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Where to enjoy coffee in Somerset: 13 of the best places to go

PUBLISHED: 11:49 04 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 04 April 2017

A coffee ready to be enjoyed at Colonna & Small's

A coffee ready to be enjoyed at Colonna & Small's

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Discover the coolest places in Somerset for top-notch speciality coffee according to the latest edition of the South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide

Brew freaks, bean geeks – and the simply curious – take note.

The coolest places to get a quality caffeine fix in Somerset have been revealed. The selection of distinctive and original coffee shops and cafes have been hand-picked for the latest edition of the South West and South Wales Independent Coffee guide. Strict criteria for entry – coffee expertise and the use of the highest quality UK roasted beans – means only establishments selling top-notch coffee have made it into the collection.

The guide, which covers the whole of the South West and South Wales, also includes opening times, what coffee and brewing methods you can enjoy at each venue, a cool fold-out map of where to find all the coffee shops, plus fascinating features about all the latest trends such as nitro and speciality pods. Here is a taster of the most sought-after cups in Somerset and Bath. Put them on your hit list for a superb coffee experience.

1. Colonna & Small’s, Bath

There are a number of reasons why Bath has become a mecca for coffee worshipers, although Colonna & Small’s’ presence in the city is probably the one cementing its status. Its modest shop front doesn’t reveal much about the speciality sorcery going down inside the contemporary space. However, the stack of trophies belonging to co-owner, and triple UK Barista Champ, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, tell you all you need to know.

2. The River House, Frome

This funky café­come-bar-generally-cool-place-to-hang-out not only cranks out badass brunches and cracking cocktails but also stonking cups of Dusty Ape coffee. Watch as the baristas scribble love letters in latte art or sneak a cheeky shot into your coffee (on request, of course).

3. Strangers With Coffee, Wells

One for the curious coffee connoisseur, there’s nearly always something new to try at this charming little coffee shop in Somerset’s smallest city. With caffeine fanatic Ivan Hewitt at the helm, visitors will find an ever-evolving menu of house blends and exciting guest roasts, alongside a comprehensive brew bar.

4. Yeo Valley HQ, Blagdon

There are few speciality joints that can rival the views that go with a morning cup at Yeo Valley HQ. Perched on the edge of the Mendip Hills, overlooking the lush valleys below, this staff canteen turned foodie destination is the perfect place to savour a good brew, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

5. Calm Coffee Bar, Burnham-on-Sea

No need for post-glut guilt after a quick coffee escalates into two flat whites, lunch and a slice of cake at this gourmet coffee shop. That’s because if it’s not organic, ethically-sourced and nutritiously delicious, it’s not on the menu.

6. Finca, Yeovil

Opened in July 2016, this town centre venue provides a modern space – all chipboard, bare wood and stainless steel – in which to luxuriate in some of the finest coffees in a variety of exciting and creative serve styles. All of the beans ground and brewed are hand roasted on the small batch roaster at a sister shop in Dorchester.

7. Boston Tea Party, Bath

Bright, spacious and decorated with Colonial style inspo, it’s no wonder that Boston Tea Party’s new venue in Bath is up for a couple of national design awards this year. Head barista Beth and gang offer a monthly filter coffee alongside the two house blends – medium and dark roast – from Bristol’s Extract Coffee Roasters.

8. Picnic Coffee, Bath

Whether you’re stopping by for a take-out en route to work, a long overdue catch up with friends, or attending one of the lively music nights, there’s a brew for every occasion waiting at Bath’s Picnic Coffee. Owners Tim and Kate only stock the best speciality grade stuff, choosing beans with distinct flavour profiles and unique cup characteristics from a cluster of artisan roasters.

9. Cascara, Bath

With some of the country’s biggest coffee guns residing in the city, there was always going to be serious competition launching a speciality coffee shop in Bath. But with years of cumulative experience behind the bar, a cosy spot close to the centre and some fresh coffee concepts, Jay and Ana have turned Cascara into a must-visit for caffeine-heads.

10. Society Cafe, Bath

As a firm favourite with Bath’s foodie fraternity, it’s not just coffee buffs that you’ll find frequenting this Kingsmead Square hangout, but mums with prams catching up over flat whites, students with heads buried in books on their third espresso and foodies snapping pics for their Twitter feed. Don’t forget to visit its sister venue, which sits in a swish glass fronted building on the city’s High Street.

11. Jacob’s Coffee House, Bath

One of Bath’s original independent speciality spots, Jacob’s Coffee House has earned a firm following of coffee buffs and caffeine tourists over the past five years. With a beautiful venue nestled between Bath Abbey and The Pump Rooms, this is the kind of place where you’ll want to stick around and soak up the surroundings.

12. The Bath Coffee Company

Housed in one of the grand old buildings on Kingsmead Square, there’s plenty of space, inside and out, in which to take time over an expertly prepared espresso based brew or a filter from the single origin selection, from the coffee shop’s roastery. A tempting array of daily specials, cakes and pastries to take-away keep the busy mix of tourists and locals fuelled for a day in the city.

13. Mokoko, Bath

Conveniently located opposite Bath train station, Mokoko should be your first port of call on a caffeinated voyage around the historic city. What it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in variety, with a well-equipped brew bar and a choice of at least three different beans, including its own Mokoko roast.

The Bristol List

Bristol is also bursting with some great speciality venues worth visiting. Check out these cafes and coffee houses praised in the guide for their fabulous brews: Este Kitchen, Spicer+Cole, Tradewind Espresso, Mockingbird, Bakesmiths, Brew Coffee Company, Pinkmans, Little Victories, Mokoko, Just Ground Coffee Kiosk, Playground Coffee House, Small Street Espresso, Bearpit Social and Tincan Coffee Co.

The South West and South Wales Independent Coffee Guide is available from the coffee shops and roasteries featured in the guide. In addition, the books are on Amazon and at good bookshops such as Waterstones and from the Food Insider’s Guide website food-mag.co.uk at £7.99.

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