Anyone who knows me will vouch for me when I say that coffee is one of my genuine loves in life. Scratch that, good coffee is one of my genuine loves. I’m always on the hunt for the best cafés in whichever town, city or country I’m in. I trawl the internet in search of the best loved as deemed so by the locals, which is the only true way to discover what is really good. Sure, chain-store coffee can be fine if it’s all that’s available, but I’m in search of cafés that pride themselves on their passion for coffee, from the bean to the cup. What can they tell me about the coffee I’m about to drink that no chain could ever do? What makes their coffee so special? What’s the story behind not only the coffee, but them?
In my hometown of Northampton, we were pretty far behind in taking coffee seriously. For so long the only options we had were quick, carefree cafés, with little-to-no charm or charisma. If you wanted a stronger coffee experience you had to venture to London or Birmingham. Over recent years though, thanks to the determination of passionate baristas and entrepreneurs, we have now have a pretty solid variety of amazing cafés.
One of these is Yellow Bourbon Coffee Roasters, a new player on the scene, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re amateurs. The clue is most definitely in the name, they’re not only a café, but also a roastery. They know coffee. Housed in a cosy unit on Angel Street in the heart of the town, they’re able to utilise the tiny space to pack a big punch. Everything from the sleek exterior design to the D.I.Y-feeling interior screams that this is a place that runs on passion for what they do. There’s no distracting gimmicks.
As you enter you’re met with the sound and smell of the roasting machine churning out coffee, not only to serve in fresh batches, but also to sell in boxes to use at home. Coffee equipment ranging from V60’s down to Aeropress filters stocked for you to improve your own personal coffee experience. The espresso machine is manned by both Steve and Catia, who, if you ask, will tell you everything you need to know about what you’re going to be drinking. Their knowledge of what they’re creating is second-to-none, and their service is impeccable.
With all of the usual suspects on the menu such as espresso, macchiato, latte and cappuccino, it also plays host to a few specialities, such as Blanco Y Negro – espresso with vanilla ice cream, which is absolutely fantastic, and their signature, Nitro, a cold brew straight from the tap, just like an icy cold beer!
Whilst seating is very limited due to the size of the unit, it’s the kind of place that seems to welcome a customer who wants to stand at the bar and have a chat whilst enjoying a coffee. Food to accompany your drink is provided by fellow Northamptonians ‘The Good Loaf’, with Pain aux Raisin, Chocolate Brownies, and my absolute favourite coffee shop snack, Pastel de Nata, amongst others to choose from.
For a day off it’s a perfect place to spend a relaxed morning or afternoon drinking coffee and reading magazines, or if you’re in need of a place for an informal little meeting, or doing some work on your laptop, the quiet upstairs seating is also ideal. Regardless of what you need out of your coffee shop, there’s all the reason in the world to check out this absolute gem.
Yellow Bourbon Coffee Roasters – Angel Street, Northampton, NN1 1ED