Visit to the roastery – Urban Emporiums
Coffee samples from Union Hand Roasted
17th May 2009
The drama of coffee
20th May 2009

Yesterday we visited a Roastery in Sheffield, there are less than 50 roasters of any size based in the UK. This roastery has been family run and roasting coffee since 1879, Simon Bower (pictured) is the current owner.

Simon has green beans bought in from all over the world and stored ready for roasting. They currently roast in 20kg batches and only roast to order so the coffee is alway fresh. Once roasted it is rested for 24hrs then packaged and shipped directly to customers.

Youri was also on hand so we could try some different espresso blends for the Urban Coffee Company house blend. The jury is still out on this so we will need another session to come up with a blend that will work for all our customers.


  1. Youri says:

    Hi Simon and Amir,

    Thanks again for coming over to the roastery! I hope you guys enjoyed it.

    I am looking forward to perfecting this blend for you guys, I am sure we can get you a great coffee and please do send me a pic of that fantastic espresso machine of yours :)

    I have tried the initial blend one about 15 people today, blind tasted it, compared to our Absolute Espresso blend and the result was very positive. I feel very confident that we can make it even better!


  2. Simon Jenner says:

    Youri, sounds great can’t wait to test it. Picture of the new eagle are now on the blog.