Get your caffeine fix at home by ordering the city’s best coffee to your door.
If there’s one thing we’re missing in lockdown, it’s our morning coffee fix. Perfectly prepared by the city’s best baristas and ready to drink on-the-go as we walk to the office or our next meeting. Now, we have to make our own coffee, and for most of us, it pales in comparison. But it doesn’t have to – the first step towards home barista success is good coffee and Leeds has no shortage.
The original Leeds coffee roasters, North Star is a popular choice with the city’s baristas. They work with producers from all over the world to create their range of smooth-as-you-like brews. It’s all ethically-sourced specialty-grade Arabica, bought in small batches and freshly roasted to bring out the complex flavours. They’re stocked and ready, so you can shop direct, but many of the city’s independent coffee shops stock it too. You can order deliveries and collections online.
North Star, Unit 10, 280 Tong Road, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BG.
Hidden under the railway arches, Maude Coffee is another of the city’s famous micro-roasters. They’re committed to sustainability, so all their coffee can be traced back to the estate, farm or micro-lot they came from. That means you can sup your morning brew, safe in the knowledge that it’s ethically sound. They work with the seasons to source freshly harvested green beans to give you single-origin coffees with maximum flavour. You can order deliveries online.
Maude Coffee, 82-83 Railway Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8HB.
La Bottega Milanese
It’s one of the most popular coffee shops in Leeds, but did you know that La Bottega Milanese make their own special blend of coffee? La Classica is their house blend. It’s made with 100% speciality-grade Arabica. They use four different beans to create a distinctive flavour profile, one that’s smooth, balanced and insanely easy to drink, so you’re in for a real treat. The coffee shop is currently takeaway only, and you can order collections and deliveries online.
La Bottega Milanese, 2 Bond Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2JZ.
Third Wave at The Refilling Station
If you want delicious locally-sourced coffee without the unnecessary packaging, head to The Refilling Station in Chapel Allerton. They’ve teamed up with Baildon-based roasters Third Wave who provide them exclusively with roasted beans and espresso grounds every week, ready to pour into your own containers. The brews change regularly, so one week you can get traditional tasting Brazilian coffee, the next a guest brew from Rwanda. Order collections and deliveries online.
The Refilling Station, 176 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 4NZ.
Shiloh Coffee Roasters
One of the lesser-known additions to this list, Shiloh Coffee Roasters is worth seeking out. They work with ethical exporters who champion local farmers around the world, so their coffee doesn’t just taste great, it also helps to support the people who made it happen. They have a little coffee shop on Mabgate and roast their beans on-site, so you can see it being made. That may not be possible now, but you can still order collections and deliveries online.
Shiloh Coffee Roasters, 6 Mabgate Mills, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7DZ.
Founded in 2018, Echelon is one of the city’s newest coffee roasters. Their aim is simple – to bring the hard work and dedication of the farmers to life in your cup. All their coffees can be traced back to the farm they come from, so they can tell you the story of their beans and the people who make them – it’s the mark of an exceptional roaster. You can sign up for a subscription so you never run out of their ethically-sourced coffee or order deliveries online.
CLO Coffee is the roasters behind well-known social enterprise Cielo. They source their beans from small farms around the world and only work with people who have the same passion for sustainability as they do. Their coffee is hand-roasted in Garforth, so it’s local and it’s fresh. Normally, you can buy it in their coffee shops, but for now, you’re restricted to theie website. The good news is, they have everything you need, from beans to care packages. Order deliveries online.
Clo Coffee, 41 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 1DS.
Chipp Coffee Co.
From coffee consultancy to roasting extraordinaire, Zach Chipp’s coffee roasting experiments were so successful that he’s teamed up with his brother Alastair to do it full time. As a result, Chipp Coffee Co. produces a constant stream of speciality-quality coffee from its city centre roastery. They work with carefully selected independent green coffee suppliers, so all their coffee is fully traceable. You can order subscriptions and deliveries online.
Chipp Coffee, 37 Crossland Court, Czar Street, Holbeck, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 9PR.
Don’t forget to check with your local coffee shops. Many are now selling bags of coffee for you to use at home during lockdown.