For such a huge, buzzy city, it has always surprised me that Manchester doesn’t have a bigger, more exciting artisan coffee scene. It’s North Tea Power that has been leading the way in Manchester since 2010 and with very little competition.
Located in the city’s cool Northern Quarter, North Tea Power is unexpectedly hidden away in a slightly shabby looking arcade on Tib Street. Don’t judge a book by its cover though; North Tea Power is well worth venturing in to.
Inside there is a stylish mix of eclectic furniture, stripped wood, industrial light fittings, well-thumbed Penguin books and fresh flowers. The crowd in NTP were just as stylish, with hipsters tapping at their laptops but that’s no bad thing. If someone feels comfortable enough to spend an hour or so in a coffee shop with only a laptop or book for company then I think the shop owners are doing something right.
Whilst the North Tea Power name highlights their passion for tea (they have a fabulous range of interesting looking loose leaf blends on display), the guys at NTP are serious about their coffee too.
They have a brew bar complete with all the usual paraphernalia – a siphon, V60s, Aeropresses and so on. If you like black coffee, and even if you’re not so sure, I would really recommend giving brewed coffee a go. NTP have a helpful brewed coffee menu at the till, filling you in on what method they’ll use and what you can expect from your brew. They usually have three different blends on offer – I tried a lovely Columbian number.
Espresso based drinks are just as lovingly prepared and my macchiato, using beans from Has Bean, was delicious. There were also lots of tasty looking cakes and savoury goodies available too.
So, North Tea Power certainly isn’t just about the tea, the skilled baristas can whip up a mean coffee too. All power to the people at NTP for showing Manchester what indie coffee shops are about.
36 Tib Street
We visited on 26 June 2013.