Art And Business | The Best Coffee Shops In The UK

Good coffee is addictive, in the way that its quality is something that becomes a necessity. The best cups of coffee become the expected, the norm and these coffee shops share this passion. They follow the rules of Stephen Leighton, Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee, for the perfect cup and combine the science with the art form…

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flat caps coffee

11 Carliol Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UF

Open 8am-7pm (Mon-Fri) 10am-4pm (Sat) 10am-6pm (Sun)

Recently having moved into their new premises, this previously hidden gem of Newcastle is the only place in the city to offer syphon coffee. One of the three brew methods available to choose from, Flat Caps is an expert in cold brew. If you are the adventurous type, the coffee shop always has two guest coffee beans to try. These can be enjoyed within industrial surroundings within which, though modernly clinical in

 

 

design, the manager Flat Cap Joe and his employees manage to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Flat Cap Joe himself was Northern Barista Champion in 2013 and 2014, being a finalist in the UK Barista Championships in the same year. It is the perfect place to while away an hour or two whilst savouring exquisite, unusual coffee that has been brewed with precision.

laynes espresso

16 New Station St, Leeds LS1 5DL

Open 7am-7pm (Mon-Fri) 9am-6pm (Sat-Sun)

 

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In the northern powerhouse of Leeds, Laynes Espresso is a similarly compelling little coffee shop near to the train station. Bright in their choice of store-front colour and confident in their capacity to serve the very best, Laynes feels like an established coffee fanatic. They pride themselves on their focus on simply two ingredients: coffee and milk. Simple and effective, this coffee shop allows the quality of the beans to shine through.

The welcoming and bustling environment highlights the popularity of this coffee shop. So, whenever in Leeds, take a moment here, with a split shot and a touch of brunch.

 

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takk mcr

6 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF

Open 8am-5pm (Mon-Fri) 9am-5pm (Sat) 10am-5pm (Sun)

Though located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, Takk plays homage to Scandinavia and Iceland. A ‘love letter to Reykjavik’ and the Icelandic love of the coffee bean, this unusual coffee shop serves Nordic style espresso with the best coffees available in Europe at their brew bar.

It is more than coffee though, it is a lifestyle which aims to inspire and support. Takk is a cafe and creative space where coffee and community are the priorities. It is the perfect place to settle down for a day of work with your laptop and some of the coffee shop’s original food.

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colonna & small's

6 Chapel Row, Bath BA1 1HN

Open 8.30am-5pm (Mon-Sat) 10am-4pm (Sun)

Caffeine magazine had this to say about Colonna & Small’s:

“We were incredibly impressed by the flavours, which were indicative of what you’d expect from the varietal and terroir.”

It is flavour which is key here. The coffee shop thrives on seasonality, enhancing the natural intensity of the bean with the science needed, even down to the water used.

Co-owner Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood won the UK Barista Championships in 2015 for the third time, and whilst this is a very impressive feat, Colonna-Dashwood should pride himself on his compassion. He is a kind and thoughtful owner which expands to his whole team.

This creates a warm atmosphere, one which requires consistent returns. Each time there will be something different to try whether in espresso form or at the brew bar.

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kaffeine

66 Great Titchfield St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QJ

Open 7.30am-6pm (Mon-Fri) 8.30am-6pm (Sat) 9am-5pm (Sun)

 

 

This ever-evolving coffee shop maintains its Australian style with a focus on coffee, good food and service.

Kaffeine‘s coffee philosophy centres around their use of acclaimed, ultra-modern espresso machines which are titans in their field. The baristas also all have at least three continuous years of experience and a passion of pursing the art of espresso making.

Therefore the two London locations, with their robust and rustic interiors, are some of the best places in the city. They champion craftsmanship, quality and hospitality.

 

what makes the perfect cup of coffee?

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The Managing Director of Has Bean Coffee, the coffee bean roaster had this to say about what makes the perfect cup…
“What makes a good cup of coffee, well first of all it has to be well sourced coffee, sourced for its intrinsic cup quality and that it is ethically produced. Even the best coffee in the world will taste bitter when its been picked by people being taken advantage of. Then it has to be roasted well and be fresh with a roasted on date so you can decide if its fresh enough for you. Then it has to be made with care and skill and precision, scales are common place now in specialty coffee so if you find the perfect brew method for you, your able to repeat it with a recipe. But most of all by taking time to enjoy the hard work of so many people in the delivery chain, and spending just a few moment thinking about all the people who have been involved in getting this amazing beverage to you.”

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