Hip coffee shop AllPress Espresso chooses Manchester for its first venture outside London

The NZ coffee company already brews up in independent cafes across the world

By Manchester's Finest | 11 May 2023

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Specialty coffee roaster Allpress Espresso – a brand you might recognise from many an independent coffee shop in Manchester – has announced it will open its first cafe outside of London in Manchester

Allpress is heading to the city centre neighbourhood now known as NOMA – the area near the old Co-Op building which is currently home to New Century and Sadler’s Cat. It will move into the Grade II listed Dutch modernist Redfern building.

The Allpress Espresso team in their Noma unit in the Redfern building. Image: This Is Influential

This will be the first café in the North for the pioneering coffee brand and the 2,500 sq ft venue will also house a “barista training hub”.

Indie coffee shops like Trove, Erst, Carhartt, Patagonia and Campanio all stock AllPress coffee but this will be a standalone venue for the brand. The space will be designed by Deidra Hodgson, whose minimalist approach to interiors can be seen at Australian skincare brand Aesop’s stores amongst other places.  

First launched in New Zealand, founder Michael Allpress was influenced by Seattle’s late 80s coffee revival and began roasting coffee in the back of his garage and supplying it to cafes around Auckland. Allpress uses a hot air roaster to avoid the burnt taste you sometimes get from roasting coffee beans in drums. The company’s dedication to the art of flavour has won it an army of supporters and clients. It opened its first UK store in London in 2010 and now roasts for almost 400 of the best independent cafes across the UK, and 1,200 independent cafes worldwide.

There are plans for hands-on coffee workshops, community events, and tasting experiences at the flagship Manchester café.

Allpress already brews up in coffee shops all over the world. Image: Allpress

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. 

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.”   

Altpress Manchester is expected to open in late Summer 2023.