Do you need a morning caffeine fix, but are looking for something different with a bit of an extra kick? At Michael Graham we have veered off the high street chain tracks and found the best independent coffee shops in the region. You’ll be buzzing after a visit.
Yellow Bourbon Coffee Roasters, Angel Street, Northampton. Passionate about coffee even as a child, owner Steve started as an apprentice roaster in London for the prestigious Monmouth Coffee Company. He now roasts beans by the sack full here in Northampton - the aroma as you walk into the shop is intoxicating. Try the Blanco Y Negro – an espresso with vanilla ice cream - or their signature brew Nitro – coffee served like cold beer straight from the tap.
Gyre & Gimble, Cornwall Place, Buckingham. For a welcome as warm as the coffee, this is the sort of coffee shop you’d expect to find in a hip and trendy area of a city. Elliot and Alex started with a coffee stall at festivals and are passionate coffee connoisseurs, sourcing their artisan coffee from multiple roasters around the country. Freshly prepared toasties are the icing on this coffee experience. (Cakes also available)
Hitchin Coffee Lab, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. This small independent café roasts their very own Hitchin coffee beans on the premises and one Saturday a month you can enjoy an evening of coffee, cake and cocktails while listening to live music. What’s not to love?
Coffee with Art, High Street, Bedford. As the name implies, art is everywhere. On the walls, hanging from the ceiling and with more books around than you can shake a stick at. Not on shelves (obviously), but making up walls and staircases. Plenty to look at while you’re sipping your flat white.
Bogota C`offee Company, The Hub, Milton Keynes. The town’s first independent coffee shop has the usual caffeinated suspects on the menu, but if even the more exotic sounding cortado or long black don’t take your fancy, head to the brew bar where you can select the beans you want ground. You can even have your coffee made by your preferred method of AeroPress, V60 pour-over or cafetiere. If that all sounds rather technical, ask for ‘just a coffee’. They can do that too.
Tea is also on the menu at these coffee shops, but watch this space as we’ll be checking out the best tea rooms in the region in a future blog. And if we’ve missed out your favourite, find us on Facebook or send us a tweet and let us know.