Coffee is an exciting topic for me. When I meet someone who shares the same love for an espresso, we’re onto something good, and good is an understatement for my new favourite place in Middlesbrough.
Rounton Coffee Shop (Based on Bedford Street, Middlesbrough) revolutionises the phrase ‘Coffee Shop’ introducing a new coffee culture to the North East. Rounton coffee is the perfect example of a business that can tell you exactly what you’re drinking, where it’s from and who makes it. Sourced from all over the word including Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia and Kenya, their roasts can be traced back to the farmers they buy the beans from. The beans are all roasted here in North Yorkshire in their amazing roastary and distributed here to their coffee shop, plus many more local businesses. Their aim is to create a small independent micro-roastary with beautiful surroundings, preserving the beauty and detail of the building.
Dave, Manager of the shop, told be about their cultural values and beliefs when it comes to coffee. I love their knowledge and interest about coffee and you can see that this is more than a job to these guys. Rounton isn’t made up from a blend, meaning you get the full intensity and flavour from single origin coffees. I also love how there’s no small, medium large here. It’s Espresso, 6oz, 8oz and 10oz – with or without milk. So cool.
When sipping on a cup of coffee, there’s nothing better than something sweet to go with it and what better than a brownie or cake. Their sweet treats are all sourced again from a local bakery, all freshly made and offering many different gluten free options too. Oh did I mention? If you’re not a coffee lover, don’t worry – there are many different juices, tea blends and hot chocolate available.
You can see the love of coffee shared with the staff here at Rounton and how skill and passion are the two driving forces for the team. The word barista is used very loosely these days and I think the staff here really do live up to the title. I love coming to the shop with my laptop and type away (currently what I’m doing right now), it’s the perfect working environment. The atmosphere is super chilled and tranquil with it’s rustic yet minimalistic interior. Are you local? Pop down and grab a coffee yourself! I totally recommend the El Salvador Bosque Lya. Notes of Hazelnuts, Plums and Milk Chocolate. Delicious!
Where’s your favourite place to go grab a coffee?
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