Manchester coffee business Grindsmith has opened a laboratory and roastery in Ancoats, having converted a 4,880 sq ft former industrial unit.
Grindsmith currently operates from three locations: the Pod at Greengate Square, Deansgate and MediaCityUK.
The company’s roastery has been two years in the making, it said, adding that the space, set across two floors, will become the company’s centre for “brand innovation” and will be supplying all three of its stores with home-roasted coffee.
The facility includes a Loring Smart Roaster machine – an odourless, flavour-locking roasting system with lower emissions – and a tech lab that will help the company push further boundaries within the industry when it comes to quality and taste.
Phase two of the Roastery will also see Grindsmith, which has developed with loans from GC Business Finance, launch a dedicated barista training academy and further lab space later in the year
Luke Tomlinson, co-founder of Grindsmith, said: “Opening a roastery has been a burning ambition for the company since we first opened the Pod in 2014 and blood sweat and tears went into this launch.
“Coffee is our absolute passion so having a space dedicated to the roasting, tasting and development of our very own product is a fantastic milestone for the business.”
Fellow co-founder Pete Gibson added: “Science and the quality control over product is becoming increasingly important. Our aim for the lab is that it becomes a centre of excellence and innovation within the industry and helps Manchester push the boundaries of knowledge and research within speciality coffee.
“We have a number of origin trips planned this year to source and ship the world’s best coffee direct to Manchester. Coffee is an amazing industry to be part of and we can’t wait to be alongside the coffee farmers and fully controlling the product from crop to cup.”
The Grindsmith Roastery will also be a base for when the company launches its wholesale and coffee subscriptions via an app in the coming months.