There are hundreds of coffee roasters around the world all working to perfect the roasting process that creates the most flavoursome and unique coffee beans. Creating a streamlined process of turning the stored soft green coffee bean into the crunchy, flavoursome roasted bean we know and love before shipping it off for use as soon as possible, as once roasted they flavour of the bean will deteriorate with time. It really is a tricky process and there are a lot of roasters out there who excel at what they do so for now let us stick with the roasters in the UK that are (in my opinion) worth their weight in gold…
Artisan Roast: 57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ. These roasters started out in Broughton Street in 2007 and they boast cafes and freshly ground beans to take home as well as a handy subscription service. For new customers I highly recommend checking out their taster pack as it gives good value way to taste four different coffees in their range.
Extract Bristol: In the south of the country you can find Extract Bristol at Unit 1, Gatton Road, Bristol, BS2 9SH. These roasters offer excellent subscription customization and have an incredible range of blends to choose from so it’s unlikely that you won’t find something to tickle your taste buds on the extract coffee site.
North Star Leeds: These guys are relatively new on the scene, having opened in 2013 at Unit 27, Penraevon Industrial Estate, Penraevon Avenue, Leeds, LS7 2AW. They are a ‘micro-roastery’ that offer up nine delicious blends with each and every batch being personally taste tested by the roasters themselves. North Star offer a fortnightly subscription so if you like your coffee fresh and on mass then this is likely to be a great subscription for you.
Sandows London: The Brewery can be found at Unit 8 Triumph Trading Estate, Tariff Road, London, E9 5LH. These guys really know style and offer something just a little different. They started out in 2014 and are going from strength to strength crafting the finest ‘cold brew’ coffee out there which gives you a convenient and easy way to drink a fresh and smooth brew. They pride themselves on perfection and they do it in style.
Collonna & Small’s: Located at 6 Chapel Row, Bath, UK, Collonna & Small’s offer a wide range of coffees that change regularly. They believe in working with the season and so choose beans that are perfect in each growing season rather than having the same blends all year round. The café also offers two contrasting brewing methods as they create amazing espresso coffees but also fight in the filtered coffee’s corner in The Brew Bar. The team at Collonna & Small have won their fair share of awards over the last few years so they are certainly worth a visit.