We are a small passionate family business based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in the UK. Read about how the 'coffee voyage' started; from sipping a 'Café Creme' at 'Le Pere Tranquille' in Paris to creating our own range of delicious gourmet coffees.
In true Gallic fashion, Patrick Joseph the founder of LeCafeShop.co.uk, has enjoyed a long and enduring romance with the humble cup of coffee. After growing up in the Hautes-Pyrénées area, he moved to Paris en famille at 12, and was soon to be found sipping espressos on the boulevards of the capital’s cafés.
Then, in his early twenties, while on breaks from working in a specialist vinyl record store in the city’s vibrant Châtelet-les-Halles quartier, he would café-hop here and there, sipping away, picking philosophically at a croissant or a tartine beurrée and flicking through a copy of Le Monde.
He moved to London in the early 1990’s and remembers with clear disdain his first cup of British coffee, which tasted more like weak soup brewed from dirty socks. Even when shopping in the capital’s supermarkets, when it came to coffee it was never easy to find anything that would hit his French-educated taste buds.
In 1999 came a move back to France – to the Beaujolais area north of Lyon – where, thanks to a chance meeting with an old friend, Patrick’s appreciation of great coffee moved on to a new, entirely more passionate level. The old friend was a master coffee roaster, and soon Patrick immersed himself in the world of coffee. He realised there was an opportunity to bring fine coffees to the ever growing UK market, and decided to start his own brand of gourmet coffees, Haute Culture was born.
A Taste of France in a Cup…
The Haute Culture range is blended and roasted right here in the UK to Patrick’s unique, French-inspired taste.
For Patrick, the idea of selecting the finest coffee beans in the world to create a unique blend is no different to a winemaker’s passion for blending the best grapes – when created with skill and love, the result is a connoisseur’s coffee with a subtly distinctive taste that offers an alternative to the Italian blends.
The Haute Culture range is available for espresso machines and cafetieres and epitomise the very best in French coffee – sophisticated, elegant and perfect for those with a taste for the finer things in life!
Whether you’re looking for a quality espresso produced from fresh beans, a strong morning coffee, a smooth all-day filter or an organic/fairtrade/rain alliance brew, there is something to satisfy everyone.
In bringing his life’s passion to LeCafeShop, Patrick’s goal is provide his customers with not just top quality coffees but with fine coffee-making equipment, coffee grinders and cool gift sets, as well as recipes and great tips on coffee preparation.
LeCafeShop.co.uk are a small, dedicated family business based in the north of Leeds in West Yorkshire. Emma and I hope you enjoy our delicious gourmet coffees!
Have a Wonderful Day, Try A New Coffee Today!
Coffee story written by Justin Postlethwaite