Our story

Downriver Coffee Roasters was established in 2024 as a specialty coffee roasting and supplying business based in Inverclyde, on the west coast of Scotland. Our coffee beans are ethically sourced, fully traceable, and outrageously delicious. 

Downriver gets its name from its position on the Clyde ('doon the watter' as some may say), nestled in the town of Port Glasgow. We're proud of Inverclyde's incredible coastal scenery, its industrial shipbuilding history, and its strong sense of community spirit.


The people of Downriver

close-up of Ryan, owner

Ryan (she/her)

Owner, head roaster, wholesale, kind of everything I guess?
When I moved from New York to Scotland in 2015, I didn't realise I wouldn't be going back, nor that I'd be opening a coffee roastery on the west coast. Back in the US I'd worked as a barista while completing my undergrad and learned about quality and social responsibility in coffee from my cafe's wholesale partner, Counter Culture. That knowledge, passion, and curiosity has always stayed with me.  
The last few years took me on a different journey. I was working as a research fellow in Glasgow when I realised I wasn't on the right career path for myself. When my wife and I moved to Inverclyde (for one of us, a move back) during the pandemic, I saw an opportunity to build something special here. Downriver is the culmination of a lot of things, but mostly, a huge leap of faith to do what I love. 

Roastery VIPs

When they say it takes a village, they mean it. I have to shout-out to my superstar family who lend an essential helping hand and get paid in bottomless coffee cups (and/or dog biscuits).