A new addition to Queens Road’s plethora of cafés and bars is Coffee Ethic. “My professional background was in training, but I have always had a passion for tasty healthy food and fair trade coffee” explains owner Tasneem Ibrahim. “It’s hard to find independent cafes with dairy free options and that’s where the idea for Coffee Ethic came from.”

Making a mark on what is already a crowded market is a challenge, but with plug sockets and wifi throughout the shop, Coffee Ethic is already one of our favourite spots to hide with a laptop and a latte and get stuff done in an area of the city which isn’t always conducive to that. Their menu is also a treat if you have specific dietary requirements. “We offer fair trade coffee with a range of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan options.  Our menu is more extensive on that front than the local competition and it includes gluten-free pancakes and porridge, vegan wraps and toasties and, of course, delicious cakes and desserts.” Continues Tasneem “Part of our ethos is to create fresh, healthy recipes; this also sets us apart from other coffee shops. As well as this, we regularly hold a “Vegan Afternoon Tea”.  I don’t think that’s on offer in many places and it’s a great opportunity for people to get together to enjoy our food.”

Photography by David Wilson Clarke

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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