In earlier posts I have reported on coffee shops and given a nod to Colunna and Smalls as a destination for coffee cognicenti. Recently we were pottering around Milsom Court between Milsom Street and Broad Street which is a collection of old buildings given over mainly to food and drink where one can find the likes of Jamie’s Italian and Carluccio’s amongst others. This is the area that Kate and I were sitting in drinking coffee nearly a year ago when we first thought the thought that we could live in Bath.
The point is that we discovered that Colunna has a second business here with a Mr Hunter which is a combination of specialist coffee shop and craft beer bar. Three things make this an especially good find: it is on our side of town, the style of seating and tables is much more congenial, especially for having a quiet read over a cup of something and of course it offers the option of a tasty beer on a warm day.
Interestingly the beers are served in third, half and two-third pint measures in glasses more like brandy glasses than beer glasses.
A feature of both coffee shops is the use of filter coffee as well as espresso and whilst they have some very fancy equipment for this which looks as if it would be more at home in a chemistry lab they also make use of the amazing Aeropress which I cannot recommend too highly for home coffee making. We bought one a while back from the extraordinary Kitchens Cookshop here in bath. It is so easy to use and clean, and makes the best coffee, even better I might venture than a full espresso machine or an espresso pot. This is certainly the case if you like a black coffee and don’t need to steam heat your milk.
These Aeropress devices are clearly an international phenomenon. I found posters for Aeropress competitions hanging in the WC!