After walking down Harrogate’s bustling Parliament Street on a drizzly afternoon we spotted a cosy little coffee bar in one of the Edwardian buildings. Rushing in from the rain we were greeted with rich coffee aromas and a very warm welcome. The coffee was packed full of flavour and the cakes were tasty too; we decided almost immediately that this would become a regular haunt.
After speaking to the owners we discovered that they had recently opened, with the idea of creating a place that would become part of the local community; a place for people to meet and share ideas as well as coffee. Their monthly event Hoxton North PRESENTS would hopefully be the catalyst for this.
The first of these events took place yesterday evening. After being welcomed with a complimentary beer, the knowledgeable men from Origin Coffee gave us a brief talk about their industry. By sourcing all their coffees direct they are able to offer producers a profit of 30%, often more than farmers would get from the Fairtrade scheme. We learnt about the different coffee production methods, coffee characteristics from different parts of the world, and most importantly, how to taste it.
We were able try six of their fabulous coffees, breaking off into small groups to give us a chance to meet fellow enthusiasts. The elegant surroundings of the shop, combined with the low buzz of music and chatter gave the place a vibrant atmosphere. The thoughtful hosts had also provided samples of their delicious cakes, as well as a prize-winning competition.
We had a wonderful evening and left feeling we had met some very interesting people, tried some exciting new coffees, and even learnt a bit in the process.
With the PRESENTS series set to become a regular event we look forward to seeing what next month has in store.