Let’s get Thursday underway with the shortlist for the 2022 Coffee Spot Award for “Coffee Spot with the Best Lighting”. This was won last year by Taylor’s Coffee House.
Lighting in coffee shops has long held a fascination for me, with most of the galleries containing a shot or two of an interesting light-fitting. This Award celebrates those Coffee Spots with particularly outstanding lighting.
You can see the shortlist after the gallery.
There are eight Coffee Spots on the shortlist this year, all listed in order of publication.
Fika⁺, high on Chester city walls (an unusual enough location to win a place on the shortliste for the Most Unlikely Place to Find a Coffee Spot Award) is a beautiful spot. It’s also got some classic exposed light bulbs to complete the look, which has earned it a place on this shortlist.
More beautiful, exposed bulbs are on display at Ruffians, a barbershop on Maiden Lane in the heart of London. This is home to the Dark Woods Coffee bar, which is a great addition to the handsome entry lobby. It’s such a good fit that I’m always surprised that there aren’t more speciality coffee shops in barbershops/hairdressers. Dark Woods has also been shortlisted for the Best Espresso and Smallest Coffee Spot Awards.
Moving over to The Wirral and Neston’s Elephant Coffee. As well as being a lovely neighbourhood coffee shop (which won Elephant Coffee a place on the Best Neighbourhood Coffee Spot Award shortlist), Elephant Coffee also has some excellent (and classic) light fittings, hence its appearance here. Elephant Coffee was also shortlisted for the Best Flat White Award.
More lovely light bulbs, along with some neat geometric light shades, are on display at Haus in Colwyn Bay, an excellent coffee and brunch spot on Penrhyn Road in the heart of the town. Its coffee is good enough that Haus has been shortlisted for this year’s Best Filter Coffee Award.
Moving across the Atlantic to Dover, New Hampshire brings us to Flight Coffee. A fanatastic coffee shop with some great food, Flight Coffee also has some awesome light fittings, not least the lamp in the shape of the Flight Coffee rocketship which you can see in the thumbnail. Flight Coffee has also been shortlisted for this year’s Best Filter Coffee Award.
Voyager Craft Coffee, Santa Clara University
Moving across America to California, and we come to Voyager Craft Coffee at Santa Clara University. This has some uniquie light fittings, not least because when they came to be installed, the shop fitters thought that they were broken and tried to “repair” them!
Staying in California, but moving to the other end of the Peninsular, Sightglass Coffee on Divisadero in San Francisco is another coffee shop in a physically beautiful setting with light fittings to match. There’s also some excellent coffee to be had as well!
Our final entry on this year’s shortlist sees us staying in the USA but moving to Kansas City in the midwest, home to Monarch Coffee. These days, Monarch is a roaster, but when I visited in October, it also had this beautiful coffee shop, which I wrote about as a tribute to Monarch.
The winner will be announced on Monday, 2nd January. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the other 19 Coffee Spot Awards for 2022.
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