Kula Coffee Hut
Kula Coffee Hut is our beautiful Shepherds Hut serving artisan barista coffee, speciality tea, artisan hot chocolate and fancy pieces at iconic Duffus Castle.
Everything about the coffee hut has been considered, including the name, Kula. Ed’s late father, Sir Archie, spent 17 years in Africa teaching agriculture. His time in Africa was very important to him and we always wanted to recognise this. When researching ‘Kula’ we discovered that it means ‘feast’ or ‘eat’ in Swahili. It also appears in other languages with lovely meanings such as ‘community’ in Sanskrit and is also used by the yoga community to mean ‘a sense of belonging’. We really identified with this and felt it summed up what we are trying to achieve at Duffus whilst also paying tribute to our family’s African connection.
We believe in supporting local or Scottish where we can, and have diligently researched our products and suppliers to find the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fancy pieces and soft drinks, made with a passion for quality, whilst also being able to demonstrate their environmental credentials.
We chose to stock freshly roasted coffee from Speyside Coffee in Garmouth. Speyside Coffee has a huge local following and we are delighted to be helping support a fabulous local business which produces a great product. Other local businesses we are proud to stock and support are Stew n Drew’s ice cream from Hopeman and also freshly baked fancy pieces from Bijou in Elgin. We also took great care in deciding to stock Eteaket, from Edinburgh, for our selection of loose leaf, compostable tea bags and also Coco Chocolatier, another Edinburgh firm for their stunningly decadent 70% Columbian dark drinking chocolate.
We have plans to extend the network of paths on the Estate – one of which will enable visitors to walk to Duffus Castle from Duffus House without leaving the Estate’s boundaries. This will link up two iconic structures that have played an important part in history over the years. Duffus Castle, although part of the Estate, has been under the custodianship of Historic Environment Scotland for many years but is still free to visit. The castle ruins are popular with local dog walkers, photographers and parents with young children and as tourists exploring the area.
Kula Coffee Hut now gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a delicious refreshment before or after stepping back in time visiting the castle ruins.