The Coffee Spot is Three!

cropped-1-x-1-DSC_4909_spotless.jpgToday’s Saturday-Supplement-on-a-Wednesday marks a very special occasion: the Coffee Spot is three years old! Well, it will be: on Monday, 28th September it’ll be exactly three years since I launched the Coffee Spot (14.15 on Friday, 28th September 2012 to be precise). This time last year, when The Coffee Spot was two, I’d made 179 posts, covering 113 Coffee Spots in my second year, which had attracted over 84,000 views. This was up from my first year, when I’d made a mere 123 posts, covering 107 Coffee Spots with 31,000 views.

My third year, however, has been even better. Although I’ve made roughly the same number of posts (180, covering 115 Coffee Spots), my third year has seen well over 115,000 views, more than my first two years combined! This success is largely down to you, dear readers. Without you, there would be no point in the Coffee Spot, so to thank you, I’m organising a Coffee Spot birthday party. This will take place on Wednesday, 30th September, two days after the Coffee Spot’s actual third birthday, and will be at the lovely Beany Green, Paddington. Anyone who wants to come is welcome to join me.

Please check the details after the gallery, which contains a summary of the Coffee Spot’s third year.

  • The Coffee Spot's third year got underway with a visit to the amazing Strangers Coffee House in Norwich, winner of the Coffee Spot's Best Espresso Award for 2014.
  • November saw the Coffee Spot at the first ever Cup North northern Coffee Festival in Manchester, which was also an excuse to visit the likes of Grindsmith and Pot Kettle Black.
  • December saw visits to Edinburgh's wonderful Cult Espresso and North Berwick's Steampunk Espresso. Best of all was Reading's Tamp Culture: full coffee shop service from a Piaggio Ape.
  • The New Year saw more travelling, including a trip to Bath, and visits to Society Cafe, Repack Espresso and this beauty, Forum Coffee House.
  • February, and a visit to Dr Espresso, famed for its 1950s lever espresso machines. Specifically, in this case, the second Dr Espresso, Mama V's, down in Clapham under a railway arch.
  • In March, the Coffee Spot was back in the USA, visiting New York, Philadelphia and, for the first time, Washington DC. An undoubted highlight was popping into Rival Bros new coffee shop in South Philly.
  • April, and back in the UK, there was a long-overdue return to Brighton, calling in on the likes of Small Batch, Ground, Mr Wolfe, Cafe Coho & the wonderful Bond Street Coffee.
  • In May, it was London Coffee Festival time. The Coffee Spot was there from Friday to Sunday. This time I had to take an extra suitcase just to bring back all the coffee!
  • In June, the Coffee Spot went coast-to-coast by train in the US, from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, then up the west coast to Seattle and the amazing Slate Coffee Roasters.
  • July, and the Coffee Spot was back in London, visiting the new Notes at King's Cross, with its lovely mezzanine level and its coffee by day, wine by night concept.
  • August saw the Coffee Spot back on the road, visiting Birmingham, Nottingham & Sheffield, with Marmadukes Cafe Deli, serving some superb coffee in amazing surroundings.
  • The Coffee Spot's 3rd year was rounded off with another long-overdue return, this time to Newcastle, visiting old friends such as Flat Caps Coffee & making new ones like Cafe 1901.
The Coffee Spot's third year got underway with a visit to the amazing Strangers Coffee House in Norwich, winner of the Coffee Spot's Best Espresso Award for 2014. 1 November saw the Coffee Spot at the first ever Cup North northern Coffee Festival in Manchester, which was also an excuse to visit the likes of Grindsmith and Pot Kettle Black.2 December saw visits to Edinburgh's wonderful Cult Espresso and North Berwick's Steampunk Espresso. Best of all was Reading's Tamp Culture: full coffee shop service from a Piaggio Ape.3 The New Year saw more travelling, including a trip to Bath, and visits to Society Cafe, Repack Espresso and this beauty, Forum Coffee House.4 February, and a visit to Dr Espresso, famed for its 1950s lever espresso machines. Specifically, in this case, the second Dr Espresso, Mama V's, down in Clapham under a railway arch.5 In March, the Coffee Spot was back in the USA, visiting New York, Philadelphia and, for the first time, Washington DC. An undoubted highlight was popping into Rival Bros new coffee shop in South Philly.6 April, and back in the UK, there was a long-overdue return to Brighton, calling in on the likes of Small Batch, Ground, Mr Wolfe, Cafe Coho & the wonderful Bond Street Coffee.7 In May, it was London Coffee Festival time. The Coffee Spot was there from Friday to Sunday. This time I had to take an extra suitcase just to bring back all the coffee!8 In June, the Coffee Spot went coast-to-coast by train in the US, from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, then up the west coast to Seattle and the amazing Slate Coffee Roasters.9 July, and the Coffee Spot was back in London, visiting the new Notes at King's Cross, with its lovely mezzanine level and its coffee by day, wine by night concept.10 August saw the Coffee Spot back on the road, visiting Birmingham, Nottingham & Sheffield, with Marmadukes Cafe Deli, serving some superb coffee in amazing surroundings.11 The Coffee Spot's 3rd year was rounded off with another long-overdue return, this time to Newcastle, visiting old friends such as Flat Caps Coffee & making new ones like Cafe 1901.12
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The whole point of the Coffee Spot is to share the love of great coffee and great places to have coffee. Without you, my readers, there would be no sharing, so without you, it really would be a pointless exercise. So thank you one-and-all, whether you’ve read every single Coffee Spot since the launch or whether you just dip in and out when you feel like it.

To celebrate, I’m going to be holding a party at the lovely Beany Green, Paddington, after work on Wednesday, 30th September, from 5.30 to 7.30. Anyone who wants to is welcome to come along. I apologise to all of you who aren’t in or around London: I’d love to visit my favourite Coffee Spots all over the country (and beyond), but sadly I can’t be in two places at once. If you can’t make it to London, please feel free to have your own birthday celebration on my behalf. Just pop into your favourite Coffee Spot, and have a cup of coffee and, if you must, a slice of cake, and the Coffee Spot will be with you in spirit.

Back to London and the actual party. The lovely people at Beany Green have very kindly agreed to keep the Paddington branch open for the Coffee Spot’s party until 7.30 on Wednesday evening. Please understand that this is a party in a working coffee shop, not a private, closed doors event. Beany Green will be serving their usual range of drinks, so please show your appreciation to them by buying a coffee.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to announce a few special guests over the next day or two, but in the meantime, please put the date in your diaries and come along; it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible. Remember, this is an event for you, my readers; we don’t have to have met before, and it would be great to put some faces to some names/twitter handles.


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