[AD Some of the coffee was gifted for this blog, the rest was purchased my me] I am so happy to live in an area with a strong artisan coffee scene. It’s quite simple really. Once you taste a cup of fresh locally roasted hand poured coffee, you won’t go back.
So if you’re in the habit of throwing in a bag of supermarket coffee into your weekly trolley, I’d love to tell you what you’re missing.
- Your hard earned pennies will go straight to the big chains.
- Your cup will lack flavour and aroma because it was roasted months ago rather than weeks or days.
- You’ll have missed the chance to shop local, supporting independent businesses and jobs.
If you fancy a change, and you want your pennies to stay in North Wales then I have 4 brilliant artisan coffee roasters to tell you about. They’ll tick all your sustainability boxes and more. And once you’ve made the switch, you won’t want to turn back.
Artisan Coffee – the Fab Four
- Dragon Roastery – Newborough, Anglesey
- Heartland Coffee – Llandudno
- Mug Run – Rhyl
- Poblado – Nantlle, Snowdonia
They’re alphabetical if you’re wondering. I wouldn’t want to show favoritism.
#1 Dragon Roastery
There are many reasons to love Anglesey, and Dragon Roastery is at the top of the list. Did you know – they’re the only independent artisan coffee roaster on the island based in sunny Newborough. The first thing you’ll notice is their stand out packaging. Eye-catching, distinctive and fully compostable.
Their coffee is simply delicious. We caught up with Paul at the Seapig Store Opening. He poured me a very fine oat cappuccino which was greatly enjoyed in the Rhosneiger sunshine.
The jewel in Dragon Roastery’s crown – apart from their brilliant beans – is a beautifully converted Horsebox bar. You can hire it for weddings and events to serve coffee, handmade cakes and even cocktails.
You can pick up their coffee at local events right across North Wales. Or just click an order on your phone for next day delivery.
227g Bag from £5.00
#2 Heartland Coffee
It’s almost 10 years since Mal and Tara arrived in North Wales with their Heartland Coffee Roastery. You can find their beans in cafes and homes all along the coast.
They’ve worked hard to develop sustainable direct trade relationships with smaller estate or single origin coffee farms. This enables them to commit to purchase entire crops across South America and Africa. So it’s a properly ethically sourced cup.
It’s hard to beat their Landmark House Blend Coffee – “a fully flavoured espresso that’s smooth and sweet with a long pleasant aftertaste”. We’ve been buying this in 1kg sacks to get us through lockdown. It tastes just as well in a tiny espresso cup, or a big mug oat cappuccino. Happy Days.
When things get back to normal, you can visit their Coffee Bar in Llandudno. You can drink in the sounds and smells of the roasters, and sip on something rich and smooth while Nathan shares his passion for the dark side.
250g Bag from £6.50
#3 Mug Run Coffee
I first met Tim Parry of Mug Run Coffee at a Food Fayre and he was positively evangelical about his freshly roasted coffee. On his coffee shelf you’ll find carefully chosen beans from Peru, Ethiopia, Uganda, Guatemala and Myanmar. I love his super popular Shed Blend – a nod to where it all started. In his garden shed.
Tim has kept us well caffeinated through the lock down and he now offers coffee subscriptions to get your favourite beans delivered to your door.
250g Bag from £7.00
#4 Poblado Coffi
Moving further West, Poblado Coffi roast their beans in the old Quarryman’s barracks in Nantlle, one of the most stunning valleys in Snowdonia National Park. Imagine going to work everyday with a view of Snowdon through your roastery window. But Poblado’s story began much further away in El Poblano, near the Columbian city of Medellin where Steffan Huws learnt his coffee craft on a local farm.
Its all about the beans at Poblado – “if you like coffee, ethical trading and supporting your local producers, then we believe you will like what we are doing”
Poblado House Blend is a delicious blend of a dark Sumatran roast with a light roast from Guatamala, perfect black or with milk, brewed any way you like. And it’s pretty amazing.
250g Bag from £6.50
Try them all. Choose your favourite. Make the change. Support local.
You won’t be sorry.
If you’re a coffee lover, I’d love to hear what you think? Have I mentioned your favourite. Is there a secret artisan coffee roaster that I need to seek out?
That’s all for now,