Company Director

Say hello to Simon, the face behind Root & Branch. It’s fair to say Simon has lived many a life before setting up and settling down with coffee roasting. Born and raised in Bangor, he moved to Aberdeen to study biotech, before spending some time in both the US and London where he studied theology, got ordained, and started an anti-trafficking network. If such ventures were not enough, Simon then undertook a solo motorbike trip to Siberia, via Central Asia and Mongolia.
When he finally decided to return to Northern Ireland, Simon moved straight into work in his family’s company. He always knew, however, that he ultimately wanted to work in sustainable business, so after a year of intensive research into the world of specialty coffee, Root & Branch became that work, and he’s existed at the helm ever since. Now married to Gemma, and with two young children, Simon has settled into family life. On his days off, you’ll find Simon somewhere along the shores of Strangford Lough, whether on a paddle board or in a canoe, his Hungarian vizsla, Otto, will always be in tow. Outside of the coffee world, Simon’s interests include technology, food, adventure sports, bitcoin, and growing vegetables in his poly tunnel.

Barista, Production Assistant, and Head of Training

A self-professed nomad, Stephen was born in Belfast, and raised in Newry. Over the years, Stephen lived in England, before moving back to Ireland, and then moved back to Manchester for his studies. He then settled in Edinburgh, where he married Sarah and their first child Niadh was born. While in Edinburgh, Stephen worked for a Multinational Telecommunications Industry, an experience that taught him the importance of enjoying where you work! A decade later, and family in tow, Stephen moved back home to where it all started.
During his time in Edinburgh, Stephen saw specialty coffee begin to take off, and he found himself hooked. When he made his way home in 2018, he helped his brother, Dan, set up his own coffee shop in Warrenpoint, Church Lane Coffee. Following this, Stephen and Sarah relocated to Belfast where he joined Established Coffee as a barista, and enjoyed an informative time there pre-COVID 19. In June 2021, Stephen joined Root & Branch. He looks after the Roastery Brew Bar, assists with production, as well as collaborating with wholesale customers in setting up their coffee bar and training their staff. We’re big fans of Stephen and the entire Fearon clan.

Head Roaster

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