Colonna & Smalls, Bath, Somerset
Phenomenal coffee at this speciality house where three types of espresso and three filters are always on offer. This is the place to experience coffee nirvana, staff are passionate and well informed and will guide you to your perfect cup. Courses for baristas, cupping, latte art aimed at keen amateurs and professionals run by barista champion and owner Maxwell Dashwood-Colonna.
Bean Shot Coffee, Bruton, Somerset
Small but perfectly formed café on the premises of this new artisan roasting house in Bruton. Take your time to try a few different blends and talk to Nick Law about coffee, a man with a passion. The coffee here is nectar – as with all aficionados no sugar required – you want sweetness, they’ll find you a blend with hints of chocolate, cherries. You can buy beans or freshly ground coffee to take home, with instructions on how to the make perfect cup. (Virtually next door to Hauser & Wirth too so you can wash down your coffee with some culture). High end coffee machinery is available to buy and they offer barista training.
Café Boscanova, Bournemouth, Dorset
A true original which roasts its own beans and has just begun hosting coffee appreciation and ‘cuppings’ mornings on Sundays. There’s very little this café won’t take on - pop up tapas nights, ‘Knit and natter’ mornings. Food is always spot on from Canadian pancake stacks and a perfect veggie breakfast to Mexican but you’re really here for the sublime coffee. They take it sextremely seriously so be prepared to wait. Also own nearby South Coast Roast on Richmond Hill another gem with an identical vibe.
Espressini, Falmouth, Cornwall
Gorgeous café that specialises in coffee with 3 espresso and 3 filers on offer and blends which regularly change. These guys are coffee obsessives, sourcing from the best farms and have recently begun roasting their own beans at a small artisan roaster in Penryn. The café is kitted out in beautiful handmade, Arts & Crafts inspired furniture, the menu features local, seasonal produce, with classic dishes such as smoked haddock kedgeree, eggs Benedict, grown up beans on toast. About as far away from the standard coffee bar experience as you can get, love it.
Relish, Wadebridge, Cornwall
Coffee is sourced from the UK’s best artisan roasters (Origin in Cornwall, Square Mile in London) and people travel from across the county for their perfectly made flat whites. There’s a different speciality bean in the grinder each week for you to try and great decaff too. Though they are purists here – coffee is served at ‘drinking temperature’ which means slightly less hot than most of are used to and they offer soya milk and decaff ‘if you must.’ Food is high end café style – three Cornish cheeses, tart and salad, pate and home-made bread. Breakfasts ranging from porridge with treacle to a full English (levitated by homemade rosti) are legendary. A word for the Toddlers Ploughmans described as ‘small biteable food to pick at, wear, drop on the floor…’ Loving your att guys.
Devon Coffee, Exeter, Devon
An atmospheric wood panelled café where Steve and Kim Pearson roast their own coffee and serve the best flat white in town. They offer barista classes where you can learn latte art and how to pull the perfect espresso and brew nights where they share the ‘rules’ of brewing the ultimate filter coffee at home. Board games, awesome cakes and a laid back atmosphere make this the ultimate Exeter pit stop.
Amid Giants and Idols, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Wonderful coffee house and artisan roaster which offers five seasonally selected sustainable coffees imported from ethical farmers. Owner Xanne Carey is an award winning barista and passionate about the art of great coffee. Hot chocolates and loose leaf teas are also exemplary as are the artisan cakes and chocolates. Kids will love the rocking horse, you’ll heart the vintage leather furniture.
Full Court Press, Bristol, Somerset
Named after an all-out, no compromise basketball technique the coffee here, as you’d expect, delivers a punch. It’s a high-tech coffee experience, served either as espresso or as a hot or cold brew filter. Coffee tasting is on offer here – try something like the Triple Threat once coffee bean served 3 ways. Coffee blends are described with tasting notes – so the Bitinze espresso from Origins has notes of ‘candied lemon, apricots and dry white wine.’ Blends change daily and the cakes are excellent – it’s a hip but friendly hang out for ultimate coffee-heads.
The Brew House, Porthleven, Cornwall
In the gorgeous fishing village of Porthleven this lovely café looks out over the harbour. It’s the flagship shop of the famous Origin Coffee Roasters’ flagship shop down the road and they experiment with various brews and roasts. Expect an extensive menu of single estate coffees and specials such as affogato with salted caramel ice cream.
Soulshine, Bridport, Dorset
Rustic café which sells indie mags and comics alongside its spectacular coffee and food. House espresso from Extract and guest coffees from other artisan roasters including Origins, Union and Square Mile. As well as the coffee there are delcious, fresh juices, home-baked bread, salads, soups and deli food to take away. There’s a kids play area with vintage Fisher Price toys, hot chocolates come in Moomin mugs.