The last shortlist for today for the 2013 Coffee Spot Awards is the “Coffee Spot Most Resembling a Coffee Shop” Award. This Award was won in 2012 by Plymouth’s Coffee Bean Central and celebrates those archetypal Coffee Spots that look just how they should look…
Of course, coffee shops come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s more than one archetype, so this award reflects the wide range of coffee shops and all the different styles they represent, with entries from around the UK (Exeter, Coventry, Brighton and London).
You can see the shortlist after the gallery.
There are five Coffee Spots on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.
Regular readers will know I have a soft spot for the Boston Tea Party chain of coffee shops in the west of England. One of the the Tea Party’s knacks is taking iconic buildings and turning them into places which are instantly recognisable as branches of the Tea Party and yet are their own individual places. The upstairs lounge at the Exeter branch is the perfect example of this and the archetypal coffee lounge.
Not only has Kahawa Cafe brought quality coffee to Coventry, but its done it in a beautiful space that is exactly how I imagine a coffee spot should look. So much so that Kahawa featured in the Coffee Spot Calendar for 2014.
A London legend and one of the original Australian/ Kiwi-owned coffee shops that some credit with launching the recent coffee revolution in the capital. However, antipodean-style coffee wasn’t the only thing it introduced us to: there’s the look as well!
The Taylor Street Baristas chain of London (plus the Brighton branch) has got the coffee shop look nailed. I’ve never seen such a visually appealing coffee shop as the one on Queen Street Brighton. It sort of grabs you as you walk past and drags you inside.
Just to prove that the Brighton branch wasn’t a fluke, here’s the Mayfair branch. There’s something about these two: they just look and feel exactly how coffee shops are supposed to look and feel. Not only that, they serve an excellent cup of coffee too!
You can find all 20 of the 2013 Coffee Spot Awards here.
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