Friday, 4 July 2014

Canterbury: Micro Roastery Coffee House

The Micro Roastery on St Margeret's Street is known to us, the master roaster Nick runs the very good Whitstable Coffee Bike along Whistable's seafront on the weekends. A specialist coffee roasters, they only use high grade 80+ arabica's and roast in small 2 kg batches on the premises. They source the green beans seasonally and direct from the farmer, thus ensuring the farmers are rewarded with good prices and it's not lost in a chain of suppliers. All sounds great.

It was on a recent jaunt into Canterbury that we fancied stopping off for a coffee so headed straight for this little shop. The small exterior is modest with its handful of white metal chairs and simple blackboard, belying the generous area inside.

A large chalkboard announces a plethora of drinks choices, all coffee espresso based, as well as single origin beans for taking home. Prices are reasonable with small and large choices, the friendly lass on the till took our order and we wandered through the shop to pick a spot to sit. The range of mis matched seating is ample, sofas draped in coffee bean sacking next to cute little wooden tables and chairs. The space is a long narrow rectangle but doesn't feel cramped. We headed for the garden out the back as it was such a gorgeous day, walking past the very interesting looking bean roasting working area as we went.

The white painted walls with dark wooden flooring make the space feel airy and relaxing, very much like the atmosphere in The Black Dog. We were amongst a handful of customers on this hot Saturday afternoon but it felt like we had the place to ourselves. The staff were friendly yet unobtrusive, once our drinks had been bought out we were left to ourselves which was nice and made for a lovely afternoon spot for a quiet coffee.

The small paved garden is a real sun trap offering a pleasing seating option either in the sun or under the welcoming shade of large parasols. Clean, tidy and quiet, we sat and chatted whilst sipping our super tasting coffee for a good hour.

My flat white was brilliant, very strong with good full bodied flavour with a slight bitter aftertaste. They use 90 espresso beans for a single shot of espresso, as opposed to the industry 42 through their La Marzocco machine which serves the shot at 94 degrees. If you are only used to the weak watery offering from coffee chains then you'll find this very strong but don't be put off, give it a try and taste what real coffee is supposed to taste like! They certainly know their stuff here and it's a great way to dip your toe into the proper coffee experience.

The Verdict? Thumbs Up!
A great ethical local company who serve fantastic coffee which in our opinion is the best in Canterbury. Passionate and very knowledgeable staff, the coffee menu is easy to understand unlike in Brown's where you can get a bit confused with the different brew methods. The shop has an extremely relaxing and friendly atmosphere and if you are ever in Whitstable go check out the Coffee Bike. Overall a great little hidden gem within the city of Canterbury. 

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