Espressini is another feather in the cap of Cornwall’s surprisingly brilliant speciality coffee scene.
A dark, tightly packed space, it’s very different from Relish and 108 Coffee. Filled with eclectic furniture, William Morris wallpaper, reclaimed wood and mounted antlers, it’s like being in a Victorian living room for a family of 50… in a cool way.
With a line-up of grinders to rival the Chippendales (tenuous – sorry), and a choice of guest coffees brewed every way under the sun, Espressini seems to be one of Cornwall’s best bets for coffee geeks.
We had a drip brew and a flat white, both precisely presented and wonderfully delicious.
Though owner Rupert was away during our visit, his colleagues were doing a fab job in his absence.
Espressini doubled in size in December 2012 with the opening of The Killibrew Bar next door. I’m not entirely clear why it merits its own name – it seemed on first glance just to be another room to Espressini. Nevertheless, it’s clear from The Killibrew Bar’s launch video that Rupert and the gang are keen to create a hub for coffee tasting, good company and good times.
Espressini is like a slice of London’s third wave coffee scene in humble Cornwall.
It’s a terrific place, right up there with our favourite Cornwall coffee shops.
39 Killigrew St
We visited on 21 July 2013.