The second shortlist for the 2013 Coffee Spot Awards is the “Most Unlikely Place to Find a Coffee Spot” Award. This was won in 2012 by Abriachan Campsite and Café. Finding Coffee Spots in cities such as London, Edinburgh and Bristol is to be expected. However, good Coffee Spots are everywhere, some of them are in very unexpected places, both geographically and in terms of setting.
This Award is very much defined by the nominees on the shortlist. Some of these are geographical, a reward for bringing great coffee to unexpected places. Others are a recognition of a great or unusual setting for a Coffee Spot.
You can see the shortlist after the gallery.
There are seven Coffee Spots on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.
Take a coffee shop, barbers and vintage store all rolled into one and you have the wonderful Wild At Heart Emporium on Bristol‘s Broad Street.
There’s been a few changes since I was there at the start of the year, and I don’t believe that the coffee menu is as impressive (or scary) as it was when I took this photo, but it’s still a great place to drink your coffee!
Lincoln does not immediately spring to mind when you think about top notch coffee, but in Coffee Aroma Lincoln boasts a Coffee Spot that would grace any town or city in the land. As well as being a lovely place to drink your coffee it serves some of the best coffee out there!
Regular readers will know that I really rate the coffee scene in Newcastle and Flat Caps Coffee, run by the lovely Joe Meagher, is one of the best Coffee Spots I’ve been to. It’s been nominated for the Most Unlikely Place Award because it’s so damn hard to find. It’s down in a basement under a gift shop with a sign the size of a postage stamp the only clue to its presence. Despite this, it’s extremely popular, a testament to Joe’s hard work and excellent coffee. Also in the running for “Best Filter Coffee” Award.
Ten Belles is one of a growing number of speciality coffee shops in Paris. The reason for its inclusion is not just that it’s in Paris (since I reckon Paris has plenty of good coffee) but more that it’s brought a slice of Soho/NYC to the heart of Paris. With an international customer base, coffee from the UK’s Has Bean and (when I was there) a Geordie barista, it was all too easy to forget you were in France!
What can I say? A coffee shop in a disused gentlemen’s public toilet? Well, that was always going to make the shortlist! However, the great thing about Attendant, on London’s Foley Street, is that while it kept most of the original features, including the urinals, it avoided just being a gimmick and instead serves up some lovely coffee from London roasters Caravan. Attendant also featured in the Coffee Spot Calendar for 2014.
It’s not that Waterloo Tea is in Cardiff, since Cardiff has plenty of great coffee. It’s more a combination of the setting (out in the suburbs) and the fact that Waterloo Tea, as the name implies, is rather focused on the tea, yet still serves great coffee (and cake)!
Rave Coffee is a specialist coffee roaster (which features as such in the “Saturday Supplement” Award) with a wonderful café attached in the unlikely setting of an industrial estate south of Cirencester. Also in the running for the “Best Takeaway Coffee” Award.
You can find all 20 of the 2013 Coffee Spot Awards here.
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