Those who know me well will know how much I love coffee (mine’s a latte, thanks).
Before I started my degree at Bath Spa I rarely drank it and was all about herbal teas (much healthier) but beginning my part time job at the cafe started an obsession. If I’m in town then I can’t resist grabbing a delicious coffee whether it’s one that’s festive and sugar packed from a chain or sugar free from a coffee shop that really knows their stuff.
I’ve come a long way since my first few dodgy cappuccinos. I’ve got a few latte art patterns under my belt and was recently told someone had made a phone call about a particularly good flat white I’d made (I was thrilled and will never get over it!). I love hunting for new blends for my cafetiere and I’m always up for a trip to a new coffee shop.
So here’s a few of my favourite places, in no particular order, to grab a really good cup of coffee or buy a bag of beans.
A friend of a friend owns this place but that’s not why it’s made my list. The cakes are delicious, gluten free with an ever developing menu (great for your coeliac friends and you alike). They also offer a range of dairy free milks, so if you can’t stomach dairy but can’t stand soy then you can still enjoy a really good cup of coffee. I don’t visit Cascara anywhere near as much as I should, I mean they have a puppy there AND make delicious juices – what’s not to love?!
This is the kind of place I would take my friends from Hitchin when they fancy a coffee – it’s friendly, has a wide range on offer and on trend.
(Cheeky gluten free brownie in the background there)
Gillards of Bath, Guildhall Market
As I type this I am drinking “The Continental” blend that I bought from Gillards a week ago. Tucked away in the Guildhall Market this shop sells various high quality coffee beans and teas as well as fine china and cafetieres. The beans are roasted by Gillards and 125g can be purchased whole or freshly ground (and they will check what you’re using it for so you don’t buy the wrong thing) from an array that comes across the globe with various flavour intensities. Gillards have introduced me to some amazing blends from the dark and nutty to light and sweet.
For just over £2 you can purchase 125g which goes a look way for me as I only use my cafetiere on my days off.
If you have a coffee lover in your life and are struggling for a gift to get them, I’d recommend buying several bags of ground coffee in different blends and creating a sort of hamper for them – inexpensive yet thoughtful!
The Soho Coffee Company
Chains are good at what they do. They deliver a certain standard of coffee quickly and consistently as well as coming up with new seasonal choices. They do this well, but it’s rare to find a chain that actually makes a good latte (I just can’t get on board with how a certain chain makes their latte’s. Putting the espresso in last? Sacrilege.)
Soho is a chain. It opened a few months ago in Bath and is so good that I wasn’t sure if it actually was a chain after I’d ordered my first drink. They’ve managed to create the feel and taste of a small coffee shop while still having that hint of impersonality that will either entice or put you off depending on how you’re feeling.The lack of background music also makes it a perfect spot for reading – It’s where I go if I want a really good coffee but I’m feeling antisocial.
(They make a legit latte and the sea of bulbs make for a great atmosphere)
Colonna and Small’s
My friend introduced me to this place a few weeks ago and it’s actually what inspired me to write this blog post. Colonna and Small’s has won a ridiculous amount of awards and from just one visit you can see why. The staff are incredibly professional and talented, some having won accolades such as “Best latte art” and “Best cappuccino” that are proudly displayed on their walls.
They offer 3 different blends of espresso and filter coffees and you can order each one how you’d like it. Considering the level of quality and skill that goes into each coffee it is surprisingly inexpensive. I have been thoroughly impressed with every visit and will be making a point of going there more often. This is the kind of place I would take someone I wanted to impress or just anyone that hasn’t been before because everyone must experience it!
(My friend’s drink was prettier than mine so I took a picture of his, he wasn’t impressed)
So if you’re ever in Bath and want a really good coffee then look no further than these places. If you think I’ve missed anywhere from this list then let me know, I’m always up for checking out somewhere new.
P.s. All of those pictures of coffee I take have finally paid off, shout out to my long suffering boyfriend for putting up with this.