Sharing tables in coffee shops?

Cafe etiquette

A few weeks ago, we went to Edinburgh. It was the Edinburgh Festival, and the whole city was heaving with people, half of whom were apparently students in a show of some kind ... my favourite pitch was for a show that was apparently a cross between American Psycho and American Pie. We didn't go to [...]

Food politics

Press Coffeehouse

Press Coffeehouse, Harrogate

There are a lot of subscription coffee services around at the moment. It's quite the thing, and a definite sign that more people are waking up to the complexities and intricacies that separate a mediocre cup of coffee from a good cup of coffee from a truly superb one. The idea is simple - hook into [...]

Food & drink

Casa Espresso’s Barista Basics and Latte Art courses

Casa Espresso’s barista and latte art training courses

I spent a year abroad n the mid-Nineties, backpacking around the world. We headed east, through India and the South Pacific, and ended up in New Zealand, then Australia, and then across the ocean into the Pacific Northwest of North America, to Vancouver, Seattle and Portland. This journey around a big chunk of the Pacific [...]

Food politics

Mrs Atha’s coffee shop, Leeds

Mrs Atha’s independent coffee shop, Leeds

From absolutely nothing a few years ago, Leeds is now littered with top-rate independent coffee shops. The latest one is Mrs Atha's a quirky little place on that odd, desolate feeling pedestrianised road behind House of Fraser. They're springing up all over the place, these indies, to such an extent that it's possible to say [...]

Eating out

Brewbar Espresso, Leeds

Brewbar Espresso, Leeds

The community of very decent coffee shops in Leeds seems to be expanding all the time. Good indies are still outnumbered by the Faceless Chains, but you don't have to walk far these days to get the real deal. Brewbar Espresso takes a bit of effort to get to, not because it's out of the [...]

Eating out