Our Team

Meet The People Who Craft The Specialty Coffee at Burwell Beans

Rick Appleton


After spending his entire career in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical world, Rick found himself in a position to forego the corporate arena, forge a new path, and follow his dream of starting a company.

Specialty coffee had always been his passion, so Rick spent a great deal of time learning the coffee business. He was trained and became certified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), all the while building his business plan and creating the Burwell Beans brand.

Rick’s dream was to create an exceptional coffee roasting company – one that resonated with customers and would help introduce traditional commodity coffee drinkers to the amazing flavors and quality of perfectly roasted specialty coffee. Burwell Beans was born.

As for the name, it came to Rick earlier in his career when he moved to English town of Burwell for a fresh start. The village was named after an Anglo-Saxon settlement, next to water, and representing new life, new beginnings, and new trade opportunities. Burwell Beans represents yet another new beginning for Rick and seemed the perfect name: Now others would have the opportunity to experience a fresh start, each morning, each time they enjoy Burwell Beans coffee.

Rick’s future plans include expanding into Burwell Beans coffee shop locations as well as opening a music-themed restaurant and coffee venue. An avid jazz fan and saxophone player, Rick looks forward to showcasing jazz musicians in the local community.  

Rick’s family includes daughter Jessica and son Thomas, son-in-law Shane, and little grandson Jackson.

Laura Appleton


Laura is a Licensed Massage Therapist, currently studying for a Masters in Mental Health.

After choosing to pursue a career aligned with a natural and holistic lifestyle, she became a Reiki Master in 2012 and a professional Massage Therapist and Polarity Practitioner in 2017.

Laura is an integral part of the Burwell Beans family, as this dream would not have been possible without Laura’s love, guidance and support. Every successful person needs a special level of support and Rick is blessed to have Laura at his side. They married in 2019, and Laura has since been co-creator of Rick’s dream for Burwell Beans.

Grandson Jackson

Roaster in Training

Spending time with grandchildren is one of life’s ultimate pleasures. Although a bit young to drink coffee, Jackson loves to do his part for the company by helping weigh green coffee used to develop sample roast profiles, as his imagination runs wild, playing and counting beans. A future master roaster in the making, for sure!

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Our Mission


Our mission is COFFEE


Customer service at its finest
Operational excellence
Friends of the Earth
Fresh start to your day
Exceptional beans
Excitement in the community