A SPECIALITY coffee maker who started off roasting coffee beans over a camp stove in his shed is celebrating his sixth anniversary by brewing up a luxurious blend in honour of a top food festival.

Barman turned barista Tim Parry is now producing in one afternoon what he previously made in one week.

He originally launched his business, Mug Run Coffee, in December 2013 - and credits top 10 UK food festival Hamper Llangollen for getting his name on the map.

As a thank you to the festival, he is concocting a new limited edition blend for this year’s event, which will be exclusively available to visitors to the popular food festival.

The event will be held at the international pavilion at Llangollen on Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, and has now been hailed by the Daily Telegraph and the Independent as one of the Top 10 food festivals in the UK.

Although Tim is busy perfecting the final recipe, he has promised to deliver a tantalisingly tasty combination that is a fitting tribute to the Llangollen area.

Welsh-speaking Tim is relishing the chance to return to Llangollen to mingle with fellow food producers and customers again and use his mother tongue.

“The festival really is a great place to be,” said the 40-year-old, who lives in Prestatyn.

“I’ve been coming along for five years now. There are lots of Welsh speakers and it brings lots of local traders together.

“I’ve always had a really positive experience meeting new people there and it’s nice to see the same ones returning every year. It really has helped introduce people to my brand and grow.”

Originally, Tim worked in the hospitality industry, mainly in pubs and bars in Rhyl. But coffee has always been a passion and he continues to have aspirations of owing his own café or shop one day.

When he launched his business in 2014, Tim was working for an agency taking on factory work. Coffee roasting started off as an experiment until he realised the quality of what he was roasting was actually good enough to be sold.

“I’d roast the beans off a camping stove in the shed and pack them in the house,” he said.

“I did a lot of research to find biodegradable, compostable packaging. At that time, there wasn’t too much of it about. When I found the right packaging, I saw some labels which I could print myself and it all came together.”

Tim bought a shed in his back garden and transformed it into a coffee roasting unit.

Llangollen Food Festival committee member Phil Davies is looking forward to sampling the festival’s honorary brew.

He said: “It is wonderful to hear success stories from local producers who continue to benefit from the festival exposure. Llangollen really is a fantastic launchpad for new and existing businesses and celebrates the hidden culinary wonders this part of the world has to offer.”