This week we are heading north to a city divided by blue and red. You might have guessed it, we are in Sheffield.
A city known for its profound association with steel, you might ask yourself ‘what else is going on?’ Well, quite a lot actually. Sheffield is one of the fastest growing cities outside of London, simultaneously benefitting from a rise in great food and drink offerings, and furthermore the revival of old breweries has seen the city quite splendidly become littered with real ale pubs and, guess what”¦
Good quality coffee shops too! Recent times have seen Upshot Espresso, Marmadukes and Tamper Coffee serving great coffee to the friendly locals.
If you plan a trip to Sheffield, which you must, I guarantee you’ll be impressed with this lovely city, sitting in the shadows of the Peak District. We’re finding lots of new businesses opening and a resurgence of the independent is quite evident, none more so than Nick Pears and Matthew Cottrill’s Steam Yard coffee shop.
Opening in 2013, Steam Yard coffee shop is situated in a beautiful 300 year old silver works building in Aberdeen Court. Creating a coffee shop that people can feel comfortable hanging out in isn’t easy, but Steam Yard does just that. As you cross the courtyard toward the black and white building and in through the wooden doors, you’ll more than likely be welcomed by Nick, with a broad Yorkshire accent and smile on his face. Customers can bury their heads in a selection of books at their disposal or marvel (maybe even purchase) items on show from Mast Brothers Chocolate (London) to Edwin denim (Tokyo) – definitely an inspiration for the aprons worn by the baristas.
The clean white decor, complimented by exposed structural beams throughout the low ceiling establishment, alongside the conversational atmosphere makes for the perfect bustling coffee shop environment. Taking centre stage is the eye catching red La Marzocco FB70 worked by Nick with absolute precision, and complimented by Mahlkonig K30 and EK43 grinders.
Steam Yard has already gained a strong reputation not only for making great coffee but for their delicious home made food. Everyones talking about the Bulleit Bourbon collaboration Rye and Dry marmalade filled donut and peanut butter mestizo – a part cookie, part brownie sandwiching peanut butter cream (look it up!).
Nick and Matthew set out to create a coffee shop people love being in and they have achieved just that. They are both sincerely passionate business owners, down to earth northern blokes who know their stuff. I strongly recommend you type S1 4GN into your Google Maps, we are very proud to be working with them.