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Eat and Drink
November 2016
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Here are some of our region's best roasters and blenders

Chuck the Typhoo and Kenco in the bin and get to know some of the brilliant artisan roasters and blenders in the region.

Bari Tea Brewery

Bari Tea Brewery offers a range of 35 loose-leaf teas, which you can enjoy with a homemade scone or a slice of freshly made cake on the premises, or in the comfort of you own home by buying it from their shop, or ordering online.

28 Narrowgate, Alnwick NE66 1JG
01665 510508

Beanies Flavoured Coffee

Sticky toffee, pecan nut pie, mocha orange and tiramisu are just some of the dizzying variety of premium roast coffee flavours available from Beanies – all of which have no added sugar or sweeteners. Available to order online.

Faverdale North, Darlington DL3 0PH
0800 862 0235 

Colour Coffee

For true coffee lovers, Colour Coffee utilise their skill and the best technology available to roast the best-tasting beans possible, using only 100 percent single origin arabica coffee beans, ethically and responsibly sourced from growers around the world – you can pick it up from their café, Pink Lane.

1 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Caffé Ginevra

For almost 100 years the Ginevras have been roasting coffee in the Sicilian city of Caltanissetta. Their blends are full on flavour and low in bitterness, with most available as either ground coffee or coffee beans. You can buy online, or in their lovely little espresso bar, where you can try before you by – with a slice of cake or two.

16 Front Street, Prudhoe NE42 5HN
07557 365616 

Luckie Beans

They certainly are lucky beans which get the privilege of being roasted here, though arguably us coffee drinkers are luckier still – not least because we don't have to be ground into powder when push comes to shove. Single-origin roasts from Africa and South America are their speciality, though the house blend is mighty fine too.

Love Lane, Berwick TD15 1AR

Northern Edge Coffee

All of the coffee blends produced by Northern Edge Coffee are named after legends, myths and facts about Berwick, and it’s all produced from ethically-sourced beans roasted in small batches. That it’s all delicious kind of goes without saying. 

Unit 5, Meantime Workshops, North Greenwich Road, Berwick TD15 1RG
07955 810894 

Ouseburn Coffee Company

Newcastle’s foremost independent roastery are dedicated to offering their customers a highly selective range of ethically-sourced coffee from around the world, lovingly roasted in small batches to guarantee optimum freshness. You can also enjoy their coffee at their café, Harvest Canteen and Coffee House in Jesmond.

Foundry Lane Studios, Foundry Lane, Newcastle NE6 1LH 

Pilgrims Coffee

Dodge the tides and head to Holy Island for a dose of history and a bag or two of exceptional coffee, roasted in a yurt by the coffee fanatics here. They describe their blends as ‘super awesome’, which is a bit early-90s surfer dudeish for us, but we don’t dispute it.

Marygate, Holy Island TD15 1RG
01289 389109 

Pumphrey’s Coffee

Established in 1750, Pumphrey’s source the finest coffee beans from around the world and roast them to order using traditional, open-flame roasting drums that are more than 80 years old. They also supply an extensive range of loose leaf teas, and you can create your own blends at Mrs Pumphrey’s Curious LeavesTea Shoppe in Grainger Market.

50–53 Grainger Arcade, Grainger Market, Newcastle NE1 5JE
0191 414 4510


This now-iconic company began in 1907, with founder Samuel Smith selling tea from a horse and cart on the streets of Newcastle. More than a century later, they still deliver their responsibly-sourced tea to over 260,000 customers across the UK – and you can also buy their tea and tea-related goods online.

Algernon Road, Newcastle NE6 2YN


A century ago, the Rounton building was a granary, but now it’s been refunked into an urbane, shabby-chic base for their roastery, which turns out Kenyan, Ethiopean, Columbian and El Salvadorian single-origin roasts as well as blends like the chocolatey, hazelnut-accented Granary Blend.

East Rounton, Northallerton DL6 2LG
07539 285197

The *TeaShed

One of the coolest tea companies around, The *TeaShed’s range of silky pyramid teabags come in a useable paper cup, and they also do a range of bubble tea kits, so you can enjoy this interesting twist on tea at home.

Benfield Business Park, Newcastle NE6 4NQ
0191 432 6231

Tynemouth Coffee Co

There’s a range of eight beans to pick from here, from the South American and Vietnamese blend in the Black Midden to the caffeine-jolt, single-origin Columbian Rocket Fuel. They do courses on how to get the best from your brew, too.

Unit 4, Back Stormont Street, North Shields NE29 0EY
0191 260 0995

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