Coffee pioneer chooses NOMA for its first Northern base
Specialty coffee roasters Allpress Espresso is openings its first café and barista training hub in the North in Manchester’s NOMA district.
After five years of having a strong presence of stockists across Manchester city centre already, including Trove, Erst, Carhartt, Patagonia and Campanio, the coffee specialist has taken 2,500 sq ft space on the ground floor of the Redfern building at NOMA, which is asset managed and developed by MEPC. The space is set to be designed by Deidra Hodgson.
First launched in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1989 before opening its first UK store in London in 2010, Allpress roasts for almost 400 of the best independent cafes across the UK, and 1,200 independent cafes in some of the most intresting neighbourhoods of the world.
NOMA will be the latest addition to Allpress’s international portfolio of districts, with sites in London, Melbourne, Tokyo and Sydney.
Agnes Potter, general manager at Allpress Espresso in the UK, said: “Already having over 40 customers based throughout Manchester and the North, we are excited to open a space designed to provide support and a base for those customers, and to open our first UK café outside of London to grow our community.
“Having enjoyed great success at our Shoreditch and Dalston sites in London, growing our presence in the similarly eclectic NOMA neighbourhood is a great next step for us as we look to engage with new and pre-existing partners across the UK.”
Like its three London sites, the new café, based in the Grade II-listed Redfern building, will provide an holistic coffee experience with a fresh menu using locally sourced products, including products from local partners, in line with NOMA’s own sustainability commitments. There are also plans for hands-on coffee workshops, community events, and tasting experiences at the flagship Manchester café.
Redfern will also become the new home for Allpress’s Manchester-based team supporting their business partners. It will also be used as a training facility for internal and external Allpress baristas and a technical workshop for supply and maintenance of coffee equipment. The new site is expected to open in late summer 2023.
Alice Bolton-Gough, asset manager at MEPC, said: “The team at Allpress share our way of thinking when it comes to connecting with customers and communities. There is a clear synergy here and we look forward to welcoming Allpress to NOMA in what will be a great addition to our amenity offer and to our growing business community.
“Allpress will support NOMA’s wider hospitality selection, joining New Century, Sadler’s Cat and Pulp Coffee, and sit alongside the latest development 4 Angel Square which is set to complete in May.”
Richard Lyons from LTL acted on behalf of MEPC with Will Tate from Colliers as joint agent.