Coffee, it can be as simple as adding hot water, or as complex as decorative froth and pumpkin-spiced syrups, either way we love it and we’ve rounded up eleven of the best coffee shops in Cornwall for you to visit on those quiet afternoons.
These coffee shops are listed in no particular order, we recommend them all!
1) The Sorting Office, St Agnes
Originally occupied as a sorting office since 1902, this interesting building in the heart of St Agnes has been transformed into a stylish and characterful coffeehouse. The interior design pays homage to The Sorting Office’s history with a slight postal theme combined with some seriously cool industrial chic. As well as offering locally sourced artisan coffee, expect freshly baked cakes and pastries alongside other nutritious and delicious goodies.
2) Bellinis Italian Café, Bude
Bellinis Italian Café serve their signature Rainforest certified house coffee “Blend 24” on a daily basis alongside a regularly changing guest coffee as well as a Swiss water decaf coffee. This place is all quality products and an informal and relaxed atmosphere. There are no fancy gimmicks, just good coffee served exactly how you like it. If you’re a syrup fan, they stock a range of about 20 flavours from vanilla and hazelnut to pumpkin spice and Eggnog!
3) Jam Records, Falmouth
Combining all of our favourite things, Jam Records is the place to go to peruse CDs, DVDs, books and vinyls while sampling some exceptional coffee, roasted by Hands-On Coffee in Wadebridge. Bob is in charge of meeting and greeting (he might be a dog but he has some seriously good social skills) and if he could work a phone, we’re told he would handle the social media too. This cool, independent coffee bar and record shop has been open since 2003 and like a good wine – or an incredible track, it just seems to get better and better with time.
4) 108 Coffee House, Truro
Truro’s first speciality coffee shop, 108 Coffee House was established in 2011 to bring the best coffee to the city. Inspired by the culture in Sydney, where coffee is central to every day life, you can expect an ever-changing range of coffees alongside incredible homemade cakes. We think that they serve the tastiest banana bread in Cornwall – just go and try it.
5) Duckies, Hayle
Duckies Cafe & Deli in Hayle, taken over in May last year by Mike Watton, has already received glowing reviews from locals and holidaymakers alike. Known for excellent take away coffee (and drink in!), homemade hearty meals and a friendly chat, it will soon become your favourite pit stop in the town. Based at the Old Foundry Chapel, offering 20 independent businesses all under one roof, it would be rude not to treat yourself to a bit of shopping while you’re there!
6) Liberty Coffee, Launceston
Ben Statton founded Liberty Coffee in 2012 with an aim to invigorate customers’ tastebuds with the best speciality grade, single origin coffee he could get his hands on. Located just around the corner from Launceston high street, here coffee is treated as a highly specialised product and you can try a wide and diverse range of expertly roasted coffees all year round. Take our word for it, it’s a coffee lovers dream.
7) Whiskers, Newquay
Unique, independent and oozing with fun, Whiskers has gained a reputation for serving delightful coffee in a cosy setting. By night, the coffee shop transforms into a quirky locals’ chill out bar with excellent live music and DJ events three times a week. Owing its existence to owners Nicole and JG’s two adored cats, Orla and Nibbles, expect to be surrounded by a collection of interesting and unusual cat paraphernalia. The overall effect is crazy cat woman meets eclectic seasoned traveller and gives birth to coffee loving, happy music baby – with that vivid description, you sort of have to pay them a visit!
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8) Strong Adolfos, Wadebridge
Bringing the Swedish coffee culture of “fika” to Cornwall, Strong Adolfos is all about enjoying excellent coffee with something devilishly indulgent and sweet. With cakes and desserts that look like works of art, you’ll want to visit this eclectic and colourful café over and over again. Producing fresh food oozing with creativity, the fabulous coffee is just the tip of the iceberg.
9) The Exchange, Penzance
After closing for a refresh over winter, the cafe at The Exchange has reopened its door for a fresh new feel. Peruse the gallery and then relax and watch the world go by with a delicious mug of locally roasted coffee and a slice of their scrumptious home-made cake.
10) The Coffee Lounge, St Ives
Whether you want to sit in the stylish premises or take away a cup as you wander around picturesque St Ives, The Coffee Lounge promises coffee made with care and a smile. Supplied by Penryn-based roastery, Olfactory, their wonderful coffee beans are ground to order and the result is a mighty fine brew.
11) The Brew House, Porthleven
Responsibly sourced. Great tasting. Freshly roasted to order. The Brew House is Origin Coffee Roaster’s own flagship coffee shop in the heart of Porthleven. With every sip of this divine coffee you know that it has guaranteed farmers, workers and the environment a fair deal. Head there for a coffee experience like no other; we’ve actually experienced black forest gateau in a cup! This little gem reopens on 19th March 2016 so get your reusable coffee cups at the ready.