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Wake Up and Smell the Coffee– It’s International Coffee Day!

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee– It’s International Coffee Day!

1 October 2017 | Nicola Freedman

Move aside tea. A life source for many, and a passion for others, coffee has become Britain’s favourite hot drink. Yes, the traditional cuppa will always have a loyal following, but increasingly coffee is the go-to for tired, overworked Britons. Thankfully, in recent years the British coffee scene has flourished, with an influx of artisan and specialty coffee bars popping up all over the country. So start your day right with our guide to the country’s best spots for a perfect cup of coffee.

Small St Espresso, Bristol


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A favourite among Bristolians, independent coffee shop Small St Espresso is serious about coffee. With an amazing house roast by Clifton Coffee and guest roasters and filter coffee from Bristol, the UK and around the world, it isn’t hard to see why. With the addition of Bristol-made breads, cakes and pastries (the carrot cake from legendary Hart’s Bakery is outstanding), Small St is the perfect spot to grab a coffee to go, or while away an afternoon.
 
Small St Espresso can be found at 23 Small St, Bristol BS1 1DW
 
 
Small Batch, Brighton


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One of the most popular spots in the city to get coffee, Small Batch Coffee Roasters lives up to its high praise. Originally a wholesale roaster, Small Batch now supplies their high-quality coffee to cafes and restaurants all over the country. With an online shop, and five cafes and two coffee carts between Brighton and Hove, it’s clear that Small Batch is set on becoming one of the country’s most recognisable names in coffee.
 
Small Batch can be found at 111 Western Rd, Hove, Brighton BN1 2AA
 

Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge
 

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Ethically sourced, seasonal coffee is the focus of Cambridge stalwart Hot Numbers Coffee, where locals and students gather to relax, work and enjoy a great cup of coffee. For a more refreshing caffeinated drink during the warmer months, make sure to try their latest addition - ice cold coffee on tap made using nitro coffee techniques. The café also features a stellar brunch and all day food menu, street food from local eateries and hosts a monthly line-up of gigs, film nights and other great events.
 
Hot Numbers Coffee can be found at 5-6, Dales Brewery, Gwydir St, Cambridge CB1 2LJ


Colonna & Small’s, Bath 
 

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Sourced from the country’s leading roasteries, the specialty coffee at Colonna & Small’s has garnered the café a dedicated following. The high praise and rave reviews are, thankfully, justified. Founded by arguably the country’s best barista (Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood won The UK Barista Championship in 2012 and 2014) Colonna & Small’s is a must for anyone serious about their coffee. The knowledgeable baristas will happily guide you through their more complex menu, so you can sit back and enjoy your coffee.
 
Colonna & Small’s can be found at 6 Chapel Row, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1HN
 

The Milkman, Edinburgh


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A short stroll from Waverly Station, you’ll find one of the city’s best cups of coffee at The Milkman. Relax in the café’s window seat, a prime spot for people watching, as you sip on an excellent flat white. Make sure to sample one of the tantalizing pastries on display as well, or get your coffee (and pastry) to go before hopping on the next train.
 
The Milkman can be found at 7 Cockburn Street, Old town, Edinburgh EH1 1BP
 
 
Quarter Horse, Birmingham 
 

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Home to the city’s first in-shop coffee roaster, the Quarter Horse is cranking out terrific aeropress and filter coffee, as well as Birmingham’s silkiest lattes. Along with the stellar coffee, the relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious breakfast and lunch menu (the smashed avocado is a real winner), will have you returning in no time.
 
Quarter Horse can be found at 88-90 Bristol Street, Birmingham B5 7AH
 
 
Laynes Espresso, Leeds
 

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For coffee aficionados, there is simply no other choice than Laynes Espresso when in Leeds. The cafe is brewing exceptional cups of coffee, and for something different make sure to try the split shot (a single espresso and single piccolo served alongside each other). To round off the experience, choose from one of their renowned (and generously sized) sandwiches or mouthwatering cakes.
 
Laynes Espresso can be found at 16 New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5DL
 

Kaffeine, London
 

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In a city that runs on little sleep, it is perhaps unsurprising that London boasts a surplus of excellent coffee shops. Nevertheless, if you are after a truly exceptional cup, head to Kaffeine. Opened in 2009, this independent Aussie café is one of the pioneers of London’s specialty coffee scene. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, you can guarantee a perfect cup of coffee. Deli-style breakfasts, sandwiches and salads are also available, as is a great selection of pastries (ANZAC biscuits are a must for those looking to sample one of Australia’s tastiest biccies).
 
Kaffeine can be found at 66 Great Titchfield St, W1
 

The Plan Cafe, Cardiff
 

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The Plan Cafe has developed a reputation as one of Cardiff’s best spots to satisfy caffeine cravings. Located in the centre of the city’s stunning Victorian Morgan Arcade, the artisan coffee bar’s small team of expert baristas are brewing endless cups of excellent coffee from their seasonal roast selection. And with plenty of space, the cafe is the perfect spot to work, catch up with friends, or just sit back and relax.
 
The Plan Cafe can be found at 28-29 Morgan Arcade Cardiff CF10 1AF
 
 
Takk, Manchester


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A Nordic inspired coffee house in Manchester? Takk (meaning ‘thanks’) is perhaps an anomaly in the northern city, but with a weekly changing selection of four single origin coffees brewed by hand, locals are flocking. The café’s open layout has been designed to encourage working and talking while sipping on a warm cup of their delicious Nordic Style espresso (the North Projekt). If you prefer to get your caffeine fix in a more solid form, the espresso brownie is a must.

Takk can be found at 6 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 2FF

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