A NEW speciality coffee shop is opening in Stroud next week.

Rough Hands Coffee is launching on Tuesday, April 13 at 8am.

The team will be serving high quality, speciality coffee from multiple roasters from all over the world, a menu of vegan sweet treats and toasted sandwiches using produce from local, independent suppliers.

The house espresso is provided by Fire & Flow, a coffee roasters based in the heart of the Cotswolds and founded by Callum Parsons, who has twice been a finalist in the UK Barista Championship.

The new coffee shop will also feature guest coffees on a seasonal basis, including the likes of Roundhill based in Bath, Casa Espresso from Bradford and Red Bank from Coniston in the Lakes.

A selection of sweet treats from Baked by Pen and Lara’s Tarts, both independent businesses, will be available at Rough Hands to compliment the coffee menu.

The business will be using only eco-friendly and biodegradable disposable cups, recycled coffee bags and will be launching a loyalty scheme to encourage customers to use their own reusable coffee cups.

Rough Hands Coffee is the first business venture for local coffee expert, Samuel Humphris, who brings a decade of experience to his new role.

Samuel plans to fully host home brewing classes and other events in the evenings once safe to do so.

Situated in the main mall area close to the King Street entrance, Samuel has transformed the former FoneFixers unit, creating a rustic, stripped back feel, where locally created artwork will be featured on the walls.

He said: “We have been working really hard on transforming the unit and sourcing the very best coffee and local produce and now I can’t wait to welcome the local community to Rough Hands Coffee next week.

“Five Valleys is the perfect location to launch my first business venture and I am delighted to be a part of the ongoing regeneration of the town”.