The highest profile names in the Northern coffee scene were invited to be part of the first ever Northern Independent Coffee Guide which launched on Friday 26 June. The guide is the ultimate handbook to the most exciting and highest quality speciality coffee shops and roasters in the north of England.

The new guide was unveiled at a funky get together of the movers and shakers of the Northern coffee scene, which also saw the Northern AeroPress championship taking place, along with the imbibing of local craft beers the chomping of wood fired pizza – and of course the drinking of some great coffee.

Over 80 top roasters and coffee shops were invited into the guide based on meeting the strict criteria for entry. The criteria was based on quality of coffee served, expertise, and the use of the highest quality UK roasted beans and was set the Independent Coffee Guide’s editorial committee: Dave Olejnik of Laynes Espresso in Leeds, Paul Meikle-Janney of Coffee Community, Ian Steel of J Atkinson & Co, Cup North organiser Hannah Davies, Q Grader Jamie Treby, and Nick Cooper of Salt Media.