North East

Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle

28 October 2012

Artisan coffee has reached Newcastle. At the heart of it all is the Ouseburn Coffee Company, a magnificent roastery / café combo.

Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle

As a one-off, OCC was open on a Sunday for the Ouseburn Festival. We stumbled across it by chance – a rare and delightful thing.

Owners Ali Hammond and Simon Bonnin were on hand, pulling the shots from a small room at the front of the premises. OCC is first and foremost a roastery, with a grand old roaster on view. It has all sorts of buttons, including a big red one. Must be good.

Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle

Simon prepared a flat white and chatted about the company while a steady stream of intrigued locals wandered in. My flat white – with their Foundry No. 2 blend – was wonderful.

OCC is still new to the Geordies, opening as recently as March 2012. It is part of a mini “third wave” coffee movement in NewcastleGateshead – I can’t wait to go back and visit the other options.

Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle

However, I would be amazed if the city has anything better to offer than OCC. In addition to its tiny, no-frills café (no cakes, no food – just coffee), it’s a proper artisan roastery, still a surprisingly rare thing in the UK.

Simon, Ali and co-owner Pete (Simon’s brother) are intent on bringing top quality beans to the north east and beyond.

Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle

OCC is a proper independent place run by coffee gurus. Running a startup business is a tough, tough road (I can empathise), but, if the quality of the coffee and the passion of the team is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a success.

Find it on Foundry Lane, one or two other locations in Newcastle, and buy its small but perfectly-formed range of coffee online (I have).

Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle Ouseburn Coffee Co., Newcastle

 


Address
Foundry Lane Studios
Foundry Lane
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
NE6 1LH

Website: http://ouseburncoffee.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @OuseburnCoffee
Facebook: Ouseburn.Coffee

We visited on 22 July 2012.

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  • andrea 30 October 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Ouseburn Coffee is very good, I had coffee there last summer (and brought some beans) but it is quite a way out of the city centre. I know, I walked from the Laing Gallery. I was visiting a children’s book centre almost next door to Ouseburn.There are other good coffee shops in the city centre, including Pink Lane (just across the road from the main station) and Quilliams (near the Newcastle University)

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 31 October 2013 at 11:51 am

      Hi Andrea, thanks for the tips.