Our Cornwall odyssey continued with a quick trip to Truro, the county’s only city.
Like most of our targets in Cornwall, 108 Coffee House was recommended by readers and by others who we’d met along the way. It didn’t disappoint.
All sorts of coffee were on offer, from the usual espresso-based drinks (flat white, cappuccino, etc), to drip brews. I went for a flat white, which was terrific.
The beans are from Cornwall stalwart Origin, just down the road in Helston (after 108, our next stop was Origin, where we went behind the scenes for our blog.)
We were at 108’s Kenwyn Street branch – the original, opened by owners Michelle O’Leary and Paul Jordan in 2011. Paul tells me he lived in Sydney for over a year, where he discovered great coffee. He relocated to Cornwall and was inspired to set up shop.
It was the start of Truro’s speciality coffee scene. Michelle and Paul now have a second branch, on Truro’s Malpas Road.
The interior is wood-heavy, with coffee bags, wonky pictures and the occasional bad joke on a blackboard (I love bad jokes). There’s a doodle, reasonably priced at £12,000. It’s fabulously unkempt.
On the day of our visit there was a slight lack of atmosphere – though this was surely only due to the fact that, on one of the hottest days of the year, the usual coffee crowds were all sunning themselves on the beach.
Along with Relish in Wadebridge and Espressini (to follow) in Falmouth, 108 Coffee House is easily in our 3 favourite coffee shops in Cornwall.
Fab coffee in a marvelously unpretentious setting.
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We visited on 19 July 2013.