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Updated: Apr 29

When it comes to coffee, Bristol's got your back. Creative baristas, roasting perfectionists, sticklers for steaming and fine latte art, our fair city has it all. Oh, and it's delicious.


Clifton Coffee

Clifton Coffee laid many of the bricks in paving the way towards improving Bristol's coffee scene. In 2001, founder James Fisher began the company by servicing espresso machines across the city. Their reputation for stellar service grew, and they began offering barista training. Just a couple of years later they were roasting and supplying their own beans. Now they have a training facility at their head office, their lucky team gets to travel across the world to source the best sustainable beans, and they have the aim of delivering quality coffee and education to drive the industry ever-forward. You can order their wonderful coffee to have at home on their website: cliftoncoffee.co.uk


Small Street Espresso

Since 2012 the lovely coffee experts at Small Street Espresso have been brewing lush coffee in the heart of Bristol. It's a little haven in a busy part of town, and I'll always trust their recommendation for a delicious espresso. Their house roast is from our (and their) friends at Clifton Coffee, and they also seek out and brew coffees thanks to guest roasters from Bristol and beyond. Popping in no longer an option due to the lockdown, you can order your coffee of choice to be delivered instead on their website: smallstreetespresso.co.uk


Full Court Press

A coffee capital in the centre of Bristol. FCP has an ever-changing range of roasts to be turned into coffee in a myriad of ways. Espresso is my favourite way to enjoy coffee, and they always have a couple of roasts with interesting tasting notes highlighted to guide your palate. Prompted or not, you can taste flavours like pineapple, chocolate, cherry, caramel, hazelnut... Mat who runs FCP says his aim is to present coffee in a more considered manner, with an exquisite attention to detail. Excite your 'buds and head to Full Court Press when they reopen, but for now you can order their beans and ground coffee on their website. https://www.fcp.coffee


Elemental

A place we miss now it's temporarily closed - a bright, open space on Stokes Croft that's great for people watching and even better for sipping coffee and whiling away the hours. Their coffee comes from Triple Co Roast, a speciality coffee roasters based on Jamaica Street in Stokes Croft. Owner Jo Thompson founded the company on a search for full picture positive and ethical business, with no corner cutting. His desire is to provide Bristol with quality coffee coupled with a push to contribute to the community and culture already surrounding this growing industry. Even better, Elemental itself is a collective. Esme Hutchinson who runs it says the aim is to support locals and provide a space for small businesses to sell their products. It's a wonderful little hub, and one of tBFT's favourite places to be. Fingers crossed they can reopen as soon as lockdown ends! https://www.lovebristol.org


Girls Who Grind Coffee

An all-female roasters based in Somerset, these ladies know what they're doing and they do it gooood. Founded by mates Fi and Casey, GWGC work tirelessly to find other strong female businesswomen to collaborate with, and scour the globe for the best beans for roasting at their countryside roasters. They're passionate about the stories behind everyone they work with, and they strive to support small producers and deliver excellent coffee. They value the art of coffee making and coffee roasting, and they've also got a fabulous brand aesthetic, with some banging perch available on their website alongside coffee beans and ground coffee. Order all of it now! https://www.girlswhogrindcoffee.com


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