In flowery Harrogate is Bean & Bud, a prime target for coffee-starved day-trippers.
Bean & Bud is a gourmet coffee shop; perhaps the first in Harrogate. Great news for the town’s coffee-heads who used to pop over to nearby Leeds or York.
The name comes from the bean of the coffee tree and the bud of the tea plant (tea, so I’m told, is a popular concoction consisting of dried leaves, boiled).
I stuck with the coffee and ordered a flat white, which was beautifully presented, perfectly textured, great temperature, delicious, etc etc. The beans come from Limini Coffee, a Yorkshire-based roastery (previously Absolute Coffee). I’ve been aware of Limini for some time but this was my first taste.
My cohort had a mocha. I understand that mochas elsewhere are often disappointingly sweet, but this one – she tells me – was spot on.
The inside is red. Very red. An interesting colour choice… not the most soothing. This, combined with a frantic Saturday, left me not entirely calm.
However, it is desperately unfair of me to visit anywhere on a Saturday, particularly in a tourist hot-spot like Harrogate. As the delightful owners Ruth and Hayden mentioned, it’s a different beast on weekdays when there’s time to relax and chat with the customers. I must return between Monday and Friday.
Fresh and spectacular cupcakes and locally-sourced food are available, alongside the locally-roasted coffee.
Best of all, Ruth and Hayden are at the coal-face extracting espressos, brewing teas and making sure their customers have the best possible experience. They even head abroad to sample teas and coffee at source… now that’s going above and beyond the call of duty.
These are the marks of a terrific independent coffee shop.
14 Commercial Street
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We visited on 19 March 2011.