Edinburgh College becomes first college in Scotland to roast its own coffee beans


Edinburgh College has become the first college in Scotland to serve coffee made from fresh green coffee beans roasted on site.

The URoast machine was unveiled in the Atrium café at the college’s Sighthill Campus and provides catering staff with the unique opportunity to serve coffee made from fresh beans roasted in the café.

Provided by the college’s coffee supplier, Coffee Conscience, the URoast machine takes fresh green coffee beans and makes perfect roasts within thirty minutes.

The process is environmentally friendly, thanks to a reduction in packaging and the extended shelf life of the green bean will mean staff will only serve what they roast, leading to more effective distribution.

In addition to providing the URoast machine, Coffee Conscience has supplied fresh coffee beans from around the world from countries including Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and India.

Based in the Atrium café in the Sighthill campus, the URoast machine will spend time across each of the college campuses over the coming months and beans roasted in the machine will be distributed across the college’s cafés to ensure no one misses out.

Caroline Bacigalupo, General Catering Manager at Edinburgh College, said: “We are delighted to be the first educational establishment to introduce the U Roast. We hope that the U Roast will allow us to create a better understanding of coffee knowledge with in Edinburgh College as well as allow our professional cookery and hospitality students something unique to learn in their journey and the College. At our initial tasting session with staff and students we received some brilliant feedback on a home roasted blend. We will be introducing a variety of beans throughout the year and allow anyone interested to be part of the roasting process. We hope to launch a coffee club with a variety of roasted beans towards the end of 2017 so please get in touch if you are interested in buying some beans to take home. ”

Billy Miller, managing director of Coffee Conscience, said: “Our aim for Edinburgh College is for the college to be the first educational client in their sector to roast and serve their coffee beans on site to reduce food miles and provide the freshest bean to cup available. In the manufacturing process, it is a well-known fact that fresh is best and at Coffee Conscience we have prided ourselves in using local artisan roasters to provide coffee beans that are often less than one week old by the time they are served at site locations. We are delighted to be working with the Edinburgh College catering team and hope they and their customers enjoy the coffee made using the URoast machine.”