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How to Get Freshly Roasted Coffee Straight from the Source

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

From coffee to-go to coffee-to-door.

North Star

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.

North Star

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. Their online shop is stocked and ready, so you can shop direct, but many of the city’s independent coffee shops stock it too.

Maude Coffee

Hidden under the arches, Maude Coffee is another of the city’s famous micro-roasters. They committed to sustainability, so all their coffees can be traced back to the estate, farm or micro-lot they came from. That mean 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 buy them online.

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 closed, but you can buy La Classica online.

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 buy it online.

Echelon

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 order their coffees online or sign up for a subscription, so you never run out of their ethically-sourced coffee.

CLO Coffee

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 buying it online. The good news is, they have everything you need, from beans to care packages.

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 buy their full range of coffee in their online shop.

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.