This bustling place is a Fairtrade, independent coffee house in the centre of Newcastle.
Updated 2014: we understand Kaffeccinos has permanently closed.
In its promotional literature Kaffeccinos is described as “Newcastle’s Premier Independent Coffee House”. It’s an indication of the strange blend of business-like bravado (not unlike Starbucks or any other chain) and Kaffeccino’s self professed “local roots”.
I suppose this means it’s just an old fashioned coffee house trying to keep up with the chains. And while it does sacrifice a little character to get there, it retains a friendly atmosphere and a distinct feel.
The walls are jam packed with art and there are seats everywhere, including comfy sofas and stools by the windows for watching passers-by.
There is lots (and lots) of food available in this busy place but coffee is top of the menu, and with all those seats you shouldn’t have trouble settling down for a quiet mug or two. There are cakes, muffins and so on as well. It has counter service.
Kaffeccinos has plenty of the things I like to see in a coffee house.
Amended August 2008
54 Grainger Street
We visited on 10 November 2007.