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Artisan coffee houses

Can’t function without your morning brew? Try one of these delicious artisan blends from this trio of local indie coffee roasters to kickstart your day in buzzin’ style

BakeHouse Coffeeshop, Maldon

BakeHouse Maldon
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Boasting not one but three versions of its signature (Bake)House blend roasted in Writtle, this independent artisan coffee shop and deli in Maldon’s Madison Heights offers up a strong morning menu for caffeine junkies. Our pick? The BakeHouse Barista Ground Coffee, which combines two aromatic South American beans with a smooth blend from the sun-drenched fields of southern India. The result is a great-body espresso, beautifully balanced with notes of marzipan, dark chocolate and cherry. Add a shot of milk for the long game or drink it straight up for an extra kick. Also good: you can buy it in bulk to enjoy at home (£6.50 for 200g) and it comes in decaf, too, so no more sleepless nights! 

Gunton, Colchester

Gunton Colchester

Despite its humble exterior on Crouch Street, this trad family grocer’s and coffee roasting house attracts some big-hitting artisan drinkers from across the county and features an original roaster in the shop window from 1936. A specialist bar at the back stocks 14 different roasted beans – with some of the most popular blends deriving from the lush green hills of Costa Rica. The intoxicating smell alone is worth a visit and knowledgable staff are happy to help you pick the perfect beans to please the palette. But you can’t go wrong with Tiger Stripes – a strong, rich, aromatic coffee that’s also available to order upstairs in the store’s rustic Coffee Room. 

Driink Coffee Club, Chelmsford

Driink Coffee Club

Serving up only the finest blends, this specialist coffee house in Baddow Road has strong Shoreditch vibes and takes its caffeine offerings very seriously. With their own roaster located in Cow Watering Lane, Driink founders Lianne Moule and Jason Butcher have been pouring their Mac&Me home blend – a Colombian-Brazilian bean fusion that packs in marzipan and hazelnut tones for a silky mouth-feel – alongside eight international indie premium coffee brands since 2013. Now, they supply Coffee Club customers and leading local restaurants alike with blends from 666, Boom Banga Bang, Homeblend, Can’t Believe It decaf, Born 40 and Single Origin Filter. Pop in for an artisan Americano and don’t forget to snap your tablescape before sipping – the Insta-worthy interiors are (just about) worth the wait.


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