As seasons go by, new coffee shops emerge in historic York. The latest is Spring Espresso, a terrific independent café on Fossgate.
Spring opened in Autumn 2011. The owners, Steve and Tracey, were formerly part of the Cafe2U franchise, selling coffee around the region from a bright red van. They left behind their lives on the road for a more static existence.
Fossgate was the perfect choice to lay down some roots. A nice street, plenty of footfall (but not too central) and a bright, airy room.
To this mix they’ve added some wonderful furniture. Every piece has been restored just for Spring, and every piece has a story to tell, whether it’s a wheel from a dark, disused Yorkshire mill or something equally intriguing. Ask Steve and he’ll happily point out the industrial notches. (A couple of tables pictured were awaiting custom-made glass tops at the time; they have since been topped.)
The furniture is a mark of Spring’s individuality, as is the rather cool branding. The wings allude to Steve’s former life in the Air Force.
The coffee comes from J. Atkinson & Co, a Lancaster-based roastery making its debut in Cosy Coffee Shops. The beans in use at the time made for quite an unusual flat white – rather citrusy and tangy – and a better espresso.
Steve is really into his coffee and reached the semi-finals of the UK Barista Championships in 2010. He’s just as passionate about tea, with plenty available at Spring along with cakes and savoury lunchtime options.
A lot of passion, talent and attention has gone into Spring. It’s a comfy, welcoming spot and Steve and Tracey are as friendly a pair of proprietors as you could wish to meet.
All in all, a worthy addition to York’s coffee shop scene.
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We visited on December 2011.