OUR STORY

 

Beginnings

Northern Cobbler began its life as a contemporary footwear brand, founded in 2010 by two friends and work colleagues. Steffan and Feroza (a footwear designer & buyer respectively) both have a passion for shoes and a fondness for good food and drink.

Since then we’ve travelled all over the world, from Portugal to India and China, visiting manufacturers, exhibiting at international trade fairs and exploring what the world has to offer in the area of shoe design. During our travels we discovered the vast and vibrant world of speciality coffee and that’s where our love for it started.

When it came to opening our retail store in 2015 we wanted to set ourselves apart. We decided to combine two of our passions, coffee and shoes, to create an experience and try to bring a slice of our travels to our customers. Working closely with a local roastery we worked tirelessly to create a unique blend of coffee, which was reminiscent of our time travelling the world. We’ve brought together two origins of coffee, Brazilian and Ethiopian to produce a truly unique coffee. From the moment our doors opened in the fashionable Clarendon Park area of Leicester we have been a focal point of Queens Road, gaining loyal custom from the locals ever since and bringing in visitors from all over the country and the world.

Our story doesn’t end there, we’re just getting started. Due to ever increasing demand for our coffee, both in the shop and at home, we have taken our first steps in to the vibrant world of roasting. With roasting starting soon we will have more control than ever before over our blend, the sourcing of the beans and the roasting process. We’ll also be experimenting and trying new combinations to deliver even more variety to our customers at the same quality they rightfully expect from Northern Cobbler.

  

Our Objectives & Values

No new business venture is ever a straight road and whilst we’ve had to change our direction and make tough decisions our objective and mission statement have remained the same: to provide the best quality coffee and shoes to our customers, and to do it in the right way. This all started as a passion project, combining our love of coffee and shoes and we never want to lose sight of that, every step of our journey has been driven by passion and by how much we enjoy what we do. If we’re not enjoying what we’re doing or not having fun then we’re doing it wrong.

Our core values are built around integrity (doing the right thing when nobody else is looking). Whether this be using fair trade coffee, recycled rubber soles, organic flour in our crepes or simply using compostable or recycled packaging, whilst minimising waste. Whatever it is, you can be certain we'll continue to strive to do the right thing. 

 

Ethical & Sustainable Roasting

Ethical and sustainable are words used all the time, especially in the coffee and fashion industry. Whilst travelling we have seen the effects of and the necessity for ethical and sustainable sourcing and manufacturing in both coffee and fashion.

Hence, we take measures to ensure we operate sustainably and ethically at all levels of our business. For example, we use fair trade coffee beans. This is a promise we make to our customers and something that we will never change.

A forward thinking ethos is something we are dedicated to carrying forward as we open our own roasting facility. Tireless research has been carried out in order to ensure we are roasting, packaging and shipping our coffee with as little waste and environmental impact as possible.