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Farrers: At the grind for 200 years

Farrers has been a family run business for almost 200 years Photo: ITV Border

An independent business in Kendal is almost 200-years-old.

Farrers is a family business which has been roasting coffee since 1819.

The factory and shop are run as two separate companies since the roasting plant outgrew the upstairs of the small Kendal shop.

The shop first opened in 1819 and has been trading ever since Credit: ITV News Border

It supplies over 900 businesses, most of whom are in Cumbria, with 30 in the small village of Grasmere.

The area is popular with the Lake District's 40 million visitors a year, including the new wave of food tourists visiting the area.

This new 'foodie tourist' is judging how its served as well as marketed, something the Farrers Kendal factory is all too aware of.

The hold special classes on how to make the perfect cup of coffee. It's the secret to keeping these Cumbrian businesses trading.

It's kept busy by both local and tourist trade Credit: ITV News Border

Kendal's known for its mint cake, but it has more traditional goods than that.

It's an old market town, with each yard home to a different trade.

Wool built the town, followed later by snuff and shoes. Now, industry has declined but independent shops attract tourists.

The shop makes sure every member of staff knows how to make the perfect cup of coffee Credit: ITV News Border

The Farrers shop supplied the Lake District's big houses. Now around 75% of business is local and it looks like it'll be stay a family business.

It's more than coffee. It's a name, a family.

A network of Cumbrian businesses helping each other.

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