We returned to Scotland in 2018 and it seemed intuitive to move to the Western Isles which we did during the Winter of 2019. Their haunting beauty and the renowned kindness and acceptance given by the local communities meant there could be no other place.
Drawing on our past experiences we decided to focus on providing a unique and bespoke product. It was very important to us not to displace any existing business on these Islands but rather to compliment and support those already established, and after many months of planning SkyDancer Art Café and Roastery was born.
about The coffee
At SkyDancer we roast our coffee in a small batch, hand made, drum roaster on Gasaigh Island. We consider every batch of greens and then treat them with the respect they deserve, paying close attention to origin, location, climate and drying methods. We then serve our coffee from a handmade brewing machine.
This method of brewing combined with the way we hand roast brings out the nuances in each individual coffee bean and ensures that the natural flavours are brought to the cup.
We sample and tinker constantly to make sure our craft is always moving and evolving, the ultimate aim being, to provide our customers with the best cup of coffee and to pass on our knowledge so that satisfaction is guaranteed.
We sell our coffee as beans or ground to your exact specification using our speciality Italian grinder which can grind over 100 different grades, so all options are catered for.
For those wanting a bespoke blend we offer a consultation service to determine what coffee is required and for what purpose.
We don't think that a business should be run purely for profit, we believe in working with the community, supporting each other, giving consideration to and being aware of local environmental concerns.
SkyDancer gives a percentage of sales to Hen Harrier conservation and we support local causes whenever we can. We also have a blend in store that donates a percentage of proceeds to local charities.
At SkyDancer we look to produce as little waste as we possibly can. We try to re-use and re-purpose all the packaging that our suppliers send to us.
When we do have to use new materials we source biodegradable / compostable / recyclable packaging and plastic free wherever possible.