If you hadn't guessed already, I love coffee.
In fact, it's become something I rely on day-to-day. Which is probably a bad thing!
I actually remember my first ever coffee. I was 14.
I was on a trip to London with my Stagecoach Performing Arts group and we had just received our tickets to go and see the matinee performance of Wicked the Musical (which was actually my first time seeing that musical too!)
Just over the road from the Apollo Victoria Theatre, there was a Starbucks and some of the older kids were grabbing coffees before the performance. So I went along and we all ordered Venti Caramel Macchiatos with cream on top.
From that moment on, I loved coffee.
I do like a cup of tea occasionally, but it can't quite match my love affair with coffee.
But more and more, I'm choosing to ditch the coffee chain cups for local chain coffee.
According to Google, there are over 200 local coffee chains in Northamptonshire. That's a lot of coffee.
I think it's a slightly impossible task to visit them all, but I do want to support more local coffee chains, as I feel they have a lot more to offer in terms of variety of beverages, decor inside and out and an interesting history to tell, especially if it's a coffee shop that's a family business.
I have a few favourite coffee shops that I would like to share with you briefly, and then we'll go onto the main subject of this blog post. Let me know if you have visited any of these places:
A cosy bar situated within the Royal and Derngate, in the heart of the cultural quarter. John Franklin's has everything you could want, including great coffee!
Local roasters, The Roastery, are responsible for supplying the coffee to them. And I believe their coffee beans have a perfect balance.
From the creamy aroma to the taste itself. I can always rely on John Franklin's for a steamy cup of coffee (and a cheeky slice of cake!)
Being in the centre of Northampton, its in the perfect location for those who work in the town who want to grab their cup of coffee before work, whilst supporting a local chain.
I love coming here when I fancy a quiet place to work, because I know I can get good Wi-Fi, a cosy chair, a quiet spot and most importantly, great tasting coffee.
You can find John Franklin's on 21 Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP
This place has literally made me 'bewitched' for their coffee!
Known as the 'coffee experts', they have eight locations across Northamptonshire, with one of their shops conveniently located in Northampton town Grosvenor shopping centre.
Me and my boyfriend have come here when shopping in the town centre, despite having a Costa Coffee places right opposite, we will chose to come here every time.
Around seasonal holidays like Christmas and Easter, they have some amazing coffee creations. I once had a Cookie Crumble Hot Chocolate and it was honestly AMAZING.
They also have their own shop which you can buy products from. You can get products like a Bewitched travel cup, coffee cups, their own blend of coffee beans and you can even purchase a Barista Training Class.
You can find Bewitched Coffee in Northampton at 39 Princes Walk, Grosvenor Centre, Northampton, NN1 2EL
Ten Hands Cafe Bar
Ten Hands Cafe Bar is my go-to brunch spot in my hometown.
Conveniently located in the middle of Watling Street in Towcester, it's pretty interior and yummy brunch options are not the only things I love about this, but I love their array of coffees too.
They have a unique menu of coffee options, from iced lattes, matcha tea lattes and all the classic favourites. Plus, they never fail to make a beautiful looking flat white pattern.
And what I love even more about this place is the beautiful decor. I am really keen to do a blogger shoot inside because I think it would make a perfect location for blog photos.
The staff are really friendly too, which is always a bonus when you know the staff.
You can find Ten Hands Cafe Bar on 175 Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6BX
Ground Craft Coffee
I don't often find myself on Wellingborough Road, Northampton, which is known for its many pubs, bars and burger joints. But when I do, I always chose to visit Ground Craft Coffee.
Not only does it offer great coffee, but it offers plenty of yummy cakes and an artisan selection of food.
The furnishing has a fresh, light and quirky feel to it. In short, it's another perfect location for blog photos!
I've had a vanilla latte here quite a few times and its honestly spot on everytime. Sometimes you can have too sweet, or not sweet at all, but Ground Craft Coffee seem to nail my order everytime.
You can find Ground Craft Coffee on 217 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EF
Following on from this post, I want to write more about my love of coffee and my love of supporting local coffee shops.
Therefore, I'm going to be launching a new segment on my blog: Navigating Northamptonshire's Coffee Shops.
I will be writing blog posts on guides to some of my favourite coffee shops.
And heck it, I'm going to add a hashtag which you can follow on Instagram and Twitter (because I love launching hashtags that no one follows lol) but if you fancy following, you can find my coffee adventures at #NicoleNavigatesCoffeeShops.
If you live in Northamptonshire, what are your favourite coffee shops to go into?
Do you have any favourites that I've not mentioned here? I'm going to try and visit more local coffee shops to give you the best range and choice across the county.
I will also be providing full reviews of the above places too. So if you want to know anything else, drop me a question in the comments below!
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