A lot of people have upped their at home coffee game during lockdown, but how many of these independent Leicestershire coffee roasters have you tried?
Yes, Leicester has a number of fantastic local roasteries and you can get hold of their beans to make your own perfect cup at home.
Which is your favourite? Tell us over on @coolasleicester.
Jute’s tagline is “We make it easy to serve great coffee”. Available for wholesale or individual purchase, choose from their single-origin coffees from Ethiopia, Honduras, Brazil and Colombia. All of their beans are 100% Arabica, ethically sourced and hand-roasted in Market Harborough. Their wide range is available to buy from the Jute Coffee website.
The Coffee Counter
You probably know The Coffee Counter from their coffee shop on Bowling Green Street, but you can also get a taste of them at home. Demand for the coffee meant that they had to move the roastery out of the coffee shop itself, but they’re now based just down the road at Freeman’s Common. They have 10 different blends available to buy online including Dark Street Espresso Blend and San Francisco El Salvador with hints of raisin, honey and mandarin. You can currently enjoy 20% off orders over £25 using discount code COVID19. Find out more via The Coffee Counter website.
Based right near the brand new Leicester City training ground, 5000-1 Coffee is an independent coffee label, who have a love of all things coffee, Leicester City and art! Each of their coffee releases has fantastic artwork and they even partnered with Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs for their Halloween range. For every bag purchased they also donate to local charities and have already donated £1000 to different charities across Leicester. Football fans, shop online now for the Dilly Dong, Matchday blend, Back to Filbert Street blend and more. Plus you can grab 50% off your coffee by using code THANKYOU at the checkout. Find out more via the 5000-1 Coffee website.
Leicester Coffee House Company
You all know Leicester Coffee on Granby Street, right? You’ll have spotted the coffee roaster at the back of the coffee shop and from there they’re roasting up speciality beans in small batches for both wholesale and consumers. The beans are selected on the basis of quality, flavour and are sourced through traceable supply chains to allow positive social impact for the coffee smallholders. They roast small and often, which means they’re always ensuring fresh, great tasting coffee. Order online via the Leicester Coffee website for local or postal delivery.
Based in Kirby Muxloe, Wonderland Coffee is a family run business focussed firstly on great tasting coffee, but with a strong sustainability ethos at the core of the business. They roast specialty coffee (100% Arabica) to provide delicious single origin coffee and unique blends with a wide selection of tastes covering all major coffee growing regions of the world. You can also add on great bespoke storage tins to your order too! Buy online via the Wonderland Coffee website.
Two Chimps Coffee
Based over in Oakham, Two Chimps has a no-nonsense approach to ethically sourced, speciality coffee. Hand roasted in Rutland, they have a variety of blends to suit different tastes. Whether you prefer hints of caramel or chocolate or light and fruity decaf, there’s a great range available via the website. You can also treat yourself or someone else to one of their fantastic gift sets, with options for hot chocolate and tea lovers too. Find out more on the Two Chimps website.
St Martin’s Coffee
The biggest player locally, St Martin’s Coffee started life back in 2010 and has grown and grown. They’re dedicated to sourcing coffees of the highest quality from producers globally and look for coffees with character, complex flavour profiles and consistency. They’ve recently moved to a brand new site at Pennbury Farm in Great Glen, which houses their roastery, training school and even has on site accommodation. You can shop online for coffee, tea, barista training courses and coffee subscriptions. Check out the St Martin’s Coffee website for more.