-winning: Trip Advisor awarded the pair with a Certificate of Excellence and since then the reviews have gone from strength to strength increasing their ratings across all social media platforms to 5 stars. The Environmental Health Department awarded them a 5-star rating in food hygiene and again in 2021, Citrus was born.

After turning around the fortunes of the shop and attracting a regular customer base from miles around with a reputation of the best coffee and freshest food around, it was time to make the shop their own and better reflect the freshness of what they do.

Intenso, Citrus’s own, bespoke, 5-origin blend of coffee has won industry acclaim and is roasted by the same roasters used by Harrods. The shop's own exlcusive coffees have also won a 1-star and 2-star Great Taste Award. Constant training and re-investment have joined the ethos of sustainability and environmentally conscious decision making within the business and Jake and Ross continue to strive for more for they business and it’s customers.

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  • I was delivering to Care Homes in the area, when I fancied a cappuccino. I just wanted a takeaway, but Wow what a place, I ended up having a lovely sausage and onion ciabatta. The two owner's were very friendly and focused. It's obviously very popular with locals,as it was very busy.Well done guys, I hope to drive past here again very soon.
    - David Jones

    We need support

    We know that many of you are feeling the pinch but, to be honest, right now, these spiralling costs are scaring us more than COVID ever did. The future of CItrus is very incertain, we are not asking you for money but if you feel you can help to support us, any help will be appreciated. With energy prices alone rising from £2000 per year to over £11,000 and no sign of slowing, we are genuinely in fear of what is to come.

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    Help us reduce our impact on the environment

    It's simple, we are always trying to invest in sustainable packaging and now you can buy one of our specially designed tins to keep your coffee fresh, reduce your use of packaging whilst you save!

    Once you've finished your beans, simply come back with your tin and we will refill it for you and give you a discount for helping us to reduce our environmental impact. All of our packaging is recyclable or biodegradable, you can even ask for a free bag of our used coffee grounds. We are continually looking for suppliers and solutions to offer great products with minimal impact on the plant.


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    We have a range of dairy alternatives. Simply ask in-store for your choice of alternative which can be used in any of our drinks. Choose from Lactose-Free, Soya, Coconut (contains soya), Almond and Oat Milk.

    Our Exclusive Blend

    Our exclusive blend is used in all of our coffees. Made from the best quality green beans from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Vietnam & Colombia, each drink contains approx 32mg, 64mg, 96mg or 128mg of caffiene.

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    We don't use methylene chloride for our decaf coffee (known as MC), we only use Swiss Water method to extract the best from our dark roast, decaf coffee.

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