Now, if you know me, I’m a massive fan of coffee. Be it Starbucks, Nespresso or some other high street brand. But, and it’s an extremely big but, I really like good, proper coffee, one that’s not a chain and that I can treat myself to once in a while so that I appreciate it for what it is. A little while a go, I discovered Grindsmith in Manchester. They do what has to be the best coffee I’ve ever tasted! I always walked past it to and from the gym and discovered that it was actually a Kickstarter project when I went in. I went back the other day to get a coffee with Stu and Anna and to take some photos for this post.
There are currently two Grindsmith stores; one on Deansgate and my favourite, a little wooden hut next to the fountains just into Salford off Chapel Street. Inside, there are seats made out of pallets which I love! I’ve always thought about making some pallet furniture so I instantly was drawn to Grindsmith.
The coffee gadgets (I have no idea what the grown-up names of them are!) they have are so interesting to watch! Their coffee machine has a glass side so you can see everything inside and what looks like a chemistry set next to it. It’s a syphon coffee maker which I really wanted to see in action but we went quite late on in the day so we didn’t get chance. Just another excuse to go back then! They sell cold coffee from a press too and other drinks such as the Fentimans in the glass bottles. They also have different flavours of ice cream such as Vanilla Bean, Plum, Gin & Juniper (yum!) and more along with the option of Affogato.
It’s a beautiful little place to relax and to get some peace and quiet in the middle of the city centre. I’ll definitely be visiting more at the weekends, especially to try the different types of coffee. I really want to learn more about coffee and the science behind it so they seem like a fab bunch to ask. I’ve always had a latte there and I can honestly say they have been the nicest, creamiest, rich coffee I’ve ever had! Definitely a treat at the weekend in a beautiful, calm, city-centre setting.
Have any of you been there before? I definitely recommend it! I’ve seen there is another coffee themed Kickstarter at the moment called Cup North which is going to be a two day event for roasters, brewers, baristas and foodies. Definitely something I want to take part in!