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Origin Coffee boosts presence in Scotland with Edinburgh store and education hub

The Cornwall-based specialty coffee roaster said the outlet will also serve as an education hub for wholesale clients and at-home coffee enthusiasts

Founder Tom Sobey (pictured) said expanding into Scotland has been a big dream for the brand | Photo credit: Origin Coffee


Specialty coffee roaster Origin Coffee is seeking to build on a strong wholesale presence in Edinburgh by opening its first outlet in the Scottish capital this spring. 

Cornwall-based Origin, named Best Specialty Coffee Roaster at the 2023 European Coffee Awards, will open on the former site of Union Brew Lab, which closed its doors last month after 12 years in the city. 

Origin Coffee said the site will feature a rotating menu of its single-origin coffee range and act as an education hub for its wholesale partners – which includes two-store specialty coffee brand The Milkman, the Edinburgh restaurant portfolio of chef Stuart Ralston and the Gleneagles Townhouse hotel. 

“Expanding into Scotland has been a big dream for us. We’re excited to be part of the next chapter of this incredible coffee shop which has been such an instrumental part of the specialty coffee scene in Edinburgh over the years. As well as creating a beautiful coffee shop for the local community to enjoy, our new café will be a hub for education, allowing us to offer an even better level of service to our wholesale partners in Scotland and deliver a range of ‘how to brew’ courses for home enthusiasts,” said Tom Sobey, Founder, Origin Coffee. 

Founded in 2004, Origin Coffee opened its first coffee shops in 2015 and currently operates six outlets across Cornwall, London and Bristol. The specialty coffee roaster attained B Corp accreditation in 2020 and recertified with a 13-point higher B Impact score in February 2024. 

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