Coffee

I like coffee. I’ve mentioned this before, but now I’m doing a whole post on it. You’ve been warned.

I thought I’d share some of my favourite coffee spots in Leeds and slightly beyond. I’m surprised I’m doing this, I remember a time when we’d moan as mum dragged my siblings and I from cafe to cafe for ‘research’, but here we are.

North Star Coffee Shop and General Store

North Star – Leeds

Slightly out of the city centre, North Star is down by the docks. They roast their own beans and send them out across the city but it is worth visiting their shop. I’d recommend the cardamon and caramel blondie (trust me) and getting there and back via the free water taxi from the train station.

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Tucked away in Thorntons Arcade is Kapow coffee, small but very very good coffee, they know what they’re doing. Everytime.

LS6 – Leeds

Primarily known for it’s brunch, LS6 is popular among students, so it can be heaving at midday on a Saturday. However, the coffee is not to be overlooked, rich, but not bitter, and very creamy.

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Again, slightly out of the way, Cafe 164 is down past the bus station and connected to the much loved Bakery 164. Cafe 164 hosts North Star beans and always has an exhibition going on inside, the coffee is good too (obviously). They’ve worked out ways to be one of the best, for example, they froth their almond milk with the coffee to avoid curdling, clever stuff.

Wolfox – Leeds

Down by the train station, Wolfox are another one who roast their own beans. They’ve got a nice big space, lovely staff and some great food too.

Locke’s – Jersey

New to the coffee shop scene in Jersey this summer, Locke’s is owned by a local couple who are making sure Jersey can compete with the mainland’s coffee shops. And they’re succeeding. Great crockery, great people and obviously, great coffee.

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The Kiosk – Bedford

Last but by no means least, The Kiosk, where I was introduced to coffee. The reason for all mum’s ‘research’. Small but lovely, especially when I’m working. If the weather is too rubbish there’s always The Pavilion near by.

So there are my recommendations, if you’ve got any of your own please send them my way.

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Imperfect

Everyday since my last post, I have brainstormed ideas for what the next one should be about and to be honest with you, I’m still pretty stuck. I think it’s partly because every time I think of an idea or topic, I worry that either no one will care what I have to say about it, or that it won’t be good enough.

I’ve always been good, but not quite good enough. My essays are always ok, but never quite a first. I can sing, but gave it up when it got competitive because there were people much better than me. I acted throughout my school career but never got a lead part. I rowed, but never made the top crew. You get the idea. But writing is something I really want to be good at, it’s something I enjoy and want to share. Recently though, I think I’ve become so focused on producing words that I want other people to enjoy that I’ve forgotten to enjoy them myself. The fear of doing something and failing or doing something and it not being perfect is stopping me from trying in the first place. And no one got anywhere by not trying.

So, I’ve decided that I’m not going to worry. I’m going to write what I want to write and allow myself to not be perfect at it. I’m going to give my opinions and recommendations and advice and write pretty much whatever I want and enjoy it, and if you’d like to read it too, that’d be even better.

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