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Leicester Coffee House Co.

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Leicester Coffee House Co. stylish independent coffee house that roasts in small batches from single estates. It offers a UK-wide delivery service.

After four years running a home-based coffee roastery as their side hustle, Gail Brown and Aaron Keen took the plunge and opened this friendly and impressive coffee house with a difference.

A 1.2kg Probatino roaster sits at the heart of the stripped back, minimalist café, roasting little and often to ensure the coffee is always at its peak. Into it go small batches from single estates, creating vibrant, distinctive coffee to drink on-site, takeaway or to buy as beans. Generally, at least three options are available at all times.

Leicester Coffee House prioritises traceability, sustainability and minimal waste. The takeaway cups are compostable, milk from Leicestershire’s Vine Farm Dairy comes in glass bottles, and Gail bakes on-site according to need. Options include homemade cakes plus a small range of sandwiches made with Hambleton Bakery’s award-winning sourdough.

However, this café goes beyond good coffee and homemade food. Gail’s background in education has helped her develop links with local special schools to provide vital work experience for young people with individual needs. The aim is to help them build confidence, skills and entrepreneurial drive.

For opening hours, check the Leicester Coffee House website.

Recommended by Tim Burke, Leicestershire editor

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110 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 1DL
07772 258728

Customer review for Leicester Coffee House Co.

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  1. Avatar Martin Burch says:

    I’ve just enjoyed a flat white and a geeky discussion about coffee roasting with Aaron at Leicester Coffee House Company on Granby Street (opposite a small “Greggs”, close to Dover Street and “The Little Theatre”).

    I enjoyed a Venezuelan coffee – fairly smooth but still with many layers of flavour.

    I didn’t try a cake, but late on a Saturday afternoon the range still looked enticing and delicious.

    It was a pleasure to hear & read the stories of the individual coffee bean farms – far more ethical than simple “FairTrade” or “Rainforest Alliance” certification. Then there’s the story of the “social enterprise” of the cafe training young people with mental health issues in the transferable “soft skills” of customer service, along with Aaron’s journey from hobbyist coffee roaster to business owner.

    Being able to smell the unroasted beans as well as see the roasting in action was a highlight – though I understand Aaron normally roasts early in the morning and late in the evening; his small roaster isn’t computer controlled so he’s always watching his phone’s stopwatch juggling precision with instinctual control as each roast and day’s air temperature is slightly different.

    The cafe’s friendly dog, easy atmosphere, welcoming owners, as well as their coffee and cakes of course, mean I will definitely be making many return visits.


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