The picturesque city of Bath was recently named as ‘the foodie city’ in Conde Nast’s top 10 UK city breaks. However, it is clear that Bath has an emerging specialty coffee scene to compliment its excellent food offering. We’ve complied a guide to the best specialty coffee shops in Bath to give you some inspiration to fuel a days exploring in this beautiful historic city.
This is the first in a series of specialty coffee city guides we’ll be running. Be sure to keep an eye out for the best specialty coffee in other popular UK destinations.
The Colombian Company
6 Abbeygate Street
Located in the heart of Bath, The Colombian Company was founded by Colombian-born Jhampoll Gutierrez Gomez. His aim was to reconnect with roots and show the UK what Colombia has to offer.
The specialty coffee takes centre stage, serving a great variety of ethically sourced coffee beans direct from Colombia. The Colombian Company work directly with independent farmers to produce high quality coffee which you can enjoy in store or as a retail bag to take home with you.
As well as your usual favourite coffee beverages, The Colombian Company offers a great range of sandwiches and toasties. You can also enjoy some beautifully handmade cakes and brownies if you are in the mood for something sweeter.
In addition to offering retail bags of their specialty coffee, ‘Finca La Simeona Antioquia’, The Colombian Company provides an insight into vibrant Colombian culture through a vast selection of authentic products, including Colombian chocolate and Panela (sugar cane) and other snacks and beverages.
Colonna and Small’s
6 Chapel Row
Colonna & Small’s is a highly regarded specialty coffee shop located in the beautiful Chapel Row with a reputation that attracts coffee lovers from across the UK and beyond. We can certainly see why. The stunning interior combined with highly skilled baristas and award winning coffee makes Colonna & Small’s one of the best specialty coffee shops in Bath.
In this specialty coffee haven you will find a range of Colonna’s own single origin coffees available as espresso and filter. You can also pick up a wide range of their own beans in retail packs to enjoy at home.
What really makes Colonna & Small’s stand out is that every member of their team has taken part in Barista Championship in some way. The coffee shop is also home to a two times UK Barista Champion and World Finalist.
If you are looking for some of the best quality coffee Bath has to offer Colonna & Small’s is certainly not to be missed.
5 Kingsmead Square and 19 High Street, The Corridor
Society Cafe is a specialty coffee-house with two branches, Kingsmead Square and The Corridor. Both cafes have bright, inviting interiors with visiting artworks and offer a variety of snacks and light lunches.
At Society Cafe you can enjoy their house coffee from Origin as well as rotating guest coffees. In the past Society have featured coffee from Hardlines Coffee, Roundhill Roastery and Triple Co Roast to name just a few, so it is a great place to visit if you want to branch out and try something new.
If you are looking to take home a retail bag of coffee but aren’t quite sure where to start their knowledgeable baristas will be happy to give you tips and tricks on how to get the best out of your home-brewed coffee.
9 Saracen Street
Picnic Coffee pride themselves on using the highest quality ingredients for both their coffee and their food. In ordered to be labeled as ‘specialty coffee’, Picnic have very high standards. All of their beans score a minimum of 80 on a 100-point scale, and have unique flavour profiles defined by the microclimate in which they are grown.
They source freshly roasted beans from the best artisan roasters and use their expertise to brew and serve the coffee in a way that tastes just as the growers and roasters intended.
If you are after a bite to eat, Picnic use ethically sourced ingredients to create a great variety of breakfast and lunch options as well as cakes and snacks.
Forum Coffee House
1a Forum Buildings, St James’s Parade
The Forum Coffee House is a specialty coffee shop located inside Bath’s largest, and arguably most iconic venues, The Forum.
Forum’s menu is a concise espresso-based offering (with a house espresso-blend and decaf option). They feature a great range of single-origin beans from local favourites, Colonna roastery. This is supported by Forum Coffee’s signature coffee, a choice of two rotating single-origin beans served as a Chemex.
While the coffee takes centre stage at Forum, you can also indulge in a delicious selection of delicious treats.
The interior of Forum Coffee House is light, airy and welcoming, and is dog friendly which is an added bonus if you want to enjoy a coffee with your canine companion.
If you’re thinking about visiting one of these specialty coffee shops in Bath during your visit, you might want to think about taking along a reusable coffee cup. Check out our guide to the best ones here.