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Burwell Beans is about creating a brilliant coffee experience for our customers, not just in flavor, but in customer care and service.



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Meet The Owner

Get to know who crafts your coffee

Rick Appleton

Founder and Owner

Rick is a coffee roaster with an executive background in the pharmaceutical industry and a passion for science, jazz, and, of course, coffee.

With over 30 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, and health and safety, Rick brings a unique perspective to the coffee industry, which is now regulated by the FDA.

Originally from the UK, Rick was introduced to specialty coffee and fell in love with the unique flavors that can be highlighted through the roasting process.

He is a dedicated student, constantly learning and earning SCA certifications to master his craft. At Burwell Beans, Rick roasts to order and hand-sorts the beans to ensure the highest quality.

When he’s not working hard at the roastery, Rick enjoys finding balance through activities like playing the saxophone, reading and being a practical joker. He values building strong, cohesive relationships and creating a positive culture.

Rick’s roastery is a blend of his love for jazz and his commitment to maintaining the same high standards he held himself to in the pharmaceutical industry.

He wants his customers to have a welcoming and enjoyable experience, and to be surprised and delighted by the exceptional quality and service offered by Burwell Beans.

Come join our community and experience the difference that Rick’s energy, humor, and devotion make in the flavor of our coffee. Cheers!

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we care about our coffee impact


We don’t just buy and roast coffee beans.

We operate with responsive, sensitive care to our customers, farmers and the environment.

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EthicaLlY SourcED

Quality coffee starts with our sourcing practices and extends through ethical relationships with our farmers, producers and importers.

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We work consciously to protect our world. Learn more about our commitment to be as conscious and responsible as possible.

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We give back locally whenever possible, through volunteering, donations, and active support for the Community.


 Rick and his team know all about perfection. They have a superior product and it matches their professionalism. I highly recommend Burwell Beans in Rowley MA.

John N


Love this coffee roaster. Rick is a passionate and super-knowledgeable coffee entrepreneur. Just had two different double espressos. Yum. Tasted like I took a quick trip to Italy and a fun coffee bar there.

Sieglinde A-C


They are passionate about creating the finest coffee and an equally fine customer experience. What a pleasure it is to buy such great coffee from great people. My search for the perfect purveyor of coffee is over.

Stephen H


Very high-quality product at a fair price. The owner, Rick, is a great guy and very knowledgeable about all kinds of coffee. I’m on the subscription program, which is practical and convenient

Glenn B

Our bags are fully Omnidegradable®.

Our bags are made from plant-based materials, including the zipper and valve. They biodegrade naturally in oceans, landfills, lakes, forests, and swamps.

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