11 of the best expert coffee roasters in the UK
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Lots of us enjoy a cup of coffee (or four) over the course of a day, but the cost of those takeaway lattes can really start to add up if you’re forking out for them every single morning.

Here at WOW247 HQ we’ve found that it’s much more cost effective to invest in a single-serve cafetiere or espresso maker and simply pay for a decent bag of freshly ground coffee as and when you need it.

We’re talking maybe one bag every two weeks, compared to shelling out for another cappuccino every two hours.

Before you’re tempted to reach for the first mass-produced bag of coffee you lay eyes on in the supermarket, though, check out our list of some of our favourite expert coffee roasters located across the country who can recommend the perfect blend. Many of these roasters deliver UK-wide, so you can order coffee from wherever takes your fancy.

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Ancoats Coffee Co, Manchester

Located in a former Manchester mill building, Ancoats Coffee Co was started by Jamie Boland, who discovered his passion for all things coffee while living and working in Melbourne. Here they lovingly hand-roast all of their ten different coffees in small batches and whether you want your morning brew to have hints of buttercream, rhubarb or almonds, there’s an ideal blend for you in the Ancoats roastery.

You can order as much or as little coffee as you like through their online store, nip into the roastery and cafe in person to pick up a bag, or – if you’re really serious – sign up for a six month or year long coffee subscription.

Unit 9, Royal Mills, 17 Redhill Street, M4 5BA – ancoats-coffee.co.uk

Artisan Roast, Edinburgh

Despite now operating cafes in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scottish coffee roasters Artisan Roast started out roasting and brewing java in their Edinburgh-based Broughton Street premises back in 2007. These days their roastery is located elsewhere in Scotland’s capital, but you can pop into any one of their cafes and pick up some freshly ground coffee to enjoy at home.

Alternatively, you can order or sign up to a subscription through their website. We love the option of ordering a taster pack with four different coffee blends included – that way you can find your favourite without spending a fortune.

57 Broughton Street, EH1 3RJ – artisanroast.co.uk

Dear Green, Glasgow

Founded in 2011, Glasgow roasters Dear Green sell everything from t-shirts to milk pitchers on their website (all featuring super cool, edgy designs) but obviously the star of the show is their coffee. While there aren’t hundreds of different blends to choose from here, there’s definitely an ideal flavour for every coffee drinker in the Dear Green range.

If you’re in the market for a coffee subscription, Dear Green definitely offer the most affordable ones we’ve seen and we like the option to sign up for just three months to test the waters. Perfect for coffee commitment-phobes.

5 Airds Lane, G1 5HU – deargreencoffee.com

Extract, Bristol

The sun is out and we're roasting. It doesn't get better than this! #mondaymotivation #coffeelovers #extractcoffeeroasters

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All the Bristol roasters at Extract want to do is make coffee better for everyone, and they’re constantly working on it – a noble quest, in our caffeine-addled opinion. Extract have a 60kg, 60 year old roaster named Betty and a newer 120kg one called Bertha which is, frankly, adorable.

The flavour combinations of Extract’s various blends will no doubt be enough to tempt you (from almond biscotti and cherry to lavender and shortbread) but we love their packaging too. These guys let you customise your Extract coffee subscription to a T – something your inner control freak will love – and you can opt to have it delivered yearly, monthly or even weekly.

Unit 1, Gatton Road, BS2 9SH – extractcoffee.co.uk

Foundry, Sheffield

Family roasters Foundry (in Sheffield) are all about the beans, but they will grind your coffee before posting if you ask nicely because they’re not coffee snobs – their words, not ours. The choices here aren’t endless and there’s no subscription service – after all, it is a smaller, family owned business – but their standard bags of coffee weigh 350g instead of the usual 250g, which is excellent news for compulsive coffee drinkers.

9 Nether Edge Road, S7 1RU – foundrycoffeeroasters.com

North Star, Leeds

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North Star opened in Leeds back in 2013 and was the city’s first ever micro-roastery, but don’t let the word ‘micro’ fool you. The roasters here produce an impressive nine different blends which they create seasonally and to order to ensure freshness and the best possible taste. They also try every single batch of coffee they produce themselves to make sure it tastes right – now that’s dedication.

The ever-ambitious North Star team recently crowdfunded a new 15kg coffee roaster through Kickstarter, so they can now keep up with the demand for their carefully crafted coffee. Their subscription service is slightly different to most, but ideal for someone who needs a constant supply of coffee – if you sign up you’ll receive a fresh bag every two weeks for three months.

Unit 27, Penraevon Industrial Estate, Penraevon Avenue, LS7 2AW – northstarroast.com

Ouseburn Coffee Co, Newcastle

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Newcastle’s first independent coffee roastery was established in 2012 when a group of local roasters and baristas teamed up to make their own mark on the local coffee scene. Ouseburn’s coffee is roasted in small batches and bagged on the very same day, so you know what you’re getting is as fresh as fresh can be.

Their coffees are simple, but mighty effective for clearing bleary eyes and heads in the morning. Ouseburn have a special treat for the recipients of their premium coffee subscription – you’ll exclusively get to taste the fruits of the team’s experimental in-house micro-roasts as well as their usual, off the shelf blends.

Foundry Lane Studios, Foundry Lane, NE6 1LH – ouseburncoffee.co.uk

Quarter Horse, Birmingham

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Quarter Horse were a cafe first and a coffee roaster second, so when they started roasting coffee they knew exactly how it should taste and what their customers wanted. Three years after starting up in Oxford back in 2012, Quarter Horse opened a second shop and their own roastery in Birmingham’s Southside.

The in-cafe roastery makes this place pretty unique, and you can see the magic happen before your eyes from a comfy seat with a coffee in hand. If you’re more of a homebird, or want to order Quarter Horse coffee from further afield, their special Roast Master subscription holders receive exclusive small batch blends that may never even make it to the general public.

88-90 Bristol Street, B5 7AH – quarterhorsecoffee.com

Redroaster, Brighton

Roasted to perfection every time. We love Paul. #redroaster #redroastercoffee #roaster #coffeebean #coffee

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A Brighton institution, famous cafe Redroaster was named after its brightly coloured coffee roaster, although they have since opened an external roastery nearby in Kemp Town. The Redroaster house espresso blend is probably the most famous of their coffees, but you can have any Redroaster coffee beans delivered to your door.

1d St James’s Street, BN2 1RE – redroaster.co.uk

Square Mile, London

Classic french press of the Matambo, could you ask for anything more. 📷 @curtis_mcnally

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Based in East London and founded in 2007, Square Mile Coffee Roasters now supply over 40 cafes in London alone, not to mention more than 30 others across the rest of the UK and Ireland. With a team of experts possessing around two decades of coffee knowledge working behind the scenes and multiple awards under their belts, Square Mile are nothing less than a roasting powerhouse.

They focus on wholesale and retail supply here, but average joes can still join in the fun by signing up for a regular subscription, or by gifting a subscription to a lucky friend.

8 Pritchard’s Road, E2 9AP – squaremilecoffee.com

Uncommon Ground, Cardiff

Another independent cafe-roastery hybrid, Uncommon Ground is a small but mighty figure on Cardiff’s coffee scene. Friendly and welcoming, the staff here aren’t just focussed on pouring lovely lattes and excellent espressos – they’ll happily sort you out with a bag of their house roast to take home.

10-12 Royal Arcade, CF10 1AE – uncommon-ground.co.uk

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