Sunday 9 February 2014

Caffeine and Co - St James Square, Manchester

Caffeine and Co Manchester
We've been intending to nip into Caffeine and Co for a while now, but never seemed to get the chance. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I can tell you, it wasn't this. I was thinking more along the lines of a small, hippy-fied establishment with wobbly tables and haphazard cakes. Although these places have a special place in my heart, I loved wheat we found here.

This is a small yet sleek operation. It would feel right at home in San Francisco's Mission District with the likes of Blue Bottle Coffee. It's made up of a small walnut coloured counter and stools hugging the small seating area. It's dimly lit with soft orange light, and has a feeling of modern cosiness.
Caffeine and Co Manchester
It was blowing an actual gale when we arrived; the sort that tangles your hair, makes your eyes stream and your nose run - attractive eh? We had just missed the afternoon rush and settled in the empty room. We ordered a flat white and Assam tea to warm the cockles.

Flat white: Best in Manchester according to my husband!
Caffeine and Co Manchester - Flat White
Assam: My tea of choice. Fragrant and enough in a pot for three cups. Happiness.
Caffeine and Co Manchester - Assam
Despite the fact we had only just had brunch at Solita, I found myself drawn to the cakes on display. There was nothing pretty about them other than the sweet aroma being emitted from both.

Lemon Drizzle and Ginger Loaf Cakes: Both of these had the appearance of something quite damp and dense (not that this is a problem for me), but were actually unusually light in texture. The lemon had a pleasing crunch to the top, and the ginger variety had lovely bits of stem ginger in it.
Caffeine and Co Manchester - Cake
Had we not accidentally landed in Red's True Barbecue later that day, we were actually planning on going testing the Spinningfields sister of Caffeine and Co - we loved it that much. We'll be running the second location through its paces on our next trip into the city, mark my works...

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