Fancy going behind the scenes on a roastery tour, joining in on a cupping sesh, or knocking back a few drum-fresh ‘spros at the HQ brew bar? Read on for our roundup of roasteries you can visit
Molton, North Yorkshire
Prepare to be dazzled at this family-run roastery in Malton. David and Ruth Elkington fire up the roaster every day to bronze their huge selection of single-origin beans in small batches. The freshly roasted coffees can be sampled at the purpose-built bar as espresso or pourover, and enjoyed from the sink-in-able sofas to the gentle whirr of the roaster.
In its maritime heyday, Leith Docks welcomed exotic goods and intrepid travellers to Edinburgh, so it’s an apt place to find this roastery-cafe hybrid that’s been established by coffee adventurers Zachary Williams and Todd Johnson. The artsy hotspot is where you’ll find the pair tickling individual characteristics out of carefully chosen beans on their 12kg Probat, producing exceptional single origins for discerning sippers who get to witness the coffee alchemy first-hand.
This Ammanford roastery, cafe and training space is a magnet for bean geeks who want a peek behind the scenes. As well as housing two Probat roasters, a dedicated cupping lab and canteen, it’s also home to a barista academy. The speciality classes equip aspiring baristas with the skills required to sling slick espresso and pour perfect flat whites.
The intoxicating aroma of straight-from-the-drum coffee lures coffee fans, students, flagging tourists and local business folk into Liverpool’s inaugural roastery/coffee shop. Head to the on-site brew bar to sink the popular house blend, or sample the latest single origin releases at one of the regular cupping sessions.
From their gleaming new roastery set-up in Porthleven the Origin team are roasting new lots, teaching novice coffee bods how to become pro baristas, and serving their crowd-pleasing brews at the cafe. Nab a seat near the floor-to-ceiling window and order something tasty from the food menu, then watch the roasters work their magic as you tuck in.
Coffee-curious parents have permission to leave the kids at home at this adult-only cafe, roastery and barista training space. Prop up the bar with one of the ten brews available and witness the gravimetric Modbar machine in action, catch coffee-roasting demos and chat to experts about everything from sourcing, storing and roasting to cupping, brewing and latte art. There are also regular cupping sessions, food popups, yoga classes, events and training opportunities.
For an out-of-the-ordinary roastery experience, make tracks to Ue on the Cotswolds/Oxfordshire border to watch the team bronze beans on a traditional wood-fired roaster. Learn more about the process by booking a class at the in-house training school. However, if you’re just stopping by for a browse and brew at the coffee lab, coincide your visit with one of the pizza nights or latte-art throwdowns.
Want to discover more indie finds for caffeinated adventures? Discover the UK and Ireland’s best roasteries and speciality coffee shops in the Independent Coffee Guides.