Black Sheep Coffee, the fast-growing specialty coffee roaster and café operator, has lined up a double opening in Manchester, MCA understands.

The company, which recently lined up its sixth opening in the City of London, is set to open at 60 Spring Gardens in Manchester and has also applied to open a site at 4 Piccadilly Place in the city.

The nine-strong group has also lined up an opening in Ruskin Square, Croydon.

The group is set to open in East Cheap Street, which alongside forthcoming openings in Principal Place, Centre Point, Regent’s Place and the South Bank Tower, will bring its total number of sites in the capital to 13.

Some of the new stores will have feature the group’s new “after work concept” with London brewed craft beers, and coffee inspired cocktails such as expresso martinis and Irish coffee.

The group recently appointed David Ellison, formerly of Pret and Costa, as its new head of operations.

The company was founded in 2013 by four university friends, roasting its own coffee and distributing it online and wholesale to restaurants, coffee shops and hotels as well as distributing espresso machines to serve as a one­stop resource.

In 2014, the company raised £23,000 through a KickStarter campaign, which was then followed by a £500,000 private equity raise from investors including Gaucho financial and commercial director Frank Bandura.