In case I haven’t shared it enough; I am a HUUUUGEEE coffee fan!
When lockdown began, the one thing it took away was our independent coffee shops, which I so miss visiting and have been craving a barista-style made coffee ever since.
Luckily, as the lockdown rules are easing up and though coffee shops and cafes aren’t quite open yet, there are still plenty of ways for you to enjoy a coffee fix during weird times that are both safe and applying to social distancing rules.
So here is some of the local coffee companies in Northamptonshire I have been supporting, whether it be ordering a product online or enjoying a freshly brewed coffee from a van.
Have I missed any that I need to check out?
Well Roasted Coffee
If you love trying different coffees from across the globe and fancy something a bit different, Well Roasted Coffee is delivering and will make your regular coffee taste more exciting.
Well Roasted Coffee are an independent small artisan roaster of ethical coffees who are based in the Welland Valley on the Northamptonshire/Leicestershire border who look to provide interesting coffees from around the world.
They are regular attendees of local food fairs and festivals and I’ve been lucky to have some of their Costa Rica Aquiares in coarse grind for my cafetiere which has such an intense taste and tastes kind of earthy when drank black.
Not only do they provide roasted artisan coffee in bean format and in various grinds, but they also provide loose leaf teas and infusions, as well as all the equipment you need to brew your drink of choice.
They are offering free shipping during the Covid-19 virus and you can order from their online shop.
Yellow Bourbon Coffee
If you’re Northampton based, you will have heard of Yellow Bourbon Coffee and may have visited their premises off Guildhall Road.
Yellow Bourbon Coffee select coffees from around the world, roast them back in their Angel Street, Northampton shop and serve them as drinks or in bags to take home.
During the coronavirus pandemic, they are currently operating an online shop where you can purchase their boxes of coffee from their espresso blend and Ethopia Hambella, to their Peru El Oso which is a personal favourite of mine.
If one coffee fix isn’t enough, you can subscribe to receive your coffee orders on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis and all coffee comes in either wholebean, espresso, stovetop, filter, aeropress or cafetiere – for whatever way you prefer to make your coffee!
Before lockdown, they were operating takeaway coffees from their Angel Street shop with a 1 in 1 out system, so now lockdown has eased a bit, fingers crossed they’ll be doing this again!
Blenders of Northampton
Blenders of Northampton is an artisan coffee roaster and blender of fine coffees and teas and their premises is based on the lovely St Giles Street, Northampton where they sell freshly roasted coffee beans, equipment, imported fine teas and much more.
They distribute a lot of their products to local cafes, hotels and other retailers. During the coronavirus pandemic, they are currently operating an online shop where orders are being dispatched by post.
Blenders of Northampton has all the equipment needed to make a professional coffee from home, including milk jugs for frothing, tamper mats, thermometers and even coffee machines themselves which are excellent for home use, or for commercial offices and hotels etc.
I highly recommend their Italian Blend, which comes in beans, but if like me and you have a cafetiere, you can easily blend these up to a medium ground.
Really Awesome Coffee
If you don’t fancy making a coffee yourself at home, a coffee van like Really Awesome Coffee is just what you need!
Really Awesome Coffee are the mobile coffee specialists who have multiple franchises run across the county and beyond who run their mobile vans at events such as food fairs and festivals. During the lockdown, they are now offering contactless takeaway coffees where they are coming to certain locations to offer people a coffee fix.
If you want them to come to your street, all you have to do is fill in their online booking form which can be found on their Facebook page but they have set days and times for when they are visiting each week which changes depending on demand.
Nuts For Your Coffee
The dream came true for me when I heard that Nuts For Your Coffee were visiting Towcester.
They are an independent family business established in 2019 who offer a mobile coffee service for everyday deliveries and for events and weddings. As of now, they are currently offering local coffee takeaways and have been massively popular.
They work with a lot of local suppliers, including The Little Bakery of Happiness for their bakes and they also work with ‘Chef of the Year’ Danny Tompkins, the 2019 Carlsberg Northamptonshire Food & Drink winner!
They update their Facebook page with the areas they are travelling to and what times they will roughly be there. You will know when they arrive, as they will play the ‘Greatest Escape’ theme tune!
I hope this helps give some inspiration for anyone who is missing their ‘proper’ coffee fix and is slightly bored of the usual instant coffee – or even if you’re not a coffee drinker, perhaps you know someone who would benefit from reading this blog post?
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