Thomson’s is promising something new in the coffee shop business after opening a roastery, café bakery and training centre – all under one roof.
Occupying a large unit in the Argyle Street Arches, Glasgow, it is the only business in the refurbished row beneath Central Station to take up two floors.
Thomson’s Central is providing a training hub for baristas across the country and is boasting a Loring Kestrel S35 Smart Roaster – the only coffee roaster of its kind and size in Scotland.
Described as ‘reinventing’ the way beans can be roasted, the energy-efficient Smart Roaster claims to offer a greater level of control in terms of production, as it can be programmed to roast beans as required.
The dog friendly outlet includes an on-site bakery and is also one of the few to stock BrewDog’s foray into the artisan spirit world, ‘LoneWolf’ gin.
Thomson’s has supplied coffee through the 19th, 20th and now into the 21st Century.
Russell Jenkins, managing director, said: “It’s taken a great deal of time and effort to create this new bespoke space within The Arches. The team and I have been working hard to get Thomson’s Central fully up and running and we are delighted at the response we have had so far.
“We’re naturally passionate about training – from bean to cup we’re obsessive over every detail, which is why we’re well-placed to educate and inspire other people about our favourite drink.
“We’re so excited about this new chapter in our story, founded on over a hundred and seventy five years of heritage as a brand, and are looking forward to building our future on this legacy, as a real centre of excellence.”