Yorkshire and The Humber

Bean & Bud, Harrogate

16 April 2011

In flowery Harrogate is Bean & Bud, a prime target for coffee-starved day-trippers.

Bean & Bud, Harrogate Bean & Bud, Harrogate

Bean & Bud is a gourmet coffee shop; perhaps the first in Harrogate. Great news for the town’s coffee-heads who used to pop over to nearby Leeds or York.

The name comes from the bean of the coffee tree and the bud of the tea plant (tea, so I’m told, is a popular concoction consisting of dried leaves, boiled).

Bean & Bud, Harrogate

I stuck with the coffee and ordered a flat white, which was beautifully presented, perfectly textured, great temperature, delicious, etc etc. The beans come from Limini Coffee, a Yorkshire-based roastery (previously Absolute Coffee). I’ve been aware of Limini for some time but this was my first taste.

My cohort had a mocha. I understand that mochas elsewhere are often disappointingly sweet, but this one – she tells me – was spot on.

Bean & Bud, Harrogate Bean & Bud, Harrogate

The inside is red. Very red. An interesting colour choice… not the most soothing. This, combined with a frantic Saturday, left me not entirely calm.

However, it is desperately unfair of me to visit anywhere on a Saturday, particularly in a tourist hot-spot like Harrogate. As the delightful owners Ruth and Hayden mentioned, it’s a different beast on weekdays when there’s time to relax and chat with the customers. I must return between Monday and Friday.

Bean & Bud, Harrogate Bean & Bud, Harrogate

Fresh and spectacular cupcakes and locally-sourced food are available, alongside the locally-roasted coffee.

Best of all, Ruth and Hayden are at the coal-face extracting espressos, brewing teas and making sure their customers have the best possible experience. They even head abroad to sample teas and coffee at source… now that’s going above and beyond the call of duty.

These are the marks of a terrific independent coffee shop.

Bean & Bud, Harrogate Bean & Bud, Harrogate


14 Commercial Street

Website: http://www.beanandbud.co.uk/
Facebook: group.php?gid=275472950736

We visited on 19 March 2011.

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  • Andy Dennis 16 April 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Bean & bud is my favourite place in Harrogate. Ruth & Hayden make this a friendly, comfortable and relaxed place. If they didn’t close I’d never leave .

  • Sally 8 July 2011 at 10:19 am

    Bean & Bud has become one of my favourite coffee shops. I first met Ruth & Hayden on a cupping course run by Limini Coffee and it was easy to see they were passionate about coffee, and tea. Not only do their coffees look good but the taste is spot on. Snacks are lovely and locally sourced and they have the loyalty card too.
    Despite being a hundred mile round trip for me I like to try and visit once a month, you get a nice day out in Harrogate and you know you can guarantee a good cup at Bean & Bud.