Award-winning coffee giants Coaltown Coffee Roasters are opening their suave roastery and barista training school next week.

Monday, November 5 marks the opening of the Ammanford-based roastery canteen at Foundry Road.

“I am really excited for the opening of the roastery.,” said owner Scott James, who left school with no qualifications before starting out with a homemade roaster that his dad built him, roasting coffee from farms in Uganda, Ethiopia and Mexico.

“It has been two years in the making and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.

“One woman has already said she thinks it’s the best roastery this side of San Francisco.

“We will be offering training sessions and opportunities for schools and groups to have a tour,”

The roastery features the complete production line as well as a café where coffee lovers can watch their coffee being made before it touches their lips.

“Around the 12-kilo roaster, we’ve got a bar where you can sit down and see what we’re developing,” added the 25-year-old.

“We’ve also got an espresso bar and an artisan bakery on site.Then we’ve got a training academy upstairs where we’ll look to employ local people, train them up and get them into the world of coffee.”

The roastery also features a German roaster from 1958 which was abandoned.

Scott said: “One gentleman said that it is the rarest roaster that has ever been made “We look to eliminate as many variables in the coffee brewing process as possible.

“Equipment plays huge part in this that is why we work with phenomenal equipment suppliers.”

As well as being the home of award-wining coffee, visitors can also purchase Ammanford-orientated merchandise at the roastery.

The former Ysgol Dyffryn Aman pupil said: “I really like the merchandise and we’ve included the famous Boar as it is the symbol of Ammanford.

“The Espresso Bar situated in the arcade will remain open as usual.”

The roastery will be open from 8am until 8pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 8pm on Saturdays and 9am until 4.30pm on Sundays.